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29 Articles by Peter Montague

Town of Lyndhurst, NJ Adopts the Precautionary Principle

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News The town of Lyndhurst, N.J. yesterday adopted a precautionary principle ordinance to guide municipal policy.   Lyndhurst is only the second municipality in the U.S. to adopt the precautionary principle as an overarching guide to municipal policy, and the first ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in November 2008, about Air Quality, Health, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Pollution

Green Coal?

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health NewsAs we search for solutions to global warming and toxic contamination, we can compare technologies, intending to select the least harmful. In recent years, scientists have developed two sets of criteria that we can use to judge the "greenness" of competing ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in November 2008, about Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Environmental Disasters, Green energy (1 comment)

Is Nuclear Power Green?

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News We are told that nuclear power is about to achieve a "green renaissance," "clean coal" is just around the corner, and municipal garbage is a "renewable resource," which, when burned, will yield "sustainable energy." On the other hand, sometimes we are ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in November 2008, about Green energy, Nuclear

Slouching Toward Golgotha

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News [Rachel's introduction: "I can't understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants." -- Al Gore]Most of my friends want to deny it, but the evidence is compelling: the ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in October 2008, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Carbon Sequestration, Children and Families, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government

Sustainability Redefined

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News[Rachel's introduction: The 1987 definition of sustainability went like this: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." That was a fine definition, but now ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in September 2008, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Nuclear, Solar, War (2 comments)

A Big Problem for Cap and Trade

Next year Congress seems likely to enact a "cap and trade" system to limit carbon dioxide emissions, to curb global warming. But Congress is considering a system that includes a provision called "offsets," which would create loopholes and opportunities for scamming on a grand scale. By Peter Montague of Rachel ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in September 2008, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Carbon Trading, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Pollution

Energy at the Crossroads

Vaclav Smil is a historian of technical advances -- particularly in the field of energy -- and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba in Canada. Over the years, Smil has written more than 25 books and many dozens of articles. In recent years he has been examining human uses of ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in August 2008, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Technologies, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Energy Saving, Nuclear, Politics & Government, Transport (1 comment)

The Military-Industrial Complex Embraces Coal-to-Liquids

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News In his Farewell Address to the nation Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about the growing influence of what he termed the "military-industrial complex." The President said,"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in August 2008

Al Gore Throws Down the Gauntlet to Mainstream Environmentalists

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News I have not always been a fan of Al Gore.[1] But that's changing.Last week, former Vice-President Gore put the kibosh on any remaining dreams of "clean coal." "Clean coal" is the coal industry's wishful label for a ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in July 2008, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Energy Saving, Politics & Government

Burying the Future

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News The "Group of Eight" (G8) nations met for 3 days in Hokkaido, Japan last week and hammered out a new energy strategy for the planet. The G8 are the world's 8 richest nations: Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia ... keep reading

Written by Peter Montague in July 2008, about Climate Change, Economics, Nuclear, Politics & Government

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