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.

Right-Wing Truth-Trampling

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Walter Moss: The most egregious recent example of some right-wing organizations’ truth-trampling is their praise for newspaper columnist Diana West’s revised version of McCarthyism in American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Character.

Jerry Brown’s Energy Diplomacy

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Tom Hayden: While Obama is seeking a geopolitical pivot to project US power toward China, Brown is seeking a different pivot through energy conservation away from the gathering threat of climate change.

Big Oil’s War on the Sun

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JP Sotille: Just imagine—what if people could stop burning oil and gas and even coal, and just use these miracle devices to transform Old Sol’s sunny disposition into the power needed to run just about everything?

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.

Let’s Stop Talking About 2016!

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Randy Shaw: Americans may “hate” politics, but the media cannot get enough of it. Since Obama’s re-election we have been deluged with stories not simply about Hillary Clinton, but also about Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush positioning themselves for runs in 2016.

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.

Penal Trends: Strange Weather or Climate Change?

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Jonathan Simon: Are recent changes in prison-growth patterns, judicial decisions, and electoral results variations within the norm, or evidence of a more profound change that could mark the end of our 40-year experiment with mass incarceration?

Truckin’ to Treason: The Hot Air of Secession

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Walter Brasch: The Civil War—known as the War Between the States among Confederate sympathizers—is still being fought. Almost 25,000 Pennsylvanians have now signed petitions to have the Keystone State secede from the union.

Republicans Right For Once

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Brent Budowsky: here is desperation and delusion in the air from the Republican side because they feel the election has been slipping away, and for once, regarding these Republicans, I must heartily agree with them.