Archive | January, 2014

Why President Obama’s Natural Gas ‘Bridge’ May Be On The Verge Of Collapse

January 30, 2014

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/36892239/sc/29/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A140C0A10C30A0C32249510Cobama0Esotu0Enatural0Egas0C/story01.htm CREDIT: AP In his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night, President Obama returned to a familiar dual theme: trying to cut America’s carbon emissions while at the same time pursuing an “all of the above” energy strategy. A key part of Obama’s attempt to harmonize those two goals is natural gas. If extracted […]

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Can Cities Lead the Way on Inequality?

January 30, 2014

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/55441067/0/alternet~Can-Cities-Lead-the-Way-on-Inequality American cities can shift the tide of the nation with a three-pronged strategy aimed at leveraging people power. After Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City on a promise to narrow the gap between rich and poor, former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer (D) lectured him on the facts of local government […]

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How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals? – ProPublica

January 30, 2014

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Gar Alperovitz: Capitalism in Long Term Stagnation and Decay

January 30, 2014

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Oropharyngeal cancer on the rise in young adults

January 30, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/k1wZ5flewME/140129114610.htm A new study reveals an alarming increase in oropharyngeal cancers among young adults. While the exact cause for this phenomenon is unknown, the human papillomavirus (HPV) may be to blame. Sent by gReader Pro

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Right on target: New era of fast genetic engineering

January 30, 2014

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/10901/s/36731139/sc/4/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cmg22129530A0B90A0A0Eright0Eon0Etarget0Enew0Eera0Eof0Efast0Egenetic0Eengineering0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qhealth/story01.htm A simple, very powerful method is making genome editing much easier and faster – prepare for a revolution in biology and medicine Sent by gReader Pro

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Fancy tech will not solve massive land loss, says UN

January 30, 2014

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/36742fb9/sc/4/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn249550Efancy0Etech0Ewill0Enot0Esolve0Emassive0Eland0Eloss0Esays0Eun0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm We risk destroying an area of land the size of Brazil by 2050 – but the answer is not smarter food production, but less waste Sent by gReader Pro

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One-parent families: US social mobility’s main barrier?

January 30, 2014

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/368227ff/sc/38/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn249470Eoneparent0Efamilies0Eus0Esocial0Emobilitys0Emain0Ebarrier0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm What is the most important factor blocking social mobility in the US? It could be single parents, not economic inequality, suggests W. Bradford Wilcox Sent by gReader Pro

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How Democrats Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Citizens United

January 30, 2014

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/how-dems-learned-love-super-pacs-citizens-united Four years ago, in his inaugural State of the Union address, President Obama famously shamed the Supreme Court’s five conservative justices for their decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The court, Obama said, "reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests—including foreign corporations—to spend without […]

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The NRA’s Call for Jihad

January 30, 2014

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/29/the-nras-call-for-jihad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-nras-call-for-jihad It’s not very difficult to connect the NRA’s screeds against gun control in the United States with incidents of genocide in the world (Rwanda, Congo, Serbia, even the Nigerian/Biafran War in the late 1960s) or even as a call for jihad against those who would attempt to impose any controls on gun ownership. For […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Presidency

January 30, 2014

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/opinion/blow-the-incredible-shrinking-presidency.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss Concentrating on what can be done instead of what should be done is a rational reaction to irrational opposition, but a sad indictment of our politics. Sent by gReader Pro

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New research warns world to prepare for power outages

January 29, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/zbLG3o7Zqts/140127093033.htm Living without electricity in today’s technological world may be difficult to imagine. Yet the reality of living without computers, mobile phones and entertainment systems, and managing a transport system thrown into chaos by an absence of traffic lights, trains and subways, may become increasingly common, according to a new study. Sent by gReader Pro

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Traumatic spinal cord injuries on the rise in U.S.

January 29, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/JADhdpBm05I/140127141923.htm The number of serious traumatic spinal cord injuries is on the rise in the United States, and the leading cause no longer appears to be motor vehicle crashes, but falls, new research suggests. Sent by gReader Pro

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What Would A People’s State Of The Union Look Like?

January 29, 2014

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http://www.popularresistance.org/what-would-a-peoples-state-of-the-union-look-like/ How would the American people write a State of the Union Address? The media and Washington politicians typically ignore or misrepresent the public views on many matters. This post examines recent polls that suggest what a citizen-written State of the Union address might include. A State of the Union of, by and for the […]

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DealBook: In Praise of Bitcoin, With Little Regard for Banks

January 29, 2014

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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/in-praise-of-bitcoin-with-little-regard-for-banks/?partner=rss&emc=rss A hearing on the regulatory future of Bitcoin gave advocates the chance to enumerate what they view as the advantages Bitcoin could provide over current monetary systems. Sent by gReader Pro

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“The individual was not the prime mover of history, but its result.”

