President Barack Obama met with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and about two dozen other elected leaders for the final time Wednesday to discuss the effects of climate change and public infrastructure, according to the News Sentinel.
In April, Rogero gave David Agnew, director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and other officials a tour of South Knoxville and its urban forest.
“Many people think about things like permeable pavement or rain gardens when they think of green infrastructure,” Rogero said, “but I think our urban wilderness helped illustrate that green infrastructure also can mean the strategic use and conservation of large tracts of land to protect drinking water and manage runoff.”
Of the task force meetings, Rogero said she was able to attend three — two in Washington, D.C. and one in Los Angeles — because of a City Council meeting. The group also met in Des Moines, Iowa.
Two of the three trips were paid by the White House. The city paid $828 for the first trip in December, records show.
“In total, the task force considered well over 400 recommendations,” Rogero said, “and our next steps
Gov. Bill Haslam has written a piece for CNBC on Tennessee and its business climate — bragging a bit, naturally. An excerpt:
Tennessee is the best state for business because we pair our business community’s proven track record of scaled growth and innovation with an approach by the public sector to constantly upgrade our business climate.
Full article HERE.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Site Selection magazine lists Tennessee as having the eighth best business climate in the country this year — the state’s lowest ranking since 2002.
The ranking is based on taxes, new and expanded business facility activity and a survey of corporate site selectors. Ahead of Tennessee, in order, were Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana.
The magazine gave the state the nation’s second-best rating in 2010, the last year of Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen’s two terms in office. He was succeeded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in January.
The magazine provides expansion planning information to 44,000 executives. The ratings were announced Tuesday and are published in the November issue.
Tennessee placed 15th in 2002, the last year of Republican Gov. Don Sundquist’s administration.
The Tennessean reports on an Al Gore expletive episode that, naturally, has inspired Internet commentary. An excerpt including the remarks most questioned.
“The model they innovated in that effort has been transported whole cloth into the climate debate,” said Gore, speaking at an Aspen Institute forum on Communications & Society in Aspen, Colo. “Some of the exact same people — by name, I can go down a list of their names — are involved in this,” Gore said. “And so what do they do? They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It’s not — It may be volcanoes.’ Bull—! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bull—! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bull—-!”
He continued: “There are about 10 other memes that are out there, and when you go and talk to any audience about climate, you hear them washing back at you the same crap, over and over and over again.”
Some websites have posted the audio saying Gore is “losing it” or has become “unhinged” or is “irate” during his remarks, but the first reporter to break the story disagrees.
“Those reports are out of context,” says Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of the non-profit Aspen Journalism. “He wanted to make a point about how false information gets injected into democratic debate.”
Recording of both the full speech and the expletive sound bite are available HERE.