ArchWeek Green 2010.0224
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Wed Feb 24 12:31:48 PST 2010
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This week I'm working on hope, and perspective.
(Forgive the OT (off-topic) question... but how strange does it seem
today that this guy from Massachusetts got a majority of the popular
vote for U.S. president in 2004?)
"Senator John Kerry vowed the United States would overcome the
odds and approve action on climate change, as the United Nations
set talks for April to help break a diplomatic logjam.
"Without offering a timetable, Kerry on Tuesday rejected
assertions that it had become politically impossible for the
Senate to finalize the first US nationwide plan to curb carbon
emissions blamed for global warming.
"'I'm excited. I know that's completely contrary to any
conventional wisdom,' said Kerry, a close ally of President
Barack Obama and chief architect of the legislation.
"Kerry said he was working on a Senate compromise that could
re-craft a landmark climate bill that squeaked last year through
the House of Representatives.
"'I don't care how we do it. I just think we have to price
carbon because we have to send that signal to the marketplace,'
the Massachusetts Democrat added.
"'We're on a short track here in terms of piecing together
legislation,' he told a forum sponsored by The New Republic
magazine. 'We're moving rapidly.'
"Democratic Representative Ed Markey, an author of the House
bill, said a US decision to cut back on fossil fuels would boost
"'We cannot preach temperance from a bar stool,' he said. ..."
Kerry Insists US to Move on Climate
AFP, 2010.0223, via ClimateProgress.org
Carbon Pricing Sticks Out as Senate Climate Bill's Main Obstacle
New York Times, 2010.0224
How many, who do not "believe in" climate change, do not believe in evolution either?
In the results of a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll of Texas voters:
"God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago."
38 percent agreed.
"Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals."
51 percent disagreed.
"Did humans live at the same time as the dinosaurs?"
41 percent disagreed.
And 22 percent agreed that life has existed in its present form since the beginning of time.
Texas Tribune, 2010.0217
If so many minds hold such attitudes about evolution, after several generations of the teaching of evolution science, is there really any degree of better messaging by scientists today that's likely to change those minds about climate change? And if the scientists aren't going to make the difference we need - who will?
Green and Sustainable Design and Building News This Week
Environmental Protection Agency Takes Heat on Climate Rule - Politico, 2010.0224
Utah Alleges Conspiracy on Climate Change Data - New Scientist, 2010.0224
Reserves 'Win-Win' for Fish and Fishermen - Nature, 2010.0223
A Slushy Shade of Green - The Economist, 2010.0223
Belief in Climate Change Hinges on Worldview - NPR, 2010.0223
John Gwynne: Bronx Zoo Designer, Conservationist - Miller-McCune, 2010.0223
Utilities Finding Peer Pressure a Powerful Motivator - New York Times, 2010.0222
Utah House Kills 'Green' Schools Recommendation - Salt Lake Tribune, 2010.0222
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Loan Guarantee for a Big Solar Power Plant - New York Times, 2010.0222
Interior Launches WaterSMART Initiative - U. S. Department of Interior Press Release, 2010.0222
Buildings Can Save Money as Well as Saving Environment - Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2010.0221
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GSA Elevates Green Building Office - Federal Times, 2010.0221
In Race to Build 'Green' Home, a Winner - Orange County Register, 2010.0219
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