"[Michael] Crichton has made the often-arcane debate over global warming entertaining and accessible to a huge segment of the American public," notes Heartland President Joseph L. Bast in the lead story for the February 2005 issue of Environment & Climate News. Bast predicts Crichton's new book, State of Fear, "will reach more readers in a few months than all the nonfiction books ever written that have tried to set the record straight on global warming."
Page 1 also covers a landmark private-property-protection measure approved by Oregon voters in November, efforts by Maryland Gov. Robert Erhlich to divest the state of unnecessary property, and a lawsuit challenging California's CO2 emissions reduction plan.
Also in this issue: environmentalist efforts to blame Southeast Asia's tsunami on global warming, New Jersey efforts to cap CO2 emissions, a badly flawed report from the National Commission on Energy Policy, improving air quality in the U.S., climate change, biotech corn, nuclear power, and smart growth.
A centerspread feature on wind power reports on environmentalist opposition to wind farm proposals in West Virginia and New York; the Pennsylvania legislature's push for wind power ... and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius's efforts to slow its development; and new research suggesting wind farms may threaten crops.
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