Category Archives: Environment

Open Season on Chickadees

It was an honor to give the Geddes Simpson Memorial Lecture at UMaine last week.  In the lecture I put forth the proposition that the State of Maine adopt an open firearms season on chickadees under which every holder of a hunting license could shoot an unlimited number of chickadees during the year.  After all, the […]

I Don’t Sign Climate Change Petitions

Let’s start with the issue of climate change.  I think the scientific consensus is compelling.  The global climate and other fundamental aspects of global biophysical processes are changing and humans are a significant cause of many of the changes we witness.  I believe human-induced global change is the most significant problem facing humanity today.  We […]

“Renewable” Energy – Powerful Words Make Us Do Stupid Things

The term “renewable” is now magical when applied to energy policy.  We understand intuitively that fossil fuels are fixed, not renewable.  Even if they are abundant now, every bit of coal, oil, or natural gas we use means there is less available, and their use causes a host of environmental and national security problems.  If […]