July 2003 Environment & Climate News

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July, 2003
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The July 2003 issue of Environment & Climate News covers many of the top environment stories of recent weeks. Page 1 alone addresses:

  • Christie Whitman’s resignation as EPA Administrator ... and how many free-market environmentalists won’t miss her;
  • the recently introduced Inhofe-Miller proposal for protecting U.S. chemical facilities from terrorist attack ... and the reaction it’s received from experts;
  • a U.S.-led challenge to the European Union’s ban on biotech ... bolstered by studies and an international petition documenting the scientific community’s widespread support for biotech; and
  • a recently published analysis of more than 240 climate studies ... which taken together suggest climate in the twentieth century was not unusual given the significant climate change experienced by the planet over the past 1,000 years.

Other stories in this wide-ranging issue address no-till farming, Rep. Scott McGinnis’ proposal to reform the red-tape-burdened forest management process, new Census data on open land in the U.S., global warming, oil reserves and oil industry profits, a Competitive Enterprise Institute study challenging the science behind the Bush administration’s Clear Skies Initiative and the Clean Power Act, and new developments in an ongoing legal challenge to the authority of California’s remarkably powerful Coastal Commission.

S. Fred Singer, president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, reviews UC-Berkeley Professor Jack M. Hollander’s new book, The Real Environmental Crisis: Why Poverty, not Affluence, Is the Environment’s Number One Enemy. The book is “written for the non-expert public but with the credibility of a recognized expert,” explains Singer, who notes “Hollander argues that affluence, while not guaranteeing a better environment, is a key ingredient--a necessary but not sufficient condition, if you will.”

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