by Jim Schutze "You don't really have to get too deep into the parts-per-million debate
about coal-fired power plants to see the sea change. The really
revolutionary shift here is not about the coal. It's the people opposed
to the coal." "The roster of people fighting against TXU Corp. on its application to
build 11 new coal-fired power plants in Texas is a Who's Who of Dallas
money and power: Garrett Boone, Trammell S. Crow, David Litman,
Albritton, Altshuler, Anderson, Ayres, Baron, Bartlett, Bass, Bell: Oh,
heck, that's just the first dozen of a tally of 150 names shown to me
recently by one of the principals.
You keep reading down that list, and it just gets more and more
amazing. These are people from the top branches of the money tree. And
they are publicly opposed to TXU, on the side of the tree-huggers." Link: dallasobserver.com.
By ERIC GRIFFEY In a five-bay garage tucked away in the shadow of Trinity Industries off Seminary Drive in south Fort Worth, the smells are a unique combination of grease and the heady aroma of coffee. Here, owner Marvin Rodak and his crew repair cars, make barbecue grills, roast coffee, and practice social justice. Link: FWWeekly: Feature: Wednesday, February 07, 2007.
"California Rep. Richard Pombo
has insisted he was never lobbied by Jack Abramoff. Records show the
disgraced lobbyist billed a client for at least two contacts with Pombo
a decade ago." -- from Associated Press story by ERICA WERNER, October 10, 2006; 4:52 PM
"The lobbying records released by the Northern
Mariana Islands show that Abramoff billed once for calls to Pombo,
chairman of the House Resources Committee, and a second time for a
discussion with him, while lobbying in 1996."
"Big Game Hunters
Breaking into Washington's Native American gaming gold rush can be a wild west circus. Just ask the Snoqualmie Tribe."
By Nina Shapiro writes in the cover story of Seattle Weekly 9/13/06.
Farming and cattle grazing have largely destroyed the grassland that once dominated the endless prairie of central North American. Now one visionary intends to restore the original ecosystem to a huge swath of Montana to the original rich and complex ecosystems. Hal Herring writes a perceptive and eloquent feature in the September/Octover 2006 issue of Orion.
The fall/winter 2006 edition of Terrain, A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, is about "the music of it all" -- by which they mean the environment. Jay Walljasper asks: "Why is a sense of place usually an ingredient in the best music?" David Rothenberg, editor of Terra Nova, writes about jamming with beluga whales. Jake Adam York explores the "country" in country music. And more.