Analiese’s Reading 5/19

Superfund polluter to run US environment division; House to make schools greener; U.S. is not carbon flat; wind-powered drive-in (but really, you should probably walk there).

Obama Nominates Superfund Polluter Lawyer To Run DOJ Environment Division

President Barack Obama has nominated a lawyer for the nation’s largest toxic polluters to run the enforcement of the nation’s environmental laws. On Tuesday, Obama “announced his intent to nominate” Ignacia S. Moreno to be Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division in the Department of Justice. Moreno, general counsel for that department during the Clinton administration, is now the corporate environmental counsel for General Electric, “America’s #1 Superfund Polluter“
Think Progress

House OKs $6.4 billion to make schools greener

The House on Thursday passed a $6.4 billion school modernization bill that would commit funds for the construction and update of more energy-efficient school buildings.

The United States is Not Carbon Flat

Though pundits tend to throw around both terms as if they’re interchangeable, average and median are not the same thing. If you grabbed nine people off the street and put them in a room with Bill Gates, the average net worth would be in the billions. But (unless you made your selections from a very unusual street) the median worth — the value that would split the room into two groups of five — would be much much lower. We’ve all experienced the use of this difference to distort the tax debate, as Republicans use average income to make it seem as if Americans are much richer than the median income would indicate.
Daily Kos

Wind-Powered Drive-in Movie Theater – World’s First?

The movie industry has finally caught on to climate change and sustainability- from The Age of Stupid to An Inconvenient Truth, we are now not short of movies that set out the dire environmental straits we find ourselves in. Movie makers have also been going green on the production front – exploring carbon offsets and green energy to lessen their impact. But what about places to watch these movies? We’ve finally heard about a movie theater adopting green energy – and it’s not in California.

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