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DEC Official Supports Global Warming, etc.

Albany’s alternative weekly Metroland has a couple interesting stories about Bradley J. Field, director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Mineral Resources.

According to Metroland, Field signed “the Global Warming Petition, which urges the United States to reject the Kyoto Protocol because ‘the proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.’” His spokesperson says he doesn’t recall signing it, but he did.

Authors Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson put it this way: “Field is responsible for controlling greenhouse emissions from oil and gas wells, so discovering he has a penchant for gassing the planet is a bit like finding out that the head of the fire department is an avowed arsonist.”

They first looked into his background as a petroleum engineer with a degree from Penn State in this story.

Meanwhile, Chip Northrup shows how New York State has a nonexistent environmental agency.