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Question of the Week: What have you learned from the Greenversations blog?

2009 April 20

Each week we ask a question related to the environment. Please let us know your thoughts as comments. Feel free to respond to earlier comments or post new ideas. Previous questions.

Happy anniversary!  We started the Greenversations blog one year ago, on Earth Day 2008.  Since then we’ve discussed Questions of the Week, looked at Science Wednesday, and followed scientists on the “Bold” research vessel.

What have you learned from the Greenversations blog?

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

17 Responses leave one →
  1. Matt permalink
    April 20, 2009

    I’ve learned that postings that are anything but flattering to the Speaker of the House (Opps) or the narrator of “An Inconvienient Truth” (names intentionally omitted), even in reply to an earlier thread, will not be tolerated by the federal censors at the EPA (AKA The Moderator).

    Apparently I’ve also learned the true meaning of ‘Transparency’

  2. Wayne permalink
    April 20, 2009

    I’ve learned that recycling (across many commodities) is becomming more of a required activity rather than a voluntary one…however, we clearly still have a long way to go. My hats off to companies like gazelle.com and earth911.org for providing value as well valuable information to help consumers with e-waste.

  3. Jeffrey Levy, EPA Director of Web Communications permalink*
    April 20, 2009

    Matt, I’m not sure where you got that impression. Your own comment criticizing Al Gore was approved: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/30/qotw-after-earth-hour/#comment-14922

    Then there’s this one: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/30/qotw-after-earth-hour/#comment-15304

    and this: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/06/30/qotwdrivinghabits/#comment-2966

    I couldn’t find any comments that criticized Nancy Pelosi.

    As long as a comment is on topic and otherwise meets the comment policy, we’ll approve it: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/comment-policy/

    BTW, mentioning people by name vs. obscure reference has no effect.

  4. Prabhat permalink
    April 21, 2009

    Actually, i have recently joined this. I hope that such GREENCOVERSATIONS will make human to save our BEAUTIFULL gift of GOD. This is marvelous initiation by the NASA.

  5. sam7 permalink
    April 21, 2009

    L
    i hope it doesn’t be last question . i told about you with my friend ,environment command and… . i think we should learn to use our things in better.
    more of our expenditure sample is wrong. earth is kind but we are not kind with it.
    i thing we can naught our but we can’t naught earth .because earth was before our and we don’t know more things about it.it’s our parent. do you know every REALITY about your parent’s life?

    When was the last time you fixed a leak?
    that’s my favorite page . because i learned new sights . (March 16-20 is Fix a Leak week). and more things from your pages.
    i hope the word will be better . the lord want ,so we can.

  6. Matt permalink
    April 21, 2009

    Jeffery, Thanks for the reply and the links to other people’s comments. I was actually specifically referring to two submissions from last week (see volcanic euptions) but I think you adequately addressed the issue when you said “I couldn’t find any comments that criticized Nancy Pelosi.”

    P.S. My comment was not critical of the people mentioned but simply was that we need to stop relying on politicians for scientific information as they are inherently driven by political agendas. Stacy’s reply was right on given the USGS’ credibility; provided that everyone understands that they are also a federal agency and could also be pressured by the politics of the day.

  7. Lina-EPA permalink*
    April 21, 2009

    You know, I’ve learned a wealth of information from the bloggers, commenters, and from actually gathering the information to write these blogs. It’s heartening to find out that there are a lot of green activities going on. We just have to keep sharing this info via greenversations and other vehicles.
    Happy Earth Day!

  8. Jimmy McCurry permalink
    April 23, 2009

    I have learned that God is still in control of the earth. I also have learned that climate change is a natural phenomenon and has nothing to do with man’s “pollutants”. I have learned that one volcano releases more greenhouse gasses than man has since the beginning of time. I have learned that leaders that promote “bad science” and “scare policies” can convince the uneducated public of anything they wish. I have learned that we have 41 years worth of crude oil under the “Balkens” in the Dakotas if we will just drill it. I have learned that we have enough energy reserves in the U.S. to last us at least 300 years. I have learned that you cannot trust what is written by the government or what is reported by the media. I have found out that the answers to many of the questions we have can be answered if we look in our libraries and Internet. I have learned that if you want the truth you have to dig for it and find it yourself.

    Will you take the time to learn anything? The truth is out there if you will take the time to find it.

    Jimmy McCurry

  9. Mike Hein permalink
    April 25, 2009

    essvideo@ellijay.com
    I do not believe all your hype about CO2. The earth needs CO2 and no one has proved that there is Global warming and I do not believe you can prove it. Some of us know this is just a way for the government to waste more tax money on their friends and charge the rest of us more tax money for the government to give away. I am sure some of the people who work for the EPA think they are doing good but this arm of the government has created more harm than goos so far!
    You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

  10. Gia permalink
    April 30, 2009

    This was highly informative :) Many thanks to the poster.

  11. arthur permalink
    May 14, 2009

    I have learned that there is no limit to the intrusiveness and economic destructiveness of the EPA.

  12. arthur permalink
    May 14, 2009

    Wow. You go guy!

    There is at least one US citizen capable of critical thinking left in the country.

    I agree. GW is a scam. And an attempt to redistribute wealth and gain political power.

  13. arthur permalink
    May 14, 2009

    yay

  14. jiel permalink
    June 8, 2009

    I learned to take care of the things that surrounds me because in the end we will also suffer if we will not take care of it. right? I hope you continue to provide information that will benefits us all.

    Regards,
    Jiel

  15. adi permalink
    August 10, 2009

    Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed your most recent post. I think you should post more often, you obviously have natural ability for blogging!

  16. Kevin Megan permalink
    September 14, 2010

    I just hope that everybody will take this environmental issues seriously not just a lip service for those aspiring beauty queens speech

  17. Ann permalink
    October 1, 2010

    Thanks for information!

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