John Peeler: We imagine an ideal, unspoiled island ecosystem, but how can we determine when that system existed, and what species were part of it?
Judith Lewis Mernit: Much of the recent gathering in San Francisco involved corporate and government backslapping — noble but too easily mocked.
Cynthia Madison: The public has become more environmentally conscious. This translates into the fact that they are worried about the environment and are interested in protecting it.
Robert Koehler: The planet itself is transitioning, to God knows what. There may be no human race on the other side of that transition, but maybe there will be. Either way, we have to reach well beyond ourselves.
WJ Astore: As my wife pointed out to me, Trump & friends aren’t worried about smog and pollution and respiratory discomfort. They don’t live downwind from coal-fired plants.
Walter Moss: How religion led these two figures to vastly different conclusions about climate change.
Paul Haeder: Rupert Murdoch then is editor-at-large and cuts, cuts, cuts anything smelling of criticism against industry
Harvey Wasserman: Three nuclear reactors in Illinois have been granted a $200 million annual handout for the next decade. Pennsylvania and Connecticut may soon get soaked with massive rate hikes to keep reactors running there.
Tony Butka: Considering that Mr. Pruitt as head of the EPA displays the ethical instincts of a petty tyrant, crook or both, then what message does that deliver to the employees of the Environmental Protection Agency?
Ellen Brown: Bayer and Monsanto have a long history of collusion to poison the ecosystem for profit. The Trump administration should veto their merger not just to protect competitors but to ensure human and planetary survival.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Built atop an earthquake fault on an idyllic California sea cliff, the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant has hardly gone a day in its history without stirring controversy.
Steve Hochstadt: Since Europeans arrived in America, about one-third of plant and animal species in the Western hemisphere have become extinct. Another quarter are at risk of extinction.
Mark Dempsey: Economic rent is money paid for no productive purpose, owed simply because of the rentier’s political influence or social status. Classical economics also decried rent as what kept an economy from being truly productive.