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TransCanada blinks, wants to suspend Keystone XL permit

By RL Miller This just in, from the Wall Street Journal: “The company behind the Keystone XL pipeline on Monday asked to suspend its U.S. permit application, throwing the politically fraught project into an indefinite state of limbo, beyond the 2016 U.S. elections.” Earlier today at the White House press briefing, spokesperson Josh Earnest stated […]

November 2nd

EPA chickens out on fracking report

The good news: The EPA came up with a report that seemed to prove beyond a doubt that fracking was contaminating groundwater. The bad news: There was so much whining and moaning about the report on the part of industry (those guys who are, you know contaminating your groundwater) that the EPA has decided they […]

June 27th

Is Obama’s green-friendly budget DOA?

President Obama sent his 2012 budget over to Congress today, and it’s got lots of goodies for green energy and the environment. The only question is, how much, if any, of that will survive the meat grinder of the GOP/Tea Party dominated House of Representatives, where it’s already going over like the proverbial lead Zeppelin… […]

February 14th

Monsanto employees in the halls of government

For years, there’s been an open revolving door in Washington – sending workers from the Federal government to Monsanto and Monsanto back to the Federal government. This has a tendency to make people question the fairness and objectivity of the folks who are supposed to be overseeing the giant agricultural corporation. Bovine growth hormone (rGBH) […]

February 9th

Rethinking Public Dollars To Promote Organic Adoption

There was a news story this week about how there are $1.5 million of Federal funds available to help farmers in Nebraska convert to Organic.  This is part of an Obama administration initiative to promote the expansion of Organic agriculture.  Frankly, this is a token effort that will have little effect, but there is an […]

January 31st

Filibuster Reform is Good for the Planet

We can’t protect the planet if popular measures supported by majorities of Americans can’t even come up for a vote in the Senate. Which is why it’s good that all 53 returning Democratic Senators have signed on to a letter calling for filibuster reform. The filibuster – a procedure that’s supposed to be used rarely and […]

December 27th

Creating Satans: Collective Myth Building About Monsanto, Obama etc

[social_buttons] I noticed an interesting phenomenon this week  while watching the links coming in to one of Jeremy Bloom’s recent posts on RGB.  A great deal of traffic was coming in from two referring sites that are Christianity-related. Both had previously posted links to an incendiary Pravda “article” that misinterpreted an already sensationalized statement in a […]

October 24th

Why’d the White House Play Hard to Get on Solar Panels?

Writing at Salon, Andrew Leonard ponders the imponderable: Is the White House’s new acceptance of solar panels (nearly two years after the Election of Hope!) “…a welcome change of tone, prefiguring a new push on climate change and renewable energy, or yet another example of how a too-cautious administration keeps stepping on its feet”? Bill […]

October 8th

White House Won’t… er… WILL Go Solar

Beth Buczynski reports over at Care2 that despite last month’s strange snubbing of solar, the Obama White House will go solar after all. “By the end of this spring, there will be solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu […]

October 6th