Thursday, January 26, 2006

Quick News Notes

A couple of quick news notes.

EPA Inspector General Resigns: Nikki Tinsley, the courageous Inspector General of the EPA, has resigned. Her resignation will deprive the country of a true public servant – someone who pointed out some of the worst abuses by the Bush administration on air pollution matters.

You may recall she had been criticized by Senator Inhofe for having the guts to take on some of these abuses. Let's hope the administration does not use this as an opportunity to install a political hack. Hope springs eternal!

Global Warning: AP reports on a new study that warns global warming will cause sea levels to rise by about a foot during the next century. The research was published in the Geophysical Research Letters. You’d think that reports like this -- coming on the heels of the news about 2005 being the hottest year on record -- would get our policy makers off the proverbial dime. Will President Bush address this in next week’s State of the Union?

Quote of the Week: On this same topic, the quote of the week comes from one John Sterba, chairman, president and CEO of the Albuquerque-based PNM Resources (This was reported on by Darren Samuelsohn of Greenwire.) At an electric utility conference in Arizona, Sterba urged his industry colleagues to cut a deal and support some sort of mandatory greenhouse gas reduction strategy while Republicans still control Congress and the White House.

"If this Congress is not the one to work with, than what one is?" said Sterba, "I have a sense that the time to strike is when you have a seat at the table and the ability to use your leverage."

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