Cap and Trade? What a Gas!

Cap and trade is all the rage. Use the power of markets to get regulation and reduction of greenhouse gases without actually having to regulate. The claims might for the magic of the market might have gone unremarked a year ago, but we live in a time when the magic of the market appears to be more aligned with the dark forces.

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Why I Dont Like Senator Ken Salazar for Interior

I am deeply troubled by many of the President-elect’s choices for his cabinet. These are not the change we need. We’ve got an anti-family farm, pro-Monsanto guy going to Agriculture, an inexperienced GOP hack going to Transportation and now Salazar to Interior. I am profoundly disappointed in many of the choices Obama is making.

Senator Ken Salazar is not a great choice for Secretary of the Interior. Here is why:

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Santa Bush’s last gifts to the nation …

Santa George WPE Bush has had, we all agree, too long a run at ‘gifting’ the nation with disaster after disaster, bad policy after bad policy.

And, on the eve of the holidays (Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, New Year’s, Obama’s Inauguration),

Santa Bush is working to put coal into as many lumps into coal into our stockings, our rivers, our lungs, our lives as he can.

“I’m dreaming of a polluted Christmas …”
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Coal’s Sacriligeous Caroling

In a time of year when it can be hard to go into public
without being overwhelmed by Christmas carols, the sound of jingling bells can sicken many of us. And, it is hard for many to associate this season and carols with any form of religiousity due to the mass commercialization of across the spectrum of holidays of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, and …

And, basically every single religious song has been parodied or spun off in multiple ways so that any idea of purity seems dead. Thus, it surprised me that I was shocked at the latest parody of a set of Christmas Carols courtesy of the coal industry’s mouthpiece, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE): the “Clean Coal Carolers” with a set of lyrics that take their truthiness and deception to a whole new level of depravity.
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GAO: “The total number of unauthorized releases into the environment is unknown”

That from a new report by the Government Accountability Office on releases of genetically engineered crops that have included releases into the human food chain. Of most concern, those crops have included those bio-engineered to include pesticides. This must be a hotly contested report, because it was provided to the agencies in November but only released Friday afternoon, December 5.
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VP Debate: Bi-Partisan Romancing of Clean Coal

by A Siegel

If we are going to take serious steps to change our reckless drive over the cliffs, in a sad version of Thelma & Louise but in a belching hummer rather than sexy convertible, we have to get serious about facts. And, well, the fact is that “Clean Coal” is not fact , it is powerpoint slides, promises, and 10s (probably 100s) of millions of dollars of advertising and influence efforts.

In a more honest world, it might be called “Somewhat Less Deadly Coal“.
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Global Warming refugees on DC streets

by A Siegel, Get Energy Smart! NOW!! and Energize America (www.ea2020.org)

Every day, it seems, brings fresh news and fresh images of Global Warming‘s mounting impact on humanity (and human activities), local ecosystems, and the global ecosystem. Just coming across my desk are images of Global Warming refugees appearing in the nation’s capital.

These refugees provide dramatic images underlining “how global warming is making polar bears homeless by causing the sea ice they rely on to melt, threatening many polar bear populations with extinction.”

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