Archive for Environmental Consulting

Fuel Economy….The President Clearly Does not Understand the Term LEADERSHIP

In yet another move to undo what makes sense for the country, it appears that fuel economy standards will be rolled back from the goals set during President Obama’s administration. Well, why not. As I have noted in prior blogs, this President really is all about short term benefits for fossil fuels.

Fuel EconomyOf course, this is just a part of the mistaken world of “let’s take it now and the hell with the future” that he is proving to be his M.O. Every time that fuel standards have been raised, the auto industry has cried…and then met them. The argument now is of course, that people want bigger cars and trucks because fuel is relatively cheap.

Thus, my title…LEADERSHIP means leading…not following the sheep. As soon as prices for oil rise, which they will at some point, we will switch again and fuel economy will become important. But, rather than leading us into a better and more economically and environmentally sustainable world, the ignorant are pandering to the informed who can manipulate them.

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Automakers Near a Victory on Rollback of Fuel Standards
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Pity the BeeKeeper

Of the 100 crops that account for 90% of the food eaten by people; 71% are pollinated by bees…So notes the NY Times in its recent article on beekeepers. But, as I have noted before, bees are having a very hard time of it lately…and as noted before, many are dying each year. Indeed, the article notes that 44% died as of April 2016 compared to 17% on a bad year in the past.

beekeeperWhat does that mean? Well, besides the cost of food rising, it means that something is killing the very creatures that our food supply relies upon. And more importantly, no one really knows why this is happening.

There is strong evidence that pesticides are the culprit, but other causes are also possible.

Now, let me say that the thrust of this article is that the largest beekeepers have a good deal of work to help them financially. However, it is not always about the money (the President’s personal views notwithstanding).

We need to carefully examine the issues around bee death.

More importantly, each of us should do something that helps bees do well. That means that we can improve our own backyards to enhance bee habitat. Look into this if you will and do your small part.

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A Bee Mogul Confronts the Crisis in His Field
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Water, a Terrible Thing To Waste

In a series of articles with part one just being issued by the New York Times, we see what happens when people build in a manner that works against natural systems rather than working with natural systems. It is painfully obvious that Mexico City is a city on the verge of collapse, both figuratively and physically because of water; or should I say a lack of water.

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The City was built on and over ancient wetlands and acquires. But rather than learn from those who built the city, The Aztecs, who, in their wisdom built their city in such a way so as to work with the water in the area, the Mexican government allowed and is still allowing for the destruction of acquires, paving of recharge areas, the overuse of water and the pollution of that same water.

Here we have a major city that still emits raw sewerage into open air canals.

This article is a good lesson on what happens when development is allowed to proceed unchecked, with no or ineffectual government regulation.

So, new Administration…and you know who I mean, do you really want to dismantle our environmental regulations? Well, you probably do, but may I just opine…that is dumb…

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Climate change is threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point.
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Mr. Lance again on the wrong side of history

Yet again, Mr. Lance has put party above people. He supported the repeal of a rule that was intended to reduce venting of gas wells on federal land. When one hears the head of the National Mining Association state that “It is a big, fat victory, after all this time.”, we can clearly see whom Mr. Lance represents.

National Mining Association

More importantly, we can see what he stands for. Pollution for all. Money for a few.

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G.O.P. Hurries to Slash Oil and Gas Rules, Ending Industries’ 8-Year Wait
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