Rep. Issa trotted out Gulf politicians intent on bashing Obama administration oil drilling policies. The hearing could have been called, "Making the Oil Industry Whole Again: How the Obama Administration Put Safety Before Profits."
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Journalist, The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
Emissions dropped in 2009, but research now shows they rebounded quickly in 2010, setting a new all-time record. Economist Nicholas Stern said emissions are "now close to being back on a 'business as usual' path."
If we're going to turn that long-overdue corner toward a sustainable and just society, there will need to be a lot of young people with the awareness and skills to manifest life's essentials of food, water, and energy in a healthy way.
Co-Founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs, The Independent Business Voice for the Environment
We know that military leaders are clear on two things: Our fossil fuel dependence is a serious national security liability; and the carbon emissions from those fuels are causing climate change, which is a global security threat multiplier.
Climate disruption means more precarious livelihoods, which also interfere with health and well being. And these challenges will only grow more acute as global population expands from 6.9 billion today to 9.2 billion in 2050.
"Is this global warming?" "Is climate change to blame?" "Is the weather getting worse?" These are big -- almost existential -- questions. I suspect they are a polite way of asking, "Is this our fault?"
I have a theory that it's all related, and all speeding up at once: global climate change, endless war. We are reaping the seeds we began planting 10,000 years ago, when we left the Garden of Eden and set out to achieve dominion over Planet Earth.
Freelance Environmental Journalist and Nonprofit Consultant
From poking fun at disgruntled vegans to emphasizing the quirky antics used to irritate some of the ocean's greatest foes, Peter J. Brown highlights the trials and tribulations of what it takes to be a genuine eco-warrior on the high seas.
Principal, Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law, Seattle
What if American cities legislated brighter color amid windows, balconies planted green and encouraged flags and hanging laundry? What if homeowner associations and rental contracts required vegetation and decoration?
Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, and boy gets to marry girl. But then girl turns into a tree and uses her roots to drag boy underground so that she can, once more, lie naked beside him and hold him in her arms.
The anti-regulation mania that's swept Washington conveniently ignores the positive impact that common sense regulations have on all of our daily lives, while threatening to harm the basic protections that we have come to expect.