Friday, August 22, 2008

Green Editorials

Some recent editorials on environmental issues:

New Orleans Times Picayune
EDITORIAL: Dead in the water
Louisiana has been trying for years to get the rest of the country to understand that the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is an urgent national environmental crisis.
But low oxygen caused by nutrient pollution isn't just a problem in the United States -- it's a global woe that is on the rise and has dire implications for fisheries.


New York Times
Clearer Rules, Cleaner Waters
The 1972 Clean Water Act was designed to protect all the waters and wetlands of the United States: large and small, navigable and seasonal. That clear mission has since been muddied by the Supreme Court, exposing thousands of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands to pollution and damaging development.

Newsday
Puffing Up Wind Energy
From rolling midwestern plains to the Manhattan skyline, wind energy has been marketed as a renewable goldmine. Still, as wind picks up momentum, politics and economic tensions are clouding the horizon for the rapidly commercializing energy source. On Long Island,...

The Pew Trusts
Environment
The global environment is at a crossroads. The rapid pace of technology and population growth is placing unrelenting pressure on the world’s natural resources. Many of our natural systems have been pushed to the breaking point.
The build-up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuel is changing the planet’s natural systems, upon which all life depends. Overfishing and pollution have ravaged the oceans, leaving commercial fisheries at the point of collapse. On land, areas that have not been inalterably changed by human civilization are under increasing stress from activities ranging from logging and mining to agriculture and development.

Dallas Morning News
Editorial: Coal plant compromise should be commended

They were an unlikely pairing: the energy company looking to build a coal plant and the environmental groups aiming to clean our air. They didn't necessarily have much to discuss, and the two sides weren't under any obligation to come together.
But to their credit, NRG Energy Inc. and two influential environmental organizations quietly converged, hammering out an agreement that will limit the pollution produced by a proposed power plant.

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