G. Rendell

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September 15, 2011
To nobody's surprise, here it is. '[T]he decision to delay the proposed rule was driven by agency considerations and not by political pressure from the White House." Right. I would point out that the EPA had no way to know that regulation of GHGs was coming. (Of course, George W. Bush promised to do just that when he first ran for president, but nobody remembers that far back.) Just like they had no way to know September 30 was coming. I have only two questions.
September 14, 2011
Philosophers confuse me. Their classical training (grammar, logic, rhetoric) can be very helpful when I'm trying to decipher a difficult problem. But that same training seems to lead them, from time to time, to conclusions which seem far from reality.
September 9, 2011
I get daily newsletters from greenbiz.com. I generally scan the headlines, but often don't read the articles -- a significant portion of the cases they promote I consider to be greenwashing. On the other hand . . .
September 8, 2011
The Greenback student body hasn't traditionally been much for bicycles. And the school never thought too much about that, given our location. We get winter around here. Lots of it. From December to the end of March, if there's no snow on the roads it's probably because of the freezing (or near-freezing) rain. Not obviously conducive to two-wheeled transportation.
September 8, 2011
The Greenback student body hasn't traditionally been much for bicycles. And the school never thought too much about that, given our location. We get winter around here. Lots of it. From December to the end of March, if there's no snow on the roads it's probably because of the freezing (or near-freezing) rain. Not obviously conducive to two-wheeled transportation.
September 6, 2011
I was reading about some real estate in Italy. A bit north of Rome, including the southern portion of Tuscany. Reasonable price per square foot, so long as you don't need to be on the Mediterranean. And, to be honest, not unreasonable on a comparison basis even if you do. What struck me was the size of the properties being discussed. Mostly older apartments and small houses, they ranged from 500 to 700 square feet. The article spoke of this as acceptable since, after all, it was proposing them as vacation or second homes. Not someplace you'd live year-round.
August 31, 2011
It seems the political party that's been prattling on about the failure of the US education system is absolutely correct. But they're not going to like the evidence.
August 30, 2011
On NPR this afternoon, I happened to catch the end of an interview with Michael Specter, a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. Specter, who seems to make a living in the interstices between scientific knowledge and American public opinion, was speaking about his recent article on the subject of in vitro (artificial, grown in the lab) meat.
August 25, 2011
Pretty much everyone in the USA who's concerned with environmental sustainability is aware that Bill McKibben was arrested and held for two days in D.C. for demonstrating against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The two-day detention, given that charges were then dropped, seems more like attempted intimidation than any objective standard of justice. And many of us agree with Bill that what happens to the Keystone proposal will be the acid test of the Obama administration's environmental policies.
August 23, 2011
An old friend gave me an old book. Not old by the standards of literature, or even of the publishing industry. But old by comparison to most of the work-related books I read. Copyright 1990, it's a series of interviews conducted by Farley Mowat, titled Rescue the Earth!

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