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Solar energy is booming in conservative rural Iowa

It seems counter-intuitive that a conservative farming community in southeastern Iowa is home to some of the most expansive solar energy generation in the US. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the area served by Farmers Electric Cooperative, the rural utility whose enterprising leader, Warren McKenna, saw renewables as a gateway to economic vitality. By John […]

August 25th

Leo DiCaprio wins Oscar for Best Climate Activist!

By Meteor Blades Climate change has been invisible from both parties’ debates so far, but Leonardo DiCaprio went there as he accepted his Best Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards last night. Here’s a thought, CNN. Sign DiCaprio as guest-moderator to ask climate questions at Sunday’s debate. Here’s a transcript: And lastly, I just want to […]

February 29th

James Howard Kunstler: Django vs Zero Dark Thirty

By James Howard Kunstler I don’t go to the movies much anymore, alas, because the nearest mall cineplex — owned by a company named Regal that runs the place like a self-storage facility — is a dump with broken seats and teenage employees who forget to turn out the lights when the movie starts. But […]

January 14th

Mr. Burns endorses Mitt Romney! (video)

We all knew in our hearts that the Simpsons’ Mr. Burns was a team Romney supporter. Now it’s official. Of course, we’ll never know the identity of most of the billionaires pouring millions into SuperPAC attack ads, thanks to the Supreme Court and the Citizens United decision. But Mr. Burns is proud to support his […]

November 1st