Environment and Health

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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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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