Tuesday, October 9, 2012
* On October 1, President Obama proclaimed October 2012 to be National Energy Action Month.
* At the first presidential debate on October 3, the questions did not focus on the environment, but Romney attacked Obama's funding of renewable energy projects. Coal stocks rose following the debate.
* Total SA Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie told the Financial Times that "companies should not drill for crude oil in Arctic waters because the environmental risks are too high."
* Eight environmental groups and thirty-three manufacturer's added their support to Michigan's Proposal 3 ballot measure, which would require Michigan utilities to produce 25% of their energy from renewables by 2025.
* Barry Commoner, a scientist and pioneer of the environmental movement whose studies of strontium-90 in children's teeth helped lead to a 1963 partial ban of above-ground nuclear testing, died on October 2 at age 95.
* Robert “Bob” Ragland, who founded Jacksonville's Sierra Club Chapter, landscaped and maintained several Avondale parks, and worked to raise awareness about invasive plants died on September 27 at age 92.