Obama’s Science Picks

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A Message for Obama [ideonexus / Flickr] Before the holidays, Obama picked his science and science-related team. The nominees include Tom Vilsack for Agriculture, Steven Chu for Energy, Ken Salazar for Interior, Jane Lubchenco for NOAA, and Lisa Jackson for EPA. Also John Holdren, Harold Varmus, Eric Lander, and Carol Browner as ...

Obama’s National Security Team

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

[scriptingnews / Flickr] On Monday, Obama introduced his national security nominees. These include a Republican (Robert Gates) and a retired Marine general (James Jones) whose politics are opaque -- as well as Democrats like Susan Rice and Eric Holder. The early reactions from the blogosphere were largely positive, even from some ...

Detroit Bailout

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Things are not looking good on the bailout front for GM, Chrysler, and Ford. Economist Paul Krugman argues that we should put aside gripes about private jets and multi-million-dollar CEO pay because a $25B "bridge loan" to Detroit would protect 1-3 million jobs. Twenty-four-year-old Lennon just got a degree in ...

John McCain’s Concession Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

Conceding [janeyhenning / Flickr] McCain was widely praised by mainstream media and political blogs for a gracious concession speech, though sometimes with a footnote that it contrasted in tone with his campaign. Those same two sentiments were largely reflected on regular blogs. Broodingcynyc at Brooding Cynyx voted for McCain and felt his ...

Obama on Food Policy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Amber, and waving [Micah A. Ponce / Flickr] In a recent interview with Joe Klein, Obama mentioned an article about food policy by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan was calling on the next president to consider food critical to national security, global warming, energy independence, and health care. Shane, a recent grad of ...

Pro-Palin Boys, Anti-Palin Bear

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

M. David Lehner caught these young Palin fans at a post-VP-debate rally in Saint Louis University's Chaifetz Arena. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [lehnermd / Flickr] Damon D'Amato captured a less enthusiastic polar bear who, he explained via Flickrmail, was protesting at a Palin rally at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California -- ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

Why Doesn’t Palin Think Global Warming is Man-Made?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

PoliticalOverload is the snyde guy we featured on McCain's proposed gas-tax holiday. He likes to keep you guessing on his politics, and he likes digging through the logic of things. Here he takes on Palin's reluctance to acknowledge that global warming is influenced by humans. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) It's not ...

John McCain’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

A wordle word cloud of McCain's and Palin's speeches [mattlehrer / Flickr] It's been a long two weeks of conventioneering. And so without further ado, here are three reactions to the very last speech: John McCain's. Lori is a Republican "Army brat" who has settled into Arizona and its dating scene. The whole ...

Neither McCain Nor Obama Means Change

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

PJ Chmiel from Louisville, Kentucky, is a vegan graphic/web designer who'd like to make his own clothes someday. He was rooting for Kucinich, but now he'd be happy with a choice of Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney. He thinks the two-party system is "bullshit" and has no love for McCain ...

Sorry, Earth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Alexander Main lives in Germany. He says he put some effort into this creative video to express his feelings of responsibility for "what's happening to our world, to our planet, to all the people who is paying the consequences of our acts." It seems safe to assume he'd like to ...

Alternative Energy: Solar Power

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 10th, 2008

[kabl1992 / Flickr] Alternative energy occupies an unusually large piece of the stage in this presidential campaign because of gas prices, the Iraq war, and global warming, among other things. Just over a month ago, the government banned new solar-energy projects on public land. The reason: it needed two years to ...

Litter (aka Carbon) Offsets

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this one. It's a sendup of carbon offsets -- the idea that you can neutralize your CO2 footprint by purchasing an equivalent amount of renewable energy, reforestation, etc. Offsets are controversial, and they figure somewhat differently in the McCain and Obama climate plans. The video stars Remy ...

Midwest Floods

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The devastating midwest floods point to a bunch of election issues. Global warming, for one. Whether or not these particular floods are a direct result, they're a preview of the kind of extreme weather predicted by climate models. Then there are the rising corn prices due to flooded cropland, which ...

Carpooling: Save the Environment and Gas Money

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Paul lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he's an aerospace engineer. Somewhere in the eight or so years since he moved there, he decided that it has "the ambiance and excitement of a gravel parking lot." So to relieve the boredom, he took up video making. Oh, and also aerobatic flying ...

Another CO2 Map!

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

[37oC / Flickr] Click here. Just do it. Then thank James Mills for finding it. The "it" in question, if you weren't inclined to click, is another really cool map that shows CO2 emissions. This one tracks emissions as well as births and deaths in real time for every country in the ...

US Sources of Fossil-Fuel CO2

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

Stay with this one (or fast forward) through the first 30 seconds of opening credits. After that it's cool -- probutcool, actually. (Via James Mills.) Lots of maps show different sources of fossil-fuel CO2 emissions across the US. They're based on data collected by scientists from Purdue University, Colorado State ...

Explosive Take on Global Warming

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The campaigns haven't been talking much about global warming recently, so it seemed a good time to remember why they should be. This video (which comes via co-curator James Mills) was made by Greg Craven, a high-school science teacher in Corvallis, Oregon. It's an enthusiastic argument designed to convince even ...