Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dead Birds in Arkansas Solved?

At least a report from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is claiming as much. Thier new report identifies the cause of the deaths as blunt force trauma. Lab tests were completed on the birds that ruled out bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, pesticides and avicides as the cause of death. The theory is that on New Years loud bangs from fireworks caused 5000 birds to take off at night and as they can not see well at night they flew into various solitary objects causes hemorrhaging like blunt force trauma. I don't know that I am fully convinced with the big bang theory presented but at least they ruled out disease as the cause which is somewhat comforting. Are you satisfied with the Arkansas Game and fish commission's explanation?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Green Books Campaign: Ethical Oil by Ezra Levant

I had this posted on my other blog but thought it was relevant to this one as well... The Green Books Campaign was completed on November 10, 2010.

This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

I'd first like to point out that this book has been printed on acid-free paper that is 100% recycled, ancient-forest friendly (100% post consumer waste).

Ezra Levant seeks to moralize the tar sands by demoralizing oil imported from other countries. He addresses the idea that there are many myths associated with the tar sands and attests to the idea that there would be terrible implication if the tar sands were to be closed. He addresses social and environmental impacts of the tar sands in relation to other oil sources. Overall, Ethical Oil is an engaging examination if not provocative reading on the idea of putting ethics above environment.

I may be slightly biased as I am an environmentalist so I will try not to dwell on my personal opinion surrounding what this reading discusses. I see what Ezra is trying to do with this book by identifying that there are far worse places socially to obtain our oil but I am discouraged by the fact that he denies any social impacts here in Canada. Although limited these social impacts in conjunction with the significantly detrimental environmental impacts in my opinion make our oil sands less ethical. Anyways, that is my rant. I will now just discuss the quality of the writing. Ezra Levant writes for the everyday reader. The writing is actually quite easy to understand. I don't believe you need a university degree to understand it. Therefore, although engaging the book did nothing to change my opinion on the oil sands. However, I do recommend it as it is an interesting and somewhat educating resource.

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