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Dion update

How’s things up in Canada, eh?

From the fascinating world of Canadian politics: Stéphane Dion gave his first major policy speech as Liberal leader yesterday. How'd it go?

See no evil

NOAA satellites are degrading

Reuters reported on Monday that without adequate funding for maintenance, we can expect NOAA-run observation satellites to be dropping like flies from orbit -- 58% of them by 2010, and pretty much the rest save five scrappy ones by 2020. …

Bush White House: We do love clean coal, we do, we do!

Gross

If The Mustache’s uncritical embrace of "clean coal" made you want to puke, I advise you avoid at all costs the letter to the editor sent in response by James Connaughton, head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. …

Follow-up on Federal Way schools and Gore's movie

School board official defends the decision

Remember the story about how the Federal Way school board put a "moratorium" on showings of An Inconvenient Truth? David Larsen, the now-extremely-embattled vice president of the Federal Way school board, has a piece in the Seattle Times today, explaining …

Sorry, Mallaby

Bush knocks down rumors of climate shift

Lest there remain any hope smoldering in wannabe-centrist hearts about Bush’s change of course on global warming, White House press flack Tony Snow put it decisively to rest yesterday, saying: "I want to walk you back from the whole carbon …

Embrace Me, You Irreplaceable You

Unions, conservationists join forces to protect sporting rights Need more proof that green is gaining steam? Voila: a brand-new partnership between a Republican-leaning conservation group and 20 labor unions that represent nearly 5 million people. Worried that hunters and anglers …

That Doesn’t Even Make Fence

Border fence construction may bypass environmental laws It’s hard to think of a worse idea than building a 700-mile border fence between the U.S. and Mexico, but here’s a shot: building a border fence without abiding by the Endangered Species …

No One Anticipated the Breach of the Royalties

U.S. Interior Department knew about drilling loophole for years We’re beginning to detect a pattern among Bush administration responses to huge fusterclucks. It seems U.S. Interior Department officials who said they’d learned only last year that oil companies were avoiding …

Meanwhile, south of the border ...

Rising tortilla prices in Mexico point to a usual suspect

For decades, the price of corn tortillas -- a staple for many families -- was subsidized by the Mexican government. The tortilla subsidy was eliminated in 1999, just as cheap, subsidized corn imported from the U.S. started to flood into …