Category Archives: clean air

Oklahoma, where the denial comes right before the drought

I lived in Oklahoma, a half-hour’s commute from Tinker Air Force Base, where I was assigned, for nearly three years in the 80s. When I saw and read this article, I just had to share it here. So read it and then remember that Oklahoma is represented by denier-in-chief James Inhofe in the U.S. Senate. Whatta champ. Well isn’t he?

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The idiots who don’t believe global warming, or climate change, or any other slice of science

My friend conservation columnist Ted Williams offers this insightful look at the deniers. Whatta crew.

Sea ice in Arctic measured at record low

The underlying cause of the ongoing melt is, of course, our planet’s changing climate for which we humans are responsible, not sun spots or some other cause from outer space. The NY Times has the story.

Hog lots run the nation

And read this to learn how. Hah.

Loading the climate dice

I lived just across Lake Champlain from where I now call home for three years in the late 80s. Our house on Plattsburgh Air Force Base (base housing) sat atop a bluff overlooking the lake. I remember watching the lake freeze over in early winter as well as the comings and goings of wildlife visiting Crab Island due east from us. My home here in Vermont is at virtually the same latitude as that house at Plattsburgh was, yet the weather is markedly different. It’s warmer, much warmer. I can’t imagine living in Georgia again. That’s where Monica and I started our 31-year marriage. Read what columnist Paul Krugman has to say about this whole climate change thing.

Nebraska city’s air quality worsening

And the burning of gasoline, a fossil fuel, by homeowners and motorists is to blame. This article explains what is happening in Omaha. And pay attention to the last paragraph: Use a broom, not a gas-fueled leaf blower, and grow a butterfly garden not a turf farm.

Sequoia smog harming pines, redwoods

More evidence of the harm to our natural heritage caused by human activities. So what is more important? That a polluting factory or gunk-emitting tanker truck be allowed to keep on moving? Or the native flora and fauna of North America? Well?