I hate Earth Day. Not the actual day itself or the activities that people get involved in because anything that raises awareness is probably a good thing. No such thing as bad publicity, right?
What I hate about Earth Day is that it begets Earth week or some company claims it is green by changing its logo for a few days and putting some preachy PSAs on the airwaves. Big freakin’ deal. Not to get too negative, but the problems we face are about more than recycling or changing a light bulb. It’s about trying to reorient our way of life to something that is more sustainable.
It would mean something if I saw a PSA that said eating meat is one of the most environmentally destructive choices that an individual makes in a day. Too bad the beef and pork producers would be all over the network that airs that little tidbit. Money talks and conscience walks.
On to the links…
Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher Released from Prison—Has there been a person more railroaded by the justice system than Tim DeChristopher? If an oil company bid on leases and failed to pay no one would go to jail. But because DeChristopher was unrepentant at trial the judge decided to put him away as an example. An example of what? How the system protects the interest of the oil companies over all others? Pretty much accomplished that your honor.
13 Reasons to be Glad George W. Bush is not President Anymore—I wonder why the good folks at Think Progress stopped at thirteen. This could have become one of those running memes, like Chuck Norris jokes, that evolves into entire websites. I also think that they forgot to mention one critical reason I am glad W. is no longer president…we no longer have to hear the “leader of the free world” mispronounce the world nuclear.
What The House GOP Doesn’t Want You To Know About Wind Vs. Oil Tax Credits—Why we subsidize the most profitable industry in the history of the world is beyond me. Sorry, I cannot figure it out.
Fast-Growing U.S. Solar Industry Now Employs Over 119,000—When does the realization that the solar economy is real hit people? When someone in your neighborhood puts panels on their home? When someone in your neighborhood is employed by a solar company?
Could an Artificial Leaf Power Your Car?—It sounds like the Holy Grail of biofuel—an organism that secretes the raw ingredients of biofuel—but researchers appear to be on the right track to developing or isolating organisms that do just that.
Electric Taxi Experiment to Begin in New York City—I cannot think of a more brutal proving ground for a vehicle than being a taxi in a major metropolitan area. Okay, maybe being owned by a high school kid who is the only person with a license in their circle of friends is also a brutal proving ground. The experiment may not be totally successful, but the lessons learned will be invaluable.
Europe’s Carbon Market is Sputtering as Prices Dive—I think the drive to establish complicated markets to trade carbon is a dead movement. It’s much easier to tax carbon at the fuel level and let the economics work themselves out without complicated schemes. Plus, given the insanity in securities markets I have no faith in the same people to do anything good with carbon markets. Trust Goldman Sachs? Sure…
Confused Koala Discovers His Home has been Cut Down—The pictures in this article just made me really sad because this little guy seems to be emoting. Why do we still allow clear cutting when it has been established that healthy forest ecosystems can be maintained with selective logging? It seems insane.
Giant Animal Invasions—What is it about Florida and invasive species? If there is some nasty invasive species, chances are that will be prevalent in Florida or start in Florida or be Florida’s state creature. That state really is Satan’s hemorrhoid.
Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Make a Comeback—Here was a fish that people thought was extinct that is making a comeback. If we are to preserve our natural world, humans need to take an active role in actually restoring what we have destroyed. A passive approach will not work.
Colorado Program gets Dirty Autos Off the Road—This seems like a great program that could be replicated nationwide. Granted, here in a state that gets snow and, therefore, uses salt on the roads rust tends to claim vehicles before they become rolling relics of a different era.
Natural Gas Use in Long Haul Trucks Expected to Rise—This is a great example of an appropriate technology being used in a targeted way. It’s insane to think about recapitalizing all private automobiles and fueling stations to a new paradigm, but commercial trucks can make the conversion because the routes are more constrained, the purchasers more concentrated, and the economic imperative more immediate.
Chris Bianco Talks Pizza and His New Place in Tucson—Chris Bianco is the man! I have been to his pizzeria in Phoenix once—it was worth the wait—and enjoyed every pie that we ordered. Now with a sandwhich shop and outlet in Tucson his reach can be extended. Purveyors of great food should get lauded every chance we get.
The New Modern Garden: Edibles, Chickens, and Creativity—It’s so awesome to see gardens moving beyond the sterile, tilled rows of my childhood. There is something intrinsically beautiful about these gardens that embrace organic lines and chaotic structures. Plus, chickens are kind of cool.