January 26, 2005
Quickly sharing several bits of environmental-news with you... Willie Nelson distributing bio-diesel in the U.S. ... Antarctica warming ... climate tipping point ... Blair pushes greener agenda ... Oklahoma continues keeping Texas from falling into the Gulf.
1 Willie Nelson is the new poster boy for biodiesel. The man's got cachet with the truck drivers, and he "gets it" (apparently) when it comes to the need to promote alternative energy sources. So he's started Willie Nelson's Biodiesel to market the fuel to truckers and truck stops across the nation: "Put a B20 biodiesel blend in your tank and hit the road again with a clean burning, renewable fuel that is grown right here in America..." And of course the efforts dovetail well with his old Farm Aid gig. (thanks worldchanging.com).
2 Did you ever wonder if there is recognizable plant life growing anywhere in Antarctica? The answer is apparently yes, though I don't know if it used to be. New research has shown that Antarctica is warming, ice sheets are breaking off, and glaciers are threatening to slide off into the ocean (if enough ice sheeting collapses).
3 An intergovernmental panel co-chaired by a Republican Senator says that we may be near a tipping point with regard to global warming reports the AP: "Global warming is approaching the point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea levels will be irreversible, an international climate change task force warned Monday."
4 Meanwhile in better news, GW's pal & British PM Tony Blair is trying to use his clout as PM as well as the new chair of the G8 and of the European Union to push for greater action to attempt to prevent the drastic global climate change, of which new computer models have shown even high likelihood than previously supposed. I suppose it should not be surprising that this news is much easier to find in British papers than in American ones (just do a search on Google News to see).
5 Old bitter-rivalry joke: "why doesn't Texas fall into the Gulf? ... Because Oklahoma sucks!" (they have an equally inane rejoinder, naturally). So here is more evidence that Oklahoma sucks and is keeping Caribbean nations, Florida, and Mexico from being hit by the largest tsunami ever if the Red River were to suddenly become an arm of the Gulf.... a state senator wants to reinstate cockfighting, but with little vests and boxing gloves to protect the roosters. If you read nothing else linked from this page, read this article, cause its just too darn funny.