Your Adequacy

This chat between Al Gore and director Davis Guggenheim is a little silly, but it's funny that first thing, Guggenheim asks Gore what he'd like to be called and Gore says, "Your Adequacy." One of his stock jokes, but an amusing one.

Share the truth

Eric Pan contacted us recently to let us know about his new website, Share the Truth, which is set up to spread the word about An Inconvenient Truth. You can go and 1) if you're a global warming believer, buy a ticket for a skeptic, or 2) if you're a skeptic -- or just undecided -- get a free ticket. Extremely clever idea. Go support it!

An Ontario twofer

Ontario's really going for the gold. It's building two new nuclear plants (the first in North America in decades) and reneging on its promise to reduce mercury air pollution. Sources say the Liberal government's recent decision to break a 2003 cornerstone campaign promise and keep open the province's pollution-spewing coal-fired generating plants well past 2009 is behind the policy U-turn. Well done, Ontario!

Gristy Road

Dear Gristmillians, I'm getting a little worried about some of my fellow Grist staffers. As you may know, Grist is growing in both size and ambition, and has outgrown our current office. We must move -- but to where? We've tried cramming into a Flexcar parked behind our old space, but that is just not working out. Among other things, we can't seem to agree on one radio station. So, we're off in search of a new location where we'll hopefully have a little more elbow room. But finding cheap office space in downtown Seattle isn't easy. Tom, Grist's web production assistant, discovered several Gristers aimlessly walking around and crossing the streets of Seattle (without looking both ways!). He snapped the (strangely familiar) photo above to document our current plight. We have exciting plans to expand and improve Grist and need your support to make them happen. Please lend a hand and help Grist get a move on. And since we won't be needing our Flexcar memberships, we'll be giving them away to six lucky donors who contribute $50 or more by 11:59 p.m. PDT tonight. (And yes, the bamboo bike by Calfee Design and Miōn shoes are still up for grabs as well.) Appreciatively, Chris SchultsWeb Production Manager

Doofus bashing

There was some delectable doofus-bashing while I was away by the folks at ScienceBlogs. First, in preparation for his debate on NPR's Science Friday, Chris Mooney allowed his readers the opportunity to savage the Dean of Doofus, Tom Bethell. They mangle Bethell's climate change denialism here, his evolution denialism here, and his science policy fruitcakism here. A little like shooting fish in a barrel, but damn, those fish aren't getting up again. While you're over there, observe Tim Lambert take his cudgel to Tom Harris, a global warming denialist (and ex-tobacco shill) that's been getting a lot of attention in the rightosphere lately: whomp 1, whomp 2. I'm a little ambivalent about the ultimate value of debunking paid shills. Of course they're stupid -- they're paid to be stupid. And bashing them probably just gives them more attention than they deserve. But as the above links show, there's something undeniably satisfying about seeing stupidity decisively and witheringly demolished.

Waves of Mutilation

Oceans are in deep trouble, says U.N. Human exploitation of the oceans has outpaced conservation efforts, the United Nations said Friday. It warned that ocean …

And the Ban Played On

Japan fails in pro-whaling push, but still makes gains Four proposals widely viewed as steps toward a resumption of commercial whaling were defeated this weekend …

The Supremes come clean II

In February, the Roberts Supreme Court heard two cases on the Clean Water Act. Today they ruled 5-4 to void the decisions against two Michigan landowners. The score? Developers 1, Environment 0. I don't know the full details of the opinions or their repercussions yet. It looks like it wasn't a complete victory for the developers, but still bad news for protecting wetlands. Here's a link from the Community Rights Counsel on what's at stake in one of the cases. Update [2006-6-19 13:5:40 by Ana Unruh Cohen]: This Forbes story has more.

When auto-delete just isn’t enough

In this day and age, there's little you can't do online. Book a flight? Click. File your taxes? Click. Chat with Aunt Sally on the other side of the world? Click. Contact your representative? Not so fast. Congress wants to add "logic puzzles" to its already difficult web forms in an effort to reduce the number of emails it gets from those troublesome voters. Apparently, sending an email like this one through an advocacy group doesn't qualify you as a constituent with a legitimate concern. You need to answer questions like "what's 5 minus 1?" to get your Congressman (most likely, your Congressman's staffer) to read your email. Advocacy groups are not letting this slide. Oceana has joined with at least 30 other groups in a letter to Congress today stating among other things that this technology "raise[s] dangerous questions about the infringement of constituents' First Amendment rights." It's not yet clear whether we'll be sending this letter via snail mail.