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Switching from coal to solar energywould save 52,000 lives a year in US

New research shows that when you look at the diseases caused and exacerbated by coal pollution – asthma, lung cancer, other pulmonary diseases, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and strokes – getting rid of coal would save 52,000 lives every year. By George Harvey  Researchers from Michigan Technological University (MTU) recently published  the study, “Potential Lives […]

June 22nd

What happens when the oil economy collapses?

As the oil economy collapses, the world will change. And it will change a great deal. The question is simple and stark, but there will be a gradient of effects, and side-effects, and after-effects. By Zachary Shahan  Let’s start with some of the basics. Oil company values — which are currently topping the charts — will […]

June 18th

Texas gives Tesla the middle finger; Musk goes to India

The Texas legislature wrapped up its latest session by passing a law bringing back a $2,500 rebate for Texans who purchase a qualifying low- or zero-emissions car. The program began in 2013 as part of the state’s Emissions Reduction Program and applied to electric cars, fuel cell cars, and cars powered by compressed natural gas, […]

June 17th

Congress is about to deregulate you to death

Republicans have complained for years about what they called “job killing” regulations. Since they care more about profits than people, they’re about to pass a suite of laws that will change that to the more egalitarian “killing regulations”. By Jeremy Bloom Imagine this scenario: You go to the doctor because you’re in bad shape, and he […]

June 15th

Why is Jerry Brown getting oil wells exemptions from the Safe Drinking Water Act?

The Trump Adminstration has granted requests from Jerry Brown’s regulators to exempt three aquifers near the Fruitvale, Round Mountain and Tejon oilfields in California’s Kern County from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. According to Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, approval of these “aquifer exemption” applications by Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “gives oil companies permission […]

June 13th

James Howard Kunstler – Going to financialization hell in a handbasket of deplorables

As our politicos creep deeper into a legalistic wilderness hunting for phantoms of Russian collusion, nobody pays attention to the most dangerous force in American life: the unraveling financialization of the economy. By James Howard Kunstler Financialization is what happens when the people-in-charge “create” colossal sums of “money” out of nothing — by issuing loans, […]