Snowed under by an avalanche of empty plastic bottles, in 2011 National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis told the system’s 408 parks, national monuments and historic sites that they could stop selling bottled water at their concession stands and offer public water bottle filling stations instead.
It has been said that “budgets are moral documents,” and it’s true that you can learn a government’s priorities by studying its spending bills. That’s why it is so distressing to see government budgetary attacks on one of the country’s most widely supported environmental priorities—protecting clean water.
This is a guest blog by Megan McCrea, Assistant Travel Editor for Sunset magazine. She grew up in Colorado, graduated from Duke University and spent two years living and working on Kosrae and Palau as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her writing has appeared in print in Sunset, VIA and Diablo magazines and online on Healthline.com, Poetry Flash, VIA's Road Journals and Sunset's Westphoria.
Three weeks before the Paris climate conference, almost all nations have put forward plans to do more than ever before to slow climate change. But will it be enough to signal a sea change for the future of the planet?
Last week, the Obama administration and Congress announced a budget agreement with great fanfare. While the terms of the agreement were in many ways a great achievement for the White House, Congress still has to pass spending bills by December 11 to implement the agreement and avoid another government shutdown.
The big issue that was intentionally left out of the recent budget negotiations was the fate of “ideological riders.”
Comunidad de Puerto Rico Sobrecargada por la Contaminación Resiste Contra un Proyecto de Incinerador
Faced with declining sales and the rise of local renewable power, many utilities across the country are taking aim at rooftop solar. By proposing unreasonable and discriminatory fees, charges and other rate changes, they are trying to limit the growth of distributed solar, a critical energy resource that can help curb the nation’s fossil-fuel addiction and build our clean energy economy.