Your local newspaper may look more like The National Enquirer these days, without the UFO reports. Oh wait, this was featured today, too ...
"The results are in: Seventeen percent of Americans don't believe UFOs exist, 36% think they do, and 48% aren't sure.
"About 79% of those surveyed think the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public, and 55% believe there are real-life Men in Black-style agents who threaten people who spot UFOs.
"So what if they stopped by? The survey shows:
"22% would try to befriend the alien, 15% would run away, 13% would lock their doors, and only 2% would try to inflict bodily harm.
"If angry aliens did attack Earth, 21% would call the Hulk in to deal with it, 12% would call Batman, and 8% would call Spider-Man."
There is some rational news in this sea of insanity, however, and it's
refreshing to read that the religiously insane global-climate-change deniers and
their secular corporate allies in the BIG OIL business lost a key battle in
their war to rid the world of all non-Biblical scientific research,
investigation, education and reporting.
The Washington Post reports:
"On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was "unambiguously correct" in pushing forward to set limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and automobiles. For now, the EPA can go about its business of tackling global-warming pollution.
"So what does this all mean? For one, the EPA can now finish up drafting standards that will require cars to get a fleet-wide average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. And the agency can move forward with its rules limiting carbon pollution from new power plants. Next up: The agency has to decide whether to place carbon limits on existing power plants, as well as whether to regulate other major sources of pollution such as oil refineries or cement plants."
Good for the EPA and the DC Appeals Court! Since Congress isn't likely to ever take any significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, at least this small measure will allow us all to breathe a little easier for the time being.