Some important green news stories for you to catch up on this weekend…
During the 3rd quarter of 2011, biotech giant Monsanto spent a whopping $2 million lobbying the federal government. This kind of lobbying from Monsanto has been going on for years, with over $8 million spent annually over the last few years. They also give millions to The Nature Conservancy, too.
According to a new poll, 74 percent of Americans agree that climate change is impacting weather in the U.S., including 73 percent who agreed, strongly or somewhat, that climate change had exacerbated record high temperatures over the summer. And yet, many Republicans continue to stick their heads in the sand and encourage oil drilling in our most pristine areas.
US oil giant Exxon Mobile and Canada’s Suncor hold a majority stake in a pipeline system that local residents along its route fear could soon be used to transport tar sands from western Canada to the New England coast. To my family back in New England, this could be in your backyard!
Electric car maker Tesla has scored a $10 million grant from the California Energy Commission to help it make its next-generation electric SUV/minivan the Model X.
Mitt Romney might be the most brazen political liar since James Polk. Polk, who was the 11th U.S. president (1845-1849), lied through his teeth–to Congress,Johnson (Vietnam) and Bush Jr. (Iraq), but Polk had the same audacious, “lying is part of what I do,” disposition as does our current Republican candidate. According to one analyst, Romney let loose with “27 myths in 38 minutes,” finishing with a big grin after most of these prevarications. He produced trumped up assertions, false statistics, and wild exaggerations about taxes, energy independence, job creation, the deficit, medicare, “Obamacare,” and military spending. Whether you are a liberal or a conservative, you have to admit that Romney completely changed his entire platform during that first debate. Let’s see what he thinks come the next one.
Have a good weekend everyone…