I walked into my local grocery store over the weekend and was faced with the very dilemma -- organic or local? -- some of my colleagues have been wrestling with for a while. On one table: fresh local strawberries, grown conventionally (i.e., with pesticides and artificial fertilizers). On an adjacent table: organic strawberries shipped all the way from California. I looked, but couldn't find any that were both local and organic. The question: which to buy?
It makes you lonely and, if you're not careful, a xenophobic jerk.
Update [2006-6-26 15:10:1 by David Roberts]: Tim Lambert has more debunking here. I'm not really sure if stuff like this is worth mentioning any more, but climate dead-ender Richard Lindzen had an insipid op-ed in The Wall Street Journal this weekend titled "There Is No 'Consensus' On Global Warming." It's sprinkled with all the bogus factoids typically deployed in these ventures. The only substantive argument for the headline is this:
Today the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case filed by 12 states against the Environemental Protection Agency for failing to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. This case has already sparked controversy and will be closely scrutinized when it is finally argued this October. What the Supremes will decide in a nutshell: Is CO2 "life" or a "pollutant"? Their recent Clean Water Act ruling is not giving me much cause for hope. As the Washington Post editorial said today: The bloc favoring a harder-line approach to environmental enforcement could be among the more dangerous features of the new Roberts Court.
Read Joel Makower.
I was reading the magazine section of the same Sunday NYT that David noted for its coverage of all things green, when I came across a six-page advertising section for "green properties" that left me shaking my head. (Sorry, not available online.) The title is prefaced by "luxury homes and estates," so I already know we're going to a place I'm not comfortable with. The tendency for green building coverage is to focus on lifestyle choices of the affluent or the extreme (examples here, here, and here), but that tendency is already well-trod, if painful, territory. What got me in this piece was something else. These high-rise condominiums, town homes and vacation houses are capturing the interest of luxury buyers and renters who seek to lower energy consumption and make more earth conscious choices. Now keep in mind that phrase: "earth conscious choices."
Ed Wilson. What’s your job title? President and CEO of Earthwatch Institute. What does your organization do? First, we help gather objective science-based information that …
The news that Bill Gates is stepping down from Microsoft to spend more time on his foundation, and that mega-financier Warren Buffet will be giving up to $31 billion of his personal fortune to said foundation, reminded me of something I saw in an interview with Gates last week, namely:
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