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Green chic

Looks like Newsweek has caught on to green fashion. Nothing groundbreaking in the story, but it's nice to know the trend has grown enough to cross big media's radar. Also see this story on Edun, the new socially conscious fashion line being started by U2 singer Bono and his wife. Looks like hippies are on the outs, and the smartly-dressed green is in. Sorry hippies! Feel free to protest your own obsolescence in comments.

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Peak oil

A nice "Peak Oil" primer on Treehugger. See also this collection of oily links from Dave Pollard.

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Take action — well, okay, write a letter to your Congressfolk — about the Arctic Refuge

Tomorrow the Senate will likely vote on the budget resolution and the Cantwell amendment, which would keep ANWR Arctic Refuge drilling out of it. Via the Wilderness Society, you can urge your senator to vote against it, and your representative to keep the House budget resolution free of such nonsense. Related stuff over on Cascadia -- particularly an interesting bit on the Trans-Alaska pipeline.

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Farm subsidies, or, I told you so

Last month, when Bush first released his 2006 budget and made a big show of saying he would cut farm subsidies (so brave! so fiscally conservative!), I called bullshit on it. One theory going around was that in cutting the USDA's budget, Bush knew that powerful backers would preserve farm subsidies, and what would end up getting the ax? Food stamps. Over at Tapped, Sam Rosenfeld finds evidence that this is exactly what's happening, from the Congressional Quarterly (not online) and this AP story. Read it and weep puke: Senior Republicans in both the House and Senate are open to …

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Elevator Pitch Contest finalists — vote!

Our Elevator Pitch Contest brought in over 150 entries -- a number I'll happily refer to as "whopping." I know I said I'd pick the winner but ... it's just too dang hard. So I'm going to let you, dear readers, vote for your favorite. Voting will stay open until, well, people stop voting -- say a week? Have at it! Sorry, the poll you are seeking no longer exists. If you’re in a voting mood, suggest a poll and you might just see it on the site.

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More Marburger

I'd highly recommend this public presentation by and interview with White House science advisor John Marburger. Roger Pielke Jr.'s got some excerpts. Marburger's a bit of an enigma to me -- the interview is alternately thoughtful, thought-provoking, and maddening. Here's one excerpt: After the President announced that he would not support the Kyoto Protocol early in 2001, there was a lot of criticism and the President turned to the National Academies and asked them to make a study, which they did in record time, informing him about the validity of the science in the documents that supported the Kyoto Protocol. …

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Upcoming mercury policy

When the history of the Bush administration environmental record is written, there will be plenty of dark chapters. With the exception of its inaction on climate change, however, none will be so dark as its treatment of mercury. We know that its handmaidens in Congress have distorted the science on mercury emissions. But there has also been a steady trickle of stories about its attempts to bias the policy-making process in favor of industry. In short: the Bushies favor a weak cap-and-trade program over the more traditional "maximum achievable control technology" approach. In endeavoring to justify this preference -- that …

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The argument

How did Dave Pollard get in my dome?

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Oh yes, he’ll be back

Cali Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (whose name, bizarrely, I now know how to spell from memory) has his first challenger in the 2006 gubernatorial race. This is so naive it's cute: But some political observers say the question of whether Angelides, or any Democrat, can unseat Schwarzenegger in 2006 will turn on the events of the rest of this year. Yes, if there's one thing the 2004 election showed, it's that "events" make or break a candidate! First 2006 political prediction: Arnold is a lock.

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An open letter to Nicholas Kristof

Nic, Look, I think it's a great thing that the environmental movement is taking a hard look at itself, and I'm as critical of some of its tactics and rhetoric as anybody. But your latest op-ed is a lazy, risible piece of shit. In the great tradition of progressive pundits establishing their Beltway bona fides by taking swings at their own side, you peer down your nose at the "alarmists" and "extremists" who have taken over the green movement. Enviros, you tsk-tsk, just keep crying wolf about things that don't pan out. As evidence, you cite three examples from the …

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