The US Environmental Protection Agency is looking for comment on a proposal that would require environmental justice considerations be included during agency rule-making.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Better late than never, but it is getting late.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:02 PM
A bad economy can sink a TIF and a municipality's fiscal stability, as The Daily Reporter tells us.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:49 PM
The character that is Glenn Beck looks even more commercial as his 'news' website is launched just hours after his followers got home from the DC rally Saturday where Beck became an evangelist.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:21 AM
Fascinating story in today's NY Times about major lenders rethinking their role in tar sand extraction, mountain top coal removal and other environmentally-damaging businesses.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:07 AM
An old friend of mine the other day summed up the zany contemporary political world we're burdened with by saying, "you can say anything you want these days."
Posted by James Rowen at 12:02 AM
Monday, August 30, 2010
I can't recall a precedent for this, a Dan Bice exclusive.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:30 PM
Again - - just passing on the facts from WisDOT:
Posted by James Rowen at 8:30 PM
Walker's PR team tries to phony up an East Coast bar into a Wisconsin scene.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:08 PM
So now rightist luminaries like Glenn Beck have moved away from their dishonest marginalization of Barack Obama as a foreign-born Muslim to re-marginalizing Obama as the wrong kind of Christian.
Posted by James Rowen at 1:44 PM
An Air Quality Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for
Watch for Ozone, DNR says (And I add, again)
Start Time: 4:00 PM CST Monday, August 30, 2010 End Time: 11:00 PM CST Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Counties: Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, and Sheboygan
An Air Quality Watch is issued when conditions are favorable forto reach the Orange level based on the .
Posted by James Rowen at 1:01 PM
The Business Journal explains how several agencies, lenders and entrepreneurs partnered to move Nature Tech, an insulation manufacturer, from concept to launch in a lower-income Milwaukee neighborhood.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:39 AM
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Glenn Beck has described himself as a rodeo clown; as a full-bore conservative, conspiracy-addled radio and Fox News TV talker, he's graduated to a different arena - - the 24/7 electronic sprint for rating points and advertising revenue that led to his biggest, baddest, boldest and most grotesque bit of shameless self-promotion yet: Saturday's rally in Washington, DC and hijacking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's memory and legacy.
Posted by James Rowen at 8:44 PM
From picturesque Door County all the way south through Milwaukee to the Illinois line, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says harmful levels of ozone and fine particulate matter could be forming in the air all day Sunday.
Advisory for Ozone (Orange)
|Start Time:||3:00 PM CST Sunday, August 29, 2010|
|End Time:||11:00 PM CST Sunday, August 29, 2010|
|Counties:||Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan|
Posted by James Rowen at 1:00 PM
Saturday, August 28, 2010
After Qwik CO Bz Stop, Scott Tweets To U 2 Keep U Updated Outstate 2 Day :
Posted by James Rowen at 1:56 PM
An Air Quality Watch For Ozone Has Been Issued By the Wisconsin DNR:
Start Time: 11:00 AM CST Sunday, August 29, 2010 End Time: 11:00 PM CST Sunday, August 29, 2010 Counties: Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan
An Air Quality Watch For Ozone Has Been Issued By the Wisconsin DNR:
Posted by James Rowen at 1:27 PM
News reports say the anti-government protesters heading for Glenn Beck's rally in Washington, DC overwhelmed Metro rail stations.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:13 PM
Posted by James Rowen at 10:58 AM
Friday, August 27, 2010
"Started out early in Antigo, Crandon, Laona and am now in Wabeno. 10:36 AM Aug 26th via HootSuite"
(Blogger's note: Then Scott goes elsewhere...and finally home. Read bottom to top 2 folo Scott, fyi, imho.):
Posted by James Rowen at 4:51 PM
An impressively objective review of the MMSD, from someone whose basement was flooded in the recent historic rainfall.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:41 PM
The Sierra Club has documented which Wisconsin drinking water supplies have been contaminated by coal ash.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:36 AM
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
And I don't mean the mere fact that the rally on Saturday, 8/28 is at the same spot and on the same day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others held the most famous US Civil Rights rally 47 years ago.
Posted by James Rowen at 8:23 PM
The military opposes some wind turbines...so its jet-fuel burning planes can train without purported radar interference.
Posted by James Rowen at 6:18 PM
Good for Barrett. Time to scrub off Walker's teflon.
