Category: Politics

Big Oil’s Greed Costs American Jobs

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  Pennsylvania labor activists marched on Capitol Hill yesterday in protest against the shutdown of three refineries in the state. Politicians from both sides supported them in their call to stem the job losses and address the imminent threat to the nation’s energy security that the loss of gasoline production in the east coast now…

Physicist Richard Muller Tells US Congress Climate Change Is Real

Ex-Skeptic Physicist Richard Muller, director of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project

A prominent climate change skeptic told Congress on Monday he no longer doubts that global warming is real and caused by humans, and joined other scientists in urging action to stop it. Physicist Richard Muller, director of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, whose two-year research was funded in part by a foundation formed by…

Over 15 Million U.S. Children Live In Poverty

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by: Ted McLaughlin via jobsanger.blogspot.com   There’s a political divide in this country over what to do about the poor and disadvantaged. Some people think we are our brother’s keeper and that means it is our responsibility to take care of people who have fallen through the cracks in our society. And the best way…

It’s Time To Stamp Out Anti-Science In US Politics

by Paul Nurse via newscientist.com IF YOU respect science you will probably be disturbed by the following opinions. On evolution: intelligent design is “a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science class”. And don’t believe in “a theory that human beings – thinking, loving beings – originated from fish that sprouted legs and…

Grey Wolf Falls Prey To Dirty Politics

Language slipped into the recent budget has removed an animal from the endangered species list for the first time.

A rider inserted into the federal budget bill strips away protection for endangered gray wolves. The move has left environmentalists both seething and admitting defeat after years of legal wrangling over the fate of the wolves. The political tussle over U.S. spending has ensnared an unlikely victim, the gray wolf, whose long-time status as an…

Nuclear Nightmare

by Ralph Nader The unfolding multiple nuclear reactor catastrophe in Japan is prompting overdue attention to the 104 nuclear plants in the United States—many of them aging, many of them near earthquake faults, some on the west coast exposed to potential tsunamis. Nuclear power plants boil water to produce steam to turn turbines that generate…

Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Climate science is ‘unequivocally true’

Opposing Republican efforts to forbid climate regulations, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday that the science of human-made climate change is “unequivocally true.” Rockefeller, a strong defender of his state’s coal industry, spoke out on the Senate floor against an amendment submitted to a small business bill by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that…

US Chamber of Carbon And Corporate Greed

Washington looks pretty clean: white marble monuments, broad, tree-lined avenues, the beautiful, green spread of the Mall. But its inhabitants—at least those who vote in Congress—can’t see any more clearly than the smoke-shrouded residents of Beijing, China. Their view, however, is obscured by a different kind of smog. Call it money pollution. The torrents of…