|Kennedy’s Death Leaves Environmental Gap in Senate; Chamber of Commerce Wants Climate Change Trial; and More|
|Tuesday, 01 September 2009 00:00 | Written by Justin Pot | Blog Entry|
How the mainstream media is covering environmental news this week: Senator Ted Kennedy's death leaves the nation in mourning and also leaves the Senate with one fewer vote for the climate-change bill. The US Chamber of Commerce wants the EPA to host a “Scopes Monkey Trial” of climate change. Also, Brazilian farmers are offered money not to cut down rainforests and Japan tries to hold its lead in solar-power development while China's solar output continues to grow.
Kennedy's Death Leaves Climate Change Legislation at Risk
However, the empty Kennedy seat also has implications for the environment; he was a key supporter of the climate-change bill about to come up for a vote in the Senate. UK newspaper The Guardian points out that the bill “needs every vote it can get,” and that a replacement Senator taking the seat in January would be too late to help the bill.
If You Can't Beat 'Em, Take 'Em to Court
If the EPA refuses to hold the hearing, the Chamber says it will take its case to the federal courts. This is all intended to undercut the scientific basis of carbon output causing global warming. Or, in other words, these businessmen are actively seeking a Colbert Report-styled second opinion on climate change
Forest or Family?
The Ongoing Solar Arms Race
In China, meanwhile, solar output continues to increase. The New York Times points out that China has exceeded America in solar-panel production—this despite Obama's wish for America to become the leading exporter of renewable energy. The article points out that prices of solar panels have been pushed down by almost half in the past year, largely because of Chinese production.
China's secret? Among other things, college graduates with degrees in engineering make only $7,000 a year there.