Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 06:01 • Julie Dermansky
Concerned citizens sit with signs at a DEQ permit hearing in St. Gabriel

A group of residents in St. Gabriel, a suburb of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is no stranger to industrial pollution. The small town is on the banks of the Mississippi River in a stretch of land between New Orleans and Baton Rouge containing more than 100 petrochemical factories. To the industry, it’s known as the “Petrochemical Corridor,” but to everyone else it’s “Cancer Alley.” This fact is fueling a local drive to stop any new industrial plans that would add to the area’s already heavy pollution burden.

The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) has been assisting the Citizens for a Better St. Gabriel, a citizens group formed with the goal of halting one such company from expanding operations in their neighborhood. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 13:32 • Ross Gelbspan

Just days after President George W. Bush announced the U.S. would invest more in R&D for renewable energy technologies, one of  the  world’s largest investment firms, the Carlyle Group, said it would substantially boost its stake in renewables. Coincidentally, former President George H. W. Bush was a special consultant to the Carlyle Group for 10 years before his retirement two years ago.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 06:28 • Ross Gelbspan

Even as President Bush began to call for some movement toward a clean-energy economy, his Administration fired 32 employees from the National Renewable Energy Lab – a leading agency in research and development of renewables. (It turns out the agency hastily rehired most of them just in time for Bush's presentation!)

Bush: U.S. on Verge of Energy Breakthrough

The Associated Press, Feb 20, 2006

Saying the nation is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that would “startle” most Americans, President Bush on Monday outlined his energy proposals to help wean the country off foreign oil.

Less than half the crude oil used by refineries is produced in the United States, while 60 percent comes from foreign nations, Bush said during the first stop on a two-day trip to talk about energy.

Some of these foreign suppliers have “unstable” governments that have fundamental differences with America, he said.

“It creates a national security issue and we're held hostage for energy by foreign nations that may not like us,” Bush said.

Bush is focusing on energy at a time when Americans are paying high power bills to heat their homes this winter and have only recently seen a decrease in gasoline prices.

One of Bush's proposals would expand research into smaller, longer-lasting batteries for electric-gas hybrid cars, including plug-ins. He highlighted that initiative with a visit Monday to the battery center at Milwaukee-based auto-parts supplier Johnson Controls Inc.

During his trip, Bush is also focusing on a proposal to increase investment in development of clean electric power sources, and proposals to speed the development of biofuels such as “cellulosic” ethanol made from wood chips or sawgrass.

Energy conservation groups and environmentalists say they're pleased that the president, a former oil man in Texas, is stressing alternative sources of energy, but they contend his proposals don't go far enough. They say the administration must consider greater fuel-efficiency standards for cars, and some economists believe it's best to increase the gas tax to force consumers to change their driving habits.
During his visit to Johnson Controls' new hybrid battery laboratory, Bush checked out two Ford Escapes — one with a nickel-metal-hybrid battery, the kind that powers most hybrid-electric vehicles, and one with a lithium-ion battery, which Johnson Controls believes are the wave of the future. The lithium-ion battery was about half the size of the older-model battery. In 2004, Johnson Controls received a government contract to develop the lithium-ion batteries.

While Bush is highlighting his budget proposals to help wean America from foreign oil, the lab he visited is meeting a $28 million shortfall by cutting its staff by 32 people, including eight researchers.
Monday, February 20, 2006 - 16:11 • James Hoggan

Here we go again: In this undated post on the Christian Broadcasting Neetwork, we get the whole irrational argument again, and again from the usual suspects, the Cato Institute's discredited Pat Michaels and JunkScientist (and tobacco shill) Steve Milloy.

The best line in this post is Michaels twisted positioning on climate change: “Climate changes - yes, humans have something to do with this change, but climate has changed in the past without human beings having anything to do with it. There was an Ice Age not very long ago – 5,000 feet of ice over Chicago, and look, here we are, thriving on a planet with an ever-changing climate.”

Monday, February 20, 2006 - 08:19 • Richard Littlemore

The DeSmogBlog recently received word that March 20 (Earth Day) will mark the launch of a www.green.tv/.

According to Director James Arthur, Green.tv will be a broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues. It is also a charity endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support and films from environmental organisations around the world, including the European Environment Agency, the UK Environment Agency, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.

Monday, February 20, 2006 - 07:25 • Richard Littlemore

WASHINGTON - Dan Vergano of USA Today, Michelle Nijhuis of High Country News, and The Times-Picayune have won the American Geophysical Union’s 2006 journalism awards.

Vergano will receive the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–News for his article, “The debate’s over:

Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 08:01 • Ross Gelbspan

Bush’s Chat With Novelist Alarms Environmentalists
The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2006

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 - One of the perquisites of being president is the ability to have the author of a book you enjoyed pop into the White House for a chat.

Friday, February 17, 2006 - 16:27 • Ross Gelbspan

 NASA scientist Jim Hansen: “We have to stabilize emissions of carbon dioxide within a decade, or temperatures will warm by more than one degree – warmer than it has been for half a million years.” (Feb. 2006)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 08:22 • Ross Gelbspan

Who said the Bush Administration was hard-hearted? Responding to the plight of oil giants such as ExxonMobil, which netted a mere $36 billion in profits last year,  the Administration is planning to waive another $7 billion in royalties for drilling on public lands.

Monday, February 13, 2006 - 16:34 • Ross Gelbspan
From evangelicals to students to business groups, climate change is a rising political concern.
The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 14, 2006  
Global warming isn’t just a “blue state” issue anymore.

From the Rocky Mountain West to the Southeast, influential red-state voices are beginning to call for more concerted efforts at local, state, and federal levels to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

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