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Tag Archives: Environment

Reagan and Bush Sr on Climate

Republicans like to think of themselves as the party of Reagan, but it is interesting to consider how if Reagan were a politician today he would almost certainly be branded a RINO, and voted out by the Tea Party know nothings. After all, Reagan passed strong gun control legislation, raised taxes, and gave amnesty to […]

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A Blow to the Environment

While we were all being distracted by the debates and other nonsense, something terrible happened that you probably didn’t hear squat about. Republicans just killed the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and they did it in a sneaky, back-room way. If there were an actual vote to reauthorize the fund, it would probably pass […]

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More Media Consolidation

© Ruben Bolling Rupert Murdoch has purchased a majority stake in National Geographic. Not just the magazine, but their television, books, maps, and other media assets. And the former non-profit (for 127 years!) will now be a regular for-profit company. One has to ask, why would the owner of Fox News (and a well-known climate […]

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Market Value

© Tom Tomorrow Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. But the value of everything – stocks, your home, even the value of money – is completely arbitrary. How much anything is worth is based on what someone is willing to pay for it, which is controlled almost completely by emotions like fear and hope. It isn’t rational […]

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Fracked

Ten years ago, Dubya signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which included massive giveaways to the oil, gas, and nuclear industries. But the most infamous part of the law became commonly known as the “Halliburton Loophole” (named after the corporation led by Dick Cheney before he became vice-president). Indeed, the law was championed by […]

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Home, Sweet Home

© Jen Sorensen Even animals know better than to crap up their homes! But what do I know, I’m not a scientist.

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End Game

© Torb There’s an old saying that nobody, on their deathbed, ever says that they wish they had made more money or worked longer hours. And yet we still succumb to greed, regardless of the consequences.

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The Justice of No

Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed a small victory to the Obama administration, ruling 6 to 2 to uphold the EPA’s authority to regulate coal pollution that crosses state lines. The two dissenting votes were from Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. They are not the brightest jurists on the court, but in their dissenting opinion, […]

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Resources and Energy?

I’m not just talking about natural resources or fuels. Do we have the political resources and energy to solve our most pressing national problems: namely global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity. While it is clear that our elected representatives don’t have the political resources or energy to tackle these problems, a group called The […]

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Blame Game

© Jen Sorensen The full quote from Rick Perry, along with a response from the editor of the paper. Here’s the original comic, and the cartoonist’s blog entry defending the comic: © Jack Ohman If you have any doubts that better regulations and enforcement of current regulations could have prevented this disaster, read this full […]

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Jon Stewart, Pissed Off!

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Jon Stewart this angry.

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Fallopian Fists of Fury!

© Matt Bors In general, I try to ignore media whores (which I define as people who say things to get attention, regardless of whether or not what they say is true). But who can resist a comic that uses the phrase “fallopian fists of fury”? Yes, Limbaugh really did bring up an Italian study […]

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Justice?

Today, Scotts Miracle-Gro was sentenced to pay a $4 million file and perform community service for “illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, and distributing unregistered pesticides. This is the largest criminal penalty under FIFRA (the law […]

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Is that Fertilizer or just Shit?

Scotts Miracle-Gro is making headlines because they publicly donated $200,000 to Romney’s SuperPAC “Restore Our Future”. Yes, that is the same Scotts Miracle-Gro that pleaded guilty to selling birdseed that was coated with a pesticide toxic to birds, even after their own scientists warned them of the problem. And in a separate case, falsified documents […]

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GOP Jobs bill more likely to kill people than create jobs

After promising to concentrate on creating jobs after the 2010 election, Republicans are finally tearing their attention away from abortion, gays, and other social issues and are pushing a bill that they claim will create jobs. There’s just one problem. In fact, economists say that the bill won’t create any jobs in the next three […]

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