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U.S. Coast Guard

What Oil Spill? Transocean Hands Out Bonuses for Best Safety Year Ever

Even Wall Street executives have to be smacking their heads over this one. The company that ran the Deepwater Horizon oil rig (before it exploded, killing 11 and filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil) has decided to give its executives bonuses for achieving “the best year in safety performance in our company’s history.” There are no words ...

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Reckless Republicans Win

The Republican minority within a minority is getting its way because nobody else in Washington is reckless enough to promote a government shutdown.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


Truth About a False Choice

It’s time to retire the false choice. As a rhetorical device, particularly as a political rhetorical device, the false choice has outlived its usefulness, if it ever had any.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


Spent Fuel’s Toxic Legacy

The most urgent focus of Japan’s worsening nuclear crisis is the threat from radioactive fuel that has already been used in the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and awaits disposal. In the United States, the nuclear industry has amassed about 70,000 tons of such potentially deadly waste material—and we have nowhere to put it.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr/pheaber (CC-BY-SA)

But What Whole Foods Really Always Wanted to Do Is ...

What America really needs is another film festival, especially one sponsored by Whole Paycheck Foods, right? The health food superstore is bringing to theaters across the country a series of films about, you know, the planet and eating right and stuff ...

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE


No Such Thing as Risk-Free Nuclear Power

Nuclear power was beginning to look like a panacea—a way to lessen our dependence on oil, make our energy supply more self-sufficient and significantly mitigate global warming, all at the same time. Now it looks more like a bargain with the devil.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis

The Republicans’ War on the Environment

As unsurprising as it is utterly stupid, a Republican-dominated House subcommittee has voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, while a parallel bill has been introduced in the Senate.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



YouTube / AssociatedPress

Millions of Dead Fish Puzzle Californians

Marine biologists are working to explain the millions of anchovies, sardines and mackerel that washed up dead in a Los Angeles area harbor Tuesday. Whether an algae bloom was a factor in the massive die-off is under investigation.

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AP / Mahesh Kumar A.

This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us

We seem condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies toward extinction, although this moment appears be the denouement to the whole sad show of settled, civilized life that began some 5,000 years ago.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Eraldo Peres

Brazil Judge Blocks Amazon Dam

Plans to build a giant hydroelectric dam in the Amazon have been suspended by a Brazilian judge after the project sparked local and worldwide concern over its impact on the environment and the indigenous population.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE



The Pug Father (CC-BY)

Baby Dolphins Are Washing Up Dead Along the Gulf

Scientists at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies are investigating unusually high numbers of stillborn and aborted dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico region. Seventeen infant dolphins have washed up on shore so far this year, compared to an average of one or two a month, says one scientist. (more)

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Rrrrred (CC-BY)

Valentine’s Day Roses Are Bad for Kenya

Valentine’s Day naysayers now have another reason to disdain the day: It’s depleting Kenya’s water supply. Specifically, the cultivation of roses in the African nation for holiday sales in Europe is taking a toll on the local ecosystem.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Shawn Poynter

Fight for a World Without Coal

The writer and philosopher Wendell Berry, armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other activists in the governor’s outer office in Frankfort, Ky.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / joost j. bakker (CC-BY)

The Food Bomb

The world will need 70 percent more food in 2050 than it produced in 2000, but the resources available are plummeting.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency is casting doubt on the assumption that gas offers a quick and easy solution to climate change.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

Where Liberals Go to Feel Good

The liberal class’ solution to the bleak political landscape is the conference, where liberals go to feel good about themselves again. Forget about reclaiming and re-electing President Obama—worry about resisting him.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



From the website of Atlantis Resources

The Global Rush for Green Jobs

This line from a BBC article about a $150 million tidal power project that will be partially built and deployed in India speaks to the highly competitive global market for the jobs of the future: “As much of the manufacturing as possible will take place in Gujarat, taking advantage of the skills base in India’s booming wind turbine industry.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


The House of Professors

Alas for all of us and for American conservatism in particular, the new Republican majority that took control of the House on Wednesday is embarked on an experiment in government by abstractions.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Nick Bygon (CC-BY)

‘The Left Has Nowhere to Go’

“The more outrageous the Republicans become, the weaker the left becomes,” Ralph Nader said when I reached him at his home in Connecticut on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


A Snow-Filled Glimpse of America’s Future

“Welcome to the New Normal.” Those words should be displayed at New York’s airports as a welcome to bedraggled travelers during the Northeast’s latest “snowpocalypse.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


Will Liberals Learn From Adversity?

