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Live chat on habitat conservation plans

If you've been following the great Seattle P-I series on habitat conservation plans, you should tune in for a live online chat with one of the authors, Robert McClure. It happens at 12:30 (PST) today. You can submit a question now.

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UCS on hybrids

Check two new projects on hybrid cars from the Union of Concerned Scientists: Hybridcenter.org, a source for consumer and technical information, and Hybridblog.org, which is, you guess it, a blog. They also offer this HybridAction widget, where you can express your support for the CLEAR Act, recently offered up by Orrin Hatch. (Via Mike Millikin, who is -- have I mentioned? -- this week's InterActivist.)

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There are many, but not one knock-out.

Sorry to keep going on and on about energy policy, but ... there's a flurry of good points and confusion swirling about, so I'll jump in. First, Matt the Prolific points to an NRO piece by Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren on some strange misconceptions hovering around the energy debate in Congress. Their principle point, which The Economist also makes this week, is this: The hostility directed at "foreign" oil is ridiculous. The amount of oil we import has no bearing on the impact of world oil-market shocks on our economy. Even if the United States imported no oil …

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TIME columnist feels safe endorsing energy independence now that the cool kids are on board.

Let me be honest: I loath Joe Klein. To me he represents everything that's wrong with the smug, self-satisfied, head-up-its-ass D.C. media establishment. Beltway opinion-makers live in a bizarre bubble of "conventional wisdom" that consists almost entirely of what they tell each other at cocktail parties and on Sunday-morning cable shows. They are consistently, grossly, embarrassingly manipulated by those in power -- the very ones they're supposed to be afflicting. You couldn't find a better example than Klein's current op-ed in TIME. For one thing, there's this snotty aside: [Bush] proposed that [Social Security] be made solvent by reducing benefits …

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Plus Ca (Climate) Change …

Ancient empires crushed by changing climate -- not that you should worry Elizabeth Kolbert continues her exploration of climate change in the second of a three-part series in The New Yorker. She begins with a look at the world's first great empire, founded 4,300 years ago on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Around 25 years ago, archeologist Harvey Weiss uncovered one of that empire's great cities and -- through careful analysis of the layers of sedimentation -- discovered that, around 2200 B.C., all signs of life (even earthworms!) abruptly vanished. His theory, controversial at the time, was …

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Grist wins Webby Award.

So, a few weeks ago we mentioned that Grist was up for a Webby Award in the magazine category. Well, if you haven't heard, Grist is the People's Voice winner! Woo-hoo! While our friends at AlterNet.org won the Webby Award, Grist got the vote of the people, which is what really matters. (What does a panel of judges know anyhoo?) Needless to say, everyone at Grist appreciates all who supported us.

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Deathy death death blah blah

The Week, the newsweekly you've never heard of, briefly covers the hoo-hah over environmentalism's doldrums.

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Oil spills: peachy

I know it's two years old, but it's not every day you stumble across a defense of oil spills, so I thought I'd share it. Here's the conclusion: The truth is, oil spills cause no long-term damage. Spills do not kill off animal species. The chance of oil spills is greatly reduced by new technology. There is no reason not to drill for oil anywhere. Now you know the truth. Go out and educate America. Well, what are you waiting for? Go!

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At least one member of Congress realizes the size of the problem.

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Maryland) gave a series of speeches about peak oil on the floor of the House of Representatives. Mike Millikin of Green Car Congress -- who is, ahem, this week's Grist InterActivist -- discussed them here and here. Now (via Jeff), Global Public Media has an interview with Bartlett. It's absolutely fascinating -- the guy has obviously thought about and studied the issue extensively. It's rare to hear frank talk like this from a public official: If we're going to get through this crisis period without an awful lot of pain, we're going to have to have the …

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Greenpeace co-founder passes away — an appreciation.

Bob Hunter, Canadian journalist and co-founder of Greenpeace, died yesterday of prostate cancer. Reader Stephen Best forwarded us a nice appreciation of Hunter, written by his friend and fellow rabble-rouser Captain Paul Watson. It's below the fold. My lifelong friend and teacher Robert Lorne Hunter died today. Bob Hunter was plain and simply one of the most inspiring and visionary environmentalists of our time. He was "the" founding father of the Greenpeace Foundation. There are many of us who can be called co-founders of Greenpeace. Like veterans of a long war, we have all been kept aware of each other …

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