January 28, 2014

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http://bostonreview.tumblr.com/post/74752513070 “The individual was not the prime mover of history, but its result.” – Claude Fischer, “Libertarianism is Very Strange” Sent by gReader Pro

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The Fastest-Growing Jobs of This Decade (and the Robots That Will Steal Them)

January 28, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/hPeSuwD097w/story01.htm Hospital rooms, shopping floors, and fast-food counters: This is where the future of U.S. employment lives. We think. The latest ten-year projection from the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that just a handful of occupations—personal care aides, registered nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides (all in health care), along with retail salespeople and […]

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A Heart Surgeon’s Viral Confession: Natural Food Is the Answer

January 28, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/F4JwbLD5BSc/story01.htm Axel Heimken/APAround 237,000 people now have Dr. Dwight Lundell’s confession on their Facebook walls. His essay, headlined "Heart Surgeon Declares On [sic] What Really Causes Heart Illness," was published on a website called Tuned Body in December. Over the past week it has taken off across social media. In the essay, Lundell describes his […]

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The Internet Is the Greatest Legal Facilitator of Inequality in Human History

January 28, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/nXPc8hsQLE8/story01.htm ReutersIn the 1990’s, the venture capitalist John Doerr famously predicted that the Internet would lead to the “the largest legal creation of wealth in the history of the planet.” Indeed, the Internet has created a tremendous amount of personal wealth. Just look at the rash of Internet billionaires and millionaires, the investors both small […]

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Global Warming Battle Is Over Market Share, Not Science – Bloomberg

January 28, 2014

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Is the U.S. Awash in Decades Worth of Cheap, Abundant Natural Gas and Oil?

January 28, 2014

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/28/u-s-awash-natural-gas-oil/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=u-s-awash-natural-gas-oil We are about to be deluged with news reports that the U.S. is suddenly awash in decades worth of cheap, abundant supplies of natural gas and oil. Why? Because the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has recently released a preview of their 2014 forecasts in which they predict energy trends within the U.S. through […]

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Global temperature 2013

January 28, 2014

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http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/01/global-temperature-2013/ The global temperature data for 2013 are now published. 2010 and 2005 remain the warmest years since records began in the 19th Century. 1998 ranks third in two records, and in the analysis of Cowtan & Way, which interpolates the data-poor region in the Arctic with a better method, 2013 is warmer than 1998 […]

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Three Years After Uprising, Tunisia Approves Constitution

January 27, 2014

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/world/africa/three-years-after-uprising-tunisia-approves-constitution.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The country’s Assembly voted its approval on Sunday, completing a two-year drafting process and ushering in a new democratic era. Sent by gReader Pro

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Federal Appeals Court Backs Lethal Injection Secrecy in Missouri

January 26, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/jF8mZWG4qaI/story01.htm The death chamber at the Missouri Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. (AP Images)The sharpest battles over capital punishment today are being fought over the identity of the drugs officials seek to use in lethal injections, how those drugs are manufactured and obtained by executioners, and the obligations state officials have to share material […]

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What’s the State of Green Business in 2014?

January 26, 2014

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/25/state-of-green-business-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=state-of-green-business-2014 The "State of Green Business" annual report from GreenBiz.com shows why we have reason to both applaud and criticize the progress companies have made in sustainability. "What’s business as usual today was not that long ago innovative, even breakthrough: Bio-based products, accounting systems that place a realistic value on water and carbon, smart supply […]

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Climate Change Brings New Risks to Greenland

January 26, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climatecentral/djOO/~3/8FJ0-lkGG7w/climate-change-brings-new-risks-to-greenland-16992 By John Vidal, The Guardian When the world’s miners, oil-workers, construction teams and industrialists descend on Greenland over the next few years to dig below the rapidly retreating icecap for its ores, hydrocrabons and minerals, no one will watch with more concern – or confidence – than Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond. Climate change is […]

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Threatwatch: Drug-resistant TB looms even larger

January 26, 2014

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/10901/s/364e39ea/sc/14/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn249340Ethreatwatch0Edrugresistant0Etb0Elooms0Eeven0Elarger0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qhealth/story01.htm The WHO has ambitious new plans to defeat TB, but infections that resist nearly all drugs are spreading, as funding for new drugs fall Sent by gReader Pro

