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Lay of the Land

Oil Trumps Art | Hummer and Hummerer| Phony Fire Protection | Small Fry | A Fish With Friends | Bold Strokes | Ecoterrorist Legislation | WWatch | On Wal-Mart Pond | Updates


NEVERGLADES?  The 1994 Everglades Forever Act, a cleanup agreement passed by the state legislature, promised to revitalize the nation’s most famous wetlands by 2006. That promise was broken in May when Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill delaying the deadline by ten years and relaxing water-quality standards. The bill was backed by the sugar industry, whose plantation operations contribute much of the phosphorus-laden runoff that threatens the Everglades’ health. (See "Lay of the Land," January/February.)

MAMMOTH VICTORY   Proponents of a commercial airport in Mammoth Lakes, California, were sent back to the drawing board in April. In response to lawsuits by environmental groups and the state attorney general, a judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration had illegally approved a proposal to expand the ski town’s airstrip. The FAA must now prepare a full environmental impact statement before any construction can begin. (See "The Sierra Club Bulletin," November/December 2002.)

Utility shareholders caused a ruckus this spring, demanding reports on greenhouse-gas pollution and commitments to cleaner technology. One-quarter of investors voted in support of these ideas at American Electric Power, TXU Corporation, and Southern Company, three of the five U.S. utilities that emit the most carbon dioxide. A similar resolution at Ford Motor Company was withdrawn after the automaker agreed to address its vehicles’ emissions. (See "Profile," May/June.)

Singer Barbra Streisand is suing activist photographer Ken Adelman for including images of her Malibu mansion in his aerial survey of the California shoreline at (See "One Small Step," July/August.) On the opposite coast, Martha’s Vineyard homeowners may be heartened to hear that a view of wind turbines does not diminish property value, according to a new report by the Renewable Energy Policy Project ( (See "Lay of the Land," July/August.)

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