Author: Jeremy Bloom

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Wall Street Bought Politics for Chump Change

Politico has a story up about how unhappy big-money donors on Wall Street are with President Obama. He’s taking the side of the smelly Occupy Wall Streeters and saying mean things about his nice, responsible banker friends! They may just close their checkbooks and stay home, or worse, give all their money to Mitt.
But as I read the article, it struck me that Politico had totally missed the real story here – that these whiney Wallstreeters had purchased themselves a government for a spectacularly tiny sum.

October 20th

Not Jobs vs the Environment, but Clean vs Dirty Jobs

All of these gains are being put in peril by the energetic efforts of the Canadian tar sands lobby in the United States. According to the Council, uncertainty in tax policy, pollution restrictions and performance standards are putting future clean energy jobs at risk. Tar sands interests in Alberta and Canada are actively promoting this uncertainty in Washington DC, state governments and municipalities. The tar sands industry sees the emerging U.S. clean energy industry as a threat to its biggest market and is doing everything in its power to undermine it.

October 13th

OWS: Veterans Beaten, Arrested at Occupy Boston

A number of actions are occurring tonight: In Boston, police raided the Occupy Boston camp #2, arrested about 100 people, beat Veterans for Peace, and destroyed all of the occupiers’ property — unlike in San Francisco, where tents and possessions were loaded in vans and returned the next day, the Boston Police loaded everything in garbage trucks and crushed them.

October 11th

India Sues Monsanto for Biopiracy

For two decades, Monsanto has been able to take living organisms, insert genes into them, and then patent them as its own intellectual property. And nobody has challenged this – until now.
The government of India has filed suit against Monsanto – for violating India’s Biological Diversity Act (BDA). It’s the first time a company has been sued by a government for acts of biopiracy.

September 30th

Democratic Senators Save Clean Energy Program, Lose Immediate Disaster Relief to GOP

So, last week House Speaker John Boehner insisted he was willing to shut down the government unless we kill a loan program that helps Detroit automakers retool factories to make hybrid cars that had created 40,000 jobs. (Note: That’s a loan program, not a give-away program.)

September 27th

Court rules against Chevron in $18 billion Amazon pollution case

Well, it was worth a try. After losing an 18-year long legal battle over the horrific pollution oil operations left in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, Chevron convinced a friendly New York judge to rule that it didn’t have to pay. But yesterday the Federal Appeals Court overturned that decision. So Chevron is back on the hook for upwards of $18 billion in damages.

September 21st

WikiLeaks: Next Fukushima-Like Nuclear Disasters in …

If a techincally-advanced country like Japan with a reputation for exactitude can suffer from one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, should we be a litttle more worried about places where security and infrastructure are poor to non-existent and corruption is rampant?

That’s the theme of a special report compiled for Reuters, based on diplomatic cables assembled from the Wikileaks treasure trove. And it’s kinda scary.

June 10th

In the Shadow of Fukushima… a Reminder of How We Nuked the People of Utah

In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster – in which both Japanese and American authorities have consistently downplayed the dangers – it’s worth remembering that this is not the first time. (See: Japan admits total meltdown, says it was unprepared for Fukushima disaster)
For the past 60 years, our government has again and again insisted that there was nothing to worry about, that radiation levels were too low to cause any harm, and there was no cause for alarm.
Years later, often after battles in the courts, it has turned out that they were lying through their teeth.

June 8th

Tim DeChristopher found guilty, faces 10 years

It’s not surprising, since Judge Dee Benson didn’t allow the eco-activist any real defense. But it’s a sad commentary on our country that while the people who trashed our economy by committing one one of the biggest frauds in our nation’s history get off scot-free, Tim DeChristopher has been prosecuted, found guilty, and could go […]

March 3rd

Victory at sea: Japan suspends antarctic whaling

Good news from the high seas: After repeated run-ins with the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Society that have prevented its whaling fleet from a successful hunt, Japan’s government announced it is suspending whaling, possibly for the rest of the season. Whaling was banned under an international agreement in 1986, but Japan has exploited a loophole in the […]

February 16th

Victory at sea: Japan suspends antarctic whaling

Good news from the high seas: After repeated run-ins with the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Society that have prevented its whaling fleet from a successful hunt, Japan’s government announced it is suspending whaling, possibly for the rest of the season. Whaling was banned under an international agreement in 1986, but Japan has exploited a loophole in the […]

February 16th

This Valentine's Day, Green is the New Red

(Crossposted from our sister site, Red Green and Blue) Show her your love is sustainable… because on Valentine’s Day you care enough to say “I love you” in a way that also says you love our planet (and you want to make it a better place for our children). This is the biggest shopping day […]

February 14th

Video: What will climate change do to the oceans?

Via SkepticalScience (“Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism”), we were pointed to this excellent talk on the impact climate change will have on the oceans. (SkepticalScience is a great resource for debunking climate denier arguments.) John Bruno, one of the participants, posted the discussion by his friend and colleague Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg from a session the two of them […]

February 8th

USDA hits organics again, approves Monsanto's GMO sugar beets

(From our sister site, Red Green and Blue) The US Department of Agriculture continues its unprecedented give-away to big agriculture monster Monsanto and its Genetically Modified (GMO) seeds. On Friday, while the media was preoccupied with the Superbowl and Egypt’s rioting, the USDA quietly announced it was deregulating Monsanto’s GMO sugar beets – despite a court […]

February 6th

Martin Luther King and the Possibility of Change

(Crossposted from our sister blog, RedGreenAndBlue.org) “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.” I have friends who don’t believe […]

January 17th

Giffords Shooting: Crazy Talk Leads to Crazy Acts. Take a Stand Against Hatred.

(From our sister-blog, Red Green and Blue) Why did a crazy person shoot at Democratic Elected officials? Is it just because he’s crazy? Or could it just possibly be because Republican elected officials call Democrats  tyrants, power-grabbers and traitors, and talk about taking up guns and doing something about it? Responding to an earlier incident, Congresswoman Giffords spoke […]

January 9th

Exposed! Justin Bieber Proves Global Warming a Hoax!

(Crossposted from our sister blog, RedGreenAndBlue.org) How does bullshit propagate on the Internet? Easily. Some guy says something crazy – like “Justin Bieber loves him Sharia Law” or “Most scientists don’t believe in global warming.” Then a few people repeat it. Suddenly it’s everywhere. And for well-meaning folks who haven’t actually looked that deeply into […]

December 31st

Filibuster Reform is Good for the Planet

(From our sister blog, Red Green & Blue) 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 […]

December 27th

Zombie Food Safety Act Resurrected by Senate

(From our sister blog, Red Green & Blue) Industry must really want the Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510). It was dead, dead, dead – the clock had run out, and considering the gridlock in Washington, the fact that Jim DeMint (R-SC) had promised he would block most everything the Democrats brought up, and Tom Colburn […]

December 20th