Category Archives: Environment

Electric Vehicles In Iowa

After the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Iowa Department of Transportation has funding and is working on a plan to to deploy more electric vehicle charging stations across the state. Once the plan is finalized, it goes to … Continue reading

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Bill McKibben Interview By Ed Fallon

On July 11, Ed Fallon interviewed author and climate activist Bill McKibben on his program The Fallon Forum, after release of the new book The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban … Continue reading

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Environmental Round Up – It’s Getting Hotter

I’ve written about the environment on Blog for Iowa since my first post on Feb. 25, 2009. Never in the time since then has there been more happening regarding degradation of our environment. As Scott Duncan’s graphic above indicates, it … Continue reading

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West Virginia v. EPA

What is the meaning of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency? Certainly it is a setback for the environmental movement. A court bought and paid for by the billionaire class did industrial polluters … Continue reading

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Happy 4th Of July: SCOTUS Says Make It Burn

As we come upon the nation’s birthday The Supreme Court gave the country a huge birthday present – the ability of polluters (read corporations) to pollute to their heart’s content with little to stop them. Take a deep breath – … Continue reading

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Swallowing The CCS Proposition

Two corporations plan to install Carbon Capture and Sequestration technology to collect CO2 emissions at about 40 ethanol and fertilizer plants spread across Iowa. Next, they plan to permanently bury the resulting liquefied CO2 in deep rock formations in North … Continue reading

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Shine More Light On CCS

The more sunshine that falls on Carbon Capture and Sequestration plans of Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator CO2 Ventures the better. On Sunday, Erin Jordan of the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported something surprising: “Scientists with the Iowa Geological Survey say … Continue reading

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Climate Change Is Missing In CCS Debate

The language used by supporters of carbon capture and sequestration in Iowa is very specific. Not only doesn’t it include the words “climate change,” it specifically avoids mentioning it. This is a long-standing practice among major agricultural groups. As mentioned … Continue reading

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CCS Push Back And Climate Change

When we took the land after the 1832 Black Hawk Purchase, it was decimated to make neatly cut rectangles of farmland. People are used to that now. Today Iowa farmland is used mostly as a production landscape for hogs, cattle, … Continue reading

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Here Comes Carbon Capture Technology

Let’s be clear about Carbon Capture and Sequestration: it is an unproven technology to enable fossil fuel use when society should be turning away and leaving fossil fuels in the ground. Among the problems with the technology is our government … Continue reading

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