Monthly Archives: November 2019

More Evidence that Chevron Is Not a Liberal Plot

Yesterday, Judge William Young ruled that discharges to groundwater are not subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction, even if they ultimately reach surface waters that are unambiguously waters of the United States.  He did not wade into the murky waters, as it were, of the Maui case or any of the various judicial theories for or against jurisdiction.  Instead, he took a simpler path.… More

Is It a Sin to Cause Environmental Degradation? Will Calling It a Sin Be Helpful?

Last week, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church was considering introducing into the Catechism “the sin against ecology, the ecological sin against the common home.”

My immediate question on seeing this statement was whether it would have any impact on the fight against climate change or other environmental degradation.  After all, the Vatican estimates that there are more than 1.2 billion Catholics world-wide. … More

In Case You Missed It, We’re in a Climate Emergency

Last week, BioScience published the “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency.”  It’s actually a nice piece of work – short, readable, to the point.  In barely 4 pages, it concisely summarizes the fine mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.  It also provides suggestions for actions to take to “lessen the worst effects.”  The suggestions also pull no punches:

  • quickly implement massive energy efficiency and conservation practices and replace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewables and other cleaner sources of energy….…
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