New York welcomes Earth Day with $8 tax on cars entering Manhattan

The measure is among 127 proposals for what Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls “a greener, greater New York.” But it still has to clear formidable hurdles in the State Legislature where, as The New York Times put it, “too many good ideas like this one go to die.”

Clean air or clean water? Climate change enters Northwest dam debate

The long-standing controversy over dam removal in Washington, Oregon and California has heightened with scientific recognition of man made carbon emissions in global warming. Power companies and others who favor keeping the dams tout them as a crucial source of so-called clean energy, while opponents say the dams are anything but clean because they foul water and kill fish to generate electricity.

The Numbers Game

$89 billion
The approximate annual US federal tax breaks and other direct subsidies for oil companies.

$36.1 billion
ExxonMobil's 2005 profits

Check out Terry Tamminen's new book Lives per Gallon for more information on the true costs of our addiction to oil.

Friends of Science: Forgotten, but Not Dead

The Calgary-based and oil-industry-funded Friends of Science is still foundering about, denying the science of climate change and embarrassing itself by trying to overstate its connections to the University of Calgary.

Norway: Neutral from the World War to the Carbon War

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg proposed to make Norway the first “carbon neutral” state by 2050 and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 30 percent by 2020.

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