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They’re all still lying about Iraq: The real story about the biggest blunder in American history — and the right wing’s obsessive need to cover it up

US President Bush speaks to the media next to his brother Gov. Jeb Bush in Washington

Republicans’ verbal gyrations over the Iraq War should not be dismissed as the usual rhetorical jabberwocky of an election season. Their stumblings and justifications provide an important window into a larger, crucial story. They reveal that Movement Conservatives remain rooted in a worldview that has been outdated for so long it is now delusional.
The tempest [...]

This Is How The Obama Administration Plans To Save Bees And Butterflies


A new federal plan aims to reverse America’s declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly, spending millions of dollars more on research and considering the use of fewer pesticides.
While putting different type of landscapes along highways, federal housing projects and elsewhere may not sound like much [...]

Spike In Dolphin Deaths Directly Tied To Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Researchers Say

APTOPIX Gulf Oil Spill

A dramatic increase in dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico is directly linked to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists concluded in a report published Wednesday.
Following the 2010 explosion on the drilling rig owned by Transocean and leased by British Petroleum (BP) and the subsequent spill of 4.9 million barrels (205.8 million gallons) of [...]

What Humans Are Really Doing to Our Planet, in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images


Last week, Pope Francis and church officials encouraged everyone to consume less and think more about our impact on the environment.
It’s a timely warning because the next six months will be critical to our future.
Ahead of a series of major events later this year, The Foundation for Deep Ecology and the Population Media Center released [...]

Oklahoma Set To Overturn Local Drilling Controls As Backlash Brews

Nat'l Governors Association Delivers State Of The States Address In Washington

Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80-year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders.
The legislation, now being finalized, would help insulate energy companies from local movements that have grown in response to the rapid expansion of [...]

Climate fix for rising seas could foul Miami’s Biscayne Bay

king tide study

Last fall as Miami Beach triumphantly drained its streets, beating back seasonal King Tide flooding that has come to symbolize the perils of climate change, scientists got a different view of what the future may hold: one of the world’s most celebrated beaches surrounded by water too foul for swimming.
New pumps installed to keep the [...]

Eating beef: pros and cons

What’s the story on climate impact of eating beef? Cattle raising has been accused of adding to greenhouse gas problems, but there’s a thoughtful argument in favor of cattle raising.  Judith Schwartz wrote about how cattle can help sequester carbon in Cows Save the Planet.
Jared Stone writes about the real problem: feed lots and cattle [...]

The Six Craziest Arguments Politicians Are Making Against Protecting National Parks And Wildlife


When it comes to climate change, some politicians have a penchant for outrageous, headline-grabbing statements. “There isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas,” former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) famously told the House of Representatives in 2009.
In recent months, however, the flair for the sensational has extended [...] … who is representing Big Sugar?

There are 56 lobbyists registered in the Florida database to represent Big Sugar in Tallahassee. There are 40 state senators. By that number alone, we can see who runs the shadow government of Florida. But we can’t see what they do.
The database maintained by the State of Florida does not show issues and legislation that [...]

New Giant Wind Turbines Will Unlock Wind Resources Across The U.S.


Since 1980, wind energy costs have fallen by more than a factor of 20 in some regions of the country — going from more than 55 cents per kilowatt-hour to less than 2.5 cents/kWh.
A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy shows how advances in wind power technology and deployment will continue to make [...]

Oil spill fouls Santa Barbara coastline

This will be a continuing saga. No word yet as to why the pipeline broke. But the company that owns it wasn’t aware of it until people at the campgrounds complained about the smell and local firefighters responded and found the oil.
This report from the AP:
GOLETA — A broken pipeline spilled 21,000 gallons of crude [...]

Bee protection, but not from insecticides

The Guardian points out gaps in the President’s program:
The White House has announced an ambitious plan to “promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators” in the United States in a bid to help reverse a worrying trend that has seen the honeybee population fall by half over the last seven decades.
It includes making millions [...]

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Cost $5 Trillion Annually and Worsen Pollution


Global energy subsidies, including the social and environmental costs associated with heavily subsidized fossil fuels, are costing the world’s governments upward of $5 trillion annually, according to new estimates released yesterday by the International Monetary Fund.
That lost revenue is punching gaping holes in the budgets of both wealthy and poor nations, according to IMF, while [...]

Time for a Reform Party in Florida: a state-wide ticket of first-time citizen legislators: Take Back Florida

Absolute power rarely knows how to self-correct when it overplays its hand with the public. That is the situation today in Florida, where an immoveable GOP state legislature handed over the keys to government to dominant insiders and special interests and now is thrashing around in turmoil.
The stalement between radical conservatives and even more radical [...]

Washington State Declares Drought Emergency


Drought isn’t just a California problem, folks. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on Friday, with snowpack and stream flows dramatically below normal.
“We’re really starting to feel the pain from this snowpack drought,” Inslee said at a press conference. “Impacts are already severe in several areas of the state. Difficult decisions are [...]