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I’m a Republican, Not an Idiot

Pioneering Lancaster, Calif., Mayor R. Rex Parris wants his city to generate more power from renewable energy than it consumes. In fact, he wants the dusty, desert town to be the solar power capital of the universe. And he’s a Republican.

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Keystone XL Pipeline: The ‘Stonewall’ of the Climate Movement?

Why take a look at the history of gay rights in the context of the climate struggle? Because the hardest part of the Keystone pipeline fight has been figuring out what to do about the Democrats.

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Exxon Threatens to Arrest Reporters for Entering Arkansas Oil Spill Site

The oil giant is sure doing its best to prevent journalists from covering the recent oil spill from its Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Ark., reporters say. And unfortunately for them, a pliant county sheriff’s office has shown it’s all too willing to help Exxon Mobil out.

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More Than Half of U.S. Rivers in Trouble

More than half of the country’s rivers and streams are unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, a survey of nearly 2,000 locations by the Environmental Protection Agency reported Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Ecosocialism: One Man’s Vision for a Green Economy

According to activists such as Chris Williams, capitalism is designed for infinite growth, but the planet is not.

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The Environment Unprotected From Sequester

Thanks to the dreaded sequester cuts, the nation’s habitat will take a sizable hit as the development of clean energy is set back and 8,400 meat inspectors are furloughed. The oil industry, however, emerges as a victor as it gets to keep its billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies while the EPA sees its funding for monitoring and cleanup reduced, Mother Jones reports.

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What Climate Change

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A Power to Act on Warming

The test of President Obama’s seriousness about addressing climate change is not his pending decision on the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline. It’s whether he effectively consigns coal-fired power plants—one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions—to the ashcan of history.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Errors May Have Delayed Warning About Washington’s Leaky Nuclear Tanks

Five more tanks are leaking at a shuttered nuclear facility in Washington state.

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Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

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Climate Activists Hold Major Rally, Demand Obama Reject Keystone Pipeline

Organizers of Sunday’s “Forward on Climate” rally and march claim the estimated 35,000 activists who descended on Washington, D.C., to demand the Obama administration take action on the critical issue of global warming constitute the largest turnout ever for a climate rally.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE



Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address.

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Green Talk Is Cheap at the State of the Union

If President Obama reprises the environmental theme in Tuesday night’s speech, “he’ll join a long list of predecessors to warn that we’re leaving a mess for future generations. And if past is prologue, the green talk and pageantry may be the only things delivered on the president’s lofty words,” writes Peter Dykstra, publisher of The Daily Climate.

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Pollution in China

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Is the U.S. Polluting Drinking Water?

Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer. The effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: Water far underground can be intentionally polluted because it will never be used.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Global Warming Is a Domestic Crisis

It is vital for the president and his allies in Congress to remember that those Americans most defenseless against extreme weather and natural disasters form the backbone of the Democratic Party.

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We the Peephole

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AP: EPA Buried Fracking Evidence at Drilling Company’s Behest

The Environmental Protection Agency may be making evidence of water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing disappear to satisfy the drilling industry and lawmakers.

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The Myth of Human Progress

The mounting distortions of climate change and the rapid depletion of natural resources have done little to blunt the self-destructive notion of ceaseless expansion. The road we are on points toward human extinction.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE


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How to Reach the Last 20 Percent

There’s a big reason climate change differs from so many public policy challenges: Unlike other crises, addressing the planet’s major environmental crisis truly requires mass consensus.

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Is It Hot Enough for You?

All right, now can we talk about climate change? After a year when the lower 48 states suffered the warmest temperatures, and the second-craziest weather, since record-keeping began?

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Inside the Liberal Conspiracy to Save the Republic

Mother Jones profiles a growing coalition of environmental, labor and civil rights groups, including Greenpeace and the NAACP, that began meeting off the record in December to try to figure out “what to do to beat back the deep-pocketed conservative movement.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE


What Is Real and What Is Reality

If Calvin Coolidge of Vermont were alive and awake now—he was noted for taking long naps—he might want to change it to, "The business of America is show business."

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE


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Ending the Silence on Climate Change

“What should really be scaring the daylights out of us—the crisis which could make all the others irrelevant—is global warming,” Bill Moyers says on the latest edition of “Moyers & Company.” “Get this one wrong and it’s over—not just for the USA, but for planet Earth.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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State of Fear

The security and surveillance state, recently released FBI documents show, monitors even mainstream dissenters and is determined to shut down all organized resistance to corporate rule. The goal: an encompassing system of pervasive fear and overt intimidation.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Lab-Grown Meat Is Real, but Will People Eat It?

Right now the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the world population at 7 billion and growing. Feeding all those people is going to be a challenge and, like it or not, it may involve really disgusting meat jelly.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Natural Gas Bubble

The natural gas industry is waging an aggressive public relations campaign to bolster investor confidence, despite evidence showing that shale gas is an unreliable resource and that the production process releases large amounts of methane into the atmosphere.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Protecting Your Ride From the New Ethanol Blend

A new policy approved by the EPA will allow states to permit the sale of fuel that contains up to 15 percent ethanol, and the difference could damage your car.

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Too Many Christmas Trees

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Debunking NRA Power, Apocalyptic Myths and the Fiscal Cliff

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The myth of NRA power, the fiscal “obstacle course” and your guide to surviving apocalypses real and imagined.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE


Debunking NRA Power, Apocalyptic Myths and the Fiscal Cliff

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The myth of NRA power, the fiscal “obstacle course” and your guide to surviving apocalypses real and imagined.

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Flower Power

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As an Architect, He Soared

Just this once, I wish I could write with pictures instead of words. That would make it easier to explain why the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died Wednesday at 104, was one of my heroes.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils Ahead

If we had a functional government America would address three “cliffs” posing far larger dangers to us than the fiscal one.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



A Carbon Tsunami in Doha

The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


A Legacy We Dare Not Leave

You might not have noticed that another round of U.N. climate talks is under way, this time in Doha, Qatar. You also might not have noticed that we’re barreling toward a “world ... of unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods in many regions.” Here in Washington, we’re too busy to pay attention to such trifles.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

The annual United Nations climate summit has convened, this year in Doha, the capital of the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Stand Still for the Apocalypse

Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE


World Focus on the Middle East

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Frack Fight

In small hamlets in upstate New York, a loose network of activists is waging a guerrilla campaign not with improvised explosive devices or rocket-propelled grenades, but with zoning ordinances and petitions.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


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