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Greens and big biz

"Green movement is big business," declares the headline of a Reuters article this week.   The concept recalls Mac Chapin's ruckus-causing article in World Watch on conflicts of interest at the three big conservation groups, as mentioned by Geoff last week. (A fascinating read, by the way -- I may never think of the Big Three the same way again.) The content of the Reuters piece, though, is far less enlightening.  It kicks off thusly:     Some environmentalists slam big business for its polluting or tree-cutting ways, but a growing number of "greens" resemble and even act like Wall …

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Green Bay Backers

The New York Times editorial page today waded into the mucky controversy over pollution of Indonesia's Buyat Bay by the Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corp., the world's biggest plunderer -- oops, I mean producer -- of gold. The Times' Jane Perlez has covered this saga -- which has involved, among other exciting bits, jail time for mining execs, high-stakes lawsuits, dueling scientific reports, and birth deformities -- more comprehensively than any other reporters, to my knowledge (see here and here).  The Times editorial, in part:   Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a former general, became Indonesia's first directly elected president last month partly …

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Hydrogen girlie man?

Schwarzenegger blusters on about building a Hydrogen Highway in "the great state of California," but little ol' D.C. has beat him to the punch on one key front. This week, the District of Columbia became host to the first hydrogen-dispensing pump at a public gas station in North America. Green-leaning folks may or may not think the hydrogen revolution is an admirable or even attainable goal, but it seems to be inching forward nonetheless.  Or, considering the fact that the new Shell-owned pump will be servicing a mere six demonstration minivans owned by GM, millimetering forward? D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams …

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For all those remaining undecideds …

Judd Legum and The Nation have pithily summarized nine of Bush's most egregious environmental offenses (as well as 91 non-environmental ones): The Bush Administration gutted clean-air standards for aging power plants, resulting in at least 20,000 premature deaths each year. The Bush Administration eliminated protections on more than 200 million acres of public lands. President Bush broke his promise to place limits on carbon dioxide emissions, an essential step in combating global warming. Days after 9/11, the Bush Administration told people living near Ground Zero that the air was safe -- even though they knew it wasn't -- subjecting hundreds …

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It’s gettin’ hot in herre

The New York Times editorial page took the Bushies to task yesterday for ignoring and distorting science on climate change, echoing accusations made by NASA's top-dog climatologist, Jim Hansen. Speaking in Iowa last week, Hansen castigated the Bush administration for its failure to face up to facts and act, and he "said that he had been instructed by Sean O'Keefe, administrator of [NASA], not to discuss publicly the human contribution to global warming," the Times writes. The editorial continues: [T]his administration has a depressing history of discouraging robust discourse on climate change. ... The net result is that while most …

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Oink, oink

Bush signed the massive corporate tax giveaway yesterday, though his handlers didn't make a big stink over it.  Perhaps they were hoping we little people wouldn't notice that it's an unconscionable $143-million-over-10-years pork smorgasbord for the oh-so-special interests, at a time of record deficits ($413 billion and counting).  Oh, and it's an environmental abomination too.   Commentator Connie Rice of The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR -- who dubbed the bill the "Corporate Looting and Piracy Act" -- summed up just a few of its most stomach-churning provisions:   Unlike the Leave No Child Behind bill, this corporate boondoggle is …

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VP mutiny

Even Winona LaDuke, Nader's running mate in 1996 and 2000, is ditching Ralph this year and endorsing Kerry.  This from her opinion piece in Indian Country Today: John Kerry provides promise for Native America and for America. His policy proposals involve vision -- like alternative energy, more accessible health care, and finding all those children who have been "left behind" by the Bush administration. ... He opposes converting Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste dump. He noted in the first debate that America cannot demand that other countries dispose of their nukes while we are busy engineering new ones. ... …

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Another voice calling Kyoto a potential boon for business

L.A. Times business columnist James Flanigan has joined the ever-growing chorus asserting that Kyoto can -- even will -- be good for industry.   "Global warming is suddenly looking like a hot business opportunity," he writes.  "The funny thing is nobody seems to fear the Kyoto Protocol anymore. In fact, some might even get rich off it."He cites corporate examples that are well-known in green-biz circles but probably not amongst normal folks: DuPont Co., for example, has curtailed carbon emissions from its plants in the United States and around the world by 67% since the Kyoto treaty came along. Far …

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Italy jumps on the SUV-bashing bandwagon

Europeans don't take as kindly to mobile global-warmers as do their American counterparts.  Latest country to join in the anti-SUV backlash:  Italy.  The nation's Environment Ministry is plotting to slap a new tax on big gas-guzzlers, and possibly use the funds to incentivize people to scrap old cars and buy more efficient ones, Reuters reports.

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What eco-questions would you pose at Friday’s debate?

The Sierra Club has crafted eight queries it would like to see Bush and Kerry hit with during Friday's town-hall-style debate, and it's asking you to vote on the best.  Currently top in the running:  "The Russian government recently announced that it will put the international global-warming treaty into effect by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. The current administration has pulled the United States out of the agreement, even though this country accounts for 25 percent of the world's global warming pollution. How will the United States do their part to curb global warming and stabilize the global climate?" Meanwhile, a …

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