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Outsourcing Green Jobs: Less Feasible than Traditional Jobs?

In a week that’s seen a Secretary of Labor nominee step away due to controversy over his fast-food company’s practice of relocating technology jobs to the Philippines, the topic of outsourcing jobs is high in the news cycle. Fears of lackluster trade, isolationist policies that result in protectionist measures, and discourse that embraces nationalistic and xenophobic […]

February 20th

GOP EPA Chiefs Endorse Clinton over Trump’s “Profound Ignorance of Science”

Endorsing Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, two former EPA chiefs, both Republicans, are warning that Donald Trump’s energy policy “would set the world back decades.” William D. Ruckelshaus, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Presidents Nixon and Reagan, and William K. Reilly, EPA Chief under George H. W. Bush, signed the joint […]

August 17th

14 US Mayors Sign Proclamation to Reduce Climate Risks

14 US mayors made a historic commitment last week to take action to reduce climate risks and protect the future of their communities. The Midwestern mayors, from St. Louis to St. Paul, Dubuque, and others, signed the The Path to Positive Proclamation to pledge their leadership, prepare for climate change, and promote solutions that advance […]

September 21st

What's "Sustainable Development"? Free Online Course!

On his blog “I see a change,” Nigerian Youth Development Expert Olumide Idowu presents the elements of sustainable development (source: olumideidowu.blog.com). Not all online courses provide all they promise you, but here’s one that should answer all your questions about environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive economic development. It will also challenge you to find out more. […]

January 24th

Gas Pipeline Nixed In Pinelands Reserve… For Now

“Truly a special place,” says the National Park Service online guide. (Pictured: the Mullica River, from wiki commons). The fragile environment of the New Jersey Pinelands gained a rare win this month over development pressures, as represented by the governor, the utility industry, and multistate corporate interests. Lane closures last fall on the George Washington […]

January 23rd

Great Barrier Reef Gets A Six-Week Reprieve From Big Coal

The Great Barrier Reef on November 8, 2010, from the orbit of the European Space Agency’s now-inoperative Envisat satellite, the largest civilian Earth observation instrument put into space. An uncivil war of words, money, and influence has broken out in Australia between the coal industry, which is favored by government, and the nation’s environmental interests. […]

December 21st

Make-believe "Polarization" In 1st Hearing On Climate Plan

President Obama’s Plan to Fight Climate Change has an initial Congressional hearing (whitehouse.gov). Here’s what happened: Perhaps the second great step the Obama Administration has made this year with respect to climate change–after the President’s June 25 iteration of his sketchy but essentially solid outline for a new climate plan–happened this past week. The House […]

September 30th

Hank D and the Bee: Political Signs

This season, more so than any other (thanks Super PACs and Nondisclosing Groups), the attack ads are in full effect. It reminds me of the timeless Mark Twain quote, “If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times.” Catch up on the rest of […]

August 31st

Republican Voter Mistake #1

  While Republican voters may think that they are in the same boat as Republican politicians, they are not. One of the biggest differences between the two is that most Republican politicians are rich as heck, while,.. well, take a look at your income if you’re a Republican voter. You may think this doesn’t matter, […]

January 2nd

2011 — Record for Wet/Dry Extremes in U.S.

  Believe it or not (and it would be hard not to believe it), extreme weather is increasing in the U.S., and around the world, due to global warming. And 2011 was a record year for extreme weather. Wet and dry extremes hit an all-time high, as you can see in the chart above. Unfortunately, […]

December 15th

GOP Holding More Hostages

Really, it’s completely despicable what the GOP has been doing and continues to do. Luckily, this time around, Obama seems to be standing up to the absurdities. Anyway, here’s more on the latest hostages Republican leaders have taken (or is trying to take). GOP wants to trade YOUR payroll tax cut for THEIR filthy Keystone […]

December 8th

Take Action: 5 Opportunities

  #1: Ringling Circus Gets Largest Fine of Its Kind for Animal Cruelty — Thank USDA & PETA! From PETA: “Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, must now pay the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history―$270,000―for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) dating back to 2007.” More […]

December 6th

California Cap-and-Trade Plan Sets National Example

Americans are becoming ever more aware about the problems associated with human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. And positive changes have been made over recent years with this shift in public awareness. It’s now possible to drive an efficient, all-electric vehicle, such as the Nissan Leaf. Energy-inefficient light bulbs are being phased out by more […]

December 5th