Donald Trump, the King of Spin

Donald Trump says that he wants to help business by cutting regulations by 75%. He also claims that he is a “very big person” when it comes to the environment and that he has received awards on this very topic.

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However, in a recent Washington Post article, it is clearly proven that this is yet another of Mr. Trump’s use of Alternative Facts. Indeed, there is no evidence that Donald J. Trump has ever won an environmental award of any kind. Now to be fair, his Bedminster Golf Course did receive a Metropolitan Golf Association Club Environmental Award in 2007 for environmental stewardship…but this same course was cited by the NJDEP in 2011 for environmental violations.

Given his views on the environment and his proffering of environmental luddites to positions of power, his claim does not stand up.

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Trump’s unsupported claim he has ‘received awards on the environment’

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Pesticides and Safety…A Brief Review

Clyde Haberman writes a fine retrospective about Rachel Carson and how her works were often misreported and she vilified when she made her clarion call about DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). A note here…DDT is still made and still used…

ddtWhy write about this now? Obviously, the new administration has a view about environmental protection that is about as enlightened as that of our Cro-Magnon ancestors. Actually, that is a disservice to our ancestors, they actually understood that the environment affected their lives.

We can see that when Ms. Carson raised her concerns, she was attacked with “Alternative Facts”…ie, lies. History does repeat itself…

The key to the use of pesticides is simple…use integrated pest management, think about the consequences of your product and think before acting.

Of course, the article focuses on how to control malaria. It points out that DDT is much less effective now than it was, but still useful when used selectively. In other words, pesticides have a place, but only if used properly.

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Rachel Carson, DDT and the Fight Against Malaria
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Hottest Year on Record. What does it Mean?

We have now posted three of the hottest years on record in direct sequence. Ok, so what does this mean?

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The data is so overwhelming that the arguments of those attached at the hip to old technology and fuel sources seem determined to live in denial. The impact that this line of thinking will have on people around the world is being demonstrated each time a major weather event takes place.

I may be redundant with this blog, but read the attached. The data is overwhelming.

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How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record
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Wine and Warming…an Interesting Business Model

water consumptionAs the climate continues to change, and places that were wet become dry and places that were cool become warm, it is commonly accepted by any literate person that agricultural practices will need to change. At least one winery has recognized these changes and has made significant progress in reducing water consumption, using renewable energy and the best of all in my mind, re-instituting agricultural practices from times gone by that both replenish the soil and conserve water.

As noted in the Times, the Kendall-Jackson Winery in California has recognized that climate change is a threat to their livelihood and made changes in their agricultural practices to combat this treat. What impressed me most of all is the simplest of changes…moves to reduce water consumption and the use of compost to improve the soil.

This winery offers a good model on how to maintain a business in stressful times. Kudos…and Congratulations on forward thinking.

Those who fail to adapt are doomed to perish…

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Falcons, Drones, Data: A Winery Battles Climate Change
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