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Showing posts with label enviroment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label enviroment. Show all posts

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April Fools Comes Late to the Sloop?

April Fools Comes Late to the Sloop?

There's more about this at Curbed Chicago. It seems this was a hoax by a group with an agenda and they took aim at a company that owns a power plant that already operates in the city. A clean power ordinance was stalled recently in the Chicago City Council that would've forced this company to switch from coal to natural gas.

One way I suppose to at the very least bring attention to a subject. Although to be honest I know very little about whether or not coal or natural gas is much cleaner fuel.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A definite case of environmental racism?

Rich Miller at the Capitol Fax goes at length to discuss a man from Kankakee who is under federal indictment for allegedly hiring people to strip asbestos from one of his buildings and then placing them in a field in another town called Hopkins Park. Miller goes on to discuss that Hopkins Park is a low-income and predominantly Black town which was ravaged by tornadoes earlier this month and Kankakee county officials failed to declare that town a disaster area. That forced Gov. Pat Quinn to unilaterlly declare Hopkins Park a disaster area. Unfortunately, this indictment wasn't huge news in Kankakee County as the main newspaper there only gave this story four paragraphs.

Check out Miller's take on this news and the treatment of Hopkins Park, Illinois.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wrigley Field Fans Boo Beleaguered BP

Today when sports fans in Chicago have a great reason to celebrate there are a segment of sports fans who find something negative!
Chicago - Fans at Wrigley Field let out loud boos when the BP Crosstown Cup was presented Friday afternoon before the Chicago Cubs game against the White Sox.

BP, which is under fire for its handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, just became a sponsor of the traditional Crosstown Classic series between the Cubs and Sox.

Fans say when the cup came out before the game people started yelling and booing.

The cup goes to the winner of the crosstown series or the team that wins the final game if there's a split out of the six games played.

Both teams sent out press releases Friday saying they plan to stay with BP as the sponsor but promotions during the games have been scaled back.
You know I haven't exactly been following this disaster, but from what I do know my finger isn't only pointed at BP. My finger is pointed at our government! BP isn't the only one we should be booing!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Really now!?!?

Before I left the Thompson Center (or formerly the State of Illinois building near Randolph/Clark Streets) I snapped a photo of this worn sticker in the revolving doors of this building. Let's us know that using these doors instead of the regular doors are more energy efficient.

If we want to know more we can just go to green.illinois.gov!

Heh! I didn't even realize that I took this picture backwards.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

House Majority Whip: Climate Change Hurts Blacks More

I heard of the idea of environmental racism where people might dump any polluting factory or waste near black communities. Now I just have to wonder if Rep. James Clybourn (D-South Carolina) is serious and what facts he has to back this up...
Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue. It’s now an issue of race, according to global warming activists and policy makers.

“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said July 29.

Clyburn spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to help launch the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change, a project of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

The launch came on the heels of a separate report by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC), which claims African-Americans are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. EJCC describes itself as a “climate justice” advocacy group.

“Though far less responsible for climate change, African-Americans are significantly more vulnerable to its effects than non-Hispanic whites,” the report says. “Health, housing, economic well-being, culture, and social stability are harmed from such manifestations of climate change as storms, floods, and climate variability.

“African-Americans are also more vulnerable to higher energy bills, unemployment, recessions caused by global energy price shocks, and a greater economic burden from military operations designed to protect the flow of oil to the U.S,” it says.
When I was younger and perhaps less informed perhaps I could have believed this. These days I take it with a grain of salt. I may not to a lot of research, but I also understand that there is disagreement on global climate change.

That being said why must blacks be singled out as being affected by this? Why does he think that blacks would be more affected by climate change? He cited some good reasons but why stop at one race?

If you're poor might you be more affected by a natural disaster? All blacks aren't poor and can probably manage higher utility bills.

Wait, perhaps this is about spreading the idea of blacks as victims? I should be insulted!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Great Lakes drilling an idea to be delved

I suppose this would be a great idea if people just didn't get the idea that if drilling happened in the great lakes then environmental disaster would result. It's pretty easy to say we should reduce our consumption of fossil fuels while also building fuel efficient vehicles or alternate fuels but for right now there isn't a big stomach for that. We should work with what we have and I will agree we shouldn't be dependent on foreign oil, but sadly that's a problem for someone out there.
It's easy enough for us flatlanders to favor offshore drilling to increase oil supplies and bring down gasoline prices. But what if the "offshore" we're talking about is drilling in Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes?

Picture drilling rigs in the lake within sight of Chicago and North Shore towns. Imagine oil spills and near-dead, crude-oil-soaked birds flopping about on Oak Street Beach. Imagine the disappearance of smelt and salmon. Imagine poisoned water supplies. Imagine the end of the world.

Well, at least that's the kind of exaggerated rhetoric we'll hear from the East, West and Gulf Coasts in response to proposals by President Bush and the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, John McCain, to lift the federal ban on drilling on America's outer continental shelf. Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama wants to keep the ban.

