By Ben Geman - 02/08/10 11:54 AM EST
Plastics News reports that the American Chemistry Council is upset with the ad because plastic bags and water bottles bring the heat from the Green Police. The industry lobbying group even set up a website (www.greenpoliceconfused.com) in advance of the ad’s airing that fires back at Audi.
“Just as people may be surprised to hear the term ‘clean diesel’ attached to the Green Car of the Year (Audi’s A3 TDI), many people also may be surprised at the environmental benefits of plastics,” the website explains.
Over at Grist, David Roberts sees several layers to the Audi ad. At first blush, he writes, it has Tea Party overtones -- “appealing to angry white men with the same old stereotype of environmentalists as meddling do-gooders obsessed with picayune behavioral sins.”
But then he decides otherwise and concludes the ad “is not just another pot shot at greens.”
“It’s an appeal to a new and growing demographic that isn’t hard-core environmentalists – and doesn’t particularly like hard-core environmentalists – but that basically wants to do the right thing. Audi’s effort to reach them, however clumsy, is actually a bit ahead of the curve,” he writes.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are behaving like overzealous Green Police themselves. Murkowski and some other Alaska lawmakers are angry that the Corps denied ConocoPhillips a permit needed for a drilling project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or NPR-A.
Murkowski’s office says the Corps’ decision is galling because opponents of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (which is east of the NPR-A on Alaska’s northern coast) and offshore have cited the NPR-A as an area where development could occur instead. But that can’t really happen unless the Corps allows ConocoPhillips to build a bridge across the Colville River, she argues.
“If allowed to stand, this myopic decision will kill all future oil development from the nation’s largest designated petroleum reserve and probably stop all future natural gas production from the area as well,” Murkowski said in a prepared statement Friday.
But the Corps said the project does not pass Clean Water Act muster. “Other alternatives with less environmental impacts could include horizontal directional drilling but would require new permit applications,” the Corps said in denying the permit Friday. The Corps noted that the Colville River Delta provides vital wildlife habitat.
The Anchorage Daily News looks at the Corps’ decision here.
Alaska is among the places where the effects of global warming are becoming evident, but a new poll conducted for the BBC finds a drop in the portion of British people who think climate change is occurring.
The poll conducted in early February finds the percentage of respondents who say climate change is a reality is now at 75 percent, compared to 83 percent in a November poll. And just 26 percent now hold the view that climate change is occurring and is “largely” man-made.
The new poll follows widespread media coverage of emails among climate scientists hacked from major U.K. research center – messages that climate skeptics say have undercut the case that global warming is occurring.
The poll results also follow questions about the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which issued a landmark 2007 report on the effects of warming and ecosystem changes. The Wall Street Journal looks at the controversy here.