Environment roundup

  • Behind a YouTube anti-fracking video labeled “Hydraulic Fracturing turns gardenhose to flamethrower,” there’s quite a story [Star-Telegram]
  • BPA-endocrine alarms: “Why Nick Kristof’s Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Us All” [Trevor Butterworth, Forbes]
  • Incy wincy spider shuts down $15 million construction project [Fox]
  • Regulatory Balkanization of gasoline market worsens price volatility [Morriss/Boudreaux via David Henderson; more, WSJ] Will CAFE sink GM? [Holman Jenkins via same]
  • “After a fire at a massive oil plant in California, residents want compensation. But it’s not that easy” [Above the Law]
  • “Dispatches from the Duke Conference on ‘Conservative Visions of Our Environmental Future'” [Jonathan Adler]
  • Broadway, dark? “The high cost of closing Indian Point” [Lesser & Bryce, NYP]


  • On the Spider: if it lives in caves underground then how do they know it’s endangered? There could be millions living down there where we don’t see them.

  • Remind me to read The Onion AFTER I read overlawyered.
    re: Incy wincy spider shuts down $15 million construction project

  • When something like one Eensy Weensy (the way I always spell it) Spider shutting down a $15 million construction project (all those jobs!) happens, I always wonder if some enviro-nazi put it there. Or maybe that parent quoted at the end of the story who doesn’t have to stand with the kids at the bus anymore since traffic has gone down…

  • I was curious about the multiple spellings I’d seen, so before posting the item I looked up the comparative frequency on Google and found:

    “eensy weensy spider”: 135,000 hits
    “eency weency spider”: 78,400 hits
    “incy wincy spider”: 540,000 hits

  • It seems to me that “incy” should sound like “inch” and “wincy” should be pronounced like “wince”. There’s just no “ee” sound in that “i”:>)