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GOP holds YOUR tax relief hostage… for the Keystone dirty oil pipeline

By Frances Beinecke  President, Natural Resources Defense Counsel  (Originally appeared at the NRDC blog, Switchboard) At the insistence of Republican lawmakers, the tax bill moving through Congress includes a provision requiring President Obama to make a fast-track decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days. This is political opportunism at its most cynical. The […]

December 19th

David Brin: Why culture war?

By David Brin  Yes, Phase Three of the American Civil War has been foisted on us by powerful, cynical men for their own political and economic gain.  But there have to be deeper things going on.  Psychological drives that those men cleverly exploit. Our next guest, researcher and science fiction author Dr. Charles Gannon, has offered his […]

December 17th

Action: Last chance to keep New York from getting fracked up

By Kate Sinding Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Counsel Tomorrow night is the final of four hearings being held by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (details here and below) on its most recent proposal to allow new fracking across major parts of the state. This is NYC residents’ opportunity to tell Governor Cuomo to slow down because the state […]

November 30th

David Brin points out the parallels between Atlas Shrugged and Occupy Wall Street

In Ayn Rand’s philosophical masterwork, the bad guys are a conspiracy of  old-money plutocrats who gather in conniving secrecy, exert undue political influence on the political process  and misuse government power to line their own pockets. Gee, who does that sound like? By David Brin  (Originally posted at Contrary Brin) Now and then we had a […]

November 28th

Bad weather’s a-coming. Climate change makes it worse.

By Theo Spencer Senior Advocate, Climate Center, Natural Resources Defense Council More extreme weather events—heat waves, floods, drought—are coming our way this century, and there is new evidence that links these extreme events to climate change, according to a report issued this month by the world’s most respected scientific body on climate change. The Special Report on Managing […]

November 28th

Things to be thankful for: Improved recycling could create 2.3 million jobs

By Peter Lehner Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council To further dispute the right-wing gospel that pollution creates jobs, a new report finds that boosting our national recycling and composting rate to 75 percent would create 2.3 million jobs by 2030. That move would also cut 515 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution, the equivalent of shutting […]

November 24th

What’s next for the secret Farm Bill

By Heather Carr (Cross-posted from our sister-blog, EatDrinkBetter) The SuperCommittee admitted defeat yesterday. The budget cuts will have to be decided by Congress (all of Congress, democratically) and the U.S. Farm Bill is still being written. What now? The Farm Bill has been discussed behind closed doors for months now and we’ve only been able […]

November 23rd