During the economic recession in 2009, the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS), better known as "cash for clunkers," was billed as a way to both stimulate the economy and help the environment by encouraging Americans to trade in their older vehicles for a new, more fuel efficient vehicle. Writing for E Magazine, Jennifer Santisi, a freelance science and environmental writer, concludes, though, that the program did more harm than good for the environment.
Under the program, consumers who traded in an older vehicle were provided a $3,500 or $4,500 voucher toward the purchase of a new vehicle. About 690,000 vehicles were traded in under the program for a total cost of almost $3 billion.
One of the main problems Santisi pointed to was the engines and drive trains had to be destroyed, and could not be recycled, under the program's requirements. Guarding against potential fraud, the government did not want the vehicles that were traded in under the program to find their way back onto the streets. more >>
A major pharmaceutical company has opted to sever ties with a libertarian think tank that provides arguments critical of global warming and the effects of tobacco smoking.
Pfizer Inc., a New York City-based business that boasts of being the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company, decided to cut financial support from the Heartland Institute.
Sharon Castillo, spokeswoman for Pfizer, told The Christian Post that the decision was implemented earlier this month for multiple reasons. more >>
Climate change is an issue not often talked about at churches, and has been absent during the presidential debates between President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. An evangelical group is arguing, however, that Christians cannot love God if they do not care for His creation, which the group says is in great peril.
"I understand that there are many important issues that we care about, that I care about – not just the climate crisis. But the climate crisis is one that is particularly urgent, and I believe that as Christians we have a strong moral and spiritual case for caring for and acting on it," Ben Lowe, a spokesman for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, said in a phone interview with The Christian Post.
His organization, formed in Feb. 2012, presents the climate change issue from a Christian perspective, stating that it is part of their Christian discipleship and witness to promote action on the environmental challenges facing the planet. more >>
Christians concerned that the presidential debates between Barrack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney are not addressing important environmental concerns are stepping up their efforts to be heard as Election Day draws near.
The Young Evangelicals for Climate Action group, a relatively new organization formed in Feb. 2012, gathered outside Hofstra University during the second presidential debate on Oct. 16 to pray for more discussion focused on the growing threat of climate change. The group says that its mission is to take action against what it sees as an upcoming climate crisis, a calling which is part of their Christian discipleship and witness.
Three colleges affiliated with the United Methodist Church were put on a bimonthly Sierra Club publication's list of the greenest universities in the United States.
Of 96 listed on Sierra Magazine's Sixth Annual "Cool Schools" list, Allegheny College placed 55th, Green Mountain College was 11th, and Duke University was 7th.
Jane Ellen Nickell, college chaplain at Allegheny, told The Christian Post that she was "proud" that the college was "recognized for its commitment to sustainability initiatives." more >>
T. Boone Pickens, the energy billionaire who has invested heavily in wind, solar and natural gas projects, has criticized President Obama for not having an energy plan. He hinted that he is likely to back Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
"I will support the one that has the energy plan for America," Pickens told Fox News on Sunday. "I think that Romney will show up with the plan is what I think; I have seen Obama, I have heard what he says, but he never has a plan, he has never come forward with a plan for energy for America."
Pickens' announcement may not be a big surprise given the fact he has never supported a Democratic presidential candidate. In 2004, he gave large sums of money to what became known as the "Swift Boat" campaign that targeted Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the Democratic nominee who ran against President Bush. more >>