Politics

The 'best test'

Both sides hating a bill doesn’t mean the bill is good

There’s not much new in this story about Dingell — yeah, yeah, he’s going to move slowly and deliberately on climate change — but I really hate this way of framing things: Speaking with reporters, Dingell said that he expects the end result to elicit complaints from both environmentalists and industrialists. “I seriously doubt if anybody is going to be happy with what we do, and that may be the best test of whether we have written a good bill,” he said. The "best test," really? First of all, no. Memo to Dingell: it’s entirely possible that if both environmentalists …

The Bush administration: Bringing you third-party scientific reviews from online roleplaying pals

You have to read this to believe it

On Wednesday, the Inspector General’s office at the Department of Interior released a report showing that a Bush appointee who lacked any background in natural science had "bullied, insulted, and harassed the professional staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change documents and alter biological reporting regarding the Endangered Species Program." She had been "heavily involved with editing, commenting on, and reshaping … scientific reports from the field." This all sounds familiar, of course. Shades of Philip Cooney. Shades of Steven Griles. Hack Bush appointees corrupting the scientific process for ideological ends. This is a particularly ham-handed …

Bill Clinton on energy -- five years ago

So correct it hurts

Via Hugg, here’s a remarkable video of Bill Clinton — on 9/11/02 — sharing a message on energy that’s so damn right it makes me want to cry:

Equal opportunity organic

Sustainable food meets social justice

Grassroots organic is alive and well, even in the concrete jungles of New Haven and Boston. Today I spent an hour and a half at a talk called "Food Policy: Addressing Social Justice in the Sustainable and Local Food Movements." The event's keynote speakers were two women who work for urban sustainable food initiatives. One of the organizations, CitySeed, is located in New Haven, Conn. At the talk, CitySeed's executive director, Jennifer McTiernan, spoke about how her organization works with Connecticut politicians to give low-income eaters access to fresh food and urban farmers' markets. The other organization, The Food Project, hails from Boston, and works to integrate urban youth into their network of small scale organic production. Their speaker was a woman named Rebecca Nemec, who works as a policy fellow for the Project.

The Hill’s Not Alive With the Sound of Music

Gore climate concert kicked off of Capitol grounds In a decision that sent discordant music wafting toward Al Gore’s ears, a group of Republican senators has put the kibosh on using the Capitol grounds for a gigantic climate-change-awareness concert this summer. The group — led, not surprisingly, by climate skeptic James Inhofe (R-Okla.) — blocked a resolution authorizing Gore to use the area as the North American venue of his 7/7/07 Live Earth shows. The move was justified, Inhofe declared through a spokesperson, because the event would be “highly partisan.” Because as everyone knows, global warming affects only Democrats. Rep. …

More Inhofian troglodyticism

The man blocks Gore’s concert on the Capitol steps

One of the many stories I missed today: Sen. James Inhofe, in a characteristically petty display of foot-stomping, is blocking Al Gore’s efforts to have one of his Live Earth concerts on the Capitol steps. Inhofe says it’s partisan. Guess it is now. Some good quotes: Noting that many political events — including the 1990 Earth Day celebration — have been held on the Capitol steps, [Republican Sen. Olympia] Snowe was, her spokesman said, “genuinely disappointed” by objections from her fellow Republicans. “She thinks it’s a very unfortunate message to send that somehow this country is languishing behind in the …

Because you can't get enough Canadian politics

Neither can we

I mentioned in a previous post that Canadians might be facing an election soon over the Conservative government's budget. That turned out not to happen (all three opposition parties had to oppose it, and only two did). Instead, something much more interesting may happen: The three opposition parties have finalized their much-improved version of a Clean Air Act, with hard targets on CO2 emissions and penalties for those who don't make the necessary cuts. This leaves the government in an uncomfortable position: either accept a bill that they hate, or call an election over it.

Kerry on the Daily Show

Mildly humorous

Sorry for the radio silence today — I’m laboring away over some long-neglected transcripts. To keep you sated — and to tie in with Amanda’s interview (could that picture look more awkward?) — here’s John Kerry on the Daily Show:

John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry chat about their new environmental book

The environment brought them together. And now, together, they’ve brought out a book on the environment. (No flip-flop jokes, please.) John Kerry first met Teresa Heinz at an Earth Day rally in 1990. The two reconnected at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and then, three years later, wed. He continued to focus on the environment as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, earning the title “Environmental Hero” from the League of Conservation Voters, while she continued her work as chair of the Heinz Family Philanthropies, a major grant maker in the areas of health and the environment. …

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