Latest Green News: January 6

By Jane Mountain | January 6, 2012

Bees by Kokogiak

Photo by kokogiak

It’s a new year and the environment is in as much trouble as ever, though it looks like people are caring about it less and less. If this poll by the National Association of Realtors is to be believed, then less than 2% of people are even taking the environment into consideration when it comes to voting.


It’s hard not to just throw your hands up and say, hey, drive that Hummer all you want, we’re all doomed anyway.

Maybe I’ve been despairing because I spent most of December sitting on LA’s 10 freeway. You get up close and personal with the hopelessness of it all when it takes 1.5 hours to drive 20 miles.

My driving spirit was lifted by this article in Mother Jones about the death defying feats of a hypermiler who gets 59 MPG in his Honda Accord! Which is impressive, but I’m not going to lie, I don’t really wanna share the streets with this guy flying around corners at 50. I have been trying some of his less suicidal techniques in my little Civic though.

My eyes could not stop rolling while reading Joel Johnson’s obnoxious piece called You Are Not Alone. America Hates Electric Cars. I will not give him the satisfaction of a link. Instead I’ll summarize his thesis for you here: “Blah blah blah electric cars are stupid blah blah”. By which I means he uses nothing but personal opinion to back up his personal opinion. Here’s some more opinion for you, Joel. America wants electric cars, just not the crappy ones the car manufacturers are foisting on us. (Actually, I could go for a Leaf or one of the new Teslas, but then, I’m not American.)

It was lovely to read Maggie Koerth-Baker’s well researched response to Joel’s rant on Boing Boing. I highly recommend reading it if you want to know more about the pros and cons of going auto-electric.

It’s sad times when Canada is getting dirty looks from the US for its nature-killing practices, but that’s exactly what’s happening with the tar sands, the most disgusting producer of crude oil in the world. Grist reports that Stephen Harper (yes, everything wrong with Canada is his fault) and his cronies are scraping the bottom of the barrel for buyers, crossing their fingers that China (purveyors of arsenic apple juice and lead-filled lollipops) will be tempted. I’m willing to bet that even China will draw the line at wasteful, expensive, and filthy crude.

There is an excellent reason Harper is so desperate to monetize the tar sands though. It’s because Canada’s trade in another dark, viscous money-maker is about to dry up. That’s right, we’ve reached peak syrup and the maple train is running all downhill from here.

Finally, a single tuna sells for $736,000. Barf.

And finally finally, zombie bees! Sounds kind of cool until you’re attacked by a big ol’ swarm of them and turned into a zombee yourself. Where’s Rick Grimes when you need him?

Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.

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