Fw: DAILY GRIST, October 18, 2000
I usually do not forward the Daily Grist to this list, but the relevancy to
energy was too great to pass up. There are several short news stories, one
about a coal power plant waste slurry slipping into rivers and causing havoc
to drinking water supplies. There are other energy-related items. Read on
Today was Total Health Day at NASA's Johnson Space Center and I am glad that
HREG had an opportunity to participate (thanks to Mike Ewert's help). We
saw a crowd very enthusiastic about renewable energy. In fact, 50 people
signed up to join our e-mail list! Look for these folks soon, for I will be
adding them shortly. We welcome them whole-heartedly.
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From: "Grist Magazine" <grist@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 2:07 PM
Subject: DAILY GRIST, October 18, 2000
> DAILY GRIST
> October 18, 2000
> News summaries from GRIST MAGAZINE
> SLURRY WITH THE DINGE ON TOP
> A huge spill of coal slurry into streams in eastern Kentucky has
> caused water shortages and school closings and prompted Kentucky Gov.
> Paul Patton (D) to declare a state of emergency in 10 counties.
> About 250 million gallons of coal waste with the consistency of wet
> cement have spilled out of a retention pond at a coal-preparation
> plant since last Wednesday, and the muck has made its way from
> streams to the Big Sandy and Ohio rivers, threatening to shut down as
> many as 25 water treatment plants in Kentucky and West Virginia.
> About 75 miles of rivers and streams have been turned black by what
> is being called one of the worst environmental disasters ever to hit
> the Southeast. The cleanup, expected to cost millions, could take up
> to six months.
> straight to the source: Louisville Courier-Journal, Joseph Gerth and
> Deborah Yetter, 10.18.00
> straight to the source: Louisville Courier-Journal, 10.17.00
> MAGNIFICENT, SEVEN!
> Seven of the world's major corporations committed themselves
> yesterday to making significant reductions in their greenhouse gas
> emissions, a voluntary effort to combat climate change ahead of any
> government requirements. Working in partnership with the nonprofit
> Environmental Defense, the companies -- DuPont, BP, Royal Dutch/Shell
> Group, Suncor Energy, Ontario Power Generation, Alcan Aluminum, and
> Pechiney SA -- pledged to reduce their combined emissions, estimated
> at 360 million metric tons in 1990, to 280 million metric tons by
> 2010. The companies will adopt more efficient technologies and trade
> emission reduction credits amongst themselves in order to meet their
> goals. In an unrelated agreement, Polaroid announced last week that
> it will cut its carbon dioxide emissions 25 percent from 1994 levels
> by 2010, similar to commitments made earlier this year by Johnson &
> Johnson and IBM, part of a program sponsored by the World Wildlife
> Fund and the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions.
> straight to the source: New York Times, Andrew Revkin, 10.18.00
> straight to the source: Washington Post, Peter Behr, 10.18.00
> read it only in Grist Magazine: How businesses can save money and
> help the climate -- an interview with Joseph Romm of the Center for
> Energy and Climate Solutions
> POLL BEARERS
> Sixty-three percent of likely American voters say they favor
> government action that would force automakers to improve the gas
> mileage of SUVs, according to a Christian Science Monitor poll.
> Fifty-seven percent say they would pay an extra $1,000 for a vehicle
> with greater fuel efficiency. Enviros might be pleased by these
> responses, but are likely to be dismayed to learn that 54 percent of
> those polled said they support oil drilling in the Arctic National
> Wildlife Refuge, a pristine natural area in Alaska, while only 38
> percent oppose such drilling. When asked which major party
> presidential candidate would do a better job of ensuring sufficient
> energy supplies, 44 percent said Bush and 33 percent said Gore.
> straight to the source: Christian Science Monitor, John Dillon, 10.18.00
> YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO GREEN PARTY
> Though Vice President Al Gore stressed the importance of farmland
> conservation programs during last night's final debate between the
> two major party presidential candidates, the environment got little
> play otherwise. But Gore's running mate, Sen. Joe Lieberman
> (D-Conn.), has been talking up green issues during campaign stops
> this past week in Texas, Arkansas, and Wisconsin, criticizing Gov.
> George W. Bush's environmental record in his home state. Meanwhile,
> Green Party candidate Ralph Nader, who had been fighting to be
> included in the presidential debates, made his second failed attempt
> last night to get onto debate grounds. Earlier in the day, he filed
> suit against the Commission on Presidential Debates because it
> refused to let him into the audience of the first debate even though
> he had a valid ticket and because it kept him away from a Fox News
> trailer near the debate site where he was scheduled to have an
> straight to the source: Washington Post, debate transcript, 10.17.00
> straight to the source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Associated Press,
> Brigitte Greenberg, 10.18.00
> straight to the source: News for Change, Matt Welch, 10.18.00
> read it only in Grist Magazine: Readers talk back about Nader -- in
> our letters section
> FAIRY, FAIRY, QUITE CONTRARY
> In a decision that could curb sprawl and development in Southern
> California, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday
> that it is designating more than 500,000 acres as critical habitat
> for two species -- the threatened gnatcatcher bird and the endangered
> fairy shrimp. The move will affect and add costs to the plans of
> developers and road builders from Los Angeles to the Mexican border,
> though two military bases were exempted from the designations on the
> grounds of national security. Developers are none too happy with the
> decision, though the USFWS says it will not significantly hamper
> construction. The government was compelled to act because of
> lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity of Tucson,
> Ariz., and the L.A. office of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
> Enviros are pleased that habitat designations have been made, but are
> disappointed that they don't include more acreage and the military
> straight to the source: Los Angeles Times, Seema Metha, 10.18.00
> Also in GRIST MAGAZINE today:
> As the worm turns -- or: how I learned to start vermicomposting and
> love the worm -- in our Main Dish section
> Desert storm -- Utah residents fight back against toxic contamination
> -- in our Books Unbound section
> Mr. Green Beans -- he's all abuzz about socially responsible coffee
> -- in our Out on a Limb column
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