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Jerry Brown’s Plan to Increase Energy Efficiency

Like many of us, California Attorney General Jerry Brown is concerned about the world’s energy appetite and its repercussions for the environment (see our Aug. 20 post). Brown is one of several national leaders invited by “The Wall Street Journal” to share his ideas on how to allocate dwindling resources to solve the world’s problems....

August 22, 2008November 14, 2019 in Blog
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How Would You Use U.S. Resources to Save the World?

On its opinion page “The Wall Street Journal” has sparked debate among top political and business leaders on how to allocate our diminishing resources to solve the world’s growing problems. Their challenge: “How would you spend $10 billion of American resources (either directly or through regulation) over the next four years to help improve the state...

August 20, 2008November 14, 2019 in Blog
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Congress Girding for Oil Fight

Congress is girding for an oil fight that could shut down the federal government. Republicans are tired of being stonewalled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and are planning to go on the attack when Congress reconvenes on September 8. At stake is the vote on domestic oil drilling that would allow offshore drilling in American...

August 18, 2008November 14, 2019 in Blog
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Are Possible Water Wars Just Overblown Hype?

Are dire predictions of future water wars just overwrought environmentalists fanning the flames of fear? You be the judge. By 2025, the United Nations estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population will live where water is scare. Unsafe drinking water kills more than 2 million people each year. This year, drought across swaths of Africa created waves...

August 15, 2008November 14, 2019 in Blog
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Great Lakes States Prepare for Water Wars

The Great Lakes hold one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water and 95% of the fresh surface water in the U.S. With droughts and the population shift from the Midwest into southern and western states, the eight states and two Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes are sitting on a potential gold mine —...

August 13, 2008November 14, 2019 in Blog
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Droughts, Pollution Could Spark Water Wars

Water wars? World leaders and military strategists are already planning for a day when the Earth’s most abundant resource — water — becomes more precious than oil. Mankind can survive without oil, but water is essential to life. Climate change, pollution and a growing world population could make water the most valuable commodity on Earth. Environmentalists fear that...

August 11, 2008November 14, 2019 in Blog
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FINALLY

Finally the industrialized world is beginning to wake up. That’s the good news. The bad news, we overslept. But better late then never. Furthermore, I have learned that you will never get anyone to buy something until they are ready. Finally the industrialized world is ready to do something about climate change. That means we are...

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I’m Not The First To Think It

I’m not the first to think it, but I might be the first to put it in print.Every single indicator of human well being that I can find, I’m talking globally here, has a negative slope. In other words, things don’t look like they are going to get better any time soon. Add to that...

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Environmental Time Bomb Ticks Beneath Arctic Soils

There’s an environmental time bomb ticking beneath the Arctic soil. Scientists warn that global warming could release huge stores of carbon dioxide trapped in Arctic soils, immediately accelerating climate change and disastrously impacting the environment. Scientists have long known that organic carbon frozen in the world’s permafrost, which blankets one-fifth of Earth’s land mass, will release greenhouse gases into the...

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Global Warming Opening Arctic to New Navigation

Global warming is melting Arctic ice and opening up new navigable ocean in the extreme Arctic north. The day is soon coming when Arctic Ocean waters the size of the United States will be ice-free and navigable for most of the summer. In anticipation of coming commercial traffic, the U.S. Coast Guard has opened two...