Steve Hochstadt: Springtime means hope. Will there be more blossoms than last year? Will life get better? Unexpected blooms and unforeseen popular movements erupt in spring
Dan Farber: The sloppiness of the opinion is all the more noteworthy because we are still nowhere near the end-of-the-term crunch, when things are more likely to slip through the cracks.
Dan Bacher: Authored by Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno, SB 1132 would require the Natural Resources Agency to facilitate an “independent scientific study” on well stimulation treatments (fracking and acidizing) and their hazards and risks to natural resources and public, occupational, and environmental health and safety by January 1, 2015.
Walter Brasch: Two of the reasons Pennsylvania has no severance tax and one of the lowest taxes upon shale gas drilling are because of an overtly corporate-friendly legislature and a research report from Penn State, a private state-related university that receives about $300 million a year in public funds.
Claude Fischer: For years, political divisions over the environment have had the seemingly odd feature that Americans farthest from the open country have tended to be most supportive of protecting the environment, while those nearest to it — farmers and other rural residents — have been most resistant.
Catherine Wolfram: Coal gasification will help reduce local pollution and it appears commercially viable, at least in China. Unfortunately, it’s a disaster for climate change.
Walter Brasch: The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a prostitute. They believe they are doing a public service. Of course, streetwalkers and call girls also believe they are doing a public service.
Dan Bacher: It is no surprise that Western States Petroleum Association placed first in “The Big Oil Dirty Dozen” with $23,987,896 spent on lobbying in Sacramento from 2009 through 2013.
Stephen Wallace: To see the impact big oil is having on the Amazon, I spent eight days with the Amazon Anchaur people. Every morning they vomit as a way of cleansing to start the day fresh. The next few hours are spent telling stories with the entire family present.
Walter Moss: In keeping with our unrestrained consumptiveness, the commonly accepted basis of our economy is the supposed possibility of limitless growth, limitless wants, limitless wealth, limitless natural resources, limitless energy, and limitless debt.
Lisa Goldwag Kassner: We have another chance to get labeling of GMOs for retail sale passed in California this year with an improved, simpler version of Prop. 37. It is called SB 1381, and it’s currently being considered by the State Senate.
Shane Davis: Gov. Brown, will you frack to the moon and back, or will your ‘Moonbeam’ shine a new light on harmful fracking and ban it outright in California?
Walter Brasch: Vera Scroggins never planned to be among the leaders of a social movement, but her persistence in explaining and documenting what is happening to the people and their environment has put her there.