Environment and Health

Mad about the Climate? Don’t Cheer Up!

Mad about the Climate? Don’t Cheer Up!

On June 1, President Trump announced that he'll withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. If that makes you mad, good. If that makes you outraged and disgusted, even better. We have good reason. Even for a president whose administration has quickly...

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The ‘Why’ Behind Bad Grades

The ‘Why’ Behind Bad Grades

The end of the school year has a tendency to bring crises to my attention. I'm a graduate teaching assistant, which means I have more face-to-face contact with the students than the professor I work for. I know their names and I know them as individuals. There are...

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Saving America’s Great Places

Saving America’s Great Places

I'm writing this from Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, this was our first National Park. The world's first, in fact. In an interesting window into how politics worked then (and now, arguably), Congress agreed to preserve this land only after being...

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Getting Out of Our Coal Hole

Getting Out of Our Coal Hole

When you’re in a hole, it’s usually best to stop digging. But when President Trump told supporters at his 100th day rally in Pennsylvania that "we are putting our coal miners back to work," he just burrowed deeper into the bed of administration lies on energy. The...

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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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