Archive > November 2009

If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears the sound

…is it kinda like the Kyoto market trading mess didn’t really fail? OK, so I’m paraphrasing the philosophical question that paraphrases the issues raised by philosopher George Berkeley (1685-1753) as a way to explore questions about reality and knowledge, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does [...]

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Fossil Gas, PR, and You

Check out this great article, PG&E Wants More Fossil Fuel, in today’s East Bay Express, which begins Pacific Gas and Electric Company has attempted to recast itself in recent years as a green-friendly utility. It has backed climate change legislation and has run extensive marketing campaigns, highlighting its investments in renewable energy. Two months ago, [...]

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Fossil Gas: What we’d call natural gas if we were serious

I strongly encourage you to take an hour or two out of your day today and read the amazing series of articles available on the Pro Publica website called Buried Secrets:  Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat. I can’t tell you how many people have insisted to me that fossil gas is an excellent “bridge fuel,”  meaning [...]

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Why Clean Air Matters

Air Pollution Exposure is Associated with Premature Death Attaining the California PM and ozone standards would annually prevent about 8,800 premature deaths, or 3.7% of all deaths. These premature deaths shorten lives by an average of 14 years. This is greater than the same number of deaths (4,200 – 7,400) linked to second-hand smoke in [...]

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