February 20, 2014 |
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, an astrophysicist and liberal Democrat now serving his eighth term in Congress, announced Tuesday that he would not seek reelection in November. He becomes the third member of New Jersey's congressional delegation to say he would either resign or retire from office by the end of 2014, joining U.S. Reps. Robert E. Andrews, a Democrat, and Jon Runyan, a Republican, both of South Jersey. On the other side of the Delaware, Republican Jim Gerlach of Chester County also is retiring.
February 17, 2014 |
After last week's megastorm that solidified the legacy of the winter of 2013-14, one meteorologist confidently pronounced: "The back of winter is broken. " If that, indeed, is the case, those who have been shoveling the thousands of pounds of this stuff or have spent days without heat or lights likely would agree that winter is getting precisely what it deserves. "It's been a long, cold winter," said Bruce Terry, senior forecaster at the government's National Weather Center, in College Park, Md. "If you like snow, it's a bonanza.
February 12, 2014 |
In the high-stakes conflict over U.S. climate-change policy, groups that deny or cast doubt on global warming brought in $7.2 billion from 2003 through 2010 - less than a third of it publicly traceable to the donors. In a recently released study of 91 such organizations, a Drexel University professor found that $5.2 billion of their funding was "dark money" from undisclosed sources. Also of unknown origin: $78 million channeled by major benefactors through a special nonprofit that then redirected the money while keeping the givers' identities private.
February 9, 2014
Calling 'cut' on film incentives In commenting recently on a plan for the Boyd Theater, Greater Philadelphia Film Office executive director Sharon Pinkenson was able to exclaim with glee that no public funds would be used. Yet she has no problem with her Film Office feeding at the public trough when it comes to lobbying for increased state subsidies to lure film companies to our area ("Uncap Pa. film tax credit," Feb. 4). While this is done under the guise of bringing jobs, these are not permanent jobs.
February 4, 2014
With major international corporations like Coca-Cola and Nike finally acknowledging that global warming is bad for business, efforts to curb the causes of climate change are getting some needed allies. Companies that rely on clean water and predictable weather are welcome participants in this important conversation. It is in their best interests, and everyone else's on Earth, to address global warming. For far too long, some fossil-fuel barons have tried to shout down anyone linking climate change to the economy, as they either insisted that there is no such thing as global warming or claimed that mandatory efforts to cut greenhouse gases would raise consumer prices.
January 28, 2014 |
WEST BERLIN, N.J. - Qari Nazar Gul was an elusive target. The top-level Taliban commander rarely left Pakistan for operations in Afghanistan. He dispatched couriers and ordered attacks from afar. Gul knew there was an eye in the sky and did not want to take a chance. In 2010, the eye belonged to Capt. Steve Iaquinto Jr., a targeting officer in charge of four aerial drones that searched for Taliban fighters in four provinces north of Kabul. The New Jersey Army National Guard officer collected intelligence on enemy activities, then planned combat ground operations that resulted in a half-dozen kills and more than 30 arrests, including that of Gul's nephew.
January 24, 2014
THE WORLD has very little time - perhaps 15 years - to make serious inroads on climate change, according to a leaked report from a U.N. panel. Current efforts, even among the most committed nations, fall short, and at the current rate of carbon emissions, the problem might grow too large to overcome with existing technology. Yet the recalcitrance and myth-making about global warming continue - and become more prevalent - in the United States. Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to employ a little-known law to try to halt a key part of the Obama administration's climate plan.
December 16, 2013
Maybe science belongs on Pennsylvania's endangered species list. Some political leaders are already acting as if science is irrelevant. Gov. Corbett has named a former prosecutor who admits to a lack of scientific curiosity to be his environmental secretary. Pennsylvania was late to join efforts to reduce the pollution blowing into Northeastern states from the west. And the legislature is ignoring science in trying to remove animals from the endangered list. Corbett's new environmental secretary, E. Christopher Abruzzo, turned heads during recent confirmation hearings when he downplayed climate change and the role government should play in mitigating its effects.