Enviro In Environmental News
posted by March 4 at 14:37 PMon
1. Gas breaks record high, even adjusted for inflation; News Tribune speculates that people may actually start finding other ways to get around, but only once “it really starts to hurt.”*
2. Two US agencies announce plan to “flush” the Grand Canyon with a simulated springtime flood, which they say is needed “to scour accumulated sand off the Colorado River bottom, then gradually restore sandy beaches and side pools for endangered species and campers,” the LA Times reports. The US Park Service is not happy.
3. Although virtually every media outlet initially reported uncritically that the Earth Liberation Front “had claimed responsibility” for a Snohomish County arson (based on the presence of the ELF’s initials on a sign at the site), FBI officials are now saying they did not find any “sophisticated incendiary devices,” like those found at other ELF-associated arsons, at the site.
* And a footnote: While the TNT is right that people drive less when gas is more expensive, they reach the wrong conclusion: Instead of arguing that we need new technology to make cars less dirty, they should have made the case that governments should promote smarter development patterns, so that people can live, work, and shop without needing a car to do so.