- Chamber of Overstated Horrors
- Arts and Crafts go Green
- The American Enterprise Institute compares EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Clint Eastwood and carbon polluters to criminals
- Great collection of Obama climate and clean energy quotes
Posted: 03 Oct 2009 06:03 AM PDT
So begins a great Boston Globe editorial, "Chamber of overstated horrors." These resignations really brought home the message of the Chamber's extremism to the broader media in a tangible way (see Chamber of Horrors: The incredible, shrinking industry group falsely claims "We've never questioned the science behind global warming").
The rest of editorial makes clear just how much the Chamber brought this on themselves with its Luddite call for "the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" on global warming:
Posted: 03 Oct 2009 05:49 AM PDT
Durham, North Carolina-based The Scrap Exchange (above) is "a sustainable art supply store that takes unwanted materials and resells them as arts and crafts supplies," as explained in this CAP repost.
Is one person's trash really another's treasure? According to a Durham, North Carolina-based arts and crafts store it is.
The Scrap Exchange lets people explore their creativity while helping out the environment. The Scrap Exchange was founded in 1991 as a sustainable art supply store that takes unwanted materials from businesses and community members and resells them as arts and crafts supplies. Materials sell for 50 to 70 percent off their retail prices, and popular items include paper, fabric, office supplies, marble scraps, and CD cases. The idea is to promote environmental awareness and creativity by providing high-quality, low-cost materials for artists.
The Scrap Exchange also has an in-house art gallery to show off the local artists who turn recycled materials into crafts such as handmade bags, metal sculptures, and jewelry. Classes such as quilting and collage are available for people who may not have a natural creative streak. And the Scrap Exchange offers children's birthday parties that give kids a chance to create fun projects with their friends while teaching them about taking care of the planet.
The Resource Center in Chicago is another nonprofit organization that is encouraging creative re-use. Their Creative Reuse Warehouse finds rejects and by-products that local businesses treat as waste. The materials are donated to Chicago schools, service organizations, performance companies, and individual artists. It's a win-win situation for the CRW's donors and recipients—donors get a tax deduction, and recipients have materials to teach classes and present artwork that they may not have been able to afford otherwise.
Similar programs are available throughout the country. The Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts has been in San Francisco since the 1970s, and it offers unique workshops where participants learn about different crafts and art techniques. And Creative Reuse Pittsburgh, a newcomer to creative re-use, collects reusable discards from businesses and other organizations in its region, offers hands-on creative arts programs, and hosts booths at local arts festivals.
A day at any creative re-use center might be a great way to become re-acquainted with the right side of your brain without the guilt of waste. Participating in the arts isn't just fun—it's beneficial. Art has been linked to developing critical thinking skills, persistence, and lightheartedness. Add that to the environmental benefits of places like The Scrap Exchange, and the lure of creative re-use centers is almost irresistible.
Posted: 02 Oct 2009 10:41 AM PDT
In a bizarre pop-culture flip-flop, Kenneth Green of the American Enterprise Institute has compared the mild-mannered EPA administrator to Dirty Harry:
Let me get this straight, the right-wing is now saying it's bad to be like Clint, the quintessential tough guy hero lionized by conservatives because he'll do whatever is needed to save human life? That means Green is directly equating U.S. industry with the psychopathic serial killer and criminals that Clint fights in the iconic 1971 movie.
Well, logic was never a priority of Denier-Industrial-Complex Kooks (DICKs) like Green, who regularly spouts nonsense like, "We're back to the average temperatures that prevailed in 1978…. No matter what you've been told, the technology to significantly reduce emissions is decades away and extremely costly" — from a 2008 speech AEI later removed from their website (excerpts here).
In fact, Green's analogy makes no sense whatsoever since Jackson is simply obeying the command of the highest court in the land to regulate carbon pollution (see here). Green entirely omits the fact that in 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases were pollutants and that the EPA would have to regulate them if they were found to endanger public health and welfare.
So the only part of the analogy that makes sense is that deniers and delayers like Green oppose the rule of law — while Jackson is trying to enforce it.
Ironically, in its zealous quest to kill climate action, AEI has done another flip-flop. Jackson proposes to start regulating only "large industrial facilities that emit at least 25,000 tons of GHGs a year." Jackson explained, "This is a common sense rule that is carefully tailored to apply to only the largest sources – those from sectors responsible for nearly 70 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions sources." She told the Governors Climate Summit in Los Angeles, "we can begin reducing emissions from the nation's largest greenhouse gas emitting facilities without placing an undue burden on the businesses that make up the vast majority of our economy," adding, "The corner coffee shop is not a meaningful place to look for carbon reductions."
But Green doesn't believe in common sense — he urges big polluters to sue to make sure small businesses and farmers are regulated also:
Note that for Green and the American Enterprise Institute, obeying the Supreme Court is "insanity." You don't have to be Dirty Harry to realize which side of the law he is on.
Fundamentally, Green wants to use the legal system to pervert the process. And this scorched earth strategy is one the big polluters are threatening, too. I'll end this post with an analysis — "It's Hard To Hide An Oil Refinery Behind a Donut Shop" — from David Doniger, Policy Director at NRDC's Climate Center, and former "director of climate change policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, before that, counsel to the head of the EPA's clean air program":
Well, the Chamber's call for a 'Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century' worked out so well for them (see "Nike runs fast and loud from the incredible, shrinking U.S. Chamber Board over its global warming denial"), that if they want to pursue this lawsuit, which I suspect will be equally popular with their members, I say, "Go ahead, make my day!"
Posted: 02 Oct 2009 10:30 AM PDT
For the source of this video — and for youth action — go here.
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