EcoLinks 08.18.15
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EcoLinks 08.18.15

California measure fails to create green jobs
Julia Horowitz, MyWay

Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved.

Papal Encyclical On Climate Change Puts Coal Country Catholics In Tough Spot
Aaron Schrank, National Public Radio

Kevin Roberts is president of Wyoming Catholic College. He says environmentalists are exploiting the Pope’s words to push an agenda that hurts Wyoming. That’s as state leaders fight President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which would require the state to cut its carbon emissions by about 40 percent over the next 15 years.

Lay Catholics Responding Negatively to Pope’s Climate Change Pus
Elizabeth Yore, Somewhat Reasonable

Many lay Roman Catholics see this encyclical as a “political statement” reaching beyond the traditional boundaries of Catholic doctrine. More than 20 protesters lined up along Chapman Ave. at the entrance to Christ Cathedral in Orange, Calif., to protest the event as well as the Pope’s climate change encyclical. About 125 people attended the forum.

Asian Catholic leaders call for ‘practical solutions’ to climate crisis
Abby Seiff, UCA News

Fr D’Silva admitted that the Church would struggle to influence governments in the region’s Catholic minority countries, but said such challenges can be addressed through unity.

Pope’s climate push at odds with US Catholic oil investments
Daily Times (Pakistan)

“Now that the Pope has made his views clear, it is up to the different forces within the Vatican and within the Catholic Church – the conservatives versus the progressives – to figure out the change,” said Yossi Cadan, a senior divestment campaigner at

Bruce Edward Walker

has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past five years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.