IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Obama gets tough with US automakers while a new electric car looks for a manufacturing plant; Earth Hour vs. Earth Haters; PLUS: The White House vegetable garden makes some people very uncomfortable; AND: If you're "green-curious", the Sierra Club has the site for you ...All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (links below): Prescription drugs found in fish, and the world's first biodegradable chewing gum (because you didn't know conventional gum wasn't biodegradable, now did you?). See below for more!
Info/links on stuff we talked about on today's episode, plus MORE green news, all follows below...
- Obama in the Driver's Seat
- Obama's tough auto stance may include bankruptcy
- White House questions viability of GM, Chrysler
- President Gives U.S. Carmakers a Short Lifeline
But the task force was considering another idea: the prospect of using what the administration official called “the quick, surgical legal tools that exist in our bankruptcy code” to restructure the companies in a clean and efficient way. The problem was how to explain it to a public that is spooked by the mention of the word bankruptcy.
After debating the ramifications and risks, Mr. Obama concluded he had to put the bankruptcy option on the table and discuss it, as he did Monday.
“What I’m not talking about is a process where a company is simply broken up, sold off and no longer exists,” Mr. Obama said. “We’re not talking about that. And what I’m not talking about is a company that’s stuck in court for years.”
- Bankruptcy Leads Possible Plans for GM, Chrysler
- German Lessons: Is Cash-for-Clunkers the Answer to U.S. Auto Woes?
- Tesla, Awaiting U.S. Aid, Unveils Its Electric Car
- Just How Expensive Is Tesla’s Electric Sedan?
- Detroit Electric and Proton to Beat Tesla S to the Electric Car Finish Line
- BRAD BLOG: Tesla Unveils All-Electric Sedan, But Needs Federal Loan for Factory to Build It; in related news, Obama forces GM's CEO to step down in advance of federal auto-industry bailout for Detroit...Can we put one and one together here please?
- BRAD BLOG: What Happened to GM's EV1? Now Would Be a Good Time for Congress to Ask the Automaker Why They Killed Their Perfectly Good and Much-Beloved All-Electric Car in 1999
- BUY THE FILM: Who Killed The Electric Car?
- Sydney to San Fran: Lights dim in Earth Hour: From landmarks to homes, idea is to send message about global warming
- World switches off to save planet in "Earth Hour"
- Not Taking Part in Earth Hour? How About 'Human Achievement Hour'?
- Does Earth Hour Actually Mean Generators Produce Less Electricity?
- Organic White House Garden Puts Some Conventional Panties in a Twist
- Home Green Home with the Sierra Club
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report...
- Pharmaceuticals found in fish across U.S.: Residue of allergy, cholesterol, other meds were in fish near 5 major cities
Fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them, including medicines used to treat high cholesterol, allergies, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder and depression, researchers reported Wednesday.
- Biodegradeable gum goes on sale ... as street cleaners cross their fingers
- Missouri's last clear chance to avert transit collapse
- Among Climate Scientists, a Dispute Over ‘Tipping Points’
- Concrete Is Remixed With Environment in Mind
- Deadly nerve toxin affecting deep ocean creatures
A nerve toxin produced by marine algae off California appears to affect creatures in the deep ocean, posing a greater threat that previously thought, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.... Surface blooms of the algae known as Pseudo-nitzschia can generate dangerously high levels of domoic acid, a neurotoxin blamed for bizarre bird attacks dramatized in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film "The Birds."
- SF Mayor Pushes to Increase Energy and Green Jobs Program by $4 Million
- Report Shows Half of US Workers Don't Shut Down PCs, Wasting $2.8 Billion
- Proctor & Gamble Doubles 2012 Green Goals
- Gatorade, Quaker, Tropicana Will Eliminate Wood Pallets