Fish Creek Road runs along the eastern edge of Estes Park, Colorado – or at least it used to. The recent record rainfall of September 2013 flooded Fish Creek proper, washing away entire segments of the roadway that runs alongside it – more than three miles of roadway, according to
Category Archive: Opinion
In 2012 Utah became one of eight states to pass so-called “ag gag” legislation, criminalizing undercover investigations at factory farms, but it is the first state where this law is being challenged in the courts.
In July the Animal Legal Defense Fund, with advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and several reporters, filed suit to overturn the ag gag law, calling it a violation of constitutionally protected freedoms of speech. The official title of Utah Code 76-6-112, “agricultural operation interference,” belies what the plaintiffs say is an attempt to quash the journalistic tradition of exposing unlawful industry practices for the benefit of society.
The U.S. has been stockpiling confiscated ivory — from tusks to idols to bangles and bracelets — for over 20 years. Until now, the bulk of this ivory was stored in the repository at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
But on November 14, officials from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lugged the six tons of ivory out of the warehouse and into a rock crusher. While many other countries have burned their stockpiles, this is the first time the U.S. has destroyed its ivory — and the first time ivory has been mashed into pebble-sized pieces.
By Tom Yulsman (originally posted at CEJournal, Dec. 20, 2011).
As anyone who used to read CEJournal probably knows, I went into semi-retirement from blogging last spring. The time commitment played a role. But so were doubts I harbored about what I was contributing to move conversations forward on issues like environment and energy. But as the year draws to a close, a breach of journalistic standards by Grist has gotten me out of the rocking chair.
In their eagerness to toss red meat to their readers, Grist and Mark Hertsgaard, author of its story about the “Extreme Climate Risks and California’s Future” conference, accepted uncritically the idea that Rajendra Pachauri jokingly advocated that climate change deniers should be rocketed into space. When it was shown that Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, never said such a thing, Grist sort-of kind-of corrected its story — but not its screaming tabloid headline.
So forever more, Grist’s readers and countless other climate activists, will think of Pachauri and the IPCC as being on their ‘side.’ Climate change skeptics will be confirmed in their false suspicion that the IPCC is a hopelessly biased activist organization, rather than a policy-neutral scientific assessment body. Pachauri and by extension the IPCC have yet again had some of their credibility chipped away. And thus the cause of climate change mitigation Grist and Herstgaard so passionately advocate for has been undermined.