We’re staying together for the birds and bunnies. Michigan State University researchers explain in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that divorce is bad—for the environment. “The smaller average size of divorced households has led to more households and a higher demand for resources such as energy, water, and land, as well as lower efficiency in resource use per person. The researchers note that in the United States alone in 2005 approximately 73 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and 627 billion gallons of water could have been saved if the resource-use efficiency in divorced households had remained the same as that in married households.” Another cost of divorce—38 million extra rooms.
Have American environmentalists forgotten about railroads? Advocate Alfred Runte, writing in the Seattle Times, thinks so. He´s steamed that “railroads are out of sight” in Al Gore´s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. “Between speeches, we find him lamenting global warming in an airplane—or a chauffeured limousine. Gore’s Nobel Prize aside, no symbol of America’s ignorance about railroads can be more telling than a noted environmentalist who barely mentions them. Worldwide, our argument that greener cars will solve global warming is still viewed as pure denial.”
“Obama and his supporters misapprehend the moment we´re in,” writes Jeremy Cameron Young, a grad student in history at Indiana University, at History News Network. “There can be no civility or compromise with a president who spies on American citizens without a warrant, who tortures suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, who manipulates and fires U.S. Attorneys in order to politicize their positions, or who pardons an aide who has outed a CIA agent. We do not need Obama to heal the rift between good and evil, or to bind up the nation´s wounds with Bush´s venom still in her bloodstream. . . . Obama has given us no indication that he will exercise the bold, far-reaching, and, yes, partisan leadership that will be necessary to undo the travesties of the past seven years.”
Dude, where´s my country? From the Times of London: “A senior lawyer for the American government has told the Court of Appeal in London that kidnapping foreign citizens is permissible under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it.”—Harold Henderson, email@example.com
Read Harold Henderson’s blog, Daily Harold, at chicagoreader.com.