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Zed, last of his species, in "First Twins in a Twist"

Give Us Hybrids, or Give Us Death

  Re: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Do Good Dear Editor: I disagree with the action to dissuade Ford from making hybrid SUVs. I live in western Colorado and would very much like to own a hybrid car for environmental reasons; however, tiny two-door, lightweight cars that sit about six inches off the ground are useless during Rocky Mountain winters and in rural areas. Amy Hadden Marsh Glenwood Springs, Colo. Because SUVs are so popular, maybe a hybrid SUV would provide incentive for more people to buy an environmentally responsible vehicle.   Dear Editor: Although I currently reside in Texas, Colorado …

Parris in the Summertime

As a last hurrah, Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening (D) says he will push for new restrictions on development along Maryland’s coastal bays. He says he will introduce a bill to preserve the wetlands and protect water quality in the next legislative session –which will be his final one in office — and he expects the fight over the restrictions to be one of his toughest yet. Driving the southern Maryland coast this weekend, Glendening pointed out a house under construction on what was once a wetland: “People look at that and say, isn’t that progress? It’s a million-dollar home. I …

Glow With the Flow

Artificial lakes containing 50 years of radioactive waste could leak into the rivers of the Ural Mountains within a few years, according to a letter sent by the governor of Russia’s Chelyabinsk region to Russia’s prime minister last month. The area near the Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant is known as one of the most radioactive places on the planet. Chelyabinsk’s vice governor, Gennady Podtyosov, said on Friday that contaminated water might burst the lakes’ dam in three to four years, sending waste flowing into the Arctic Ocean.

Rice-a-Roni, the Global Warming Treat

U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice made sure yesterday that the rest of the world maintained its low expectation of the U.S. on climate change. On CNN’s “Late Edition,” Rice contradicted a statement by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and said the U.S. would probably not have a comprehensive plan to combat climate change ready by October, in time for the next international meeting on this issue. Ten days ago in Europe, Powell promised foreign nations that a plan would be prepared by then. Meanwhile, the World Wildlife Fund says the climate deal struck last week in Bonn is …

The Brown Lagoon

Lagoons of animal waste from large factory farms are threatening drinking water and recreational waters across the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Clean Water Network. The groups want new lagoons to be banned and existing ones to be phased out within the next five years. The U.S. EPA this month is weighing whether to impose tougher pollution rules on hog, poultry, and dairy farms. But don’t get your hopes up — the agency under President Bush hasn’t been supportive of tightening clean water rules. Industry representatives say more restrictions on …

Zed, last of his species, in "Washing Down the Washed-up Blues"

It Drives Them Crazy

  Dear Editor: Oooooh it makes my blood boil. I’d like to email Stan Meager a piece of my mind. I hope that every automaker takes a cue from Ford, and they all start upping their donations to environmental causes. Eventually folks like Stan Meager will be seen “thumbing it” down the rural highways and begging for generic brand spark plugs! Lara Schuchat Guam   Re: What Would Jesus Drive? Dear Editor: I just read your account of the anti-SUV event outside Boston. Bravo! As an environmentally conscious Prius driver, nothing would be better than to see those monsters off …

Zed, last of his species, in "Kilowatts Across the Water"

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