Saturday, July 19, 2008

What the Papers Are Saying

From around the U.S.
Newsday, July 17

Hungry for Energy, Politicians Try to Drill It Home

A major stretch of the Alaskan wilderness rumbled yesterday with an announcement by the Bureau of Land Management that the government has made millions of acres in the Northeast National Petroleum Reserve available for oil and gas exploration. The move toward more leasing on the reserve, which--like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge--is at the center of a tug of war over the country's natural resources, suggests that the global oil crunch is shifting political tides toward homegrown spigots.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 3
We Need to Protect More Land, Not Less
A recent Post-Dispatch editorial called for plowing up portions of the nation's premier farmland protection initiative, the Conservation Reserve Program, in hopes that planting corn on highly erodible lands will ease pressure on corn markets and lower prices of food and animal feed.
This might sound like good policy, but it will not work.

Los Angeles Times, July 17
The Distraction of Offshore Drilling
By Dianne Feinstein
Bush is pushing a false promise. What we need is a long-term energy strategy.

Dallas Morning News, July 16
EPA delays the inevitable on greenhouse gases
Americans apparently will have to wait for the next president to see any responsible action on regulating greenhouse gases. The Bush administration seems to be crossing its arms, closing its eyes and holding its breath until the bitter end to avoid doing the right thing on climate change.

Schenectady Daily Gazette, July 17
Clean air rule ambushed in court

One of the few, if not only, steps the Bush administration ever took in the interests of clean air — a rule authored by its Environmental Protection Agency in 2005 aimed at getting power plants to reduce smokestack emissions — was unexpectedly overturned last Friday by a federal appeals court. Not only was the decision a serious setback for people with respiratory ailments, it managed to anger a good many utilities that had taken steps to comply with the so-called Clean Air Interstate Rule.

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