Simmering Water War

Here in my home state of Texas, we’re suffering from withdrawal pains. This isn’t caused by our addiction to alcohol or drugs–but to plain water. And to make our pain worse, it’s not the people of Texas who are hooked on a destructive water...

How about Saving all the Miners?

Remember the joy shared by millions around the world as we watched as the Chilean miners were rescued one by one? Celebrating their survival made me wish that the global mining industry could find itself in the spotlight too, with lights glaring at each aspect of its...

Reaching the Boiling Point

President Barack Obama recently announced plans to modernize our crumbling roads, rails, and airports while providing jobs for the construction industry. While we certainly need to fix our nation’s transportation infrastructure, another crucial set of systems in...

It’s Still Not Easy to Die Peacefully

Years of struggle, Joy and strife; Body’s done, But not my life. It’s been 25 years now since an AP poll revealed that a majority of Americans thought terminally ill patients should have the right to die. Assuming, of course, that they wanted to. Fat lot...

Confronting the Reality of Climate Change

It got so hot in downtown Los Angeles the other day that the thermometer broke. The National Weather Service’s device hit 113 degrees at about noon (the highest temp ever recorded in LA), then just quit. Climate change hawks were quick to seize on this as...

More Jobs, Less War

The Great Recession may be officially over but the United States is stuck in a prolonged economic crisis, with joblessness hovering around 10 percent. Millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans are fed up. They want jobs. But many lawmakers are reluctant to...