Huffington Post Green Section

The Huffington Post is an online newsmagazine that’s just added a Green section- right up there with “Business” and “Politics”. They’ve got an interesting line-up of opinion articles, including a commentary on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act being debated this week in the Senate. The author notes that Bush will be vetoing the already-weak Bill even if it gets out of Congress, but considers the effort a turning point (without a big enough turn).

And that’s what’s revealing about the Senate debate. Sadly, most of the debate will still be about which energy-producing regions and industries get the edge. The Senate still acts as if energy policy were fundamentally about producing fuel — coal, oil, gas, nuclear — instead of recognizing that most American companies consume energy services, rather than produce fuel. Most American jobs are driven by how effectively we transform energy into useful services, not by how much stuff we can dig out of the ground. And the biggest leadership challenge for the next president will be to transform how the Congress thinks, and acts, about energy.

Along with Op-Eds, they’ve collected links from articles around the web, including a report on vintners switching from bottles to boxes, to save energy. Bottle supporters argue that while boxes are less energy-intensive to make and ship, glass can be recycled indefinitely. Decisions, decisions!

4 Responses to “Huffington Post Green Section”

  1. 1 Biking Person June 5, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I was pleased to find a line-up of the presidential candidates and their environmental policies (or lack thereof) compiled on that website. I am somewhat encouraged to see that each of them have stated those at some point, although I’m still a little concerned that I haven’t heard those from the candidates yet. I must disclaim however; I only watch as much of the speeches as CNN shows in the morning before cutting to more news about high gas prices and tornadoes, so listen up CNN: play the clips of the enviro-friendly sound bites!

  2. 2 virescent June 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    It is pretty hard to find them taking about their policies. McCain gave a “Big Speech” at a wind farm a couple weeks ago about how nuclear power is the bestest power evar, and Obama gave a speech on his position back in October, when he wasn’t considered a real contender. And now…

    I’d hit up NPR for news on the presidential candidates and their stances, or lack thereof, on climate issues. You can playback articles they’ve aired anytime, and they have a series of special reports on climate change that delve into the political pretty often.

  3. 3 Cameron June 9, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    AAAS and Studnet Pugwash (and probably many others) are compiling the data on where candidates stood/stand on science and environmental issues, so deff check them out. The bickering in Congress on enviro-energy is encouraging because it is happening; but discouraging because they aren’t bickering about the right issues. We all know that any switch to sustainability starts with a financial and economic opportunity cost….but Congress refuses to accept that point!

    And Im sad that I have to give up salmon too! I ate a lot of meat this weekend (BBQ’s) and now have to punish myself by facing facts. Seafood is next on the chopping block!!

  4. 4 virescent June 10, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Here’s the Pugwash Electin’s Science guide-

    There are plenty of good resources on what the two gentleman have said, but what bothers me is they’re not saying it themselves, Journalists aren’t drilling them about it- it’s almost a silent issue. I’ll give McCain credit for addressing a whole speech to it last month, but it was a pretty underwhelming speech. And Obama needs to get on the ball.

    I’m not sure what to think about the BLW Senate Bill (RIP). It wasn’t a great bill, but it was a beginning. About time we had an energy policy that wasn’t “coal!”. And I’m happy that they’ll get to try again under a new administration, because I think the next bill will be much better. But it is pretty depressing to put this all on hold for another year.

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