Category Archives: environment

EPA advisory panel gutted of scientists, to be replaced by people from regulated industries

This is the kind of stuff the Science March was designed to prevent. As yesterday’s New York Times reported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, whose name encapsulates its mission, has just dismissed five or more members of its scientific review board, the Board of Science Counselors (BSC). The BSC’s job is to review and vet […]

New “rogue” Twitter account reportedly run by disaffected National Park Service employees

As I reported yesterday, after the Trump administration ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to have a social media blackout, a National Park Service account went rogue. Yes, in the Land of the Brave, South Dakota, the Badlands National Park Service Twitter account began emitting a series of tweets about climate change (anthropogenic change is of […]

Reader wildlife photo

by Greg Mayer My Okinawa correspondent sends a happier picture than last time, this one of a living longhorn beetle, a member of the family Cerambycidae. Note the very long antennae, and the impressive tarsi. Cerambycids are often brightly or contrastingly colored. Normally I’d have no idea what particular genus or species an Okinawan insect […]

The Bundy Gang begins ripping apart the wildlife refuge to allow grazing

Okay, it’s time for the U.S. Gub’mint to do something about Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed thugs, currently occupying the Malheur Wildlife refuge in Oregon in solidarity with two fellow thugs convicted of arson. As the New York Times reports, these gun-toting, Jesus-loving vandals took a Wildcat excavator and ripped out barbed-wire fencing separating […]

The siege at Malheur continues: birders and environmentalists object

Ammon Bundy and his band of gun-toting thugs continue to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, protesting the arson sentences of two fellow thugs, and trying to make the larger point that the Federal Gubmit is taking away the rights of farmer and ranchers. In effect, they’re claiming that they and not the government […]

Who’s that bug?

by Greg Mayer As Jerry is about to, or has just completed, a trip from Europe over the Atlantic to North America, I thought I’d share a photo of a fellow traveler– this hemipteran, or “true bug”, that arrived today at a furniture store in Racine, Wisconsin, in a shipment of furniture from Norway. Although […]

Canadian scientist suspended, investigated after writing song criticizing the prime minister

Below is a song critical of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (head of the Conservative Party), who’s famous for his dire environmental policies. As Wikipedia notes (and I’ll add the links): The Conservative Party of Canada has made significant budget cuts to Environment Canada, leading to criticism that it is undermining the ability of departmental staff […]

The correlation between rejection of evolution and rejection of environmental regulation: what does it mean?

I was sent the following Washington Post tw**t, which refers to an article by Chris Mooney, an accommodationist who now works for that paper. Of course I was intrigued, so I went to both Mooney’s article and the source of that graph, an analysis of Pew-poll data and a post by Josh Rosenau, another accommodationist who works for […]

In a spectacular miscalculation, Obama administration allows Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic

Some “environmentally sensitive” administration! The Obama administration, curses be upon it, has just announced that it will grant permits to Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic, off the cost of Alaska. The decision, of course, is being universally applauded by petroleum companies and decried by environmentalists. I don’t know a single environmental organizations that’s in […]

Astro Sam touts Earth Day

Our Official Website Astronaut™ has, as I’ve learned, deep concerns about the environment. Here’s her tw**t for today:   She’s also apparently a Star Trek fan, but I’ll forgive her that. . .