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E.P.A. Moves Toward Regulating Greenhouse Gases. By Felicity Barranger. New York Times.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to E.P.A. Moves Toward Regulating Greenhouse Gases

  1. avatar Virginia says:

    I watched the PBS Nova program “Extreme Ice” last night and if you doubt the damage greenhouse gases are causing to our planet, I would recommend watching this program. It is a shocking revelation of what is happening to the pace of glacial melting in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and the Antarctic. Very disturbing.

  2. avatar jdubya says:

    If you have some time to kill, a very interesting read:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/magazine/29Dyson-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

    This was an interesting quote:

    “””One of Dyson’s more significant surmises is that a warming climate could be forestalling a new ice age. Is he wrong? No one can say for sure. Beyond the specific points of factual dispute, Dyson has said that it all boils down to “a deeper disagreement about values” between those who think “nature knows best” and that “any gross human disruption of the natural environment is evil,” and “humanists,” like himself, who contend that protecting the existing biosphere is not as important as fighting more repugnant evils like war, poverty and unemployment.”””

    I am not in Dyson’s camp on that issue.

  3. The Dysons are one smart bunch. I’m also referring to his daughter Esther and son George.

    My impression is that his views [Freeman Dyson] have become grander (more speculative and further from the data) as he has aged.

    I want to add that the greenhouse gas(es) problem goes far beyond carbon dioxide alone and the warming it facilitates.

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