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The Western Regional Climate Action Initiative

The left coast’s answer to RGGI

The big news of the day is the fact that five Western governors have agreed to enter into a cap-and-trade system: the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative. We’ve now got bicoastal cap-and-trade systems. C’mon, Midwest. You know you want to.

Michael Boots, director of the Seafood Choices Alliance, answers Grist’s questions

Michael Boots. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I am the director of the Seafood Choices Alliance, which is the largest program of the communications-based organization SeaWeb. What does your organization do? Seafood Choices Alliance is a global trade …

Now they've done it!

Farming for fuel will drive up the cost of your favorite brew

According to this story in the Financial Times, strong demand for biofuel feedstocks such as corn, soybeans, and oilseed rape (canola) is encouraging farmers to plant these crops instead of barley, driving up its price. And what is barley a …

Making green computing even greener

What would it take?

Jerome Woody writes about green computing. That raises the question: What would it take to make computers truly sustainable? The first thing to note is that while we do need to consider the energy computers use in operation, it is …

Bill O'Reilly calls James Inhofe, Pat Sajak, and Jerry Falwell 'idiots'

Hee hee

In the midst of a long interview in which he tries to persuade viewers he’s not the far-right bully you might think he is from, you know, watching his show, FOX dude Bill O’Reilly says this: Government’s gotta be proactive …

Food fight

Michael Pollan and Whole Foods guy go head to head

For those who read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, you know he takes Whole Foods to task for greenwashing the industrialization of a food movement that's trying to be more sustainable. Then the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods took …

Umbra on boiling water for tea

Dear Umbra, My roommates seem to be constantly boiling water for tea. We’ve got a gas stove, a microwave, and an electric teakettle. However, we don’t know which option is most efficient. Any ideas? Kate R.Syracuse, N.Y. Dearest Kate, Idears-R-Me, …

Denialist deck of cards

An illustrated taxonomy

Via Crooked Timber, a short academic paper on standard denier tactics for fighting regulations of all sorts: "The Denialists' Deck of Cards: An Illustrated Taxonomy of Rhetoric Used to Frustrate Consumer Protection Efforts" (PDF). While it concentrates mostly on consumer …

Jerry Falwell on global warming: it's a myth

Unlike, say, the story of Noah’s Ark

Joining a brain trust that boasts such members Stone Age Senator James Inhofe and TV game show host Pat Sajak, conservative Christian Reverend Jerry Falwell has spoken out on global warming, proclaiming it … you guessed it … a "myth." …