Archive for January, 2009


January 29th, 2009 No comments

Since you asked such an intelligent question about “green”

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Rip Van Winkle’s Faithful Lapdog?

January 27th, 2009 2 comments

The piece is too good not to pass on, from Eric Boehlert of Media Matters, author of “Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled over for Bush”
Right on cue, the White House press awakens from its Bush slumber
by Eric Boehlert
Pulling a collective Rip Van Winkle, the White House press corps has awakened from its extended nap just in time to aggressively press the new Democratic administration, just as it dogged the last Democratic president during his first days in office back in the 1990s. Conveniently skipped over during the press corps’ extended bout of shut-eye? The Bush years, of course.
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Politics versus science

January 25th, 2009 4 comments

The US Senate confirmation of former NJ Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa Jackson as US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator brought out sharply conflicting views with respect to the relative roles of science and politics in her leadership style and policy decision-making.
The Washington DC Beltway view – based on Jackson’s own testimony and press remarks – is best illustrated in this headline and story from ENS:
EPA Nominee Jackson Promises Science Will Trump Politics
Today’s NY Times – written by award winning veteran former NJ Star Ledger and Bergen Record reporter Dunstan McNichol and based on interviews with professionals who have worked with Jackson – takes a strongly contradictory view:
A Master Juggler in a Job That Demands One

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This Land is Your land

January 18th, 2009 2 comments

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;
That side was made for you and me.

~~~ Woody Guthrie

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Rocket Fuel in your water?

January 13th, 2009 No comments

DEP Ignored Scientists Warnings and Failed to Regulate Perchlorate in drinking water – Lisa Jackson to be asked why
Today, Lisa Jackson appears before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for confirmation as the Obama Administration’s nominee for EPA Administrator. Yesterday, two more national stories broke on her controversial record as NJ DEP Commissioner:
Jackson to Be Asked About Regulating Perchlorate in Drinking Water
Transparency Concerns Raised about EPA Nominee

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