Environment

Environment

Waste, Chemicals and Superfund

RCRA Demystified:The Professional’s Guide to Hazardous Waste Law (Washington: Environmental Law Institute, 1996). An annotated guide to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. With Linda Rockwood and Kimberly Temple.

Privileged Polluters:The Case against Exempting Municipalities from Superfund.Competitive Enterprise Institute. March 1998.

Burning Mad: The Controversy over Treatment of Hazardous Waste in Incinerators, Boilers, and Industrial Furnaces, 23 Environmental Law Reporter 10216 (Feb. 1993).

The Plan to Get the Lead Out. Interest groups are now targeting lead ammunition through the federal court system. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2011.

Defunding Superfund. Letting a failed program die. National Review Online. June 4, 2002.

How to Fix Superfund. Letter to the editor, from Policy Review magazine.

Household Hazardous Waste. What individuals can do about the waste they generate.

West Nile fails to stir DDT debate. Mosquito-borne illness kills Coloradans but merits of banned pesticide ignored. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Aug. 30, 2003.

Readers fishing for perspective. Post wire story left out important facts about low cancer risk of farm salmon. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Aug. 16, 2003.

Envirohogwash.The truth about garbage bags, deodorant, and diapers. National Review Online. Feb. 16, 2001.

Common Sense about Pesticides. Relix.

Relying too heavily on press releases. Rocky failed to get the other side of issue. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Feb. 23, 2007. Miscoverage of the effect of man-made chemicals on human and animal reproduction. Also, another falsehood from Maureen Dowd, and Gannett's effort to take over the Colorado State University newspaper.

Air, Sky, Climate

Dark Sky Ordinances: Separating the Light from the Darkness. Independence Institute Issue Paper 4-2006. April 2006. With Michael Loatman.

Paltry Denver Access? For some Rockies fans, that's what PDA stood for during World Series. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Nov. 3, 2007. Also, increased CO2 emissions from inefficient E-85 fuel.

Photo illustrating story clouds issue. Brown cloud not the result of CO2 emissions. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Oct. 20, 2007. Plus more global warming coverage, the Coors-Miller merger, the Udall-Schaffer race, and public opinion on the death penalty.

Case against flying not so airtight. Debunks the claim that long-haul air travel produces more CO2 than driving the same distance in a SUV. The column also criticizes newspapers which published pre-publication reviews of the new Harry Potter book. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, July 28, 2007.

Climate report too quickly embraced by journalists: Post columnist, others strangely unskeptical. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Feb. 10, 2007. criticizes the press for its overly credulous reporting of the latest output from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The column also looks at media coverage of a bill to mandate HPV vaccines for 6th grade girls; the factoid that only 2% of rape accusations are false; and the lingering influence of Michael Bellesiles on "The Mini Page."

Climate alarmism a perennial. Study: Journalists have often blown hot and cold on issue. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, June 3, 2006. Plus, local media ignore Owens' call for illegal alien amnesty.

Global Warming Debate Heats Up. There's more - and less - to the story than most media would have us believe. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Dec. 18, 2004.

Elliptic articles leave us in dark. Incomplete stories obscure more than they reveal, doing disservice to readers seeking bigger picture. Global warming and the EPA's illegal use of junk science. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, June 16, 2002.

Other side of the equation missing. Some recent science-related stories have fallen short when it comes to balance. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, January 19, 2003. Discusses global warming, polar glaciers, Clean Water Act, Bush tax cuts, sex abuse of nuns.

Air Pollution at Oil Refineries.

Land Use

Georgia-Pacific West v NEDC: a good case for certiorari. Misuse of the Clean Water Act to shut down logging roads. Volokh.com. June 20, 2012. (Note: Cert. was granted the next day.)

ProPublica's shaky facts. Article on hydraulic fracturing in natural gas extraction is full of errors. RockyMountain News/Denver Post. Jan. 10, 2009. Follow-up: My response to ProPublica's defense of its article.

Farmers'plight given its due. Oregon conflict among 2001's wrongly neglected stories, site says, but Denver dailies did cover it. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Feb. 10, 2002.

Animal Rights

Calf Cruelty is Not Necessary. Anemic veal. Houston Post, Apr. 24, 1989. Placed in Congressional Record, July 25, 1989, by Rep. Charles E. Bennett (Florida).

Book Review: Animal Rights, by Peter Singer. Relix.

Other Topics

Media drove the Maes bike story, but parked for Hickenlooper. Media ignore mayor's desire to "wean" Coloradoans off automobiles. WhoSaidYouSaid.com, Oct. 25, 2010.

Daring activists hang banners on the property of one of the world’s most unethical corporations. Volokh.com. December 16, 2009.

How to spend the Obama trillion: 100k per car to retrofit hybrids, 12/19/08.

New Orleans city officials off hook. 'Stunningly incompetent' Mayor Nagin given a pass by Denver's News, Post. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Sept. 10, 2005. Also: cartoonists push junk science; paper promote illegal Internet gambling; News omits key fact in Gaza story.

Junk Science: Take it with a grain of salt. MSNBC.com, Dec. 6, 2004. The greatest junk science stories of the year.

Tibet. Genocide and ecocide. Relix.

Book Review: Apocalypse Not. Relix.

Earth Day Interview with Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson. Relix. 1990.

 

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