October 20, 2012 |
With Japan's oil and gas plants firing at full capacity, officials here say there is little chance of meeting a pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the next decade, a startling retreat for a country that once spearheaded an international agreement on climate change. The earlier, ambitious target to slash emissions 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 has been overrun by a more urgent, short-term need: to burn fossil fuels and maintain a steady electricity supply in the wake of the...
February 27, 2008
AS THE United States searches for alternative ways to feed its addiction to petroleum, ethanol and other biofuels derived from organic material have been considered a miracle motor vehicle elixir. The energy bill signed by President Bush in December mandates that at least 36 billion gallons of biofuels a year be used by 2020. Yet separate studies released this month by Princeton University and the Nature Conservancy reveal that biofuels are not a silver bullet in the battle against global warming.
November 25, 2011
Regarding the Nov. 20 Food story "Is vegan turkey good enough to gobble?" : Staff writer Tim Carman's quip that "there's the issue of the fossil fuels required to produce these R&D darlings" was misleading, as making vegan mock meats requires far fewer fossil fuels than raising and killing animals, even the "organic, free-range" variety. Also, undercover investigations into hatcheries, factory farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses by groups such as Compassion Over Killing, Mercy for Animals and the Humane Society of the United...
March 27, 2012
In the March 25 editorial " A myopic energy debate ," The Post pointed out the dangers of rising sea levels and more severe storms off Virginia's coast, the result of a heating planet that is due in large part to carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. The most carbon-intensive of those fossil fuels is coal, and Dominion Virginia Power burns an unconscionable amount of it. Because of major naval and shipbuilding facilities in Hampton Roads, this coal-burning is a pressing national security issue.
November 14, 2008
An enormous, 1.8-mile-thick cloud of soot, particles and chemicals hangs above Asia, threatening food supplies and health, the United Nations said yesterday. The haze, caused by auto exhaust, the use of fossil fuels, and slash-and-burn agriculture, alters the climate in ways that melt glaciers and diminish sunlight, the report said. The phenomenon occurs elsewhere but has been studied most over Asia. SOURCES: Associated Press, U.N. Environmental Program (www.unep.org)
February 22, 2013
Regarding the Feb. 21 Metro article " Va. negotiators reach transportation deal ": What were these lawmakers thinking? Owners of alternative-fuel automobiles already pay a premium when they buy their cars. Now this proposal would sock them with a $100 annual tax? We buy these vehicles because of their reduced environmental impact, but this tax will discourage their sale. When the country is concerned with the economy, the environment, climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels and Mideast oil, why penalize those who are...