Monday, May 14, 2007
Open Thread - May 14, 2007

Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

Philip Coons 04:54 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Years later, snakeheads thrive

Baltimore Sun

There’s scarcely a ripple on the tiny pond tucked behind the strip mall on Route 3 in Crofton. People do their banking, mail their letters and buy their coffee just steps from where, five years ago this week, the saga of Maryland’s nastiest fish surfaced on the end of a fishing line.

Over the course of several months, the northern snakehead - also called “Frankenfish,” “the baddest bunny in the bush” or the “fish from hell” - leaped from the waters of Southeast Asia to the world’s headlines to the late-night talk shows.

Philip Coons 02:41 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Federal Loans for Coal Plants Clash With Carbon Cuts

Washington Post

A Depression-era program to bring electricity to rural areas is using taxpayer money to provide billions of dollars in low-interest loans to build coal plants even as Congress seeks ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

That government support is a major force behind the rush to coal plants, which spew carbon dioxide that scientists blame for global warming.

The beneficiaries of the government’s largesse—the nation’s rural electric cooperatives—plan to spend $35 billion to build conventional coal plants over the next 10 years, enough to offset all state and federal efforts to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions over that time.

Philip Coons 02:36 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
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