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Rising Sea Levels Threaten Endangered Squirrels

We hear a great deal about how rising sea levels associated with global climate change threaten coastal cities, potentially washing into their subways and flooding their streets, but not much attention has been given to the way that rising sea levels affect non-human life. That deficit has been remedied by the Center for Biological Diversity, [...]

Blumenauer Seeks To End Big Government Transportation Entitlements

Republicans explain their support for big cuts to food stamps programs by saying that they want to reduce entitlement spending. Food, in their opinion, is a luxury that Americans shouldn’t be given unless they really need it. They worry that some Americans might be accepting food stamp assistance even when they retain a few thousand [...]

How Aware Is Manatee Awareness Month?

I checked the top 50 recent containing the word “manatee” published recently by journalists. Only 6 of those were actually about manatees. [...]

The Corporate Climate For Science

Peter Ferrara and his colleagues at the Heartland Institute have no comment on this study. They’re too busy, apparently, assembling an “independent” group of scientists who are ready to announce research findings showing that up is, in truth, down. [...]

Are Oarfish Discoveries A Warning Of Deep Sea Distress?

Oarfish are said to be harmless to humans. They’re toothless, and they eat little shrimp, so it’s not likely that people could get a dangerous bite from an oarfish, especially a foundering specimen weakening in shallow water. However… [...]

Drill Baby Drill Did Not Bring Lower Gas Prices

The Republicans promised that if the USA could just produce more oil, the price we pay for gasoline at the pump would go down. Drill Baby Drill, they urged.

The Republicans lost with this argument in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, but Barack Obama followed their advice, and instituted a Republican-style extreme expansion of [...]

The Fantasy And Reality Of Woodcrest Dairy

You’ll notice that the soil color inside the pens of Woodcrest Dairy isn’t the same color as the soil of the land outside. That’s because… [...]

Obama Does A Small Excellent Thing

In the context of Obama’s moves to open up unprecedented areas of America’s lands and coastlines to drilling for oil, it’s a small move. However, it’s one worth noting, though. [...]

Congress Votes Against Protecting Human Health From Dangerous Coal Waste

For 231 members of Congress, the basic idea of responsible waste management by the coal industry was too much. [...]

Fire Out Of Control On Gulf Of Mexico Offshore Drilling Platform

The out-of-control flames have grown so hot that the offshore drilling platform has now begun to collapse. Will the entire thing explode and go down in flames as the Deepwater Horizon did? [...]

How Do Coal Mining Safety Regulations Kill Jobs?

Is it really worth sacrificing those jobs, just so the people of Appalachia can be healthy and have clean water and land, and safe workplaces? [...]