One in Five Atheists Believes in God?

Photo: Woodcock Johnson, Creative Commons, Flickr Originally published in the Washington Post and picked up by Forbes, the story reports that 92 percent of Americans believe in God or a higher power – “including one in five of those who call themselves atheists”.

Sulfur Dioxide to Cool the Planet is Another Bad Idea

Just when I thought we’d gotten over the silliness of trying to ameliorate our fossil-fuel misbehavior with geoengineering tactics like seeding the oceans with iron particles (to reduce acidification), along comes another wild idea; sending sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect the sun’s rays and cool the earth.

Inflation: A Treading Problem

There are goods and services consumers can cut back on or cut out altogether, but riding on low tread tires should not be an option. Unfortunately, an article in today’s USA Today reports that some people are doing just that.

The Earth is Not Flat

The great thing about Arianna Huffington, besides everything, is that she practices what she preaches. She champions opinionated journalism and she herself is an unapologetically opinionated journalist. In fact, she probably would have been proud of that first line because it’s not objective and it doesn’t claim to be. To her, objective journalism is dishonest.

Crude Oil Prices Mix Up the Stock Market

Photo: jpchan, Creative Commons, Flickr After easing up a bit, oil prices are back on the rise, and nothing the Saudis say about increased production and a meeting with producers and consumers seems to be stopping the gains. As a result, the broader stock market is down (helped along by additional worries over the continuing credit market…

Are Alien Invaders All Bad?

Call them what you will, alien invaders, invasive species, or just aliens, these ecological-niche invaders are increasingly present in ecosystems on land and in water, and increasingly difficult to eradicate because they always seem to thrive, even when displaced, and frequently feed on – or otherwise eradicate – native populations.

The Phony “Bush Lied” Storyline

Those of us not susceptible to Bush Derangement Syndrome have always known that "Bush lied, kids died" is a phony story line for the political usage of the democrats; a rallying cry for the angry left; a mental disease with no known cure.

President Bush Blames Democrats For High Gas Prices

Photo: misterfreak, Creative Commons, Flickr I know the Democratic leaders have opposed some of these policies in the past. Now that their opposition has helped drive gas prices to record levels, I ask them to reconsider their positions. If congressional leaders leave for the 4th of July recess without taking action, they will need to…

Is Total (TOT) a Good Choice for Stock Investing?

Big Oil companies are currently offering "value" investing opportunities. While the stock market takes a break today, with oil prices falling back a bit and gas prices easing a very little, oil companies may provide good buying opportunities. Among those that stand a good chance include Total (TOT), the French "supermajor" oil company.

Honda (HMC) Introduces a Hydrogen Fueled Car

The Honda FCX Clarity is a hydrogen powered car that claims to have twice the efficiency of traditional gas and electric hybrid vehicles. And it doesn’t emit greenhouse gases. Ever. No matter what mode it’s in. (Although one could argue that the greenhouse gases involved in creating the electricity portion are an issue.)

Doing the Springsteen to Extinction

Bruce said it best when he wrote the song, "One Step Up," bewailing the fact that we humans don’t seem to be able to learn even from the hard lessons, creating a history that is almost consistently one step up and two steps back.

Exxon Mobil (XOM) is Selling its Gas Stations

Photo: emilyd10, Creative Commons, Flickr Exxon Mobil (XOM) is announcing that it is selling more than 2,000 of its gas stations. This move is part of Exxon’s movement in a new direction to become leaner, and more efficient, focusing more on energy production than on the retail side of things. However, Exxon still plans to…

The Tipping Point: 7.8

Drowned out by the uproar over global warming, the issue of ocean acidification doesn’t get much press lately, even though its cause (carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels) is identical and the results are even more disturbing.