Environment and Health

Wanted: 1.5 Billion Immigrants

Wanted: 1.5 Billion Immigrants

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump famously promised to deport every person living in this country without proper papers. I have another idea: The 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. should be granted citizenship immediately in a mass induction....

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Let’s Face It: The Coal Industry Is a Job Killer

Let’s Face It: The Coal Industry Is a Job Killer

When Donald Trump announced he was rolling back the Obama administration's signature climate rules this spring, he invited coal miners to share the limelight with him. He promised this would end the so-called "war on coal" and bring mining jobs back to coal country....

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Concerned About Climate Change? Change Where You Bank!

Concerned About Climate Change? Change Where You Bank!

At the end of April, hundreds of thousands of people will take part in the People’s Climate March in DC and around the country. The march will send a clear message that the majority of Americans understand that climate change is all too real — and they'll continue to...

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A Great Clucking Idea

A Great Clucking Idea

If you live in Austin, Texas, the city will pay you to get chickens. That's right. Whereas in the past, cities often banned urban chickens, our nation has now crossed a threshold in which a city will pay residents to keep chickens. The program is an effort to reduce...

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Obamacare Is Actually Working

Obamacare Is Actually Working

Question: What do you get when you mix a barrel of fables, a sack of mendacity, and a gross of whoppers – topped with a thick layer of subterfuge? Answer: The fiasco that's been the Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "We're going to do something...

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Give Your Old Stuff to Others — Not the Landfill

Give Your Old Stuff to Others — Not the Landfill

My neighbor moved out this week. I learned that when I found a moving truck blocking my car and I couldn't get out of the driveway. No matter — by the end of the day, the truck was gone. In its place, however, was a queen-sized pillow-top mattress, a wooden dresser,...

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Why Did Trumpcare Fail?

Why Did Trumpcare Fail?

Why? That's the big question the mass media is asking about the sudden failure of the Republican leaders' relentless push to demonize and kill Obamacare. After all, the GOP bragged that they now control the legislative game and would quickly knock Obama's trademark...

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My Autistic Child Isn’t ‘Diseased’

My Autistic Child Isn’t ‘Diseased’

Finding out that your child is autistic is usually presented as a disaster, a financial and emotional drain that needs a long period of grief to come to terms with. And with one in every 68 children — one for every three classes of primary school kids — receiving this...

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