Scott Pruitt Is Toxic

climtate change and public health

It sometimes seems difficult to choose the worst member of Donald Trump’s cabinet–divided as that motley crew is between ignoramuses and zealots. (And yes, I realize the two categories aren’t mutually exclusive. Betsy DeVos is a case in point.) But my vote goes to Scott Pruitt, who is genuinely dangerous because he isn’t an ignoramus. That Pruitt is in the pocket of […]

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What’s Holiday Season Like in Hurricane-Affected Areas?

Hurricane season is long over for the year but that doesn’t mean that the impacted areas have fully recovered from the aftermath of the enormous and devastating storms that struck Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico during the year. For many people, that means they’re still rebuilding their homes, cleaning up their properties and replacing their belongings in a season that […]

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Can We Trade Trump For France’s Macron?

Emmanuel Macron

Remember “Freedom Fries”? Remember those sneering comments about the French? Because after all, we’re Amuricans, so we are clearly superior. Right. I watched the French election with interest. It was right after “Amurica” accidentally elected the Orange Ignoramus, and thoughtful observers were worried whether our disastrous election–coming on the heels of the equally disastrous Brexit vote in England–heralded a global […]

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Sabotaging Clean Energy

clean energy

Every day, we learn something new and horrible about the GOP tax bill. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the bill is likely to derail the nation’s encouraging move to clean energy. Both the measure passed by the House and the more recent Senate version deal what the organization calls “devastating blows” to America’s booming clean energy industry—while (I know […]

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Credit For Consistency: The GOP’s Epistemic Breach

Apparently, GOP lawmakers don’t have grandchildren. It’s hard to say it more succinctly and accurately than a recent article in the Guardian: The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion. According to the article, 96% of economic experts who were asked about the GOP […]

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Trump Effect: Trashing The Country

national parks

I see that Scott Pruitt intends to roll back the Clean Power Plan put in place during the Obama administration.  Pruitt’s devotion to fossil fuel interests and his determination to eviscerate the agency he heads is, if anything, stronger than ever. To hell with clean air and water, or for that matter, the future of the planet. The Guardian recently looked at […]

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A Disquieting Possibility: Climate Change & Plants’ Nutritional Value

climate change and crops

Could climate change be making us fat? Politico has published an article from a series on the future of health that suggests the answer may be yes. The article began by describing a 1998 experiment in which scientists made algae grow faster in order to provide more food for zooplankton. They increased the algae by shining more light onto them, and gave the […]

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Lessons From Houston

I wonder if we will learn anything from the pictures of devastation coming from Houston. Leave aside the contentious arguments over climate change, and the degree to which it contributed to the severity of the storm. There were other omens even denialists should have been able to appreciate. Last year, for example, a ProPublica/Texas Tribune investigation found that officials charged with addressing Houston’s […]

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat – And Raise That Airport

climate change and sea level rise

I try to read pretty broadly–both to inform myself and to come up with fodder for this blog. But I’ll admit that my reading materials of choice ordinarily would be unlikely to include Engineering News Record, which bills itself as “The Construction Resource.” However, my husband, a retired architect, subscribes and reads it religiously, and I have to admit the publication […]

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