Monthly Archives: December 2012

James Hansen Receives Stephen Schneider Science Communication Award

James Hansen, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of the book, Storms of My Grandchildren, was presented with the annual Stephen Schneider Science Communication award this month, named for the Stanford University environmental scientist who advised seven U.S. Presidents on climate change. Hansen spoke Dec. 4 about…

Photo Gallery: Talladega National Forest

Fall Moon by Lake Cheaha

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a view from atop Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama at 2,407 feet above sea level. If a plan goes forward to lease virtually all of the land in this view to a mining company like Halliburton for natural gas drilling, this public land set aside for future generations to…

Lisa P. Jackson Resigns Cabinet Post as Head of EPA

By Glynn Wilson – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced Thursday that she is stepping down from the cabinet post to spend more time with her family. We suspect there is more to this story, but for now let’s just deal with the facts we know. In announcing her resignation as head…

Unsuitable Conduct: Separate Messages at Gulf Restoration Council Meeting

Don’t believe everything you see on Teevee – By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Feeding frenzy of suits. That could have been the caption on a picture from a downtown Mobile hotel where the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council staged its first meeting on December 11. Federal law created this council to preside over…

Homeland Security Releases Spying Keyword List Due to FOIA Lawsuit

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of alleged foreign or domestic threats of terrorism. The list was posted online by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy watchdog group which obtained the document…

Drop Your NRA Membership: Wake Up and Stop Being Fooled

EDITORIAL – When are the people of the United States of America going to stop allowing themselves to be fooled by radical extremists on the political right? If the National Rifle Association does not lose thousands of members after the insensitive and intransigent comments about the Connecticut school shootings, the public will get what they…

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study

Reflections 1: Autumn Leaves in Chinnabee Creek – WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided an update Friday on its ongoing national study to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources around the country, making it clear that the Obama administration is moving forward with the development of…

President Obama’s Approval Rating Rises to 56 Percent

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is up to 56 percent, his highest three-day reading since October 2009, according to the latest Gallup poll. Although the president’s job approval rating has been in the 50 percent range for much of the time since his re-election, the new high point this week coincides with the aftermath…

Daniel-Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln: An Important Story for All Time

By Glynn Wilson – There is no more significant or enigmatic a character in American history than Abraham Lincoln. He is often ranked for success or popularity by historians and public opinion surveys as number one on the list of top U.S. presidents. But while Lincoln has been depicted on film before, it is about…

December Rosebud: Another Sign of Global Warming?

Sorry to change the subject from all the violence, but I will not turn armed criminals into celebrities by glorifying their despicable acts. We have other things to worry about that we may be able to do something about. Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves the question: Why are the roses blooming in December? We may…

Global Warming: An Azalea Blooming in December

Azaleas are a subgenus of rhododendrons with funnel-shaped corollas and deciduous leaves. Everyone knows they bloom in the spring, so why are they blooming in December? Could this have something to do with global warming? New Study Shows Polar Ice Melting, Sea Levels Rising Due to Global Warming

Karl Rove’s Deal With the Devil Could Be Coming Unraveled

Karl Rove at a book signing in Birmingham, 2010 – By Glynn Wilson – Political animal Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove’s deal with the devil could be coming unraveled. It just goes to show it never pays to trust the dark side. The independent Web-based investigative news outlet ProPublica has somehow obtained the tax-exempt application filed…

EPA Announces Next Round of Clean Air Standards to Reduce Harmful Soot

Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River emits more mercury into the air than any other power plant in the country. It is also a source of fine particulate pollution and ozone. – By Glynn Wilson – In response to a federal court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it…