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The Billionaire Right-Winger

It certainly seems unlikely that David Koch has ever encountered any of the folks who turn up at a typical tea party event or that he has ever showed up at a congressional town hall meeting to scream about health care reform. For Koch, the tea partyers are merely pawns.

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Rotten Eggs and Our Broken Democracy

The massive recall of salmonella-infected eggs, the largest egg recall in U.S. history, opens a window on the power of large corporations over not only our health, but over our government.

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U.S. Coast Guard / Ensign Michael P. McGrew

The Giant Cloud of Oil Hiding in the Gulf

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is raining on Uncle Sam and BP’s well-capping parade. Researchers at the institute say a 22-mile-long, 1.2-mile-wide oil plume deep under the Gulf’s surface is degrading much slower than the government’s more optimistic claims.

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White House / Pete Souza

Change Accomplished

This is a radical break from journalistic convention, I realize, but today I’d like to give credit where it’s due—specifically, to President Obama. Quiet as it’s kept, he’s on a genuine winning streak.

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Flickr / Bryan Brenner (CC-BY)

Fishermen Test Troubled Gulf Waters

Americans get half of their shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, but that was before it was contaminated by 190 million gallons of oil and 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant. Shrimp season officially started Monday, but it will be some time before we know whether the ravaged Gulf waters—and American appetites—are up to it.

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AP / Gerald Herbert

Alabama to Sue BP

The great state of Alabama has announced it will sue BP, Transocean and Halliburton for the “catastrophic harm” that followed from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Flickr / jarnocan (CC-BY-SA)

Cindy Sheehan Challenges Robert Gibbs to Drug Test Duel

The anti-war mom who famously camped out on then-President Bush’s doorstep is so offended by press secretary Robert Gibbs’ statement that Obama’s critics on the left ought to be drug-tested, she has challenged him to a “urine duel.” “I have no drugs in my system and nothing to be ashamed of ...” (continued)

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Flickr / dbking (CC-BY)

News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You

Our daily weather reports, cheerfully presented with flashy graphics and state-of-the-art animation, appear to relay more and more information.

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Lessons From the Oil Spill

Flying back to Washington from Pensacola, Fla., on June 15, President Obama and the man he put in charge of handling the Gulf oil spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, had a come-to-Jesus talk.

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U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley

BP Pumps Money Into Relief Fund—It’s No Gusher

BP has paid $3 billion into the relief fund promised President Obama, including $319 million already paid to victims of the Gulf oil spill, but it will be years before the $20 billion escrow account is fully funded.

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AP / Mohammad Sajjad

Pakistan’s Flood Misery Continues

The worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years has killed more than 1,600 people and affected an unbelievable 12 million people. But there may be more misery to come as the country braces for yet more monsoon rains.

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SpillCam / globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam

BP Readies the Final ‘Kill’

Someone should tell BP that the whole kill-speak approach does not bode well when you’re actually killing wildlife and industry in the Gulf. But nonetheless, BP says the mud and cement pumped into the blown-out oil well, termed a “static kill,” are holding and that it is preparing to seal the deal with a “bottom kill” later this month.

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Dropping Temperatures Take Toll in Peru

After hundreds of children died in weather that has gripped Peru and plunged temperatures to 50-year lows, the country has declared a state of emergency. The declaration will provide funds intended to lessen additional casualties.

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Wikimedia Commons

Recession Pinches Climate Change Progress

Amid recession worries and economic hardships, much of the industrialized world has pushed international goals of curbing climate change far off into the future. Politicians are wavering over caps on carbon emissions, citing the economic costs of cutting emissions.

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AP

Chinese Muffle Oil Spill Estimates

An oil spill following a pipeline explosion in China’s Yellow Sea could be much bigger than the government is admitting. The Chinese government says 1,500 tons of oil was spilled, but an American expert who visited the scene says it may actually be 50 times that figure, putting it on the order of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

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AP / IgorYakunin

Moscow Is Melting

The Russian capital has suffered nearly 50 fires as Muscovites cope with the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the city. The BBC reports that it got up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. Guess they won’t be needing those funny hats.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


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International Bird Rescue Research Center / WikiCommons

Time Magazine Puts Contrarian Spin on Spill

Relying primarily on a controversial Louisiana expert with previous ties to BP but also quoting a leader of the Audubon Society, Time magazine has posted a contrarian report arguing that the environmental damage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been overblown.

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Flickr / flydime (CC-BY)

Hottest Decade Makes Global Warming ‘Undeniable’

We started calling it “climate change” because it’s not all about getting warmer, but when the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are each, in turn, declared the hottest decade on record, it’s safe to say things are heating up. According to the annual State of the Climate report, the evidence is “undeniable.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


Tony Hayward’s Exit [A Cartoon From Slovakia]

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BP Puts a Price on Gulf Damage Control

Will $32.2 billion be enough to foot the bill for the tremendous mess the BP oil spill has made of the Gulf of Mexico? The higher-ups at the oil company seem to think so—at least for now.  (continued)

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Tony Hayward?

It’s kind of amazing that BP’s beleaguered CEO, Tony Hayward, is still in play at this point, but he may not last much longer, as the oil company’s board members were slated to debate his fate Monday evening.

