UPDATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 11 AM ... A new infrared survey conducted last night shows that several of the Trinity County fires near Denny ("River Complex") have merged. Hyampom (now the "South Complex") has fires to the South, West, North, and Northeast. A warming and drying trend is expected through Thursday. Significant lightning potential is forecast for Friday. Mandatory evacuations have been expanded.
Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist.
The Obama administration set carbon dioxide limits for electric power plants Monday. The objective is to combat climate change by clamping down on power plant pollution, especially coal-fired electricity.
The source of global warming is up there, but not visible: the greenhouse gases that are warming up the planet. The solution is up there, too: energy from the sun. So says Robert Arthur Stayton in his book Power Shift: From Fossil Energy To Dynamic Solar Power. He shoves aside the concerns about expense and economic dislocation, and paints an optimistic picture of a future in which we get 100% of our power needs met by the sun.
The letters G, M, and O aren't even words, but they've certainly become fighting words. Witness the U.S. House of Representatives' recent passage of HR 1599. Officially, it's the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015," a move to prevent states from passing their own genetically modified (GMO) food labeling laws. Which is why anti-GMO groups call it "the DARK Act"--for "Deny Americans the Right to Know"--and some other names we won't print. One of the most-debated provisions concerns local bans on GMO crops, as in Jackson County. Would the bill prohibit those or not? We hear both opinions in this hour... Gail Greenman from the Oregon Farm Bureau says there's no such provision. She'll be followed by George Kimbrell at the Center for Food Safety, who says there is.