Articles of Interest
Scientists announced Friday that Arctic sea ice has officially reached its minimum extent for the summer, shrinking to 5.1 million square kilometers. That’s significantly higher than last year’s record low of just over 3.4 million square kilometers, a fact that has led conservative news outlets and even members of Congress to suggest that worries about global warming and melting ice are overstated.Read more »
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
On Friday, in a move that has already caused dismay in industry and among Congressional Republicans, the Obama administration proposed the first-ever federal limits on power plant emissions of carbon dioxide, which account for nearly 40 percent of the greenhouse gases America contributes to a gradually warming climate.Read more »
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday announced that it was not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and that it would press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies.Read more »
By Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Five years after the onset of the worst financial collapse in our history, we still have not recovered. President Obama used the fifth anniversary of the financial collapse to remind Americans of the “perfect storm” he inherited, and of the steps he took to save the economy from free fall, rescue the auto industry and save the financial system.Read more »
By Richard Schiffman, Guardian UK
23,000 people die each year in the US from overuse of antibiotics. We should regulate antibiotic use in agriculture
Remember pink slime - that Dayglo-bright mash of ground up meat scraps and cow connective tissues larded with industrial strength ammonia that was being served up in school lunch programs in the United States last year?Read more »
By Robert Redford.
The Keystone XL and tar sands expansion have no place in a clean energy future
I can understand why oil companies love tar sands. There is a lot of money to be made by strip mining and drilling the dirtiest oil on the planet.
The oil industry is lobbying hard for President Obama's approval to let the Keystone XL pipeline cross our border and move a river of tar sands to the Gulf Coast, where much of it will be shipped overseas. But why should the rest of us pay the price so that the oil companies can line their pockets? Read more »
It is time for people to tell the White House we need leadership and to tell their Congressional representatives they want action on Climate Change.
By Dr. Reese Halter
Later this month in Stockholm The United Nations panel on climate change will release its long awaited report replete with predictions on our climate. Media moles and self-acclaimed pundits are writing about temperatures rising between 7.2 and 9 degrees (F) (4 and 5 deg C) later this century as if Earth's life support system can handily absorb these deadly numbers.Read more »
By RALPH CAVANAGH
SAN FRANCISCO — FOR as long as most of us can remember, the nation’s energy news has trended from bad to worse, starting with the oil crises of the 1970s. But today, the good news is that our energy productivity and security are better than they have been in decades.Read more »
We all love America and feel lucky to live in a free country with so many opportunities. But we also know that in many ways, our country is falling behind and heading in the wrong direction.
In this short animation, noted environmentalist and author Gus Speth shows us another America: America the Possible.
This is the place we truly want for our children and ourselves — an America where the pursuit of happiness is sought not in ever-more getting and spending, but instead in the growth of human solidarity, real democracy, and devotion to the public good.Read more »
By Center for Food Safety
Chemical and agribusiness powerhouse Monsanto has just invested $4.5 million to defeat the I-522 campaign, a state ballot initiative to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in the state of Washington. The initiative will be on the ballot in the upcoming general election in November. Current polls show 64 percent of likely voters are strongly in favor of the initiative, but the influx of corporate money threatens to undermine consumer choice.Read more »
By Elizabeth Warren. U.S. Senator for Massachusetts
While the video here is not in sync, we felt it was important to bring you the whole speech. One day it might be pointed to as the kick-off to a presidential campaign. SMG/RSNRead more »