Tag Archives: climate change

Libertarians and the Environment

I’ve been running into a lot of Ron Paul supporters, and perhaps the most surprising wrinkle comes from people who believe that a strict adherence to private-property rights will help the environment. The problem here is that while most people … Continue reading

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Here’s a puzzle: No one would profess to want to harm the environment, yet environmental harm continues apace. Indeed, even as our avowals of greenness grow stronger and more frequent — even in automobile commercials! — destruction picks up steam. … Continue reading

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Nature is Not “Out There”

It would be great to be able to be legitimately amazed that people don’t understand that we depend on the natural world for literally everything, and that anything that upsets its equilibrium is bound to harm us, too. But we … Continue reading

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Picking on Pundits

If one is singling out pundits to critique on environmental grounds, it might seem unfair to pick on David Brooks. After all, the New York Times bigfoot is no denier of climate change, for instance, like his ideologically addled Washington … Continue reading

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Energy Traps

The trouble with the way we talk about energy is that we talk only about energy. Energy sources – mostly fossil fuels, but also nuclear and hydroelectric – are not created or exploited in a void. Their production and use … Continue reading

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Dead Reckonings

All the celebrating over the death of bin Laden this past week suggests that a great victory has been won for mankind. I’d suggest not quite the opposite: that the celebration itself, when compared to our indifference or even hostility … Continue reading

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Good News on the Economy!

In an NPR piece last week about the Japanese tsunami, somebody said that the destruction boded well for economic recovery. All that cleanup and reconstruction, you see. Perhaps some American firms can even get in on the action. Well, yes … Continue reading

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Gas Holes

An AP report this week announces that gasoline consumption in America “is at the start of a long-term decline.” The premises in the article, by Jonathan Fraley (identified as “AP Energy Writer”), appear sound, and Fraley even quotes esteemed historian … Continue reading

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Carl Safina on ‘Sacrifice’

I just ran across this from Carl Safina, author of the book Song for the Blue Ocean and founding president of the Blue Ocean Institute. I saw him speak earlier this year here in Pittsburgh, where he emphasized the urgency … Continue reading

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Al Gore’s House

 A reader o’ the blog sent an item that’s been floating around the Web for a few years. The header is: “Look over the descriptions of the following two houses and see if you can tell which belongs to an … Continue reading

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