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Green Quixote

Humboldt-Based Candidate New Front-Runner for Green Party Nomination Meanwhile, far from the madding crowds in Iowa, Green Party activists are fishing about for a standard-bearer of their own. Ralph Nader said no thanks; he's planning to lose the 2004 presidential race as an Independent. But a potential front-runner has emerged in the person of David Cobb, a longtime Green activist. While Cobb is from Texas and was instrumental in establishing the Green Party in the state, he is currently based in -- where else? -- Northern California's notoriously leftish Humboldt County. The final verdict on a Green presidential candidate will …

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Houston, We Have a Solution

Supporters Claim $300 Billion Energy Plan Would Create 3.3 Million Jobs A coalition called the Apollo Alliance released a report on Wednesday proposing and outlining a 10-year, $300 billion investment in alternative energy sources, which it claimed would create 3.3 million jobs and more than pay for itself through energy savings and economic stimulation. The 10-point plan -- which contains prescriptions for everything from more efficient factories to modernized electrical plants to hybrid cars -- contrasts sharply with the Bush administration's proposed energy plan, which would heavily subsidize the oil, gas, and nuclear industries. The report prompted criticism from economists …

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Babbitt, Hawken, and other enviros throw their weight behind Dean

We've spent much of our lives working for environmental change -- for a response to global warming, for the preservation of biodiversity, for wild places, for family farms. But this winter, we're working for Howard Dean for president -- backing him in the confident hope that his victory will mean that the deep environmental principles of the American people will finally prevail over the narrow special interests that for too long have dominated our country. Deaning America. Photo: John Pettitt, DeanForAmerica.com. It's not that we're against the other contenders for the Democratic nomination. Several of them have fine environmental records, …

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Whitman highlights Republican rift on environment

Whitman has her say. On Monday, former U.S. EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman published an uncharacteristically opinionated commentary in the New York Times lamenting the Bush administration's disregard for moderate Republican viewpoints. Though gently worded, the op-ed stands as the closest thing Whitman has made to a confession that she abandoned her post over an ideological clash with her superiors -- not because of homesickness, as she claimed in her resignation letter. More important, Whitman identified the fault line of radicalism that has begun to rupture the GOP -- a growing chasm dividing moderate and right-wing Republicans over a broad …

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They’re Going to Pump You Up

Supreme Court to Review Two Important Environmental Cases In what court-watchers are calling an unusually in-depth review of environmental issues, the Supreme Court is set to hear two cases today with potentially nationwide implications for clean air and water regulations. The first is an appeal by oil companies and diesel manufacturers (supported by the Bush administration) who are challenging a Los Angeles-area requirement that diesel-fueled buses, trash trucks, and airport shuttles be replaced with cleaner-burning models. The second is a suit brought by the Florida Everglades-based Miccosukee tribe against a water-pumping station that for years has been piping polluted runoff …

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Hasta La Vista, Fishies

Schwarzenegger Cuts Moola for California Marine Reserves Plan In a boon for headline-writers who still haven't exhausted their Terminator puns, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has put an indefinite hold on planning for a more than 1,000-mile-long necklace of no-fishing marine reserves along the California coast -- mandated by a 1999 state law designed to restore the coastal environment and fish populations. His administration claims that the estimated $1.7 million - $2.3 million required to complete planning by the Jan. 1, 2005, deadline simply cannot be found in the beleaguered state budget. To make matters worse, the state Department of …

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Sales Pitched

Forest Service Cancels Timber Sales in Tongass The U.S. Forest Service plans to cancel 20 timber sales in Alaska's Tongass National Forest -- not because it's dedicated to preserving old growth in the vast rainforest, but because the sales were sure to be money-losers for logging companies. Enviros are feeling vindicated by the development; they say it proves that a lack of timber from the Tongass has not been the cause of decline in the region's timber industry. Aurah Landau of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council says the timber sales could have led to damaged salmon streams and expressed hopes …

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An interview with Interior’s Lynn Scarlett, one of the architects of Bush’s “new environmentalism”

The people who make policy don't always make headlines. The Bush administration boasts more than a few strong-minded, behind-the-scenes strategists with almost as much influence as cabinet members. Lynn Scarlett is one of them. As assistant secretary of the Department of Interior's Office of Policy, Management, and Budget, Scarlett helps determine the budgets for all eight DOI bureaus -- from Fish and Wildlife to the Minerals Management Service. Her office performs background analysis on every revised rule and new program that passes through the agency. That makes her the only person in Interior, aside from Secretary Gale Norton and Deputy …

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Interior Design

Interior's Lynn Scarlett Defends Bush's "New Environmentalism" When it comes to the environment, Lynn Scarlett may be the most influential Bush administration member you've never heard of. As an assistant secretary in the Interior Department, charged with analyzing rules and determining budgets throughout the agency, she has significant say over everything from mining to wildlife refuges. And as former head of the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank, she is one of the architects of the "new environmentalism" that the Bush team enthusiastically espouses. In an interview, Scarlett discusses the invisible hand's "green thumb," the role of public comments in …

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Terror Error

Top British Scientist Calls Global Warming Bigger Threat Than Terrorism Which menacing global problem should be keeping you up at night: terrorism or climate change? Britain's top government scientist is creating a bit of a stir by arguing that it's the latter, and lambasting President Bush for having his priorities all out of whack. In an article in today's issue of the U.S. journal Science, David King, chief scientific advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, castigates the U.S. for refusing to take action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, noting that although the country is home to only 4 percent …