Environment

Jerry Brown Allows Frackers to Pollute Our Drinking Water

by Lauren Steiner In February of this year, the Associated Press reported that California’s Department of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Regulation (DOGGR) had authorized oil companies to inject toxic fracking wastewater into aquifers that may be used as a source of drinking water or irrigation 2500 times. DOGGR officials admitted that they had erred…

Busy Cutting The Branch We’re Sitting On

by Charles Fredricks scfs-la.org  dsa-la.org It’s said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; but then, to get where you’re going, it’s helpful to know where you are to begin with. For those paying attention, two alarming studies were published recently calling attention to the lack of attention paid to…

CLIMATE CHANGE by the numbers

By Charles Fredricks 5 or 10 years: The amount of time we may have to lock in transition of electric power generation, heating and cooling, and transportation away from carbon based fossil fuels to renewable energy, to avoid civilization-ending disaster. 50 years: The time lag roughly between when we will feel the effects in the…

The Over-riding Urgency of Climate Change

by Charles Fredricks This year 20,000,000 people were displaced by climate events; more than by war (that’s from the UN). In a few years, without prompt action, that number will increase tenfold, and from there the news will only get worse. This needs to remain a top-priority focus, educating the public and discussing steps that…

Renewables and Recovery

By Kent Minault I want to talk here about the work being done by labor activists and environmentalists. Environmentalists are getting more and more concerned about job creation, and labor unions are looking more and more toward solar energy and mandated efficiency programs to keep their members working. This convergence of interests is creating policy…

Election Over: 5 Hard Realities

Election Over: 5 Hard Realities Progressive Have to Face About Obama By Jeff Faux Democrats must start mobilizing their own agenda now. And the first step is to face the truth about Obama’s record. November 18, 2012  | Terrorized by the prospect of a complete takeover of the U.S. government by right-wing reactionaries—progressive Democrats swallowed…

Killing Children

Bill Moyers: We Are Killing American Kids — Will Someone Ask Romney and Obama About That? They will be yet another hoax unless someone asks “Why are we killing the kids that don’t need to die?”   Matt Sitton knew the war in Afghanistan was going badly. He knew it because he was fighting it….

Unfettered Corporate Greed

5 Ways America Is Being Hollowed Out by Unfettered Corporate Greed Paul Buchheit There’s no free market — just businesses doing whatever they please with virtually zero accountability. Conservatives believe that enriching individuals will eventually enrich society, and that government should not get in the way of the process. This is what happens as a…

Life Expectancy Decreases

Shocker Stat of the Day: Life Expectancy Decreases by 4 Years Among Poor White People in the US by Kathleen Geier Yesterday, the New York Times reported on an alarming new study: researchers have documented that the least educated white Americans are experiencing sharp declines in life expectancy. Between 1990 and 2008, white women without…

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