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GreenWords -- Top eco-tales to check out

With the weekend nigh, two quick sets of links to check out

First, a funny. Further evidence that going green need not be so damn earnest… Have a read of Joel Stein’s “In a warming world, Ed Begley’s cool” over at the Los Angeles Times for a delightful take Ed Begley’s green evangelizing (green-gelizing?).

“Of all the horrific changes that global warming is causing, none is quite as bad as the fact that we have to stop making fun of Ed Begley Jr. It’s like finding out that Larry Craig has been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome. So, knowing I had to do something to make my home less polar bear kill-y, I invited Begley over. Sure, there’s tons of information online on how to reduce my carbon footprint, but blindly following the advice of a celebrity seemed much more American…”(read on)

Next, some helpful guides to green issues in the upcoming election. I was just starting to compile some thoughts comparing the presidential candidates’ green policies. A quick search finds that greater minds have already done the wrangling. Here are four good ones.

* Heat is On. My favorite. Presented in an ultra-concise, handy table format, includes details on each candidate’s take on carbon caps, fuel efficiency, renewable standards, efficiency goals, and new coal & coal-to-liquid plants.

* National Public Radio. Cleanly presented, but includes only climate change positions.

* Council on Foreign Relations. Focuses on climate change only.

* Washington Post. The slickest of the lot, this page dynamically reorders itself depending on what issue you want to explore. Click on “environment” and see a cleverly organized presentation of the candidates, sized according to the number of comments they’ve made on the topic. (Thanks for the tip, Ann!)

These are sure to improve and multiply as the primaries approach. Let me know if you find other, better links.

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