Refiners are still in the mode of resisting new government regulatory initiatives and are not acknowledging that reducing pollution is not only good for the environment, but also has an economic return.
I worked for the U.S. EPA from 1979 to 2004, spending most of my time with the program dealing with pesticides. It did not take me long to figure out that the EPA was reeling from the scandal of the Industrial Bio-test Laboratory, IBT.
Let's start with a disclaimer: Climate change is one of the biggest threats of the 21st century, and it is an issue that warrants substantial attention. The crux of the matter is how much to prioritize it. Priorities have to be balanced, and the current balance is way out of kilter.
Protect the environment and all the awesome potential of the United States can be achieved. Lose focus on the environment and the rug will be pulled from posterity's future. It won't matter if the grandkids are gay, duck hunters, or America's Idol. They're all gonna need clean air...
Would New York City's investment in watershed restoration, in lieu of a water treatment facility, similarly motivate other cities? Could the national Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme in idyllic Costa Rica possibly work anywhere else?
Bill is founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in nearly 200 countries in the past four years. Read on for his thoughts on the Keystone XL pipeline, how environmental organizations can get more done and what he would do if he had my job leading TNC.
April is Earth Month. Let's celebrate everybody: the environmentalists and the capitalists who care about preserving and protecting our earth. And just maybe, Hollywood will start rolling out the red carpet for capitalism.
Despite the fact that Will has the combined credibility of Barry Bonds and BP Oil on environmental and sustainability affairs, there are reasons for empathizing with him at times. In fact, one reason plopped in my inbox this morning!
Both he and President Obama have so far avoided any significant reference to environmental matters that have potentially life and death implications for future generations, if not out own. How does one correct this great disservice to the American people?