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Environment could prove decisive in Senate races

In the midst of one of the most pivotal presidential campaigns in decades, it's easy to forget that we are on the brink of what could be a momentous election in the Senate as well: 34 senatorial seats are up for grabs this year, 19 of them currently held by Democrats, 15 by Republicans. Several of those seats could change parties on Nov. 2, and in a Senate where the GOP holds a narrow majority -- 51 to 49 -- over the Dems and one allied independent, merely a few such changeovers could tip the balance of power. Many observers …

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An interview with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm. If John Kerry becomes president, he'll owe an awful lot to Jennifer M. Granholm, Michigan's environmentally minded first-term Democratic governor. For all but a few shaky days in early September when some polls indicated that Michigan may have been leaning President Bush's way, the state and its 17 critical electoral votes have stayed all year as alpine blue as a northern Lake Michigan bay. Granholm has actively accompanied the senator on swings through Michigan, and her husband, Daniel Mulhern, is co-chair of the Kerry-Edwards state campaign. Apart from the war and terrorism, the issues motivating voters in the …

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Enviro issues play big in the race for Florida’s electoral votes

The brutal hurricanes have passed, but now Florida is in the eye of the swirling swing-state storm -- and environmental issues are being swept into the fray by high-ranking politicians and hot-ticket celebrities alike. The Everglades are now faced with a campaign hurricane. Photo: USGS. © Martin Miller. With its 27 electoral votes -- more than any of the other swing states -- Florida could once again prove to be the big campaign prize. In early October, some pundits were predicting that Bush had the state sewn up -- he was leading Kerry among Floridians by 7 percentage points according …

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Cross Purposes

Prominent Brit bishop booted from enviro group for advocating nuclear England's Reverend Hugh Montefiore -- member of the Church of England, former Bishop of Birmingham, and long-time champion of the environment -- has been forced to resign from the board of Friends of the Earth for arguing that nuclear power is the only viable way to avoid the oncoming catastrophe of global warming. Montefiore's argument appeared in an article in The Tablet, a Catholic weekly. He is the second prominent environmentalist to spark controversy recently with the same argument, the first being James Lovelock, independent scientist and father of the …

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An interview with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard, world-class mountaineer, diehard surfer, obsessive fly fisher -- oh yes, and founder and owner of Patagonia, Inc. -- is as famous for his brio and gutsy outdoorsmanship as he is for his visionary business strategy. A Maine-born blacksmith, Chouinard has built Patagonia, a purveyor of top-quality outdoor goods, into a $230 million company without taking it public. Now in his mid 60s, he has for decades maintained a tireless my-way-or-the-highway attitude toward corporate America that has helped him nudge both colleagues and competitors in the direction of sustainability. Yvon contemplates the fate of the planet. Photo: Courtesy of …

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Don’t bet on Bush tackling climate change in a second term

RUSSIA MOVES TO RATIFY THE KYOTO PROTOCOL CALIFORNIA IMPOSES GREENHOUSE-GAS STANDARDS ON CARS NORTHEAST STATES TO IMPOSE GREENHOUSE-GAS CAP EASTERBROOK SAYS "SECOND-TERM BUSH WILL BE THE PRESIDENT WHO IMPOSES GLOBAL-WARMING CONTROLS" Could this man be a climate hero? Guess which headline is bogus? The winner gets a free transcript of the portion of the third Bush-Kerry debate when environmental issues were discussed. Believe it or not, all four of these headlines are real. Gregg Easterbrook, a senior editor at The New Republic, has once again ventured where no sensible human being would dare go, stretching credibility to the limit by …

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Startling stats on Bush’s and Kerry’s energy agendas

$13.3 million -- amount George W. Bush has received from the energy/natural resources, agribusiness, and transportation sectors during the 2004 presidential campaign1 $1.9 million -- amount John Kerry has received from the energy/natural resources, agribusiness, and transportation sectors during the 2004 presidential campaign2 40 -- number of recommendations made by Dick Cheney's energy task force to speed up energy production, including a call to reconsider drilling on public lands that were previously off-limits3 0 -- number of new domestic drilling sites Kerry plans to open4 9+ -- number of times Kerry has voted against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife …

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Environmentalists have given up too much by not being radical enough

Photo: © 2000 David-Lorne Photographic We are destroying our country -- I mean our country itself, our land. This is a terrible thing to know, but it is not a reason for despair unless we decide to continue the destruction. If we decide to continue the destruction, that will not be because we have no other choice. This destruction is not necessary. It is not inevitable, except that by our submissiveness we make it so. We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be …

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The Hansen Bothers

More climate scientists come out against Bush Andrew Revkin of The New York Times has written what may be the definitive account of the battle over science politicization in and around the Bush administration. The broad outlines are familiar -- the science community is more politically mobilized than it has been in decades, outraged at what it sees as the Bush administration's disregard for and manipulation of science -- but there are juicy new details for those interested in Bushian climate-change policy. Revkin reveals that the 2001 decision to backtrack on Bush's campaign promise to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions was based …