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Environment Up!

© Jen Sorensen Jen Sorensen has some great commentary to go with her hilarious comic: Most people seem to get the sarcasm of this cartoon, but I’d like to be clear that my intention is to neither deprecate the “feminine” nor celebrate hyper-masculinity. I’ve been wanting to write a comic for a while about how […]

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An Environment of Failure

Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord is very unpopular with Americans. According to a new poll, 59% are opposed (of those, 46% are strongly opposed), while only 28% support his decision (which, somewhat surprisingly, is smaller than the number who say they approve of the job Trump is doing). […]

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Slap the World in the Face

The media is getting better at predicting the unpredictable actions of Donald Trump. As everyone expected, he pulled the US from the Paris climate accord. As usual, there is a very good post about this at Electoral Vote, which everyone should read. As Electoral Vote puts it, Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal from the climate […]

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Ethanol – Another Trump Flip-Flop

Ethanol is a big deal in Iowa. Almost half the corn grown in Iowa is used for ethanol production, and Iowa produces almost 30% of all ethanol in the US. So it is not a big surprise that it was a big issue during the Iowa caucuses. Donald Trump came out swinging, claiming that Ted […]

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Sinking Feeling

Yes, Donald Trump really did appoint a climate change denier to head up the EPA.

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Yahoos

© Nick Anderson I think the only good thing that came out of this farce was the fact that they finally arrested Cliven Bundy and his sons. These jerks pretended to be fighting for their rights (which is something I can respect) but they just turned out to be some rich entitled yahoos who felt […]

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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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