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May 2006

Putting it in their hands

Idle hands are the devil’s playthings. Now House and Senate Democrats will have no excuse, since their hands have been filled with CTG. Onward!

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Says Margo, “It’s about time!”

Tradable carbon-emissions credits could be a good policy tool, but there are many ways to institute them, and there’s no good reason to ignore issues of economic fairness in their distribution. Also, see the Sky Trust concept as a semi-alternative. But anyway, the main point is… The New York Times May 24, 2006 Op-Ed Contributor […]

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Out of Eden

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I support the use of biodiesel. But as with every good idea, it falls short of being a panacaea. I’ve argued with some biodiesel proponents who are so interested in finding alternatives to petroleum that they seem willing to ignore the negatives that can come from […]

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This is my brain on ethanol

Ethanol’s been in the news a lot lately, given a real boost by Bush’s mentioning it in his state of the union speech. Ethanol has a sketchy history. Production in the 70s and 80s was apparently a net energy loser (that is, more fossil fuel energy was required to create a gallon of ethanol than […]

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Don’t think of immigration

Our man Lakoff, in the language trenches: May 22, 2006 The Framing of Immigration A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION by George Lakoff and Sam Ferguson Abstract: Framing is at the center of the recent immigration debate. Simply framing it as about “immigration” has shaped its politics, defining what count as “problems” and constraining the debate to […]

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Biofuel bonanza

I like biodiesel. I might like ethanol even better. I will always like bikes and mass transport the best. Thousands of Iowa’s Corn Farmers See the Future in Fuel Growers Investing In Ethanol Plants Across the State By Peter Slevin Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, May 21, 2006; A03 GOLDFIELD, Iowa — The complex looks […]

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Speaking in progressive tongues

It’s nice to be ahead of the curve, and it’s nicer still when the curve points towards decency and a better world. Religious Liberals Gain New Visibility A Different List Of Moral Issues By Caryle Murphy and Alan Cooperman Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, May 20, 2006; A01 The religious left is back. Long overshadowed […]

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Τα αγγλικά μόνο

¡Los bastardos xenófobos estúpidos merecen comer mierda!

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An alternative view

Why peak oil isn’t happening anytime soon, and stuff like that. Well, I’m not particularly convinced. Absurd suggestions like getting oil from tar sands are, well, absurd. It’s not that you can’t do it, it’s just that it’s insane. You expend so much more energy squeezing the oil out of the sand than you get […]

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Towards economic alternatives

Live near Amherst, Mass? Or will be round there June 8th? Got a couple of hours available? Wanna talk with people about changing the world? SAGE & The Center for Popular Economics invite you to a participatory workshop on Globalization and Economic Alternatives Thursday, June 8, 7:00-9:00 Bangs Community Center, Rm 101 70 Boltwood Walk, […]

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