Climate v pipeline: NY Times // Morning Read-up: July 30th, 2012

30 Jul

The New York Times comes out swinging about pipelines in an editorial published in today’s paper. Entitled ‘Canada’s oil, the world’s carbon,’ The Times is calling for the US State Department to consider carefully the climate change consequences that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline brings with it.

The department’s first environmental assessment was grossly inadequate, one of the main reasons President Obama rejected the proposal.

The department is trying to do a better job this time. It will almost certainly ask all the right questions about the impact of the pipeline on the United States — what it means for our soil, our water, our species, our cultural resources and our jobs. What is less certain is whether it will ask an essential global question that transcends borders: What is the pipeline’s likely effect on the climate?

It will be interesting to see how much lobbying the Alberta and Canadian governments do on this.

**With up to 25 per cent of tickets reserved for corporate sponsors and friends and family of Athletes and the IOC, plenty of empty seats are being seeing on Olympic TV. The solution from London 2012 organizers? Sell discounted tickets to soldiers and students. Up to a million people came away with no tickets during the first round of ticket sales.

***Chris Hedges is known for his radical journalism and he pulls no punches about the impact of modern sororities, fraternities and ‘outsized athletic programs.’ America’s colleges and universities are in crisis, he says:

They have inverted the traditional values of scholarship to turn four years of college into a mindless quest for collective euphoria and athletic dominance.

Heavy, passionate words.

****Spin Magazine is sinking – senior staff has been laid off and the mag’s owner is reconsidering its publication schedule.

*****Curry lovers, get set to rejoice! It seems that curry spice may reduce one’s risk of developing type-2 diabetes. The spice seems to counteract the effects of abnormally high blood sugar levels, which usually progresses to full-blown diabetes.

Eat up!

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