Animal activists have fought hard to eliminate horse slaughter in the U.S. (see “The Killing Floor” feature, May/June 2006). Under H.R. 2744, funding was removed for U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) inspectors at slaughterhouses. The Bush USDA countered by allowing inspectors to be paid with private funds. But state laws were later passed banning remaining slaughterhouses in Texas and Illinois.
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The Detroit Auto Show last January confirmed that plug-in hybrids (with extended all-electric range up to about 40 miles) will soon be on American roads (see "The Hot Hybrids," Consumer News, November/December 2005). The biggest news was that Toyota confirmed it will have a commercial plug-in hybrid on the road by 2010, a date that coincides with General Motors" already announced target. Felix Kramer, founder of the California Cars Initiative, called Toyota’s announcement "stunning and very welcome." The Japanese automaker has early versions of its plug-in, based on the existing Prius, under test at two California universities.
Iceland has made huge strides in geothermal energy and hydroelectric power. They’re adding hydrogen vehicles and fuel cell boats, but some locals say that more hydroelectric plants will mar the frigid landscape.
Fewer days for skiing, snowman-building and maple sugaring are bringing the realities of global warming home.
In the name of “clean coal” mountaintop removal mining ravages the Appalachians.
Some prominent environmentalists say that nuclear power merits reconsideration, but others counter that it will never be a solution to global warming.