Archive for June 2010

GM’s attempt at heating windshield wiper fluid has led to a recall, involving deactivating the device. At first, I was thinking about how silly this idea is. Why complicate cars any more than they already are? But then I was led to consider the alternatives: we currently use different types of antifreeze in windshield washer […]

Business as usual will not be the way of the future. For example, Bobby Jindahl wants to not let up on the oil drilling so as to staunch job losses. But  what we need is a paradigm totally different than the “growth is progress” one we have become used to. It’s just not sustainable, because […]

BP continues to note that plumes from its Gulf oil leak are either non-existent or too small to be problematic. But this discussion of plumes is actually a distraction. What matters more is what are the chemicals in the water, where are they, and where they are going.

The Environmental Working Group’s recommendations for sunscreen includes the following statement: Our top-rated sunscreens all contain the minerals zinc or titanium. They are the right choice for people who are looking for the best UVA protection without any sunscreen chemical considered to be a potential hormone disruptor. None of the products contain oxybenzone or vitamin […]

It’s astounding to think about what $1 Billion dollars (and counting) in clean-up costs could build in terms of infrastructure for trains, buses, trams, and the like. BP transit? Off-shore production accounts for a very small percentage of our oil consumption (see quote, below). Given that fact, funds spent on off-shore production would be better […]

Even Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger likes the California bill banning plastic bags: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the Assembly for passing the plastic bag ban, which he called “a great victory for our environment.” But at last year’s Earth Day, Rush Limbaugh celebrated the inventor of the plastic bag.

KI (potassium iodide) tablets are being distributed to people who live within 10 miles of nuclear power facilities, to be taken when directed by health authorities. It’s a bit ominous to read that “Long-term studies have shown that people who did not take pills developed thyroid cancer,” said Amanda Fuller, strategic national stockpile coordinator with […]

Wow. Spills in places like Nigeria just don’t get the same type of response. As we read in the Guardian, The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live with environmental catastrophes for decades

I’m wondering if the BP oil leak will lead people like Bobby Jindahl, Governor of Louisiana, to rethink some approaches. Maybe that’s a silver lining here in this disaster: that people of good will can finally get together and fix some things that need fixing, rather than cast about with knee-jerk political slogans. Jindahl does […]