Grist List

Sprawl

Lorax statue lifted from Seuss estate

Someone stole a statue of the Lorax from Dr. Seuss’ estate. The sculpture, made by Dr. Seuss’ stepdaughter, weighs 300 pounds, so whoever stole it must have been really strong, brought friends, and really wanted the thing. The Los Angeles Times reports: The thief or thieves apparently rolled the statue and stump down a hill and into a getaway vehicle, according to the San Diego police. Who would commit such a heinous crime? Here are our (very, very speculative) theories:

Critical List: Fukushima will take decades to decommission; North Sea gas leak

Is Fukushima news ever positive? A new assessment of damage at the plant shows levels of radiation higher than expected, which means decommissioning the plant could take decades. Building cleantech requires certain resources — rare earth metals, water, biomass — that are getting scarce. Mohamed Nasheed, the deposed Maldives president, is doing a media tour to promote The Island President, the movie about his work on climate change and Copenhagen (out this week in theaters!).

Election 2012

Mitt Romney thinks pets are cars and cars are pets

By now you’ve surely heard that Mitt Romney’s planned all-inclusive beach resort house in La Jolla will include a car elevator, for cars that need to get to the second floor of the garage but are too tired to take the stairs. Between that and the indelible story about Romney keeping his dog on the roof rack, we’re forced to come to the obvious conclusion: Mitt — or is it M.I.T.T.? — is just genuinely confused about the difference between organic creatures and vehicles.