Why Can’t We Believe Our Doctors?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. last week posted an important story in Salon about the dangers of a common vaccine that included a form of mercury called thimerosal. It’s well-written and well-researched and anyone with kids — and especially anyone concerned about the astounding rise in autism and related disorders in recent years — should readContinue reading “Why Can’t We Believe Our Doctors?”

White House Feels the Heat

In the current White House, giving lobbyists (such as Mark Rey, a former timber company official) responsibility for overseeing public lands is business as usual. But when Philip Cooney, a top official on the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was caught rewriting scientific reports on the threat of global warming and resigned, supposedly toContinue reading “White House Feels the Heat”

The “New” Policy — Forest Service Fees for 95% of Visitors

The Forest Service in Southern California has slightly modified its controversial Adventure Pass policy, no longer requiring the pass to be posted on cars parked at trailheads that have no facilities. "Fee opponents have some reason to celebrate.  Their efforts have led to a number of back country trailheads being dropped from the fee program,"Continue reading “The “New” Policy — Forest Service Fees for 95% of Visitors”

Henhouse Fox Returns to Lair

Last week a White House official named Philip Cooney, proven to have rewritten scientific reports on global warming by The New York Times, abrupt resigned. A White House spokesperson said he had accrued vacation time and wanted to spend it with his family. This week it was revealed he will go to work for ExxonMobil,Continue reading “Henhouse Fox Returns to Lair”

Watching the Fox in the Henhouse

In a front-page story in today’s New York Times , the invaluable Andy Revkin shows exactly how the Bush adminstration White House treats news it doesn’t want to hear on climate change. Here’s a paragraph from the U.S. Global Climate Research Program’s report in late 2002: Warming will also cause reductions in mountain glaciers andContinue reading “Watching the Fox in the Henhouse”

If an Oak Tree Falls in Your Yard, Will It Kill You? Or Damage Your Property?

A big oak tree — nearly three feet wide at the base, and about forty feet high — split and dropped three-quarters of its trunk in our yard last week. Our neighbor Chris Nottoli came out to look at the massive remains on the ground that night and shook his head. Just a day beforeContinue reading “If an Oak Tree Falls in Your Yard, Will It Kill You? Or Damage Your Property?”

The Usefulness of Hypocrisy

"Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue," said the witty La Rouchefoucauld, back in 1665. In California in 2005, the governor — a former movie star who more than any other individual popularized the Humvee, an extreme emitter of the prime heat-trapping gas, CO2 — now declares his opposition to global warming. Because anotherContinue reading “The Usefulness of Hypocrisy”