Tag Archives: Environment

Climate change: ‘We’re not spending money on that anymore’

While Americans focus on the Gorsuch hearings and the possibility that the entire Trump palace guard was spooning caviar with Vladimir Putin last year, the minutiae that defines the administrative posture of every presidency begins to influence Cabinet departments and … Continue reading

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‘Thank you to your respective bosses’

  Hands up if you’re surprised that freshly confirmed EPA chief Scott Pruitt had the Koch brothers in essence write his energy policy as attorney general of Oklahoma: The emails show that his office corresponded with those companies in efforts … Continue reading

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Keeping data safe from Trumpists

Scientists in Soviet bloc nations wanted to defect because they envied our liberties. Now the United States has men and women afraid that an incoming presidential administration will shred documents: Their undertaking, at the time, was purely speculative, based on … Continue reading

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Trump’s America, Chapter 313

According to the Paper of Record, even the selection of a man to head the EPA who would probably throw swimming parties beside Exxon plants wouldn’t be enough to change global trends away from fossil fuels, and I suppose there’s … Continue reading

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Trump’s America, Chapter 312

I reread the NYT’s 2004 obit for Ann Grusuch Buford. This paragraph struck me: In appointing her administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, President Reagan made Ms. Burford a leader in his effort to bring economic discipline to environmental cleanup … Continue reading

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Florida — the state with the prettiest name, part #678

As the Donald Trump candidacy has adulterated political discourse, so have Florida’s waterways become more toxic thanks to the Southeast’s biggest Trumpist, our governor Rick Scott: We’ve got 450 tons of phosphorus a year flowing into Lake Okeechobee from farms, … Continue reading

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Big Sugar and its sweet Florida deals

During the Fourth of July long weekend, many Floridians on the Treasure Coast saw green more than red, white, and blue: a toxic algae bloom clogging canals and fouling beaches. Extreme heat was a factor (today’s our ninth straight morning … Continue reading

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Sea level rise update: fish and oysters edition

Whenever one of these stories gets posted, another nose hair goes gray. With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers coming up with a risk assessment plan of the South Florida coast as sea levels rise, it has found that cities … Continue reading

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Rising sea levels: worse than expected

lol oops: <blockquoteThe number of people threatened by rising seas fueled by climate change in the U.S. could be three times greater than previously estimated, with more than six million Floridians at risk under a worst-case scenario, according to a … Continue reading

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Killing clean power, brief by brief

While we and the world watched New Hampshire as if we knew what the results portended for, well, nothing, the Supreme Court halted the Clean Power Plan — the one announced with much fanfare last fall. The consequences of this … Continue reading

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No incentive in Tallahassee ‘to untie our hands on solar power’

“Market-based action” sounds dandy if you have government-based action encouraging it, as these business leaders and local politicians know: Simon said Florida had made more progress than many states in cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions as part of a … Continue reading

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‘The water comes from six sides in Florida’

Why South Florida in the next century will look beautiful as a canal zone: When the system was designed—redesigned, really—in the nineteen-fifties, the water level in the canals could be maintained at least a foot and a half higher than … Continue reading

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