Thanks to those of you who submitted nominations and who voted. The four top candidates in each category were selected from the nominees and the poll was conducted on three internet sites and Facebook. This year’s winners won by landslides.
Here are the winners:
Hall of Fame
1. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe ( 91% of the vote) – an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, she is director of the Climate Science Center. She is an evangelical Christian who believes that science and religion do not have to...
Thanks to those of you who submitted nominations. The four top candidates in each category have been selected from the nominees. Please vote for the ones who you think have most affected the environment for good or ill. If you will, please post a reason for your vote and a suggestion for suitable gifts for your favorite candidate. The most interesting and humorous gift suggestions will be acknowledged.
Voting will close and the winners announced on March 1, 2017 . Please put your choice in each category as a comment below or you may vote in a poll at this site.
Hall of Fame Nominees
1. China – for announcing an investment of $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020 (and probably taking the global lead in green tech – a sad, missed opportunity for the US,...
It is important that we recognize those who have most affected the environment by their words and actions. Each year, this site takes a poll to find those most deserving to be in the Environmental Hall of Fame and the Environmental Hall of Shame. Please send your nominations for each category by e-mail through the “Contact the Author” link or put it in the comment section . If you would, please include a short reason that your nominee should be chosen and suggest a suitable gift if they win.
Nominations will be taken until January 31st, 2017. The nominees will then be listed and this site will conduct a poll to determine the winner in each category. You may suggest a suitable prize for your nominee. Please be imaginative, as particularly thoughtful or humorous...
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In a recent article, Charles Krauthammer lauded Donald Trump’s cabinet picks as they may destroy the agencies which they have been nominated to head. His article, “ The Trump Cabinet: Bonfire of the agencies “, reflects his view that Government regulatory agencies should be torched. Like a pyromaniac, Mr. Krauthammer looks on gleefully as a fire he helped create with incendiary articles, lays waste to the agencies set up to protect our health and the environment.
He seems particularly enamored with Scott Pruitt, who will likely head the EPA. As the Attorney General of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt favored corporations and sued the EPA stop enforcement of...
This is a reprint of a letter to the Wichita Eagle from Dr. Patrick Pirotte, which explains why renewable energy is important for our future.
Dr. Patrick Pirotte, O.D., is a board certified Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and treats children with vision and learning-related vision problems. He lectures nationwide on the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems in children and on the impact of vision problems on learning and classroom performance. He is a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby and is an advocate for their carbon fee and dividend system to ensure a healthy future for our children.
The letter below is reprinted with his permission:
“I read with interest recent statements by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., about...
In 2016, two protests were held over the use of public land. It would seem reasonable that the law enforcement authorities would respond the same to each situation, but that was not the case.
The Malheur Refuge Standoff : In January, armed militants seized the headquarters of the Malheur national wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest the conviction of Dwight and Steven Hammond for arson on federal BLM land. The charges were brought because the fires had endangered the lives of firefighters. Ammon Bundy, the son of the anti-government protester Cliven D. Bundy, led the protest. The militants declared the federal government had no authority to manage the federal lands and demanded that the federal government cede ownership of BLM federal lands and the refuge to the state.
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., was certainly right when he told a group of energy executives that cheap energy was necessary for our economy to be competitive and that legislation is needed to keep energy costs low (Wichita Eagle, Oct. 1 Business ).
Fossil fuels provide cheap energy because they do not pay their external costs , which include cost to people’s health, the environment, and to the economy. Renewable energy is becoming less expensive and does not have the external costs that fossil fuels do.
The best solution is legislation that would favor a shift to renewable energy.
The effect of rising energy costs on the economy could be offset by a carbon fee and dividend system , in which a fee would be added to fossil fuels at the source to cover their external...
It is important that we keep in mind those who have most affected the environment by words or action. Each year, this site takes a poll to find those most deserving to be in the Environmental Hall of Fame and the Environmental Hall of Shame. Please place your nominations for each category in the comment section . If you would, please include a short reason that your nominee should be chosen and suggest a suitable gift if they win.
Nominations will be taken until January 31st, 2016. The nominees will then be listed and this site will conduct a poll to determine the winner in each category. You may suggest a suitable prize for your nominee. Please be imaginative, as particularly thoughtful or humorous nominations will be recognized and published on this...