One good thing about the melting ice and open water found at the North Pole earlier this month — they spurred both the New York Times and Washington Post to run editorials today talking up environmental protection. The Times reminds us that the White House plays a “decisive” role in all matters environmental, and gives Vice President Al Gore the nod over Texas Gov. George W. Bush on this issue in the presidential race. The Post puts its stamp of approval on new research that suggests that action to slow global warming should not focus solely on reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, but also on other greenhouse gases such as methane.