I’m giving this talk to college students for the second year running.
Energy and climate news for February 5, 2011: Obama touts clean energy as jobs booster; More oil drilling rigs are in Gulf than before BP disaster; EPA decides to limit rocket fuel in drinking water–Guess who objects?
Overturning a 2008 decision by the Bush administration, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it will establish a federal limit on the amount of perchlorate in drinking water. This would be the first nation-wide limit and would crack down on the naturally occurring and artificially produced chemical that is used in rocket fuel, fireworks, flares and missiles. The reason for concern is that the EPA says perchlorate may have an impact on the thyroid, which Time Magazine’s Bryan Walsh calls a “nasty” chemical because it hinders the “thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for developing fetuses and infants.”
I’m going to try two separate posts. Comments last week were split on this.
Did you know you can wear organic as well as eat organic? In fact, organic clothing””spun from natural fibers not grown using harmful chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides””offers many of the same environmental benefits as organic food. The market for these fibers is rapidly growing and they are becoming more readily available to consumers looking for new ways to live sustainably.
Last October, ThinkProgress helped break the story about secret political strategy meetings, convened by polluter billionaires Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, to coordinate the funding and direction of the conservative movement.
TP has the scoop on the attendees in this cross-post.