Al Gore calls out media on Arctic ice: Editorials follow

Last week Al Gore called out the media for failing to cover the shocking decline in Arctic ice this summer, and made the point that our democracy itself is in peril when enormous stories go unreported because they might be unpalatable or difficult for the right:  The whole North polar ice cap is disappearing in Continue reading “Al Gore calls out media on Arctic ice: Editorials follow”

Church of England Invests in Al Gore

And not a token amount, either — more than $200 million, according to Religous Intelligence: The Church of England’s Church Commissioners have gone green, investing £150 million with former US Vice-President Al Gore’s environmentally minded investment firm, Generation Investment Management. The First Church Estates Commissioner, Andreas Whittam Smith reported that in late September the CommissionersContinue reading “Church of England Invests in Al Gore”

The GOP and the Oil Industry: Afraid of Barack

It’s pitiful but unsurprising that the GOP has become the party of "drill, baby, drill." As someone wise (I forget who) said somewhere on the Internet, it’s almost as troubling as that time long ago in the 60’s, when the Left became the party of "burn, baby, burn." (I’d like to think both the RightContinue reading “The GOP and the Oil Industry: Afraid of Barack”

“A Disgrace Disguised as an Achievement”

The headline is Al Gore’s description of the agreement that came out of the G-8 conference. He added: "The eight most powerful nations gathered and were unable to do anything except to say ‘We had good conversations and we agreed that we will have more conversations, and we will even have conversations about the possibilityContinue reading ““A Disgrace Disguised as an Achievement””

Against Cap-and-Trade, for a Carbon Tax: Let’s Get Specific

The powerful World Wildfire Federation comes out unabashedly against cap-and-trade, issues harshly critical report entitled Emission Impossible: Emission Impossible looks at the carbon reduction plans of nine EU member states (UK, Germany, Poland, Ireland, France, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal and Italy) and estimates that 88-100% of these countries’ combined emissions reductions targets under the scheme couldContinue reading “Against Cap-and-Trade, for a Carbon Tax: Let’s Get Specific”

Consensus Comes out of Catastrophe, Unfortunately

In The New York Times, John Broder makes a simple point that deserves repeating: It sometimes seems that it takes a catastrophe to create consensus. The Great Depression, Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11 all shattered partisan divisions and led, at least for a time, to enhanced presidential power and a rush of bipartisan lawmaking (someContinue reading “Consensus Comes out of Catastrophe, Unfortunately”

A Few Good Posts

The Sad Guardian of the Carrizo Plain (8/20/05) Sorry, Mr. Sullivan. Sorry, Mr. Kennedy (8/30/05) Land of a Billion Bonus Points (10/4/05) If John Lennon Were Still Here…  (12/9/05) Bush A "Dissenter" on Global Warming (2/19/06) The Future Taps Us on the Shoulder (3/16/06) "My Life is My Message" (4/29/06) Global Warming: #2 on theContinue reading “A Few Good Posts”