I read the sad news on grist.com this morning. Perhaps the most progressive voice in U.S. Congress, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) lost the Democratic primary for Ohio’s new 9th congressional district on Tuesday. It seems the Republicans have been strategically redistricting to pit Democrats against each other and Kucinich was unable to keep his seat. For that, the target on his back because of his political views, and a few other reasons I’m sure, Kucinich lost his seat. Continue reading
Nearly two weeks ago, the Obama administration denied a permit to TransCanada for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas. The outcome could not have been better for the environmental community, as Bill McKibben- mastermind behind the long string of protests in Washington- praised Obama for his decision. Everything seemed to be going well, until the Senate GOP gave it another crack. Continue reading
Photo Credit: Smog over Skyline from São Paulo city in Brazil by Gaf.arq
Ever so quietly this Labor Day Weekend President Obama announced he is directing the EPA to withdraw smog standards that would have cut smog pollution from power plants, refineries and even cars. The smog limits would have prevented 2,200 heart attacks and 23,000 asthma attacks annually. A little more smog might not seem like such a big deal but air pollution was recently found to be worse for you than cocaine. Considering the alarming asthma rates in African-American communities (every 1 in 6 has asthma) President Obama is putting his black supporters and environmentalists in a tough position when it comes to re-election. Continue reading
Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
I was reading green blogger CanarsieBK’s post Are the White House Garden and Michelle Obama Just Smoke and Mirrors? and I wanted to leave a comment, then I realized my comment was way too long and turned into another post! Continue reading
The thought of losing public broadcasting stations is upsetting. What’s at stake here are news sources willing to cover topics other news stations would never go near, in-depth investigative journalism superior and consistent children’s programming…the list goes on and on.
Can you honestly tell me most Americans would know how to count to 10 in Spanish without Sesame Street? Continue reading
I came across this site (thanks to @dcarli) and I wanted to share it with you as it was shared with me. The purpose of churnalism.com is to help the public distinguish between original journalism and ‘churnalism’, which is what they call a news article that is published as journalism, but is essentially a press release without much added. Continue reading
Photo Credit: Dori, Smokestacks, in Champaign, Illinois
Eighteen of America’s leading scientific societies have written that multiple lines of evidence show humans are changing the climate, that contrary assertions are inconsistent with an objective assessment of the vast body of peer-reviewed science, and that ongoing climate change will have broad impacts on society, including the global economy and the environment.
Chairman Upton’s bill would, in its own words, repeal that scientific finding. Politicians overruling scientists on a scientific question– that would become part of this Committee’s legacy. -EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson testified before the House energy subcommittee under Republican rule on Wednesday. Continue reading
This year I have a few thoughts about Veterans Day. It’s really easy for us to wrap ourselves in the flag and make all these declarations about this great country and people making “the ultimate sacrifice” when we’re not sacrificing anything ourselves, let alone our lives.
It’s much harder to sacrifice your life but I think no one really sacrifices their life. Continue reading