Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

don’t windfall for it

Robert Rapier explains why the “windfall-profits” tax is a bad idea.  Taxing the gas companies is as much of a joke as eliminating the gas tax.  It’s just not the case that taxes play a significant role in gas prices one way or the other. Unfortunately, the Democrats, including Obama, are on the wrong side […]

interfaith dialogue of the day, part VIII

Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya captures the first HD images of the Earth rising and setting over the moon’s horizon: Some famous words by Carl Sagan come to mind: Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being […]

recommended reading

Sorry, blog readers, for not posting as much lately. I am on the home stretch of my thesis, and blogging will have to slow down for awhile so that I might graduate. But if you’re interested in my posts on the politics of religion, here’s something else to read. Beliefnet has a “Blogalogue” (horrible word, […]

biofuels… and beyond

Today’s Our View tries to push back on the biofuels hype, but for all the wrong reasons. Oklahoma’s annual biofuels conference has its share of over-optimistic claims by energy and agriculture companies just looking to make money. They play up the benefits and downplay drawbacks of whatever pet technology has the spotlight at that moment. […]

great moments in corporate PR

Because when you hear “strong environmental program and social giving,” you think of Wal-Mart… Right?

no clean coal

Now that the cat blogging is out of my system, I can go back to the doom and gloom environmentalism that you all love (I’m assuming). The recent announcement that regulators nixed development of the Red Rock coal power plant is wonderful news. To understand why, see this ad (PDF) from Architecture 2030. Some excerpts: […]

don’t blame the oil companies

Rising gas prices, global warming, the War in Iraq … it’s a popular sport these days blaming oil companies for all our ills. While the energy industry is by no means squeaky clean (see: Enron), it is both unfair and fruitless to blame corporations for doing what they were designed to do: make money. Gas […]

the bees

The mystery behind disappearing honeybees have gotten a lot of press coverage, some of it misleading and overblown (hint: it wasn’t the cellphones).  But up at Salon is an excellent dialogue between four scientists and farmers that does a great job of putting in perspective and fleshing out the many factors that may be involved.  In precis: bees […]

earth everywhere

The Planet Earth DVD box set arrived the other day. I had seen one of the episodes on the Discovery Channel and right away was awed. I usually am a fan of nature shows anyway, but this was on a whole other level. It’s not only the stunning images they have captured from all over […]

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