Environment

James E. Hansen and Me

by  Ron  Spriestersbach This is a free association stream of consciousness related to global warning. The hero of the story is Dr. James E. Hansen, generally accepted as the scientist-leader in the US in the field of climate change. Itís like the frog and the water. Throw it into boiling water, and it will jump…

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…

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