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Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Sen Dems Delay Climate Bill

Both hippies and people who enjoy clean air alike will be dismayed at the news from Senate Democrats that they will wait until September to pursue the broad climate change legislation that has been on the Democrats’ “to-do” list since the 2008 election.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



One-Third of U.S. Counties Face Water Shortage

Today on the list: Britain’s new prime minister flies business class, one-third of U.S. cities face water shortages, the history of canned laughter, and the art professor who squirts paint from the worst possible place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / rahim (CC-BY)

China Now Consumes More Energy Than Anyone Else

The United States’ century-long reign as the world’s greediest energy nation is over. China has usurped the throne, as expected, though Beijing reportedly disputes the title. The International Energy Agency, which keeps track of these things, also points out that China’s per capita consumption is below the global average and far less than the U.S.’

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE



Big Oil’s War on Earth

Today on the list: The places that make the Gulf spill look like a national park, Elizabeth Warren (yay) vs. Timothy Geithner (boo), Syria bans the veil, and the strange things men pay prostitutes to do (as if you don’t already know).

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



Tesla Motors

How Clean Are Electric Cars? Depends on the State

With high-profile deals, expanding infrastructure and a growing list of models, the electric car is finally arriving, but, as they say, your mileage may vary. Charge that Tesla Roadster in Georgia, where they burn coal to power the grid, and you may as well be driving a Prius.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Maya Hitij

Calling All Future-Eaters

We sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species. Homo sapiens, as the biologist Tim Flannery points out, are the “future-eaters.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


Pollution and Occupation

We all know the violent side of occupation, but what about the environmental? It may sound ridiculous, but Israeli settlements are dumping untreated waste into a canal that runs into the West Bank while the Israeli government is banning attempts by Palestinians to divert or treat that waste.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Obama Contains His Optimism About BP’s Latest Cap Trick

“It is important we don’t get ahead of ourselves,” President Obama said Friday as he weighed in on BP’s latest attempt at containing the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill with a “larger, more sophisticated cap.”

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AP / Bullit Marquez

Typhoon Takes Aim at Already Soggy China

In 1998, 4,000 people died in the Yangtze floods in China. Now the country is bracing for its worst flooding since then as Typhoon Conson, which has already killed 38 people in the Philippines, closes in on China’s southern coast.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

BP Says the Hole Is Plugged

After nearly three months of dumping between 92 million and 327 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP announced Thursday that it has stopped the leak. The oil giant will monitor the well’s pressure while the rest of us hold our breath.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Patrick Semansky

Hey, Maybe This Cap Will Work

Let’s not get too excited here, but word on the street—fine, word in several major news outlets on Tuesday—has it that BP was about to try out yet another cap designed to maybe, possibly contain the oil hemorrhaging into the Gulf of Mexico. But this is only a test.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick

A close reading of the new health care legislation, which will conveniently take effect in 2014 after the next presidential election, is deeply depressing.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


Millions Watch Rich Guy Get New Job

Based on the record ratings for its special featuring LeBron James’ announcement of his new team, ESPN announced that instead of airing NBA games, it would schedule two-hour specials showing the rich guy cashing his ginormous paychecks.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Global Jet (CC-BY)

Heat Wave Silences Climate Skeptics

It’s odd how little we’ve heard lately from the skeptics who deny that climate change is real. What’s the matter, people? Heat stroke?

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Hamed Saber (CC-BY)

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Flower Heaven

As much as one-third of all flowering plants face extinction at the hands of humans, according to new research—and that’s not even factoring in climate change. Such a die-off would have a devastating impact on the food chain. As one of the researchers put it, “if you get rid of [plants] you get rid of a lot of the things above them.”

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

If Only Information Flowed as Freely as Oil

“Deep Spill 2” sounds like a sequel to a Hollywood thriller. Unfortunately, it is more of a reality show. “Deep Spill 2” is the name of an ambitious series of proposed scientific experiments that should be happening right now.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



Crisis of Capitalism

Today’s list features an amazing animation on the crisis of capitalism, a dispatch from a Gulf Coast media felon and a debate on the ownership of breasts.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / greenforall.org (CC-BY)

Environmentalist Faces 3 Years for Hanging Banners

For the outrageous crime of hanging two banners in the Senate’s Hart Office Building, environmentalist Ted Glick could get up to three years in jail. The U.S. attorney’s office has asked for triple the normal maximum penalty, because Glick has made a habit of speaking his mind and, apparently, that’s just criminal. (continued)

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Flickr / BurningQuestion (CC-BY-ND)

Freedom in the Grace of the World

We are fooled by virtual mirages into mistaking the busy, corporate hives of human activity and the salacious images and gossip that clog our minds as real. The natural world, the real world, on which our life depends, is walled off from view as it is systematically slaughtered.

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A New Deregulatory Push in the Energy Heartland

In recent weeks, politicians from the capital to Colorado have provided ample evidence that the fossil fuel industry remains as powerful as ever in the wake of the Gulf Coast apocalypse.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE


Republican Worldview: It’s All Good

Judging by their response to millions of uninsured Americans, the drilling disaster in the Gulf and the economic crisis, Republicans should run on the slogan “It’s all good. Except for that Obama guy. And Nancy Pelosi.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



Facebook Fatigue

Today on the list: Teens report Facebook fatigue, Israel’s crackdown on boycotts, and where have all the protest songs gone?

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

The Passionless Party

You know the Democrats have a problem when party insiders think John Kerry is too intense.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Whose Supreme Court Is It?

This week’s hearings over Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court will mark a sea change in the way liberals argue about the judiciary.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


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