A recent bill up before the Hawai'i County Council would have criminalized Big Island farmers for using biotechnology to grow their crops with less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. A second bill is still on the table, and I almost cannot think of anything that would take us further away from where we need to be heading.
When the State Department moved Thursday to postpone a decision on whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline serves the national interests of the United States environmental groups found much to celebrate. But they also surely know that the dispute over Keystone XL -- a proxy, really, for broader and still unresolved debates over oil, climate change and energy policy in America -- is far from over, not least because the delay was much more about political expediency than it was about environmental due process. In reality, the administration's punt highlights just how far environmentalists still have to go to get the country focused on clean energy policies.