November 2008 Environment & Climate News: Wind Power Limits

Published November 1, 2008

The November 2008 issue of Environment & Climate News highlights limits on the value of wind power. On page 1:

* Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is leading a legal challenge against the U.S. Interior Department’s decision to list polar bears as a threatened species.

* EPA is soliciting comments on proposed rulemaking regarding carbon dioxide emissions.

* Once hailed by environmentalists as a champion of green causes, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine now finds himself the scourge of his erstwhile supporters.

* City officials had designated Sunday, August 24 as a “car-free” day for Seattle’s Capitol Hill area … but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.

Also in this issue: Seattle’s plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, California’s plan to regulate chemicals, San Francisco’s plan to impose green building codes, solar street signs and lights, ethanol, endangered species, offshore drilling, Wikipedia, organic foods, and nuclear waste management. Science Director Jay Lehr reviews Gravity’s Arc: The Story of Gravity, from Aristotle to Einstein and Beyond. “Given the radically evolving understanding of something as basic as gravity,” Lehr writes, “surely it is unscientific in the extreme for believers in a manmade global warming crisis to claim their particular theory is beyond debate.”