Was 2010 American liberalism’s Waterloo? If there is one thing the Obama White House most underestimates, it is the dispirited mood of its troops.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / CaptainBuilder

EPA Sharpens Its Regulatory Teeth

Though it was politically vague and took no immediate action, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will put some regulatory pressure on power plants and oil refineries to limit greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2012.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE


Award Recognizes Uncompromising Change-Makers

As the freshly shellacked president cuts deals with a triumphant Republican Party, the annual Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship was awarded to two uncompromising activists.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Frank Kovalchek (CC-BY)

Good News for the Places Where the Wild Things Are

Two years into the Obama administration, the Bureau of Land Management has decided to reverse a Bush-era policy and get back to the business of protecting wilderness on its 256 million acres of public land.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Lets Sharks Keep Their Fins for Christmas

The Senate has moved to close a loophole that allows fishing concerns in America’s corner of the Pacific Ocean to engage in finning—that’s when you catch a shark, cut off its fin and dump the mutilated, still living-but-not-for-long animal back in the water so it can suffer to death.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



Facebook Finds Your Face

Today on the list: Facebook is poised to recognize faces, WikiLeaks read aloud to you, and the “real” person who was Henry Kissinger. Updated

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tim Keegan (CC-BY-SA)

Everything Is Negotiable, Except Nature

The president is fond of compromises, but the terms of the climate change conundrum aren’t set by contending ideologies. In the case of global warming, chemistry rules, which means there are lines, hard and fast.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class John Miller

U.S. Sues BP, Transocean for Damages ‘Without Limitation’

Attorney General Eric Holder says the government is going after nine companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon spill “for government removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The Pocket (CC-BY)

It’s Morning in China

In 1982, Richard Nixon told me he thought that by the middle of this century the world would be dominated by Asians, primarily Chinese.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Israel Leal

Climate Deal Is Struck in Cancun

Climate talks in Mexico wrapped up with a bare-bones compromise. As with every other international climate negotiation, some see the pact as a big step forward, while activists claim the deal doesn’t go far enough.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 READ MORE


Cancun, Climate Change and WikiLeaks

Critical negotiations are under way in Cancun, Mexico, under the auspices of the United Nations to reverse human-induced global warming, and the United States is engaged in what one journalist called “a very, very dirty business.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



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The Rigged Game of Climate Talks

An NGO report has found that key U.N. climate negotiations are institutionally biased against poorer nations, specifically that underdeveloped countries are less able to send delegates to meetings and often cannot understand what is being discussed at the talks.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE



Congress via Wikimedia Commons

WikiLeaks Outs U.S. Diplomats’ Saucy Secrets

According to diplomatic cables obtained and leaked by the whistle-blowers extraordinaire, the king of Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. to attack Iran, Hillary Clinton instructed her diplomats to spy on U.N. leaders and others, Vladimir Putin is ...

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


Cultural Rebirth in the Old World

All of the populated (or formerly populated) world possesses its own past in ruined or replicated or restored form, capable of generating awe among the people of our time. But some live on because the crafts of the past continue to provide sustenance.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, pool

These Tigers Brought to You by Vladimir Putin

The Russian outdoorsman-in-chief is hosting an international summit to save the tiger. In the last century, the world tiger population has dropped from 100,000 to 3,200, and continued demand for illicit tiger products threatens the survival of the species. Not on Putin’s watch.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Widener

Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion

There is no hope left for achieving significant reform or restoring our democracy through established mechanisms of power. We must take to the streets, armed with the tiny acts of truth and kindness that throughout history have exposed the oppressor’s cruelty.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


The High Cost of Low Prices

Whereas Great Depression America valued well-made utilitarian products and understood the inherent danger of bargain culture, Great Recession America prioritizes discounts at the expense of everything else.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP

R.I.P. Gulf Coral Reefs

A team of scientists “on a research cruise” (what?) have discovered severe damage to coral reefs near the location of the Deepwater Horizon’s blown-out wellhead. Coral, which is a barometer of the health of an ocean’s ecosystem, was found to be “sloughing off tissues and producing mucus.” Gross.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis

$100 Billion More for Climate Change?

Like a chubby kid doing a chin-up, a group of finance ministers and heads of state has declared that it is “challenging but feasible” to generate $100 billion a year by 2020 to fund a program allowing developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce domestic emissions.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


The Tea Party and the Midterms

The fleeting thrill of ousting a particular elected official (or even dozens of them) ultimately will not bring much comfort to anyone inspired by more than mere partisan fury.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE



Dominican University of California / George Nikitin (CC-BY-ND)

Californians Put Down Their Joints, Give Jerry Brown Another Shot

In a state where personal marijuana use is virtually legal, Californians decided not to go all the way and decriminalize recreational marijuana consumption. Defying the national trend, however, Golden Staters just said no to Republican rule. (More results after the jump)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



Schwarzenegger Won’t Say Whom He Voted For

California’s current governor refused to tell reporters whether he voted for Democrat Jerry Brown or fellow Republican Meg Whitman in Tuesday’s election. Schwarzenegger has not endorsed either candidate for governor.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard

Halliburton Blamed for Shoddy Construction in Gulf Oil Disaster

Three of four tests showed that the cement mixture used by Halliburton in the construction of BP’s ill-fated oil well in the Gulf was unstable, but the mixture was used anyway, a presidential commission investigating the disaster has found. The only successful test, which BP did not know about, has since come under suspicion.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Bruce McKay (CC-BY-SA)

Does a Bear Vote in the Woods?

Why Sarah Palin is no grizzly and how she and her sister travelers will wipe out the real thing.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Susan E Adams (CC-BY-SA)

Poison at the Tea Party

The tea partyers issue dire warnings of the threat posed by government, but their movement ignores the threat from corporate America: pollution, dangerous products and banking practices that brought us the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE


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