Chaz Miller…Thanks for the Years of Service

Chaz Miller recently announced his retirement from the National Waste and Recycling Association…I had the pleasure of working with Chaz over the years and his retirement article is a good summary of his efforts.

chad miller recyclingChaz knows both the solid waste and the recycling industries. His comments on recycling’s problems have always been on point.

Whether or not Chaz and I agreed on an issue, you could always rest assured that his position would be well thought out and supported by good research. Indeed, in the “old” days, I used his articles in many a class as a starting point of discussions about solid waste and recycling.

Chaz is not leaving in a sense, just moving to the next phase of work.

Thanks Chaz.

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Onto the Next Stage

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Rewilding, an Idea Whose Time has Come.

Massachusetts is engaged in an interesting experiment on taking a former cranberry bog and returning it to its wild state as a tidal wetland. Interestingly, the project is proving to be challenging. That is no surprise since plants and wildlife are neither predictable or able to read the books written on the subject…albeit they are few and far between.

cranberry bog

The good news is that this project is the right project at the right time. The better news is that in the vacuum being created by the new Environmental Persecution Agency…the new name for EPA under this administration, enlightened states are taking the lead and filling the void! The best news is that there are private land owners who aren’t only out for themselves, unlike some who are now in power but will remain nameless, and these enlightened landowners want to do good and well at the same time!!!!!

Best of luck on the project.

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The ‘Rewilding’ of a Century-Old Cranberry Bog
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Trump will be Trumped on Unwinding Climate Change Policies

Ok, we have spoken about politics over science…and the fact that it is now normal to have a page devoted in major newspapers just to the untruths of the President, so this should not come as a surprise…but…

In signing his executive order to undo President Obama’s climate change initiative, this President has simply pandered to coal miners, but in fact, he has been about as truthful in his statements about jobs as he usually is about everything else. Namely, the only people who might make money on this change are the owners.

coal and climate change policiesFirst, he is wrong about energy independence. We have already become nearly energy independent over the past 10 years. Also, he is wrong about jobs. Even where there are coal mines that are open, they are more mechanized than ever. Third, there is little likelihood that power plants will shift from natural gas to coal, thus demand will continue to drop…Just take a look at China. Even they, massive users of coal, are trying to get away from coal and thus further lowering demand.

No, as usual, this President panders to fear, preys on the financially weak and gives to those who need it less.

This order is nothing more than a sham masquerading as policy. It shows no more consideration about people, the future of this country, or the future of the planet that we live on than his choice of the EPA administrator.

Oh, and did I mention that coal is very dirty and causes serious lung ailments?

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Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies
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Former EPA Administrator Warns of Future Mistakes

epa administratorWe all know that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. Mr. Ruckelshaus, having served two terms as EPA administrator should know. He was there at the beginning and again to fix the problems created by another President who did not get it. People want clean air and water and land. Business needs a strong Federal program that creates a uniform field of play with regard to the environment. Finally, we all benefit from environmental sustainability….especially the economy.

Well, I have said before that I have always admired Mr. Ruckelshaus. He gets it. Maybe, just maybe, the new Administrator of the EPA can understand the lessons of history and think about the future.

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A Lesson Trump and the E.P.A. Should Heed
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