Earth Day: Sustainability Movement Heals Humanity in the Wild

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Jack Eidt: This Earth Day 2013, world ecosystems face imminent danger from humanity’s ecological overreach and climate change. Building on the original 1970 theme of a national teach-in, promoting awareness of the acute problems, posing solutions to advance environmental sustainability, and building a movement to work toward its implementation.

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?

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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