Gardeners wouldn’t use Roundup if they knew about all of the problems attributed to its use.
In response to a call from President Bush to start weaning America from its petroleum addiction and reducing Middle East oil imports as much as 75 percent by 2025, the federal government has finally implemented a long-awaited bump in gas mileage standards for light trucks such as sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickups. Under existing standards, automakers’ 2006 model year light trucks must meet an average of 21.6 miles per gallon (mpg). The new rules call for bumping the fuel economy standard up to 22.2 mpg.
In a strange turn of events, Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives last week put the kybosh on the most recent attempt to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, despite bi-partisan support from the Senate to include such a proposal in the final version of the 2007 federal budget bill. Environmentalists are hopeful that this latest in a long string of Congressional rejections of ANWR drilling will be the last time they must go on the defensive over the issue while pro-drilling President Bush is in office.
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> I’ve heard some environmental advocates claim that organic farming could produce enough food to feed the world. Is this true?</B>
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> How do solar swimming pool heaters work? Are they efficient? How do they compare in cost to conventional pool heaters?</B>