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VOL 1, NO. 1 America's #1 Environmental News Source Premiere Edition
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EDITORIALS GLOBAL-E-GOOK OBITUARIES ADVICE/HUMOR KID'S PAGE PLANETMART
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YOU DIDN'T LEAVE ME NO BUFFALO, I AIN'T LEAVING NO CARIBOU

spacer The Administration, House Republican Leaders, Oil and Gas Interests, and Organized Labor are on a Collusion Course.
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  WASHINGTON - The House vote last year to permit  oil exploration in the Arctic National Wild- life Refuge (ANWR) is truly a national disgrace, according to a spokes- person for the newly formed, Hands Across Antarctica: "The wildest place left in the United States should be off limits to wildcatters. Period." ANWR has been dubbed "America's Serengeti" by environmentalists, a 19 million-acre refuge for native  species  and visiting humans alike. Jim Spencer, a  Senior Fellow with the Senior Fellows Institute, put it this way: "The bloom is off the ruse! Oil industry whackos, most of whom seem to be environmentally challenged, continue to live in the Dork Ages. The White House's idea of being ecologically correct would seem to be some- thing on the order of legis- lation designed to protect the nation's florists."

   

  Regarding the drilling for new oil  within  America's protected habitats, many say  the  refrain of the current House GOP is simple, if not simple- minded: "Where there's a well, there's a way."
Related Story >>                 spacer So What About The Grainhouse Effect spacer   COSTA RICA - It would take 17 planets to feed the world's projected popula- tion of 10 billion people on the American diet of eight ounces of grain-fed meat a day. The ecological impact of the hamburger, even today, is cause for alarm. The clearing of six square yards of rain forest in Latin America is required to produce one quarter- pounder, and the U.S. has imported millions upon millions of quarter pound- ers.   Meat  consumption  is a cause of deforestation.

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Time Now to Take the Bull___ By the Horns? spacer   WASHINGTON - The House voted in August to reject the fuel-efficiency amendment to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge bill, killing a proposed increase in CAFE standards on light trucks from 20.7 mpg to 27.5 mpg beginning in 2007. The author of The Ire Next Time, Jon Holt, had this reaction: "Apparently the results of the National Academy of Sciences study fell on daft ears. It's hard to follow the 'ploy-by-ploy action' of the Bush-Cheney administration on this controversy." Moreover, The Natural Resources Defense Council tells us that increasing new car fuel-efficiency to a doable 39 mpg over the next 10 years would save many times more barrels of oil ( 51 billion over the next five decades) than even the rosiest estimates of recovery from the Arctic refuge. Needless to say, it is recovery of the refuge, itself, that is also very much at issue here.

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Annual Aggressive Anti-environmental Ritual spacer WASHINGTON - An oft-used strategy in Congress is to attack environmental safeguards by attaching provisions, known as riders, to spending bills. These amendments, that would otherwise not stand the light of day, are often added at the eleventh hour, in a murky attempt to become law sans meaningful (if any) deliberations. Which is why polluters and their buddies in Congress resort to using the annual appropriations process to direct their last-minute offensive against environmental and public health protections.

spacer SCUTTLE DIPLOMACY: U.S. REJECTS KYOTO PROTOCOL

The Administration Is Left Out In The Cold On Global Warming spacer   BONN - America, the world's largest producer of carbon-dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases, is now viewed by our European friends as a "rogue state." The scuttlebutt turns on how quickly supporters of the Kyoto agreement can develop a protective shield against the threat of pollutants drifting in from this part of the globe. One U.N. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declared: "When it comes to the evolution of global environmental policy, the U.S. is still the 'control group.'" A British official chimed in: "Indeed. This  was  a  sync or swim situation. Unfortunately, there is no Planet B." Ally oops?

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Populace Willing To Pay For Mass Transit And Green Areas spacer   ATLANTA - Never mind those who traffic in drugs, what about those who traffic in traffic-- suburban developers, for instance. Some with a near-perfect tract record for channeling growth away from areas with existing infrastructure. Areas now in dire need of a triple-bypass linked to air pollution, traffic congestion, and visual blight. "This is a major political issue," says J. Peters, author of This Is Your Wake-Up Sprawl, "and a key quality of life issue." Playwright Emma Carson, best  known  for her work, "Aparkalypse Now," sees it this way: "The term 'urban growth'  has  become a silly, and misleading, oxymoron. What we're witness  to  is  denouement,  not development. It should be made clear to Mr. Developer that putting curbs on suburban sprawl does not mean adding new sidewalks." Perhaps a healthy dose of infraustructure is in order.

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There's No Such Thing As a Free Launch spacer   CALIFORNIA - Planned Planethood, a satirical online monthly newspaper, which is billing itself as 'America's #1 Environmental News Source' (sub- scriptions are voluntary @ $10 per year) is the brainchild of Russell Travis, a professor of sociology and social psychology  at  Californian  State University.  Special features include: AmNasty International, Negatrends, Dear Gabby, an Obituary page and, for the kids, Por Que Pig and Citizen Crane.  A major theme of the first issue concerns gaining the support of the President, the people, and Congress for a proposed Endangered Spaces Act (click for Open Letter to the President).  Each issue is meant to be a kind of memorial to the extinct, the endangered, and the threatened.

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