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U.S. Could Overtake Saudi Arabia as World’s Biggest Oil Producer

By the end of the decade, the United States will produce more barrels of oil per day than Saudia Arabia and more gas than Russia, according to a report by the intergovernmental International Energy Agency.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE


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Alexis Gravel (CC-BY-ND)

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE

Inner Peace

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 ENLARGE    

Time to Get Crazy

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 ENLARGE    

Emily Bolevice

Down and Out at Rockaway Beach

Life lurched back into motion as power was restored to all but 5,800 Manhattan residences and businesses over the weekend. But prospects for a return to normalcy after Hurricane Sandy remained dim for some 130,000 people who call the Rockaways home.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The S&M Election

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE

Was Sandy a Wake-Up Call?

We’ve had two once-in-a-century storms within the span of a decade. Will we finally get the message?

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE

A Republican’s Rare Chance to Be a Real Leader

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie is a potentially more important political figure than anyone running for the White House.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE

We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE

California’s Food Fight: To Label or Not to Label GMOs

Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE

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Growing an Alternative Economy One Community at a Time

“The best thing about farmers markets is that people talk,” says environmentalist Bill McKibben. “A study found that shoppers at farmers markets had 10 times as many conversations per visit than at supermarkets.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE

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Why the Chill on Climate Change?

Not a word has been said in the presidential debates about what may be the most urgent and consequential issue in the world: climate change.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Susan Walsh

Daniel Ellsberg Urges People in Swing States to Vote for Obama

The famed whistle-blower has been a sharp critic of the president, but he says a Romney/Ryan administration would be “catastrophically worse.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE

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If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Nati Harnik

Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline

The planned route of this six-state, 1,700-mile proposed pipeline is fast becoming a flashpoint in the war of attrition against the corporate state.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE

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One Year Later: Lessons Learned From Occupy Wall Street

Occupiers say the movement is about building connections, creating alternative media sources and learning to cope without government.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Activist Tim DeChristopher to Be Released From Prison

The environmental activist who was sentenced to two years in prison for disrupting the transfer of public land to the oil and gas industry will be released to a halfway house on Oct. 24 after spending 18 months in custody.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE

Bright Idea

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 ENLARGE

The Debate Game: Obama Has a Lot to Lose

In this week’s debate, Mitt Romney has too much to do. President Obama has a great deal to lose. Romney’s is the most difficult position. Obama’s is the most dangerous.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 READ MORE

Climate Nuked

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 ENLARGE

The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers That Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

Injection wells have proliferated over the past 60 years, in large part because they are the cheapest, most expedient way to manage hundreds of billions of gallons of industrial waste generated in the U.S. each year. Yet the dangers of injection are well known: In accidents dating to the 1960s, toxic materials have bubbled up to the surface or escaped, contaminating aquifers that store supplies of drinking water.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

Shale-Shocked Citizens Fight Back

Western Pennsylvania is considered the birthplace of commercial oil drilling. On Aug. 27, 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pa., and changed the course of history. Now, people there are busy trying to stop wells, and the increasingly pervasive drilling practice known as fracking.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE

AP/John Raoux

We Vote, They Rule: The Case for Voter Rebellion

Democratic and Republican politicians keep each other in business.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Biswaranjan Rout

Life Is Sacred

The giddy, money-drenched, choreographed carnival in Tampa and the one coming up in Charlotte divert us from the real world—the one steadily collapsing around us.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE

The Climate Bites Back

As a wildfire/flash flood cycle ravages the American heartland, “the climate bites back” may be the 21st century’s karmic rejoinder to the hysterical screams of “freedom!” and “property rights!” when it comes to urban sprawl.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE

From Greenwashing to Workerwashing

It seems no matter the arena, the most cliched move in corporate and political combat is to co-opt an opponent’s message, expecting nobody to notice or care.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE

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U.S. Starts Cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam

Almost 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States has established a cleanup program to address the effects of toxic chemicals used during the conflict that continue to afflict the Vietnamese people with cancers, birth defects and other diseases.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Perversion of Scholarship

Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE

Wait for It

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 ENLARGE

Grass Roots

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 ENLARGE    

AP/Jae C. Hong

Job by Job

The effort to reduce unemployment is a grueling plant-by-plant, job-by-job process conducted by those seeking work, business people and local officials operating far from the media spotlight and simplistic rhetoric of the political campaign.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE

Mammoth Climate Change

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 ENLARGE

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It’s Time for a Conversation, Climate Change Deniers

June 2011 to June 2012 was the hottest 12-month period ever recorded in the mainland United States, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The data don’t even include early July’s record-breaking temperatures that left 22 people dead.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE

Heat Envy

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U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock

Climate Change: ‘This Is Just the Beginning’

Evidence supporting the existence of climate change is pummeling the United States this summer, from the mountain wildfires of Colorado to the recent “derecho” storm that left at least 23 dead and 1.4 million people without power from Illinois to Virginia.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE

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Feeling the Heat

Still don’t believe in climate change? Then you’re either deep in denial or delirious from the heat.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Time to Get Crazy

There are few resistance figures in American history as noble as Crazy Horse.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE

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The Battle of the Little Bighorn and Our War Against the Wild

Native Americans join the armed forces in the highest per capita figures of all ethnic groups in this country, defending to the end the place where they were once wild and free.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE

Carbon Emissions

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 ENLARGE

Karen Eliot (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Failure in Rio—Now What?

The Rio+20 Earth Summit produced nothing in the way of international reforms to counteract the destruction of the planet, confirming that governments cannot be relied upon to solve the environmental crisis collectively. Some people will give up. Others will breathe a sigh of relief and get to work restoring their natural surroundings themselves.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE

Don’t Fall for Corporate Blackmail

They may balk at regulation, but unlike textile or electronics firms, fossil fuel companies are extracting a resource that is relatively rare, altogether finite and—most important—tied to specific geographies.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE

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Northern Light

Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE

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The Plastic Bag Is So Passé

The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban plastic bags. If approved, the measure, pending environmental review and a subsequent vote, would make L.A. the biggest American city to do away with this major source of pollution.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE

Coal, Foreclosures and Bank of America’s ‘Extraordinary Event’

Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an “extraordinary event.”

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Stephanie Keith

The People’s Bishop

Retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard was arrested for the second time as part of the Occupy protests. His moral and intellectual courage stands in stark contrast with the timidity of nearly all clergy and congregants in all of our major religious institutions.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Mahesh Kumar A.

Welcome to the Asylum

The World Health Organization calculates that one in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE (CC BY 2.0)

It’s Industry Over Environment in New ‘Bioeconomy Blueprint’

Critics say a new White House-sponsored program aimed at encouraging the development of “green solutions” to energy and manufacturing problems is a green light for corporate giants like Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, Monsanto and Dow to develop the “bioscience” industry without government oversight.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 READ MORE

The Politics of Sight

Would Americans eat less meat, and would animals be treated more humanely, if slaughterhouses were made with glass walls and we all could see the monstrous killing apparatus at work?

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE

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