Green diary rescue: hummingbirds and tortoises, nukes and bees, fighting ALEC

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 31-08-2013-05-2008

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Every week Daily Kos diarists write dozens of environmentally related posts. Many don’t get the readership they deserve. Helping improve the odds is the motivation behind the Green Diary Rescue. In the past seven years, there have been 240 of these spotlighting more than 13,608 eco-diaries. Below are categorized links and excerpts to 57 more that appeared in the past seven days. That makes for lots of good reading during the spare moments of your weekend. [Disclaimer: Inclusion of a diary in the rescue does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.]

Green Diary of the Week

The United Progressive Movement Against ALEC—by Phil Radford II Greenpeace: “Corporate money is currently flooding our political system and drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. We are gathering together in Washington to send the signal that this is still our fight-and we have the momentum to win it now.  People from across the country are fighting to tip the balance of power back to the people, and away from big money and bigotry. We want to realize Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of America, but we can’t do it if we’re divided into separate groups.”

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700 Tortoises to be Slaughtered. Because. Austerity—by jpmassar: “The race is not always to the swift… Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990.
Nor the battle to the strong…The Bureau of Land Management has paid for the holding and research facility with fees imposed on developers who disturb tortoise habitat on public land. As the housing boom swept through southern Nevada in the 2000s, the tortoise budget swelled. But when the recession hit, the housing market contracted, and the bureau and its local government partners began struggling to meet the center’s $1 million annual budget. I can be outraged over people being thrown out of their homes because of bankers follies. I can seethe than none of the banksters are in jail for their frauds. Here, though, I feel no fury within. This is just something unspeakably sad.”

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Florida citrus grower gets slap on the wrist after killing millions of honeybees—by Jen Hayden: “A large, well-known Florida citrus grower has been hit with a $1,500 for intentionally killing millions of bees: One of Florida’s largest citrus growers has been fined after a state investigation found it illegally sprayed pesticide that caused the death of millions of honeybees. For the last seven years, the nation’s beekeepers have been plagued by a malady known as colony collapse disorder, in which bees disappear from their hives. Pesticides have been blamed as one of the causes. The $1,500 state fine last week is believed to be the first time a Florida citrus grower was cited in connection with a bee kill. It might be the first time a fine has been levied, but the $1,500 is angering local beekeepers and environmentalists.”

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