The blaring headline on the front cover of the May/June issue really says it all: "It's behind the war, the recession, the ice caps: if we don't confront our energy crisis, we're screwed." As far as "green" issues of major/independent news publications go - and we've certainly seen our fair share over the last few months (Vanity Fair, Time, NYT and The New Republic to name a few) - MoJo's effort stands out as one of the best.
Featuring a virtual cavalcade of insightful, thoroughly researched stories by the likes of Chris Mooney and Bill McKibben, the magazine takes on everything from the coal industry and clean energy myths to Congress' top 10 fossil "fools." Its large feature article on nuclear energy, appropriately entitled "The Nuclear Option," takes a balanced view, addressing both the technology's major shortfalls (waste disposal, environmental impact, costs, etc) and potential benefits (no soot, carbon emissions).
Indeed, we expect Judith Lewis' incisive piece will raise all sorts of hackles - both among ardent anti-nuclear activists and cautious/enthusiastic supporters - and is, on its own merits, well worth the price of admission. Just in time for Earth Day!
The hype-busting "Bright Green Ideas" feature also provides a helpful breakdown/debunking of some of the promising (and not so promising) technologies making the rounds - worth it alone for its take on cow poop.
Paul Roberts, author of the prescient "The End of Oil," dispenses a list of the 7 myths of energy independence: starring the ethanol "miracle," the conservation-as-a-personal-virtue lie (thanks Dick!) and the only-technology-can-save-us fallacy.
It's too bad all of the issue's juicier pieces aren't yet available (they'll be coming soon though) - the hilarious/distressing "Top 10 Congress Fossil Fools" for one - however, considering it should be appearing at your local newsstands now, is well worth the trek.
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Via ::Mother Jones: Our Energy Crisis (magazine)