July 1, 2006
Re "Greenland's Ice Sheet Is SlipSliding Away," June 25 Change begins with information. Widespread education about the problem coupled with ways in which we, as concerned citizens, can begin to reduce our own carbon dioxide emissions is a vital beginning. But this global crisis demands strong leadership. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) has introduced the Safe Climate Act, which by 2050 would cut emissions to 80% of 1990 levels; Sens. James Jeffords (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.
June 4, 2006 |
I HAD ALWAYS thought that nobody had a lower opinion than I as to the analytical capacities of the American public. Then I discovered the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The institute is a conservative think tank in Washington that is less embarrassed than most conservative think tanks about raking in gobs of money from oil companies and propagating views that happen to comport precisely with those of their donors.
January 16, 2005 |
Pig manure in Chile will keep neon lights glowing on Tokyo's Ginza in years to come. It's a grand north-south trade-off to slow global warming: You reduce your "greenhouse gas" emissions so I don't have to cut back on mine. In this case, a Chilean pork producer is eliminating methane fumes from animal waste and selling the resulting "credits" to Japanese and Canadian utilities, requiring that much less of them as they reduce carbon dioxide emissions at their coal- and oil-burning power plants.
December 8, 2004 |
Automakers are generally doing a poor job in lowering emissions that contribute to global warming, despite continued success in reducing pollution that causes smog, an environmental group said Tuesday. Japanese manufacturers again made the cleanest-burning vehicles, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists' biennial report, which focused on the 2003 vehicles from the six largest automakers in the U.S. market in terms of sales. Honda Motor Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2004 |
Dissatisfied with the Bush administration's policies on global warming, attorneys general from California and seven other states plan today to sue five large energy producers who they contend are responsible for nearly 10% of the heat-trapping gases that the United States is releasing into the atmosphere.
February 15, 2004 |
The Saskatchewan prairie is so featureless and flat that people here say you can watch your dog run away for three days. Fields of canola and wheat fill the vastness before falling off the horizon in a landscape punctuated by oil pump jacks bobbing lazily like old men in rocking chairs. But deep underground, an ambitious experiment is underway to determine whether carbon dioxide can be safely buried.
February 14, 2002 |
President Bush today will announce a significant shift in the nation's strategy to combat global climate change, effectively rejecting a commitment made in 1992 to voluntarily reduce carbon dioxide emissions and instead opting to merely limit their growth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2002 |
In a move that could lead to sweeping changes in how cars sold in America are built, the Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would make California the first state to regulate vehicle exhaust linked to global warming. The bill now goes to the state Senate, where amendments to answer concerns held by Gov. Gray Davis and auto makers are a virtual certainty. The measure, written by Democrat Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, barely cleared the Assembly on a party-line vote.
November 11, 2001 |
Heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions jumped 3.1% in the United States last year, the biggest one-year increase since the mid-1990s, the Energy Department reported Friday. Carbon dioxide emissions in 2000 were nearly 14% higher than in 1990, the department's Energy Information Administration said. The global-warming pact that President Bush rejected this year commits industrialized countries to roll back "greenhouse" gas emissions to 1990 levels. The unusually large increase in U.S.
July 29, 2001 |
The current talk about climate change and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases reminds me of a line in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado," where Pooh-Bah sings, "And I am right and you are right and everything is quite correct." President Bush says the Kyoto treaty is fatally flawed because it doesn't obligate developing nations to reduce emissions, and he is right.