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Myth of Industrial Rebound

January 26, 2014

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/opinion/sunday/rattner-the-myth-of-industrial-rebound.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Don’t buy the hype about a manufacturing revival. It’s not enough to restore the U.S. economy. Sent by gReader Pro

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Highly Educated, Highly Indebted: The Lives of Today’s 27-Year-Olds, In Charts

January 25, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/85HK4XpJAU4/story01.htm What’s are today’s young adults really like? For those who’ve spent too much time gazing into the dark recesses of Thought Catalog or obsessing over "Girls," the Department of Education has a new report that offers up some enlightening answers. In the spring of 2002, the government’s researchers began tracking a group of roughly […]

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Obama Nominates “War Criminal” Barron To First Circuit Court

January 25, 2014

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http://www.popularresistance.org/obama-nominates-war-criminal-barron-to-first-circuit-court/ "So here Barron and Lederman deliberately and maliciously write a get out of jail free card for Obama so that he can murder U.S. citizens, which he does," Boyle says. "Barron is thus an enabler and accessory before the fact to murder and war crimes" and thus a principal in the first degree with […]

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Craig Venter Describes 2014 Goals for Digitizing Life and Designing the Most Basic Living Cell

January 25, 2014

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Subject: Craig Venter Describes 2014 Goals for Digitizing Life and Designing the Most Basic Living Cell View email in a browser FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE FROM MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC., PUBLISHERS Contact: Vicki Cohn Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (914) 740-2100 vcohn Craig Venter Describes 2014 Goals for Digitizing Life and Designing the Most […]

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The Keeping-Up-With-the-Joneses Myth

January 24, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/Ij9Iq5GgozM/story01.htm ReutersBehind the Great Recession, there was a credit crunch. Behind the credit crunch, there was a housing bust. And behind the housing bust, there was an explosion in debt in mid-2000s among low-income households. So what was behind that? One explanation begins with inequality. The idea is that the rich-poor gap leads to credit […]

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If the World is Getting Richer, Why Do So Many People Feel Poor?

January 24, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/aCZgkHh9pd0/story01.htm ReutersIn a widely-read statement in his annual foundation letter, Bill Gates took an unabashedly optimistic approach to the world this week. Not only did he tout the massive material progress evident everywhere in the world over the past decades, but he also predicted that as more countries accelerate their transformation from rural poverty to […]

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Germany’s energy revolution on verge of collapse

January 24, 2014

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/3636af21/sc/29/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn249140Egermanys0Eenergy0Erevolution0Eon0Everge0Eof0Ecollapse0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm Coal burning is at a 20-year high and subsidies for renewable energy are about to be slashed – yet Germany swears it will cut greenhouse gas emissions Sent by gReader Pro

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Threatwatch: Drug-resistant TB looms even larger

January 24, 2014

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/364e3a10/sc/14/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn249340Ethreatwatch0Edrugresistant0Etb0Elooms0Eeven0Elarger0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm The WHO has ambitious new plans to defeat TB, but infections that resist nearly all drugs are spreading, as funding for new drugs fall Sent by gReader Pro

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Climate change disbelief rises in America.

January 24, 2014

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http://www.livescience.com/42633-climate-change-disbelief-rises.html The number of Americans who believe global warming isn’t happening has risen to 23 percent, up 7 percentage points since April 2013. Sent by gReader Pro

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Future of Offshore Wind Could Be Shaped By Key Approval in Maine

January 24, 2014

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/15/maine-offshore-wind-future-u-s/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maine-offshore-wind-future-u-s A consortium in Maine is all about delivering competitive, offshore wind power in the 2020s, and this week marks a large step in that direction. According to the Bangor Daily News Maine (BDN), the Maine Public Utilities Commission approved a pilot project for offshore wind energy led by Maine Aqua Ventus, a group that […]

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Nearly 1,000 Sustainable Corporations Encourage You to ‘B the Change’

January 24, 2014

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/15/sustainable-corporations-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sustainable-corporations-change The 900-plus Certified B Corporations already embrace social and environmental responsibility on a daily basis, so this week they decided to encourage the rest of the world to do so. The companies and Wayne, PA-based nonprofit B Lab launched the "B the Change" campaign this week to celebrate and reward those who use business […]

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Yale Study Finds Nearly One-Quarter of Americans Are Climate Deniers

