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The week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is another twofer and a regional one at that. Sadly, some of our representatives in The Belly of the Beast are not representing our best interests or those of the planet we share with all beings. U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the " Community Wood Energy Innovation Act of 2018" last week in an ill-conceived effort to " encourage the deployment of biomass-fueled energy systems and spur markets for low-grade, low-value wood" which is timberspeak for turning our forests into pellet or chip plantations for the lucrative export market while destroying the massive carbon sink that is our New England forests. How’s THAT for innovation? We guess the addled Sen. Collins wasn’t satisfied with just voting to make far-right Mike Pompeo the U.S. Secretary of State and thus placing us on the path to war with Iran, then she decided to inject new energy into The War on Nature! Wait, aren’t women supposed to be nurturing?? Watch this space for future pushback!

And, speaking of His Malignancy The Mad King, the guy who signed that recent edict trashing the nation’s air quality now "signed House Joint Resolution 69 (HJR 69) into law. The legislation rescinds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2016 Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule. The Refuge Rule was enacted to protect native carnivores on Alaska’s refuges from the state’s Board of Game predator management program, which allows practices such as the killing of bears with cubs and wolves with pups, as well as the hunting of animals from aircraft, among other things." Who knows, maybe this week he’ll go after cuddly stuffed children’s toys? Not satisfied with killing critters, His Malignancy seems to want to keep all that nasty plastic in our National Parks so America can continue to be great, we guess? O, and eliminate the White House bikeshare station in case someone using it gets the mistaken impression His Malignancy might support ANYTHING environmentally smart. And this: We hope his enablers are fooled into believing having The Mad King’s arrogant mug carved into a glacier would be some kind of honor, ‘cuz it truly is not. On to The Mad King’s Prince of Darkness, Scott Pruitt, the gift that keeps on giving in terms of scandal and….well……ecological disaster. The man who garners this scathing critique from The Paper of Record: "Despite stiff competition, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is by common consensus the worst of the ideologues and mediocrities President Trump chose to populate his cabinet." The worst of the worst; welcome to the era of The Mad King! But hey, why stop there? Last week The Dark Prince may have outdone himself by proclaiming (drumroll please)…"that tree burning was inherently a carbon-neutral way to produce electricity". This was refuted by Bill Moomaw and others soon enough. We guess Scotty is thinking ahead centuries as if there was no CLIMATE CRISIS! But fact-challenged as he is, Pruitt is just inherently criminally evil and deserving of all the truly bad press history will give him and all his relations. Finally yet another scandal, it looks like filthy rich Big Oil will be getting a "financial hardship waiver" from The Dark Prince.