Announcement: we dig a good screed

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When you start a a new writing project it’s natural to spend a lot of time checking out the competition. Who has little to say, and who awes you with their wit and savvy?

And for myself, I spend time thinking about how this genre of writing can and should be different than journalism, magazine features, etc.

Here at bottleworld we’re trying, slowly but surely, to do something original and worthwhile, and on occasion I think we succeed. At the same time we’ve initiated a major new project: a review of other environmental blogs out there. We’re not just going to list them, we’re actually going to read them and rate them according to some insidious system of our own devising, and find the champions, be they ever so humble, like the good old Kenora Thistles.

Image from kenora_pix, thanks! See http://flickr.com/photos/kenorapix/62311977/

Yes, it’s a competition, with the prize being “props”! And maybe a bag of Stumptown coffee. I’m not sure yet what the prizes and criteria are going to be, but I’ve discovered this in my explorations so far: I like it when bloggers mix passion for a subject with an honest attempt at analysis — rather than just theorizing about principles, they get down and dirty in the subject with direct hands-on experience OR use of real primary data, not just news reports.

In that context here’s a big shout-out to James (with theEngineerPoet) at Alternative Energy Blog for his recent screed about the distraction of E85/ethanol as transportation fuel. I feel sympathetic to his position, but what I really dug was his combo of numbers and opinion and the ensuing lively discussion.

So here’s the big list of sites we’re going to read, culled from del.icio.us and blogrolls. Suggestions for additions are welcome. Our first set of reviews will be posted in a week or so. In the meantime, please enjoy the regular programming on this site.

African American Environmentalist Association
Alternative Energy Blog
Alternative Energy – Renewable Energy
Another Green World
AutoBlogGreen
Bottleworld
Carl Pope
City Hippy
Clean Air Watcht
Climate Science
Commons Blog
Compact
Cut Oil Imports
Daily Score
Dave’s Blog
deSmogBlog
eco.psfk.com
Eco-Chick
Ecofriend
EcoGeek
EcoRazzi
Eco Street
Energy Priorities
Environmental and Urban Economics
Environmental Economics
Enviropundit
Ergosphere
Great Green Goods
Green Car Congress
Green GOP
Green Ground Zero
Green LA Girl
Greenpeace Weblog
Green Thinkers
Green Trust
Gristmill
GroovyGreen blog
Hippy Shopper
House Hacker
How To Save The World
Hugg
Ideal Bite
Inhabit
It’s getting hot in here
It’s the Environment, Stupid
Joel Makower
Kevin Kelly
Lazy Environmentalist
Life Begins at 30
Measuring Sustainability
Monbiot
Mongabay
Off-Grid
Oikos
Peak Oil News
Planetizen
Practical Environmentalist
Pruned
RealClimate
Renewable Energy Access
Renewable Energy Law Blog
Sierra Club Compass
SlowBlog
Sludgie
Sphere
Sprol
Sustainablog
That’s Fit
The Earth Blog
The Energy Blog
The Evangelical Ecologist
The Good Human
The Greener Side
The Green Skeptic
The Oil Drum
The Scientific Activist
theWatt
Treehugger
Triple Pundit
Understory
Vestal Design Blog
Viridian Design Movement
Worldchanging
Worsted Witch

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