Category Archives: Environment

Vehicle Miles Down September, 5 Year No Growth Pattern Continues

Calculated Risk has the details.  While gas prices and the economy are big players, changing demographics (older people driving less) and changing habits (younger people driving less and not just for economic reasons) are also part of the story.

Madison Elementary Teacher Kornblatt Uses Community Resources to Expand Educational Opportunity

(h/t @4SHCrane via @mgarth) Great way to utilize community resources to expand educational opportunities for 3rd grade students by Lincoln Elementary teacher Marc Kornblatt – learning about nature via phenology and writing it down at the laundromat.

Where’s The Economic Recovery Going To Come From? Obama Provides Good Answers

Matt Yglesias has an interesting piece about educational levels around the Great Depression compared to today that reflects on Paul Krugman’s pessimism about the economy and Ryan Avent’s optimism. The question is where will our economic recovery come from (and how soon)? I’m no economist, but my sense is we are not likely to recover […]

Spare Change? The Stimulus And Bailouts Are Too Valuable

Almost absent from the dominant discussion of the federal stimulus package (and bailouts) is any attempt at progressive change that goes beyond the surface of ‘what we buy.’ I spoke yesterday about tying taxpayer expenditures to a living wage – but I’ve been thinking about this type of thing for a while agreeing with Matthew […]

2009 Predictions

Here’s are some thoughts about what the new year may hold – some seem pretty obvious, others are educated guesswork – while many are positive, some are not. In Illinois: – Soon-to-be former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be impeached. – Soon-to-be Governor Pat Quinn will get ethics legislation through the General Assembly early that will […]

Bill Ford’s Environmentalism – What’s Up With His Car Company?

I’ve been asking myself how Bill Ford for years could tout the ‘future environment’ of more environmentally friendly cars – and the company he largely controls could ignore the environment to its current peril. Here’s a take on how it happened.

What Blagojevich Got Right In Illinois Mass Transit

When Governor Rod Blagojevich made public transportation for seniors free at the beginning of the year he did something right. Given it’s Governor Blagojevich, he didn’t get there the right way and it might even be that having the “right” policy in this case was incidental or accidental, but it was right. It just wasn’t […]

State Water Policy, Two Views Of The Future….

[Hat tip David Zetland] In New Mexico journalist John Fleck writes about a court ruling limiting future well drilling for new residents: “A state court this week threw out New Mexicans’ longstanding legal right to drill a domestic water well without having to worry about whether it would leave less water for their neighbors. The […]

Water Shortages Possible For Northeast Illinois In Coming Decades

[Hat tip Progress Illinois] Yesterday preceding a discussion of universal health care I wrote, “one of the things to keep an eye on in the coming year(s) are advocacy movements seeking major policy changes in areas of obvious national neglect like health care, the environment, energy, water rights/distribution, etc.” As if on cue Crain’s reports […]

Lisle Dems Vice Chair Gets Coverage For Being Green….

Lisle Township Democratic Vice Chair Aileen Eilert gets coverage for “Going Green in the ‘Burbs” at Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Matters: Growing Forward. Congrats Aileen!