Environment and Health
What do you call a mix of “black liquor,” biofuels, diesel, and a generous splash of tax subsidies? If you have Sen. Mike Crapo shake this cocktail vigorously and serve it in a golden goblet provided by corporate lobbyists, I’ve got the answer: Koch Brothers Moonshine.
The vast scale of America’s health care system is daunting. Maternity wards, emergency rooms, and other facilities operate around the clock at most of the nation’s 4,000 hospitals. Registered nurses form the backbone of this system, providing triage and treatment.
Should Congress renew the wind-energy production tax credit that’s scheduled to expire at the end of 2012? It depends on whom you ask — a Democrat, a Republican, or another Republican.
In recent years, the natural gas industry has plunged deeper and deeper into the reckless practice of “fracking,” putting communities nationwide at risk of dirty, dangerous pollution and practices that are exempt from many clean air and water laws. Now gas profiteers have realized that there’s even more money to be made by liquefying the gas and shipping it overseas. So what if it comes at the cost of our air, water, and health?
As fires raged in Arizona last summer, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) found the culprits.
The Olympic Games can draw unexpected visitors. Remember the Jamaican bobsled team? This year, it’s the delegation from nowhere.
When you’re in a hole, you stop digging. And when you’ve got a $1.3-trillion deficit and $15.7 trillion in debt, you’ve got to start cutting. That’s why we joined the environmental group Friends of the Earth and the free-market R Street Institute to forge “Green Scissors” that Congress could potentially use to snip nearly $700 billion from the nation’s bloated budget.
Steve Gepner almost died four times. His health care saga began mundanely enough, as many do. After all, how many of us expect we could be hours or days away from life-threatening illness?
I celebrated the Fourth of July this year by having a heart attack. All things considered, watching fireworks would have been more fun.
America’s rare environmental victories often earn headlines. They might involve the successful blocking of a dangerous pipeline, a new mercury standard for coal, or perhaps the signing of a hard-fought pact to limit overfishing.