Neither proposal explicitly calls for drilling in the Great Lakes, and I'm not for raising alarms. But Congress imposed a ban on it a few years ago, and Congress can remove it. Don't think there's no interest in drilling in the Great Lakes. Michigan draws the greatest interest because it (and parts of other Midwest states) is sitting on top of the Niagaran coral reef, believed to be loaded with oil and natural gas reserves. Just under Lake Erie is a trillion cubic feet of natural gas, waiting to be tapped. Politically, the idea might seem dead right off the bat. After all, who would dare violate the health and sanctity of the world's largest body of fresh water?

Canada would. And does. Yes, politically correct Canada, that one. In addition to the Great Lakes, Canada allows offshore drilling in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. (The People's Paradise of Cuba also is eyeing offshore drilling, some of it as close as 45 miles to the Florida coast, using techniques much less environmentally sound than American companies.)

Maybe Obama, in the interests of clean water, thinks he could jawbone Canada and Cuba into giving up those oil and natural gas resources. Michigan has several active wells tapping into the reserves under the lake using "directional drilling," allowing drilling on the diagonal, as it were, reducing chances of an in-water oil spill. (Environmentalists also oppose this technique.) Those wells were grandfathered in before the Great Lakes ban was imposed.

America's outer continental shelf holds some 14 billion barrels of oil and 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which according to Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican and ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is more than 25 years of Saudi Arabian imports. That's in addition to the uncounted billions of barrels in North American oil shale, which, of course, is being extracted by Canada, but not by the United States.

Is Great Lakes drilling safe? Has it brought alarming and wholesale environmental destruction? A 2002 report by the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan asserted that drilling in Lake Erie has caused 51 natural gas leaks from 1997 to 2001 and 83 oil spills from 1990 to 1995. The group's report, called "Dirty Drilling," called the leaks significant and a threat to wildlife. Canadian authorities dispute the report and call the drilling safe.

Well, not to worry. Nothing will happen. Nothing ever does.
Does anyone have any thoughts? Go read the whole thing.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

No graduation ceremony for student who rode horse to school

Heh this story via Instapundit gives a great idea. Protesting gas prices by riding a horse instead of driving a car. Most folks in a city of course if they refuse to drive either take public transportation or they might as it seems common in Chicago ride a bike. It's too bad that I can afford a horse and surely I have to learn to ride that horse. On top of that I have to house the horse and I'm not so sure I can do that either. Even worse I've never learned to ride a bike.

Anyway here's the story, the first paragraph talked about another Tennessee teen who rode his horse to school to protest gas prices. Another student is being punished for doing the same:
It was a different story all together for a Dickson County High School student who was told this week he would not be able to participate in his graduation ceremony for riding his horse to school.

Caleb Anderson rode the horse to school on his last day of classes. The trip took him almost four hours, arriving at Dickson County High at 7:40am after leaving home at 4am. According to Caleb's grandmother Sandra Anderson, Caleb didn't think it would be as big of a problem as the principal made it out to be. Besides, he was doing his part as a new high school graduate to go green and save a little gas.

But once Caleb arrived at school, Dickson County High Principal Ed Littleton told Caleb to get the horse off the school property. Police arrived shortly after Caleb put the horse in a friend's pasture near the school. As punishment, Caleb was told he will not be allowed to participate in his graduation ceremony Friday.

Caleb missed an exam due to the incident but his grandmother tells us he didn't need the credit to graduate anyway. Seniors participating in Friday's graduation ceremony held a practice ceremony earlier today.
I guess someone doesn't like horses. Even if this is a green way of traveling from points A & B. Although I'll have to admit I'm not sure I'd want a horse on my property either. I would imagine that it could get messy quickly!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Couple walks more, drives less

America is truly an automobile culture. It's no wonder people are concerned with such things as obesity and the environment. Perhaps even more of a stretch Americans like the freedom of driving around instead of taking public transportation whether we're talking about city transit or intercity service such as Amtrak, Greyhound or perhaps even the airlines.

So check out what this couple is doing from the Chicago Sun-Times...
Concern for the environment helped to convince Kevin and Amber Hooper to buy at Euclid Commons, a condo conversion in Oak Park.

"Living at Euclid Commons means we can walk to just about everything and use our car minimally," Amber said. "We walk to the movie theater, grocery stores, restaurants and shopping. We chose Oak Park because we care about the environment."

She has a three-block walk to work. Kevin takes the train to work in downtown Chicago.

"The Metra train station and the L are close by," Amber said. "Being walking distance to everything helps us protect our environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Euclid Commons also has recycling bins, which we use regularly."

When their apartment converted to a condo ownership, the newlyweds purchased their 1-bedroom, 1-bath unit for less than $200,000.

"What sold us on Euclid Commons is its great location and affordable price," Kevin said. "Our location is superb. We're in the middle of everything that's important to us. There are three grocery stores to choose from. We are surrounded by our favorite restaurants, fitness clubs, the library across the street and the Lake Theater."

The couple enjoys the historic Frank Lloyd Wright homes and Victorian residences in the area. "In Oak Park, each home has its own sense of character and style," Amber said.

Kevin said they are planning to visit the Oak Park farmers market soon. Amber recently toured the nearby Hemingway Museum.

The couple has used the ground-floor shops in their building, too. They frequently go to Jimmy Johns, and they have used the Great Frame Up as well as Cartridge World. Kevin gets his hair cut at Great Clips, and Amber has picked up flowers at Kabloom.
Good move guys now if others can follow your examples.