Michael Pollan says some smart things in this piece about ethics and animals.

I wonder whose arm got twisted to get this mash note to Robert Kennedy Jr.

Gosh it’s hard bein’ green — so many options!

We can expect to see many more stories about strange biotic migrations and infestations.

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I’m telling you, read Goodell’s book. Too bad the reviewer saw fit to scoff at the notion that we change our thinking about energy — instead, fusion gets a shout out. WTF?

This "prototype hybrid system using hydraulic fluid and a high-pressure pump instead of electrical current and a generator" sounds extremely cool, but the piece sounds like somebody’s press release (barely) filtered through a reporter.

Still, not bad for one day, Gray Lady!

(And from yesterday: Coal is ravaging China too:

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"People at my age don’t like to move to a new place," said Wei Yangxian, 71, as he stood by the village road. "But we have no choice. We have no water. The earth is sinking. The air is poisoned. And there’s that big man-made mountain."

The problem is that the village is surrounded. Coal mines on the north and south side have already tunneled under the village; a huge chemical factory, just 650 yards west of the village, has fouled the air; and dust from the man-made mountain on the east side slams into the village daily.

"When I cook," said Liu Runhua, 54, "I even get sand in the food."

All night long, residents here say, trucks carrying coal waste dump it off the side of the mountain. And all day long trucks overloaded with coal rumble past the village, cracking the roads and spraying coal waste on road-side homes.

Indeed, not long ago residents here grew so angry that they blocked the road that passes through town by forming huge dirt mounds as a makeshift barricade against coal-bearing trucks.

The government has done little. Xu Gang, a government spokesman, called moving the village people "impossible" and added that the complaints seemed motivated mostly by an effort to seek compensation. "I think they only do this for money," he said.


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