Genetically Engineered Salmon: Coming Soon To Sushi Near You?

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Lisa Goldwag Kassner: Do you want to be experimented on by eating sushi, salmon fillet, or bagels and lox made with a new type of salmon with eel genes in it – salmon which hasn’t been adequately tested for human consumption or environmental safety?

How You Can Help Ban Fracking in California

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Lauren Steiner: For those of you who are worried about hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, coming to California, you might be shocked to find that it is already here.

Marketing Solar: Future Regulations Hold Key

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Catherine Wolfram: Future regulations place substantial uncertainty on future bills, so that simple assumptions that project a flat or increasing value of bill savings over time (in real terms) may not be accurate.

Villaraigosa Fracks Up?

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Lauren Windsor: The city derives 40% of its energy from two out-of-state power plants in Arizona and Utah. During his speech, Mayor Villaraigosa said that energy would be replaced with wind, solar, and natural gas. Is that so?

Will Fracking Drain California’s Water Reserves?

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Dan Bacher: So what is the actual amount of water now used for fracking in Califonia right now – 8 acre feet of water, 6,721 acre feet, or much, much more as fracking opponents contend?

Climate Coalition Upcoming Events

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Upcoming events and actions in Greater Los Angeles designed to protect the environment.

The Flawed Logic Behind Restarting San Onofre in Light of Fukushima

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Ace Hoffman: There’s an unofficial history of misery, starting with the uranium miners, the bomb victims, the bomb test “downwinders,” “Chernobyl heart” and “thyroid necklace” children, and now Fukushima thyroid cases abound… yet nobody counts.

Jerry Brown, Archimedes, and the Search for an Energy Tipping Point

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Tom Hayden: Brown is not burdened with the Cold War-like tensions rising between the US and China, but can focus instead on mutually beneficial energy and environmental initiatives, which later might evolve to become US national policy.

Marketing Solar: Bring in Elizabeth Warren?

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Catherine Wolfram: We would pay the costs of $12,400 in today’s dollars, in order to save $3,576 in the year 2038, assuming we’re lucky enough to be alive and buying $100 cheese pizza for our grandchildren.

Sorry Slate, No Keystone, Big Problem for Tar Sands

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Peter Jefferson Nichols: I am optimistic that while now we can hope for little but “symbolic victories” (the folks in Texas watching a trench get dug in their back yards or suffering from inhaling toxins belched by refineries would strongly object to being called “symbolic,”) someday soon we will start notching our belts with “real victories.”

CEQA Works: Protect Our Landmark Environmental Laws

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Dotty Lemieux: Business and big agricultural interests are lining up to once again push for the watering down of California’s landmark environmental legislation – the forty year old California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

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Walter Brasch: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is ecstatic that a side benefit of destroying the environment and public health is an improvement in the economy and more jobs—even if most of the workers in Pennsylvania now sport license plates from Texas and Oklahoma.

Pseudo-Protests and Serious Climate Crisis

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David Swanson: The advantage to the expect-the-best-and-the-facts-be-damned approach is clear. Lots of people like it. You can’t have a mass rally without lots of people.

Could Fracking Release Radiation from Old Nuclear Tests?

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Scott Kaufman: A Cold War-era plan to help the United States achieve greater energy independence is once again raising environmental red flags as this country continues to seek means of avoiding overreliance on foreign sources of fuel.

Is Governor Jerry ‘Tunnel Vision’ Brown Letting California Get Fracked?

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Dan Bacher: Huge oil and gas corporations, backed by the powerful Western States Petroleum Association, have already begun the environmentally destructive practice of fracking in California – and Governor Brown is doing nothing to stop them.

The Sorrow of Inevitability. Suitcases and Misadventure

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Kathleen Peine: There is new adventure afoot in the plunder and grab realm. Once again, it’s a pursuit of tangible, rapid wealth – this time it’s natural gas.

Why UN Climate Agreements Fail

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Shamus Cooke: It’s become undeniably clear that U.S. government inaction on climate change is directly linked to the “special interests” of corporations that dominate the government. It’s due time that those concerned about our climate draw a similar conclusion.

World Climate Change Gathering Awaits Obama Response

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Carl Bloice: It is hard to imagine legislation that is even close to adequate coming from bartering with a GOP leadership that won’t even agree that climate change is real.

Is Organic Food Healthier?

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Organic Food – A Stanford University Study found that organic foods are not more nutritious than those that are conventionally grown.

Ojibwe Creation Symbol Threatened by Minnesota Wolf Hunt

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Georgianne Nienaber: Does sport hunting in the guise of “management” make any sense at all when there are 3,000 wolves in Minnesota, recognizing that when they are eliminated below a population of 1,600 the killing will stop only to begin again when populations rise?

Sheila Kuehl on Prop 37: What’s In Your Food?

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Sheila Kuehl: A decision on this proposition comes down to whether you think it important to know whether you are purchasing and ingesting food that has been genetically modified.

Hetch Hetchy: Will San Franciscans Turn Back the Environmental Clock?

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Nancy Unger: Regardless of Measure F’s outcome, its presence on the ballot signifies the growing reach of the environmental movement.

Romney vs. Disaster Assistance

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Dan Farber: In his last year as governor, Romney refused to provide state assistance when major floods hit western Massachusetts., even though the state government had ample funds.

The Truth About Proposition 37—Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods

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Carole Bartolotto: I knew the battle over prop 37 would be heated, tough, and ugly. But I was not expecting biotech companies and food manufacturers to stoop as low as they have and spend a million dollars a day doing so.

Carmageddon II : Did You Breathe Better Last Weekend?

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Jackie Cornejo: When the 405 was closed last year, air quality near the 10-mile portion of the freeway reached levels that were 83 percent better than on a typical L.A. weekend.

Running Out of Energy

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Steve Hochstadt: Maintaining our wasteful national lifestyle and relying on underground sources of energy means watching other nations take the lead toward an affordable energy future.

Koch Brothers Love Prop 32

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Matt Fleischer: Despite their reputations as libertarian true believers, the Koch brothers are nothing if not practical businessmen, who have no trouble taking advantage of government subsidies when it bolsters their bottom line.

Dealing with Garbage

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Steve Hochstadt: Nobody who comes to my home smokes. But cigarette butts litter the ground near the curb and the sidewalk in front of my house. If you multiply those butts by every building in town, thousands of acts of littering, constantly repeated, are dirtying our town.

Fifty Years After Silent Spring, Let’s Not Roll Back Environmental Protections

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Nancy Unger: The movement to ban harmful pesticides began in earnest 50 years ago this month with the publication of Rachel Carson’s bestselling exposé, Silent Spring. Now in 2012 some Republicans are seeking to roll back environmental protections and pesticide regulations.

Why Genetically Modified Foods Should Be Labeled

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Carole Bartolotto: Do we really want to irreversibly change the face of plant life with unknown consequences for the monetary benefit of a few large corporations and their investors?

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