June 20, 2015 |
Pope Francis issued a much-anticipated papal letter Thursday on the state of the Earth, decrying the modern "culture of waste" and warning of the "tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world's poorest. " He also decried the voracious consumerism of developed nations, and deplored what he said were moneyed interests seeking to obscure scientific knowledge of the problems and thwart necessary political action. "Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production, and consumption," Francis said.
October 2, 2014
Global warming concerns aren't worth risking good coal, oil, and gas jobs so soon after the recession. We can put off action on global warming, but we'll pay a worse price in the end. Face reality and adapt. |Stephen M. Smith, Burlington City The long term risks to everyones' health far outweigh the short term goals of a few jobs in these types of energy that aren't clean. |JoAnn Williams, Media With the effects of climate change clearly apparent, action to mitigate it is urgent and can be taken in an economically feasible way. |Bill Fanshel, Bryn Mawr Seriously combating global warming with renewable fuel - wind, sea, sun - should enable us to replace those allegedly lost jobs without economic repercussions.
June 5, 2014 |
TOM STEYER, a politically active hedge-fund billionaire from San Francisco who calls global warming "the greatest moral crisis of our time," draws the sign of the cross on his left hand with a ballpoint pen every day. His right hand will soon be busy writing something else: large checks that he hopes will help elect Democrat Tom Wolf as the next governor of Pennsylvania. Political advisers say the progressive, unconventional retired financier has decided to invest a fortune - estimates range from $8 million to a whopping $15 million, depending on the closeness of the race - to block Gov. Corbett from a second term because he believes that the Republican "den[ies]
May 22, 2014 |
PAT SAJAK may not think the Earth is getting warmer, but one thing is for sure: Sajak himself is steaming. The usually mild-mannered "Wheel of Fortune" host took to Twitter to claim, "Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists. " Huh? While a reasoned argument might be that civilization is too dependent on fossil fuels to put that genie back in the bottle so we're just going to have to live (or possibly not live) with the consequences, the notion that being overly concerned with the future of the planet (right or wrong)
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 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 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.
July 9, 2013 |
The economy stagnates. Syria burns. Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him, even as a "29-year-old hacker" revealed his nation's spy secrets to the world. How does President Obama respond? With a grandiloquent speech on climate change. Climate change? It lies at the very bottom of a list of Americans' concerns (last of 21 - Pew poll). Which means that Obama's declaration of unilateral American war on global warming, whatever the cost - and it will be heavy - is either highly visionary or hopelessly solipsistic.
June 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Giant removable floodwalls would be erected around lower Manhattan, and levees, gates, and other defenses would be built elsewhere around the city under a nearly $20 billion plan proposed Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to protect New York from storms and the effects of global warming. It is one of the most ambitious projects ever proposed for defending a major U.S. city from the rising seas and severe weather that climate change is expected to bring. It was outlined seven months after Hurricane Sandy drove home the danger by swamping Lower Manhattan and smashing homes and businesses in other shoreline neighborhoods.
March 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is leaning toward revising its landmark proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, according to several individuals briefed on the matter, a move that would delay tougher restrictions and could anger many environmentalists. The discussions center on the first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for power plants, which were proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency nearly a year ago. Rewriting the proposal would significantly delay any action, and might allow the agency to set a separate standard for coal-fired power plants, which are roughly twice as polluting as those fueled by natural gas. While the move could bolster the administration's legal justification for regulating power plants' carbon emissions, any delay on the rules would be a blow to environmental groups and their supporters, who constituted a crucial voting bloc for President Obama and other Democrats in last year's elections.