Feds Urged to Halt Fracking Off California Coast

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Dan Bacher: The recent relevation that California’s coastal waters are being “fracked” takes place in the larger context of the oil industry’s enormous influence on California environmental processes.

Conservatism: It’s the New Liberalism

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Lauren Windsor: Why is it that conservatives, who tout their morality and fiscal responsibility, are so liberal with the stewardship of our planet’s resources; so liberal with their interpretation of empirical evidence; so liberal with scientific facts?

Remembering JFK: Let Them Come to Whiskeytown

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Joe Mathews: As we approach the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, our country is doomed to endure an orgy of hoary remembrances, conspiracy theories, and sleazy sex tales. But Californians have an alternative commemoration if they want it.

Death of the Lush, Green Lawn

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Jim Hightower: A pioneering 2003 turf-removal rebate program in Las Vegas, for example, has now pulled 165 million feet of thirsty lawn grass out of the area, saved more than 9 billion gallons of water, and cut water use by a third, even as the population has mushroomed.

The “Creationist with iPhone” Paradox

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Tina Dupuy: We have to stop giving credence to the Christian Scientists of climate. If faith-healing is not an acceptable form of medical treatment, why should we accept it as an energy plan?

Ocean Fracking Should Be No Surprise

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Dan Bacher: When the oil industry wields this much power – and an oil industry lobbyist oversaw the process that was supposed to “protect” the ocean – it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that California’s ocean waters are now being “fracked.”

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