It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.—Sun Tzu
CALL MAJOR MAINSTREAM environmental groups and ask them for comment on Roger Bate. The reply is always: Who? Like most policy wonks at conservative think tanks, few have ever heard of him. That is why he wins. Anyone who wants to understand the policy battles that lie ahead in this country – not to mention those already past – should study his career carefully. This is true for Republicans looking for an antidote to President Obama, environmental advocates he has consistently outwitted, and health care reformers he is about to confront.
Continue reading Bate and Switch: How a free-market magician manipulated two decades of environmental science
A Natural Resources News Service idea about environmental problems caused by the disastrous real estate market appeared as a story by Jim Carlton in today’s Wall Street Journal. Carlton, based in San Francisco, is a reporter who has done a number of NRNS stories. NRNS reporters Jay Gourley and Mike Magner provided the original story memo to Carlton that resulted in today’s piece.
Continue reading WSJ: Deserted Building Sites Add to Property Bust’s Toll
Stories That Matter has posted one of the most useful lists circulating around Washington, a who’s who of President-elect Obama’s transition teams. The list shows where in the federal government Obama’s staffers are embedded before his takeover of the presidency. Considering that some political appointees of the Bush administration are “burrowing” into permanent civilian positions across the federal government, the information below may be helpful in finding out what Obama’s people are doing to counter that.
Continue reading President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition Teams
On December 9, 2007, the Washington Post ran a story about levels of the herbicide atrazine that are harming river ecosystems according to biologists who studied the data. The story was based on information originally provided to the Post by the Natural Resources News Service. Click here to read to the Washington Post story.
Continue reading Washington Post: High Weedkiller Levels Found in River Checks