Daily Archives: January 16, 2014

Air Force officers caught in cheating scandal


PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 16, 2014

Thirty-four Air Force officers who conduct nuclear operations have thus far been implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal. Gwen Ifill talks to Robert Burns of the Associated Press and Bruce Blair of Princeton University about the larger implications of the cheating revelations for the Air Force.

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Deborah Goldberg: Fracking Feeds Fossil Fuel Addiction


ForaTv

Published on Jan 15, 2014

Full video from Intelligence Squared available at:
No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom Is Doing More Harm Than Good
http://fora.tv/2012/07/01/No_Fracking_Way_The_Natural_Gas_Boom_Is_Doing_Great_Harm/Does_Natural_Gas_Fracking_Improve_Americas_Security_

In her opening argument, Deborah Goldberg of Earth Justice asserts that fracking is an over hyped initiative that will continue to feed our addiction to fossil fuels and further deteriorate our environment.

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Harvard’s Michael McElroy has a scenario for approving the Keystone XL Pipelin e | Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 2013

Forum: Should the president approve construction?
Opinion

Photograph by Ashley Cooper/Corbis Images Huge dump trucks lined up in 2012 to transport tar sand from a surface mine, Fort McMurray, Alberta

by Michael B. McElroy
November-December 2013

Few domestic policy issues have prompted more controversy recently than whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Proponents contend that it would enhance access to Canadian oil, significantly increasing U.S. and North American energy security. Opponents counter that the pipeline, by opening a long-term channel to market for abundant, carbon-rich, Canadian tar-sands oil, would sharply accelerate emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), with global climate consequences that would be simply unacceptable. As climate scientist James Hansen said of the company proposing to build the pipeline, “Once the spigot is open, Trans Canada will have every incentive to milk the massive tar-sands basin for all that it is worth.”

Because the pipeline will transit the Canada-U.S. border, construction requires an affirmative decision by the U.S. State Department—and ultimately by the president. In his June 25 speech on climate policy, President Barack Obama defined the ground rules he proposes to follow in reaching a decision: “allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in the nation’s interest. And our national interest will be served only if the project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”

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See letters in response to this article:  https://environmentaljusticetv.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/letters-on-patience-and-learning-edward-everett-house-life-harvard-magazine-jan-feb-2014/

 

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Letters on patience and learning, Edward Everett, House life | Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2014

Keystone Pipeline

Although Michael McElroy’s recent article, “Forum: The Keystone XL Pipeline” (November-December 2013, page 37) carefully addresses the pipeline issue, especially in terms of carbon dioxide and climate change, it neglects to adequately cover other issues related to the exploitation of this high-carbon, low net-energy resource.

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Gus Schumacher

GusGus Schumacher is Executive Vice President of Policy of Wholesome Wave and Co-Founder with Michel Nischan and the late Michael Batterberry. He served as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA from 1997 to 2001, where he oversaw the Farm Service Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Risk Management Agency. He was also President of the Commodity Credit Corporation. Prior to his appointment as Undersecretary, Schumacher served as Administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, worked as a senior agri-lender for the World Bank, and served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After Harvard College, he studied at the London School of Economics and was a research associate in agribusiness at the Harvard Business School, working with Professor Ray A. Goldberg. Schumacher was a member of the 21st Century Sustainable Agricultural Task Force of the National Academy of Sciences.

In 2007, Schumacher, along with Cathy Bertini, former Director of the World Food Program and Professor Robert Thompson, Gardner Professor of Agricultural Economics at Illinois, oversaw the preparation of the Task Force Report of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, titled “Modernizing America’s Food and Farm Policy: Vision for a New Direction”(2006). Work is underway by this team to update their Food and Farm Policy Report in light of the pending new 2012 Farm Bill deliberations. Schumacher serves as the Contributing Agricultural Editor of Food Arts magazine.

In addition to being the Executive Vice President of Policy at Wholesome Wave, he also serves on the Board of GrainPro, LLC of Concord, Massachusetts. On September 22, 2008, he was selected for the 20th Anniversary Food Arts award for outstanding service to the American food and farming system at a ceremony in New York City. In 2013, Schumacher was awarded a James Beard Leadership Foundation Award.

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Wholesome Wave

Nourishing Neighborhoods Across America
Wholesome Wave fosters strong linkages between local agriculture and under-served communities. Our goal is a more vibrant and equitable food system for all people.

Wholesome Wave programs improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. We reach over 28 states, working with more than 60 community-based organizations who manage nearly 400 farm-to-retail venues, and impact more than 3,200 farmers.

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