This year the contest was carried out on three websites and the votes were combined to determine those who have most affected the environment through word or deed.
The 2011 Environmental Hall of Fame Winners:
The winner is James Hansen, with 51% of the votes. His efforts opposing the XL pipeline played a pivotal role in delaying a decision and hopefully preventing the construction of the pipeline. Award: A massive presence at the 2012 Citizen’s Climate Lobby International Conference, July 22 – 24, in Washington D.C.. Make your travel plans now.
Runner-up was the EPA (31%)for standing firm in its efforts to protect the environment in spite of the political pressure it has received. Award: A duplicate of Captain America’s Shield. Though Captain America’s Shield was fictional, the EPA’s need for a shield is not. Please write your representatives about the need to protect the EPA from political attacks.
The Tulsa World (14%) was 3rd for showing great courage in defending climate science and refuting Sen. Jim Inhofe’s claim of “victory in his efforts to debunk man-made global warming as a hoax.” Their editorial stated:” While there are scientists and politicians on both sides of the issue, those who see climate change as a genuine threat are mostly scientists and most of those who deny it are politicians.” Though situated in what was once the oil capital of the world, the Tulsa World has done an extremely good job of presenting climate science accurately. Award: I’m renewing my subscription and I hope that if you live in the Tulsa area you will also.
Joe Romm (3%),Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he writes and maintains Climate Progress, an outstanding source of accurate climate science information. The articles are firmly based upon good research and are clearly written for the general public to read . Award: Apparently, not many who took the poll read Joe Romm’s columns. As an award, we should correct that, so please click the link above and read some of his well-written articles.
It is important that we keep in mind those who are heroes and villains to the environment. I wish to thank those who provided the nominations, the prize suggestions, the insightful and often humorous comments, and the votes to determine the winners. As this year goes by, please take note of those you wish to nominate for the 2012 awards.
(c) 2012 J.C. Moore