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Hybrid buses

A little while back, Seattle got a lot of "the future is now!"-type press for ordering a full fleet of diesel-electric hybrid buses, which cost $200,000 more apiece than their articulated diesel brethren. Unfortunately, according to the Seattle P-I, claims that they would get up to 40 percent better gas mileage have not cashed out. In fact, their gas mileage is roughly comparable to the old buses', although they are quieter, produce fewer emissions, and cost less to maintain. Guess the future is still in the future. UPDATE: For a much longer and more informative take on this story -- …

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Politician instructs media on accuracy; timespace implodes on itself

You know the press is failing in its obligations when a politician has to instruct it on honesty and integrity. Sen. Frank Lautenberg just sent a letter to the Washington Post taking them to task for bogus "he said - she said" journalism on the subject of global warming. The article in question, by Juliet Eilperin, discussed a recent study on heat waves caused by climate change. Says Lautenberg: But the last half of the article is squandered on the views of Myron Ebell, an economist -- not a climate scientist -- whose "studies" at the American Enterprise Institute are …

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Four green strategies

Via New Donkey, I see that the Progressive Policy Institute has released a fairly substantial report outlining four strategies the environmental movement can use to move forward in coming years. (The DLC summarizes them here.) It says state-level changes are where the action is, and offers copious case studies. Worthwhile reading.

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Climate Wars III: Return of the Scientists

Legitimate climate scientists are at something of a disadvantage. They do careful research and publish peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. Then a squadron of industry-funded pseudo-scientist hacks descends on the popular media to stir up doubt and confusion. By the time the scientists can defend their work in, say, Science, popular attention has moved on. Thus the false sense in the American public that there is real scientific uncertainty about the basic fact of anthropocentric climate change (when there really isn't). Enter RealClimate.org, a new blog written by a group of bona fide climate scientists.  "We aim," they say, "to …

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Lights

Looking for some environmentally friendly -- yet full of holiday cheer -- lights for your tree/house/yard/plastic reindeer this season?  MetaEfficient recommends LED.

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Diesel

Green Car Congress compares four Honda Accords -- a hybrid, a clean diesel, and two sedans -- and comes to a rather surprising conclusion: "The outcome: the Accord Diesel (using petroleum diesel) offers the lowest fuel consumption and the lowest CO2 emissions, even surpassing the Accord Hybrid." UPDATE: Here's a follow-up post comparing different versions of the Honda Civic.

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The people on top of our oil

It was published the day before the election, so it didn't get the attention it should have, but it's worth your time to go back and read Daniel Glick's piece in Salon about Bush's renewed push to drill in Alaska's Northeast National Petroleum Reserve and the threat it poses to the Eskimo way of life. NPR-A is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's less-celebrated cousin, but at 23.5 million acres, it's the largest chunk of public land in the U.S. It's worth some attention, and so is the life the Eskimos there have lived for hundreds of years.

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Green building resources

For those interested or involved in green building, two important websites: Ecospecifier and the Green Matrix, both portals with tons of information on green building techniques, materials, and resources. (Via Treehugger and EnviroPundit.)

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Hate something

Via Green Car Congress, the story of a Honda U.K. ad for new, quieter diesel engines, featuring a catchy ditty sung by Garrison Keillor that's becoming so popular there's talk of releasing it as a single. It's pretty amazing. You can watch the ad here.

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Lakoff worship

George Lakoff, framing guru and pundit to the (lefty) stars, is officially hitting the halls of power. Tomorrow, he will meet with House Democrats, who are desperate for someone, anyone to help them craft a winning message. The danger, of course, is that Lakoff's work on framing, which actually has deep roots in cognitive science, will be watered down to the point that it's just about a new collection of catchphrases. To wit: He has suggested that same-sex marriage should be referred to as "the right to marry." Trial lawyers like vice presidential nominee John Edwards should instead be called …

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