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Once upon a time you dressed so fine

In a Rolling Stone interview with magazine founder and media bigwig Jann Wenner, John Kerry says that global warming would be his No. 1 environmental priority.  Asked whether he agrees with Al Gore that the time of the internal-combustion engine is ending, Kerry, ever the audacious fella, says, "I wouldn't make that kind of a bold pronouncement." Much as Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) does in Grist's interview with her, Kerry endeavors to sell his environmental plan as a jobs plan. I want American workers working; I want American cars made in America; I want American cars to be able …

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Oh Mighty Crisis, Crisis, Crisis

Candidates and country in denial about looming energy crisis The San Francisco Chronicle is running a three-part series on the looming energy crisis and the peculiar refusal of the presidential candidates -- and the country -- to deal with it realistically. Global oil demand is rising, prices are rising, and production is relatively static. Despite the campaign rhetoric, neither candidate's energy plan would dent this problem. Bush pushes for increased domestic production, hoping to pepper the American West with oil and natural-gas drills that would despoil open spaces without solving the long-term problem. Kerry has softened his support for strict …

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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 …