Category Archives: Environmental issues

Pournelle’s Iron Law Of Bureaucracy, FEMA, and Republican Incompetence

In another thread, Ron – I suspect with tongue in cheek – quoted Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy: In any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: First, there will be those who are devoted to the … Continue reading

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The Minimum Wage, Global Warming, and Expert Consensus

Via Bleeding Heart Libertarians, I read Daniel B. Klein and Stewart Dompe’s admirable article “Reasons for Supporting the Minimum Wage: Asking Signatories of the ‘Raise the Minimum Wage’ Statement.” Klein, an economist who opposes the minimum wage, wanted to understand … Continue reading

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Romney Mocks Trying To Address Global Warming

I wasn’t interested in the GOP convention this year, and I don’t expect to be interested in the Democratic convention. It’s not like I’m sweating who to vote for; of the two viable candidates, Obama, despite horrible flaws, is the … Continue reading

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Useful Info For Meat-Eaters Who Care About Climate Change But Can’t Quit Eating Meat

The graph comes from the Environmental Working Group, who describe their findings: Lamb, beef and cheese have the highest emissions. This is true, in part, because they come from ruminant animals that constantly generate methane through their digestive process, called … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Sheri Tepper’s 2008 Interview with Strange Horizons

So, someone asked me what was so offensive about Tepper’s interview. After reading her comments, I’m convinced that it might actually be helpful to some people if I did a deconstruction. I don’t usually fisk things because it’s a format … Continue reading

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House Republicans Agree: Global Warming Doesn’t Exist

(Transcript of video here.) From The Hill: House Republicans rejected amendments offered Tuesday by Democrats that called on Congress to accept the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, it is caused in large part by human activity and it … Continue reading

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Three Poems Up on Poets For Living Waters

I am late publicizing the fact that three of my poems, “Like This,” “Free Radicals” and “Empty Rhetoric,” were published on Poets for Living Waters. Here is “Free Radicals:” Rowboats on the pond: random particles dancing to laws they couldn’t … Continue reading

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The Democrats Are Now The Home Of Market-Based Solutions

(Crossposted on “Alas” and on “TADA.”) In an op-ed in the Boston Globe, Richard Schmalensee and Robert Stavins (of MIT and Harvard, respectively) lament the Republican Party’s newfound opposition to market-based environmental solutions. LAST WEEK, the Senate abandoned its latest … Continue reading

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Brief Debate about Nuclear Power

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When You Gaze Into the Abyss

Like most people, I’m horrified by the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. I hate BP for their half-hearted response to the crisis. I think the Obama administration has limited options for what they can do to stop the … Continue reading

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