Friday, April 27, 2012

Racism disguised as environmentalism

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The Word - United We Can't Stand Them
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Here's something we've been worried about for a while, and thank heavens that Stephen Colbert nailed it in a way that means we don't have to. His clip doesn't specifically mention the "Apply the Brakes" network, but we will because too many conservation leaders have fallen for the anti-immigrant rhetoric disguised as environmentalism. John Tanton is behind ATB too. No. Just no. This kind of scapegoating is not OK with us. (And we're sorry, but shrinking this to fit the window exceeds our technological capacity. Watch it here for the full view: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/413205/april-25-2012/the-word---united-we-can-t-stand-them)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours

It's supposed to work something like this: major environmental groups endorse Presidential candidates when those candidates make firm, unwavering commitments to protect the interests of those environmental voters. Not, say, when said Presidential candidates (who may or may not be sitting Presidents) waver unforgivably, appoint crappy Cabinet members, allow the Endangered Species Act to be undermined, forsake the beloved desert, etc., etc., etc.

We've still got an itch to scratch.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nothing to see here, move along

More than 15,000 places in US have hottest temperatures ever recorded.

We're speechless. Really, we could rail on about how this might be affecting seasonal migrations, floral phenology, or glacial melts, but what's the point? Haven't we, as Americans, decided simply to enjoy the early spring, marvel at the daffodils, and keep sending as much carbon as we can afford to spew up into the air?

(And yeah, this report is about weather, not climate, but no one can argue that the trend is also upward when it comes to overall temperatures.)