Monday, July 31, 2006

Warming to the Inconvenient Facts

By Michael Grunwald, the Washington Post
"If our get-serious rhetoric on climate change were to be more than a new form of low-carbon emissions, we would have to change not only the way we live and the way we drive, but the way we think about political issues. And not only the politics of energy and the environment....To take it seriously, we would have to change the way we think about transportation, agriculture, development, water resources, natural disasters, foreign relations and more."

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Green Gas
SeQuential opens retail biofuels filling station in Eugene.

Not only will it result in enviro-friendly fueling, but it will also have "Lane County's first permitted commercial green roof will top the convenience store, which will sell local products and offer a selection of Sweet Life goodies and coffee. Outside, a farm stand will market local organic produce."

Friday, July 21, 2006

Eugene: Like a smaller version of L.A.?

Al Martinez, L.A. Times

"Listen to what Eugene's Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch wrote about it in a paean to his city: "I love that it's not pretentious. We aren't distinguished by loud, power-hungry politicians or in-your-face wealth. At the Butte to Butte race, there's Andy Vobora, one of LTD's [Lane Transit District] head honchos, happily helping load buses. At Humble Bagel, there's Mayor Kitty Piercy holding one of her monthly one-on-one sessions with whoever shows up."

He loves the town's quirkiness, its autumn chill, its convenience and its folksiness. "I love that people are passionate about this place," he writes. And: "But, mainly, we love it for another reason: Because it's ours.""

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Real Agenda of Bush Administration

Here's a very interesting editorial from the New York Times. The gist: "It is only now, nearly five years after Sept. 11, that the full picture of the Bush administration’s response to the terror attacks is becoming clear. Much of it, we can see now, had far less to do with fighting Osama bin Laden than with expanding presidential power."

Read it here Editorial: The Real Agenda