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We Get It -- the joke, that is

Corporate evangelical leaders cloak opposition to climate policy behind concern for poor

Those of you following Grist's news feed (if you're not, you should) are aware that last week a group of conservative evangelicals launched the "We Get It!" campaign, arguing against action on global warming. We've written a great deal on Grist about the split in the evangelical leadership between those who recognize the danger of global warming and those who don't. The former includes lots of younger churchgoers who want to broaden the church's mandate beyond abortion and homosexuality, taking on poverty and environmental issues and asserting the church's independence from the Republican party. The latter group, the old guard, …

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Apologies and previews

Grist is cooking up a new site; what do you want to see in it?

I have exciting matters to discuss, but first, two apologies. First apology Lately, my blogging has been cursory, rushed, incomplete, and a little sucky. I haven't been responding to emails, writing the longer pieces I've promised various people, or otherwise keeping up with my professional obligations. "What's new?" you ask. What's new is that I have a really good excuse. More on that in a moment. Second apology We are well aware -- I'd even go so far as to say painfully aware -- that the site has been slow lately. Hell, sometimes it stops altogether. Not cool. We're doing …

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High gas prices, healthy new habits

Gallup shows Americans making smart choices to break the gas habit.

It took soaring fuel prices for old habits to shift. But they're shifting alright. Just take a look at these poll results -- Gallup finds that big numbers of Americans are making changes in their daily lives to deal with higher gas prices. Here's a snapshot: Most telling, perhaps, is that 7 out of 10 poll respondents are considering a more fuel-efficient car. That's a change that'll help control energy costs for years to come, no matter what happens to the price of gasoline. Even though we can't control the price of gas, we control our consumption: we can drive …

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Conservative Christians launch skeptical climate campaign

Conservative religious leaders have launched a "We Get It!" campaign that just goes to prove that saying something doesn't make it so. The campaign aims to gather a million signatures on a petition opposing climate-change action, with the argument that tackling global warming will hurt the world's poor. "Our stewardship of creation must be based on Biblical principles and factual evidence," says the petition. "We face important environmental challenges, but must be cautious of claims that our planet is in peril from speculative dangers like man-made global warming." The campaign is in large part a response to the Evangelical Climate …

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From Bushy to Beef

Tail lickin' good Give squirrel a whirl: it's all natural, free-range, and as local as it gets. Apparently, "Southern fried squirrel is good. And tandoori style works. It is especially tasty fricasséed with Cornish cream and walnuts." Now that's just nuts. Where the sun don't shine Not 'til we met the solar-powered bra and the dress that wrinkles on bad-air days did we think of tie-dye and Birks as the good ol' days. Photo: Will Meeker Just for the helmet This Bike to Work Day, trade in your ass-bad bike shorts for a bad-ass bike. So young, and jaded already …

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Toyota's foresight pays off, part one

Prius sales top one million

The Toyota Prius is "the world's first mass-produced petrol-electric hybrid car to hit 1 million in sales." More than half of those were sold in North America. Toyota's goal is to sell more than one million per year. I own one and must say it is a terrific car. I get about 45 miles per gallon combined city and highway -- double the mpg of my old Saturn, which was not as big. I think the comments from the Wired blog bear repeating, considering how GM (and others) mocked Toyota for pushing what they claimed was a money-losing vehicle: With …

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The Iceman melteth

Val Kilmer to star in Arctic horror flick

Photo: © Val Kilmer This summer, the Iceman cometh ... to a horror flick about global warming. The Thaw, which begins shooting mid-June with star Val Kilmer, is based on the premise that melting ice caps reveal a woolly mammoth hosting a deadly prehistoric parasite that comes back to life to infect the world ... mwa-ha-ha. Ahem. From director Mark A. Lewis: "I think ultimately where this story comes from is the idea or, more accurately, the feeling of vulnerability. The discussion eventually evolved into one about the vulnerability of our species and how we're about to experience the wrath …

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Alter Eco

Adrian Grenier’s eco-entourage heats up Planet Green

I mentioned Adrian Grenier's upcoming project, The Green Life, back in January, but the latest scoop is that the show -- billed as a makeover series wherein Grenier and "his entourage" help everyday folk go green -- has been renamed Alter Eco and will premiere in June. According to LAist, one of the first renovations on the show will be the Tokio Lounge, which is being transformed into Ecco, "Hollywood's first ecofriendly lounge." Expected to open in July, the new lounge will feature an organic menu, eco-friendly cement (waste materials added to pack cement), an LED lighting system, waterless urinals …

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U. of Washington to create big eco-college

The University of Washington is planning to create the largest environmental college evah. The proposed College of the Environment would become the 5th-largest of U-Dub's 17 colleges, combining its current schools of forestry, fishery sciences, atmospheric sciences, earth and space sciences, marine affairs, and oceanography. "Certainly, higher education in general has a responsibility to tackle challenges that threaten the well-being of the planet," says the proposal. "The UW is strongly positioned to truly advance the contributions of academia to the very concrete problems of the world around us." The college is scheduled to open in fall 2009, and its graduates …

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Prius sales top 1 million

Worldwide sales of Toyota's Prius hybrid have passed the 1 million mark, the auto company announced Thursday. The world's first mass-produced hybrid was introduced in Japan in 1997 and in other markets in 2000. While it was at the time a risky business venture, it didn't take long for the word Prius -- Latin for "to go before" -- to become synonymous with popular hybrid technology (and yuppie environmentalism). Nearly 60 percent of the 1.028 million Priuses/Prii/Priora sold have been to customers in North America. Inspired to join the crowd? "This is a special vehicle, and as fuel prices keep …

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