January 24, 2014

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/21/yale-study-americans-climate-deniers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yale-study-americans-climate-deniers The good news is that most Americans—63 percent—believe global warming is happening. That figure has been steady since last spring. However, the disheartening part of a joint report from Yale and George Mason universities centers on climate deniers. The amount of people who do not believe global warming is happening has increased by 7 […]

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First Potential Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Survives Koch-backed Lawsuit, But Faces Another

January 24, 2014

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/23/offshore-wind-farm-u-s-koch-lawsuit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=offshore-wind-farm-u-s-koch-lawsuit It’s been an active week in court for what could eventually be the nation’s first offshore wind farm. First, the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval of a wind farm to be constructed off the shores of Cape Cod. The FAA in 2012 approved the […]

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Largest Power Company in U.S. Joins ALEC in Plot Against One State’s Solar Revolution

January 24, 2014

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/22/largest-power-company-alec-solar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=largest-power-company-alec-solar By David Pomerantz The new hot spot for solar energy in the U.S. is North Carolina. The state was second in the nation in solar growth in 2013, behind only California. In fact, if U.S. states were considered as countries, North Carolina would have been among the top 10 countries in the world for […]

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Why We Can’t Frack Ourselves Out of an Energy Crisis

January 24, 2014

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/24/frack-energy-crisis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=frack-energy-crisis By Alex Kirby A British businessman will tell world leaders meeting in Switzerland today that it is dangerous to argue that fracking for shale oil and gas can help to avert a global energy crisis. Jeremy Leggett, a former Greenpeace staff member who founded a successful solar energy company, has been invited to the […]

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“We Can’t Trust Capitalism to Just Fix” Our Global Warming Mess

January 24, 2014

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http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/01/mckenzie-funk-windfall-interview-business-global-warming In his new book, Windfall, journalist McKenzie Funk visits five continents to bring back stories of the movers and shakers at the forefront of the emerging business of global warming. He introduces us to land and water speculators, Greenland secessionists hoping to bankroll their cause with newly thawed mineral wealth, Israeli snow makers, Dutch […]

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Indiana Pulling Out All the Stops to Block Gay Marriage

January 24, 2014

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http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/01/indiana-pulling-out-all-stops-block-gay-marriage Indiana already passed legislation banning same-sex marriage years ago, but now, just to be sure, state Republicans are frantically scrambling to do it again. On Wednesday, a House committee on elections approved a measure to put a referendum on banning marriage equality on the November ballot. But there’s a catch: it took two tries. […]

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It’s Elites Who Drive Polarization, Not the Working Class

January 24, 2014

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http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/01/raw-data-its-elites-who-drive-polarization-not-working-class Who’s responsible for increasing political polarization? Andrew Gelman suggests that one of the "cleanest pieces of evidence" is public attitudes toward abortion. If you look at the polling data, what you see is that attitudes between Democrats and Republicans start to diverge markedly around 1990. If you dig a little deeper, you find that […]

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For Latino Voters, Climate Change Is Almost As Important An Issue As Immigration

January 24, 2014

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ClimateProgress, Jan. 23, 2014 By KatieValentine Latinos strongly support efforts to tackle climate change and protect the environment, a new poll has found. The poll, which was completed for the NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council] by polling firm Latino Decisions, surveyed 805 registered Latino voters and found that about 9 out of 10 respondents favored […]

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India Celebrates 3 Years Without Polio

January 24, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/OKoGJu2rC48/story01.htm Bikas Das/APOn January 13, India completed three years without a new case of polio. Six days later, the country conducted the first of two annual National Immunization Days. After 29 years of slogging away at this campaign, health workers were rejoicing this time when Immunization Day arrived. For the partners in polio—Rotary International, UNICEF, […]

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Economists Agree: Your Parents Are Even More Important Than You Think

January 24, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/3mSexS-2cok/story01.htm ReutersLet’s just go ahead and call social mobility in America what it really is: social immobility. Even in the parts of the country where students have the best shot at moving up the income ladder, the vast majority of them fail to make it past one rung. About 8 percent of kids born in […]

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The Geography of the American Dream

January 24, 2014

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/vSGdWkz6cCs/story01.htm One of the most important lessons from today’s blockbuster social mobility report is that place matters. (And, because your parents choose the place where you’re born and live, parents matter.) Tucked into the appendix are two colorful maps of America that tell you where social mobility—the chance to move up the income ladder, a.k.a. […]

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Billionaires and Boasts

January 24, 2014

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/opinion/egan-billionaires-and-boasts.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A football player’s swagger turned all eyes to Seattle, but it was a claim by that city’s most famous billionaire that deserved more attention. Sent by gReader Pro

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