Category Archives: Environment

“Just a Few IQ Points”

When the story of the Flint, MI mass poisoning broke, it was clear, based on existing research, just how much of a future educational catastrophe this will be for an already stressed community (boldface added): To put this in context, … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Environment, Public Health, The Rule of Law | 1 Comment

Failing Water and Failing Schools

Flint, Michigan is another predominantly black city in the U.S. whose local government has been replaced by a governor-appointed dictator (usually given the benign title of ‘manager’). This is usually in response to budget deficits and other monetary woes. However, … Continue reading

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Whose Job Is It To Fix the Environment?

David Roberts makes a very good point about much of the criticism that the victorious anti-Keystone Pipeline activists received (boldface mine): Many Keystone skeptics (“Keystone doubters”?) assume that the way to evaluate a climate activist campaign is by the carbon … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Ninnies

Urban Air Pollution Is Still A Problem: No ‘Grand Bargain’ On Pollution

Gregg Easterbrook offers this, erm, Third Way Grand Bargain on air pollution and global warming: Decades ago the E.P.A.’s target for urban smog levels was 120 parts per billion of air. The level has gone down in stages to 75 … Continue reading

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Our Agricultural Innovation Lags Behind China

One common belief is that, in the U.S., we are encumbered by environmental regulations, while other, supposedly less developed countries gain short-term economic advantages by poisoning their environments. As this article about the environmental damage caused by pig production suggests, … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Environment, Food, Public Health | 1 Comment

The Republicans’ Difficult Choice

I’m glad the Democrats forced this choice, but it indicates just how far the Republicans have fallen (boldface mine): House Republicans were forced to pull a controversial spending bill on Thursday because too many lawmakers wanted to preserve the Confederate … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Environment, Fucking Morons, Racism

Back Bay’s Solar Scooter

Observed on Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston: As best as I can tell, this thing has an engine (it’s not foot-powered), and it’s solar powered. If so, that means it doesn’t smell like a lawnmower (i.e., fumes) when it goes … Continue reading

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