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Eight Thousand Petition Congress

"The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight."  Theodore Roosevelt I was thinking of …

Wal-Mart Green

There have been a lot of conversations about the “new green” Wal-Mart since CEO H. Lee Scott Jr. announced that he was transforming Wal-Mart into a green machine. Some skeptics …

Scaling Mountains: The Big Guy and the Monster

My friend, Justin, just climbed Denali and the official expedition name was “Big Guy and the Monster”. And Denali is, indeed, a monster! Seeing Justin’s amazing summit pictures made me …

ExxonMobil-Thriving on Illusion and Confusion

During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee made cannons out of blackened logs and marched noisy troops up an down the lines to create an illusion of much greater …

Grassroots or Astroturf?

Warning. A public relations firm hired four months ago by the Alaska State Legislature–see story here–could be coming soon to a media outlet near you. Pac/West Communications set up a …

Senate Passes Offshore Drilling Bill

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) must be holding his breath right now. He recently broke ranks and voted for a bill to open up 8.3 million acres in Florida’s side of …

Energy Freedom, Strings Attached

Ahhhhh, what’s an energy bill without a good name? The “American-Made Energy Freedom Act” was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). It’s purpose? …

Global warming continues to impact wildlife

Tigers are a valuable species and indeed, among many others, being impacted by global warming (thanks for the tip, Puja!). According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Sundarbans delta — …

Egg-Frying Weather

The Brits knew something was gravely wrong when Mark Vance, a medieval re-enactor at Warwick Castle fried an egg on the breastplate of his suit of armor. Britain shattered a …

Igniting a Conservation Crusade

One of America’s best known environmental historians is an old friend from my home town of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Sam Hays is the former Dean of History at Pitt University and …

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