Posted by James Rowen at 5:25 PM
Click here for direct access to this information, and spread the word.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:51 PM
Derek Shearer, an old friend, has written a thoughtful, documented and moderately-scary essay about the state of politics and environment.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:01 PM
Canadian media and others are calling for much tougher procedures to prevent oil spills from harming the Great Lakes.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:43 AM
In June, 2008, I argued in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sunday op-ed that the City of Milwaukee - - through Milwaukee County - - was getting nothing out of a continuing relationship with SEWRPC, the unelected, unrepresentative pro-suburban regional planning commission that spends millions of public dollars annually but often gives Milwaukee and its minority citizens the back of its bureaucratic hand.
Posted by James Rowen at 4:50 AM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Scott Walker has botched a high-profite opportunity to act decisively; transferring a administrator from the house of horrors that is the County's mental health complex to another big-dollar responsible position isn't going to cut it.
Posted by James Rowen at 8:20 PM
As I see it, Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Tea.
Posted by James Rowen at 4:16 PM
SEWRPC Disrespects, Ignores Its Justice Task Force - - Independent Federal Investigation Is In Order
As I had been discussing for the past few days in multiple posts on this blog - - example here - - leaders at the Southeastern Wisconsin Planning Commission (SEWRPC) let its important water supply advisory committee approve Tuesday an incomplete report being prepared by the apparently less-important SEWPRC Environmental Justice Task Force.
Posted by James Rowen at 1:40 PM
Just passing this along.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:45 AM
We have to hope that the unexpected court ruling stalling vital stem cell work at UW-Madison and elsewhere is swiftly appealed, overturned and finally buried.
Stem cell research holds the keys to the relief of suffering; overseas researchers will gain an advantage and an industry nurtured here could easily be permanently damaged if the ruling is not defeated in court, or legislatively.
Little surprise that the Republicans in the race for Governor hailed the decision - - remember that these are the candidates making big job-creating promises and boast that they lead the party of business but are cheering what could cost creative and high-paying jobs just West of the State Capitol.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:26 AM
Posted by James Rowen at 7:59 AM
Up to date statistics show motorcycle driver deaths this year outpacing the '09 rate by more than 20%, according to a WisDOT web site I am following.
Posted by James Rowen at 4:42 AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
So what set of factors creates this statistical head-scratcher?
Posted by James Rowen at 4:11 PM
The Right has condemned activist (sic) Federal judges who overturned California's gay marriage ban and Arizona's immigration enforcement state law - - and attacked the Constitutional separation of powers that gives courts the duty and power to review government action - - but I am sure they will applaud this Federal judge's decision to block the Obama administration's stem cell policies.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:17 PM
Citing irreconcilable differences and mental cruelty, high-speed rail opponents have filed for divorce from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:09 AM
Another reminder that Canadian tar sand crude, when stripped or steamed free from the earth north of the border, can also raise havoc in US when piped here.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:57 AM
Litigants trying to force changes to the Chicago shipping canal aimed at blocking the march towards the Great Lakes of the Asian carp are now opposed by a coalition of business, commercial and municipal interests.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:39 AM
In part to hear a presentation on whether there are socio-economic consequences...to Lake Michigan water diversion recommendations they have been preparing...for five years...that they left out of their study parameters and recommendations because socio-economic matters and that whole notion of environmental justice in SEWRPC studies just wasn't on the radar in the old timey days of 2005...but which now the water policy committee is going to consider post hoc as prepared by another SEWRPC body...that hasn't finished its work yet..but, hey, can we get this thing wrapped up?
Posted by James Rowen at 1:20 AM
Monday, August 23, 2010
The paper editorially throws down the gauntlet by urging Walker to do what he should have already done - - firing some officials who have mismanaged the County's mental health services.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:34 PM
I'm reposting an item from earlier Monday about SEWRPC and its relationship with one group - - its water advisory committee - - over another group, its Environmental Justice Task Force, because there are some updates.
This blog had extensive coverage of the efforts by the justice task force arm of the regional planning agency (SEWRPC) to initiate, and finish, an independent assessment of whether there are socio-economic consequences of the agency's draft water supply plan to support the diversion of Lake Michigan water by the City of Waukesha - - and if so, what should be done about it.
Ken asked that I respond to you. I have not had time to look at your blog posting, but plans are moving ahead for the September 2nd meeting. The Task Force has been reminded of this next regular meeting date, as also noted during the July 8th meeting, but an agenda has not yet been distributed. An agenda will probably be distributed within the next several days.
UW-Extension working with SEWRPC
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