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Hybrid ceiling?

Interesting.  J.D. Power and Associates has released a report saying that the market for hybrids will top out at a 3% share in 2010, primarily due to the three or four thousand dollar premium consumers have to pay above a comparably non-hybrid.  Green Car Congress has some reflections.

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Last Crichton post, I promise. Probably.

OK, I really shouldn't be giving Crichton this much attention for writing a dumb book, but just two more items. First, I forgot to draw attention to a great article by Seth Borenstein (whom I heart) on scientists' reactions to State of Fear. As usual, Borenstein doesn't pussyfoot around. Second, just one last observation about the book. It starts with a series of vignettes in which nefarious characters -- a beautiful, raven-haired European woman, a broad-shouldered man in glasses, etc. -- buy, steal, and occasionally kill for the equipment they need to engineer huge natural disasters. You're reading this, wondering …

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Tell us about your favorite eco-magazines made of paper

Advice guru Umbra Fisk seeks your suggestions on good green-themed dead-tree publications. A New Zealander wrote in saying her kids won't listen to anything she says about the internet -- that would be like wearing clothes she picked out! They will, however, read print (yeah, we had to look it up too) magazines that she leaves lying around. So she asks Umbra about good print magazines on environmental and social issues.  Umbra's print experience is limited to the weighty reference volumes in her basement stacks, so she's turning to you, readers. Submit your recommendations as comments. Tell Umbra and other …

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Why did God put our fuel under there?

I just watched Monday's Daily Show, which covered the Iraqi elections (it was more optimistic, and thus less funny, than usual). The super-brainy Fareed Zakaria was the guest (you can watch the interview here). The last question Jon Stewart asked was, "Why did God put our fuel under there?" Ha ha, yeah, funny, and all Zakaria could really do is make a lame joke in response. Here's what he should have said, "The point is not that our fuel ended up under an unstable area, it's that the world's reliance on a non-renewable resource means that areas where it's highly …

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Land easements

A joint Congressional committee has recommended reducing or eliminating tax breaks for conservation easements. The policy details around this stuff are somewhat technical, but it's very big -- and very bad -- news in the world of land trusts, and should be of concern to any enviro. Over at Nature Noted, your one-stop-shopping location for all matters land trust related, Pat Burns is all over it. Start with his January archive and just keep scrolling. Update [2005-2-4 12:44:40 by Dave Roberts]:More from Jon Christensen.

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Speaking of hybrids

The CEO of Nissan made some disparaging comments about hybrids today. Wonder if he'd see this news: Supported by ongoing demand and additional models, combined US sales of hybrids in January 2005 almost doubled from levels in January 2004, rising 98.8% to 8,455 units from 4,252 units the prior year.

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Fox addresses henhouse

Can you guess who said this? We've talked about Kyoto a lot. That's been out there. It's the big boogie man in the last few years. Kyoto is dead. Kyoto is absolutely dead. It's not going to happen. We're taking steps right now to reverse every piece of paper that EPA has put together where they could call CO2 a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. That's going to be nailed down in the next few months ... Now, having said that, mercury, in my opinion, is very Kyoto-like in its potential impacts. Mercury to me is the issue that …

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Hybrid slogan

A while back New American Dream had a contest: come up with a short, punchy slogan to encourage American automakers to make more hybrids. Apparently they got nearly 35,000 submissions and they've narrowed it down to 100 (that's some serious intern grunt work!). If you sign up for an account over there, you can vote on your favorite. (Reading these over, I'm wondering how bad the other 34,900 were. Some are okay, but "Do it right! Go Hybrid!"? Me, I'm voting for the current favorite: "Green cars today. Blue skies tomorrow.")

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Toles

Via Chris Mooney, I see this very funny Tom Toles cartoon.

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Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear”

Remember when bestselling author Michael Crichton jumped into the global warming debate with both feet, releasing a book called State of Fear that cast environmentalists as ruthless loonies and climate change as a case of mass hysteria, and everybody was buzzing about it, and every publication on the planet published reviews of the book, and Crichton did the rounds on talk shows playing the martyr, and American pop culture was all a-twitter? Back in December? Yeah, well, we're ready to weigh in now.  (We just wanted to get the last word!) My review of the book is up, and so …

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