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All content by Holly Lahd

It’s not your father’s Farm Bill

May 3, 2007

Here on a campus in the middle of a metropolitan area, students are studying commodity price programs, conservation reserve programs and the potential to regulate feedlots as point-source pollutants. Why?...

What all-campus elections?

April 26, 2007

Last week the Minnesota Student Association elections were held. You weren't aware? Well, you're not alone - more than 90 percent of undergraduates apparently weren't either. Poor voter turnout has plagued...

No more Mr. Tax Man?

April 19, 2007

Last Saturday, at the state Capitol, two rallies occurred simultaneously that, at least on the surface, seemed to have nothing in common with each other: an anti-tax protest and a global warming rally....

Beef, with a side of methane

April 12, 2007

In our worldwide fight against global warming, we need to target all contributors: power plants, automakers, oil companies and Ö cows. Yes, the sedentary animals that have their own sculptures on the...

The day the music went green

April 5, 2007

Next Wednesday, April 11, the Minnesota Student Association's "Lend a Hand, Hear the Band" volunteer drive will culminate when the band Guster performs on campus. This isn't a copycat of spring jam, though....

The man with a movement

March 29, 2007

Suddenly, other Daily columnists are really taking to my environmental beat. Not just environmental issues, but more specifically writing about the most famous American environmentalist of our time: Al...

Mixed messages at the auto show

March 22, 2007

Over spring break last week, major automakers in America testified before the Federal House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality about the industry's role in the fight against global warming and the...

That slip could cost you

March 8, 2007

During our precious snow day March 1, I had my first snow wipeout of the year. I'd made it off the sidewalk OK, but I'm sure others weren't as lucky to escape without a sprain or broken bone. And while...

A long time passing

March 1, 2007

While many of us students on the St. Paul campus were cramming for tests and writing papers last Thursday, the most ambitious renewable electricity standard in the country was signed into law by Gov. Pawlenty...

We’ve got green, how ’bout you?

February 22, 2007

It's not a popular thing to utter among the athletic booster club, but Gopher football has not had a lot to cheer about lately. From heartbreaking bowl-game losses, the firing of Coach Mason and struggling...

The art of science bashing

February 8, 2007

The consensus smoking gun of global warming science came out last Friday in the form of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And it seems one person (or animal, I should...

A tale of two projects

February 1, 2007

Hoyt Lakes, Minn., is a small Iron Range town that Bob Dylan might have passed through during his days in Hibbing. On its city Web site, Hoyt Lakes proclaims it is "so accommodating, you may want to stay."...

More songs for the Jazzman

January 25, 2007

On Jan. 18, a letter to the editor, titled "No tunes for the Jazzman," shocked the campus with the news that the Jazzman wasn't playing his jazz anymore. The letter insinuated that the Jazzman had had...

Blue + red = the new shade of green

January 18, 2007

The new 110th Congress turned a new leaf this month with the first Democratic control of both houses in 12 years. A greener leaf, it turns out. And environmentalists around the country let out a cautious...

Supreme Court feels the heat

December 7, 2006

Brown v. Board of Education. Roe v. Wade. Bush v. Gore. These landmark Supreme Court cases had deep effects on the social and political landscapes and are recognizable by their names alone. Here's another...

The cost of green power

November 28, 2006

What happens when the cultures of indigenous peoples are confronted by the demand for inexpensive power from U.S. electricity consumers? The entangled past and future expansion of large-scale hydropower...

Keep it local this Thanksgiving

November 16, 2006

I'm not one to rain on anyone's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But, on the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims did not have the much-loved cranberry sauce at the table. Why? Because they didn't have any sugar to...

Environmental stereotypes for a constructive tomorrow?

November 9, 2006

Environmental stereotypes and course registration. While it may seem too much of a stretch to relate these two topics, there is indeed a connection. Registration for spring semester is just around the...

Transportation Amendment: cast an easy vote

November 2, 2006

The opinions page of the Daily has many different commentators telling you who and who not to vote for this election season. I'm going to make it even simpler than to tell you a name - just vote yes. On...

Give a hoot about how to stop global warming

October 26, 2006

Pop quiz: who is the most famous American environmentalist? Is it Al Gore, Aldo Leopold, or Rachel Carson? For the average American, Smokey the Bear is probably a more recognizable figure than these names....

The environmental footprint of 300 million

October 19, 2006

Last Tuesday morning, the U.S. population officially reached 300 million. Some may praise this growth, but if you ever have had to sit in traffic or wait in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, you...

More coal in wind country?

October 12, 2006

Minnesota has been called the Saudi Arabia of wind power by our own Gov. Tim Pawlenty. But, just across the border in South Dakota, a proposed large coal power plant is sneaking onto the energy scene....

The greening of a Governator

October 5, 2006

Of all the sport utility vehicles to loathe, the Hummer lumbers over them all as the most despised vehicle on the road to environmentalists. Hailed as the vehicle of personal freedom by some, despised...

Roadless, once again

September 28, 2006

Conservationists haven't had much good news to celebrate in the past few years, but last week they were given a reason to cheer when a federal judge reinstated the Forest Service's Roadless Rule, a forest...

Our Apollo Project

September 21, 2006

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared the United States would land a man on the moon by the end of that decade. His declaration inspired a new generation into a national goal with many young people...

The end of the global warming debate

September 14, 2006

To take a line from Fox News, "fair and balanced" journalism is a hot topic in our extremely polarized society right now. To avoid charges of bias from both the left and the right, the media strives for...