Top oil execs were asked numerous questions at a Senate hearing on
spectacular profits earned in the wake of tropical storms. But they had
no real answers about how to ease the burden on ordinary Americans.
As the Senate opens hearings this week calling energy execs to
account for their windfall profits on gasoline and natural gas, the
question must be asked: Is this price-gouging or just good
Recycling electronics using US prison labor is a booming business, with
a captive workforce paid pennies per hour for dangerous work that is
largely unregulated. The human and environmental consequences of
negligent handling and disposal of electronic waste are considerable.
The Cajun and Creole folks of Ville Platte, LA, learned long ago not to
rely on the government for help. It the wake of hurricanes they
launched a homemade rescue-and-relief effort to save their community.
The Senate will soon consider the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act (FAIR) that is anything but for the workers whose health has been impaired by asbestos. It's a move by major corporations to significantly reduce their liability.
Gas-guzzling can be a revolutionary experience, like puffing
Montecristo cigars, now that Citgo's 1,800 gas stations and eight oil
refineries passed into the hands of Venezuela's national oil company.
Geophysicists are debating whether recent catastrophic storms signal an
abrupt climate change that will trigger seasons of permanent
icelessness in the Atlantic and return the earth to the torrid chaos of
an earlier era.
Darwin's discoveries about evolution never argued
against the existence of God. And the theory of "intelligent design" is
a dangerous attempt to undermine science and justify a literal reading
of the Bible.
Scientists universally recognize the devastating
effects of global warming, including its possible role in creating
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It's time for skeptics to listen up before another devastating storm hits.
Before 9/11, the Bush Administration thought tax breaks and environmental deregulation would solve the energy crisis. They were wrong. Now it's time for policies that promote conservation and energy alternatives.