Claude Fischer: For years, political divisions over the environment have had the seemingly odd feature that Americans farthest from the open country have tended to be most supportive of protecting the environment, while those nearest to it — farmers and other rural residents — have been most resistant.
Catherine Wolfram: Coal gasification will help reduce local pollution and it appears commercially viable, at least in China. Unfortunately, it’s a disaster for climate change.
Walter Brasch: The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a prostitute. They believe they are doing a public service. Of course, streetwalkers and call girls also believe they are doing a public service.
Dan Bacher: It is no surprise that Western States Petroleum Association placed first in “The Big Oil Dirty Dozen” with $23,987,896 spent on lobbying in Sacramento from 2009 through 2013.
Stephen Wallace: To see the impact big oil is having on the Amazon, I spent eight days with the Amazon Anchaur people. Every morning they vomit as a way of cleansing to start the day fresh. The next few hours are spent telling stories with the entire family present.
Walter Moss: In keeping with our unrestrained consumptiveness, the commonly accepted basis of our economy is the supposed possibility of limitless growth, limitless wants, limitless wealth, limitless natural resources, limitless energy, and limitless debt.
Lisa Goldwag Kassner: We have another chance to get labeling of GMOs for retail sale passed in California this year with an improved, simpler version of Prop. 37. It is called SB 1381, and it’s currently being considered by the State Senate.
Shane Davis: Gov. Brown, will you frack to the moon and back, or will your ‘Moonbeam’ shine a new light on harmful fracking and ban it outright in California?
Walter Brasch: Vera Scroggins never planned to be among the leaders of a social movement, but her persistence in explaining and documenting what is happening to the people and their environment has put her there.
Larry Wines: Solid ground isn’t solid. Things move. And we’ve come to understand the “how” and a lot of the “why,” and where it’s going.
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Winona LaDuke: The Lakota, like many other Native people, see a big infrastructure project like the Keystone XL pipeline, which moves profits from one corporation to another, across their land, as more than a black snake of the fat taker. It is a threat, and there is no new water.
Wayne Williams: Arctic seas will continue to lose ice and become less able to maintain colder temperatures at the poles, creating weaker jet streams in the atmosphere, making the planet hotter and hotter every year.