$2 a gallon? Not quite.
When it comes to offshore drilling, Ruth knows one thing: It’s a dumb idea. But she’s in the minority, possibly because she doesn’t pay attention to the media. The media has played a “significant role in convincing Americans that offshore drilling for oil in the United States could significantly lower the price of gasoline,” according to an analysis released earlier this month by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The U.S. Energy Information Administration has stated that the benefits from drilling would be too insignificant to lower oil prices, but the media “has overwhelmingly conveyed the impression that it could.” The report states that in 267 television news broadcasts, the EIA data was cited only once. Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll found that 69 percent of respondents favored expanded drilling and 51 percent believed that “federal laws that prohibit increased drilling for oil offshore or in wilderness areas” were a major cause of high gas prices.
Auntie Ruth is so over oil and cars, which is why tomorrow (Friday, September 19), she’ll be hanging out on J Street near 20th Street in Midtown. Here, metered parking spots will transform into temporary public parks as part of International Park(ing) Day. The global event began in San Francisco in 2005 as an expression of political activism and environmental awareness. Rebar, a Bay Area collective of artists, designers and activists, started the event because “more than 70 percent of most cities’ outdoor space is dedicated to private vehicles” rather than green space.
The young women with Teens for Safe Cosmetics don’t think consumers have to choose between beauty and health. And to prove it, the group will launch a line of eco-friendly beauty products later this month. Teens Turning Green includes nine products—soap, facial cleanser, moisturizer, deodorant and more—formulated with safe ingredients and hand-selected by the teens for safety, eco-friendliness and effectiveness. The line will be sold exclusively at Whole Foods Market. “Our goal is to affect change in a positive and collaborative way through partnerships with companies that are already doing right by our bodies and planet,” said spokeswoman Erin Schrode in a press release.