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Archives by Tag 'environment'
Minnesota’s Amish Revolt Against Frac Sand Mining
STEVE HORN
“History,” the old adage goes, “repeats itself.” And this is precisely the reason why we learn it. Exhibit A: Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972), a landmark First Amendment Court battle royale. The case’s facts, as summarized by Oyez, are as fo...
The Park Killers
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The other night I went to a killing.  It was all very matter of fact.  Five judges sat at the front of the room listening to people testify for or against the killing of public recreation and wildlife at Chatfield Reservoir.  An urban recreation and wildlife center, Ch...
Hope is For the Lazy
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In 2005, I preached on the ecological crisis in a sermon I titled “Hope is for the Weak: The Chal...
Fracking Pennsylvania, Consequences Be Damned
WALTER BRASCH
Politics continues to threaten the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. The latest is how the Republican-dominated legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett separated one of the wealthiest and more high-tech/industrial areas of the state from the rural areas. Less t...
Deer Hunting in Bloomington?
STEVEN HIGGS
A recent late-night walk with my border collie Zoe has transported me back to one of the darkest, dreariest days of my 30-year journalistic career. Following her gaze down a utility easement east of Bryan Park a half mile south of downtown Bloomington, I saw a young white...
Our Ghost Dance
KATHLEEN PEINE
It was said that if the dance was done with extreme precision and adherence to ritual, the oppression would stop. Wild game would return, and a new age would ensue. Sometimes a swirling trance was conjured, but this only increased the oppression- strange manifestations, e...
The Hour is Late
RONNIE CUMMINS
“The problem goes beyond parties and politicians. It’s the system . . . . All our politicians are in the pocket of elites who own, lobby, litigate, bully and bribe their way into every element of our lives. Even single cell organisms unite and fight for su...
Fail Better
MARC ESTRIN
In his penultimate novella, “Worstward Ho” (1983), Samuel Beckett writes “...
Once Upon a Bayou
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Days before the wide release of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the filmmakers returned to Montegut to sho...
How the Growth Machine Ate Florida
ALAN FARAGO
John DeGrove was the father of land use planning in Florida and the principal architect of the state land use agency, the Florida Department of Community Affairs. The agency was established in 1985 to oversee compliance with the Growth Management Act. Most Floridians are ...
Failure in Rio
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The predictable word is in from Rio: failure. The conference twenty years on from the huge Earth Summit, Rio 92, has been unable to produce even the pretense of an energetic verbal commitment of the world’s community to “sustainable principles.” The reason? T...
Obama Sells Out Labor and the Environment … Again
ROB URIE
This week the Obama administration was caught hiding behind secrecy agreements to mask its role in the latest ‘free-trade’ deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The pact is designed to further shift legal and regulatory authority from governments to mu...
The Social and Ecological Crises of Capitalism
CHRIS WILLIAMS
“It’s impossible!” I said. “No Johnny, we’re impossible.  It’s like it always was ten million years ago.  It hasn’t changed.  It’s us and the land that’ve changed, become impossible, Us!...
Silent Spring for Us?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
With her 1962 book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson got DDT and other synthetic pesticides b...
Market Failure at the Rio+20 Earth Summit
PATRICK BOND
Given the worsening world economic crisis, the turn to “Green Economy” rhetoric looms as a potential saviour f...
The Ecological Costs of Environmentalist Collaboration
MIKE GARRITY and CAROLE KING
If history has taught us anything, it’s that America is a much better place when environmental laws are enforced.   We need to make sure that people and organizations whose stated mission is to protect and enforce such laws remain fully committed to that mission.  Bu...
The New Wave of Herbicide-Resistant Crops
LINDA GREENE
On May 23, 2012, John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America, sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting his “immediate assistance in staying de-regulation of Dow AgroSciences much ballyhooed 2,4-D-resistant corn seed until an environmental imp...
The Earth as Cookie Jar
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Emma Marris, the author of Rambunctious Garden (RG), loves the nature hiding in back stree...
The Parable of Isle Royale
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Isle Royale in Lake Superior is a national park. Besides its fame as a park, Isle Royale is also famous for its wolf and moose populations. The island provides a unique experimental design of what happens when populations are permitted to grow without restraint. Th...
The Human Costs of Fracking
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
Last February, residents of the Riverdale Mobile Homes Park, a neighborhood on the outskirts of a small city in rural Lycoming County, Pennsylvania with the unlikely name of Jersey Shore, noticed an article in Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Richard A. “Skip” Leonar...
A Paler Shade of Green
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and JOSHUA FRANK
Although America’s greatest Interior Secretary, Harold Ickes, who had the post for nearly a decade under FDR, was from Chicago, the playbook for presidential transitions calls for picking a Westerner for Interior, as long as the nominee isn’t a Californian. Pi...
Indian Point: Still America’s Most Dangerous Nuclear Plant?
JOHN RAYMOND
“Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down!” rang through the cavernous grand ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY, last week when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staged an Orwellian charade promoted as an “open house” held to reassure the public tha...
Barren Oceans
ALAN FARAGO
This morning sun is shining. The sea is calm and blue, off the mole of Cefalu; an ancient port on the northern coast of Sicily. The summer throngs and heat have yet to arrive in a region that features in the story of Western civilization. Long before Homer and Odys...
The World Bank and the Green Economy
PATRICK BOND
The debate over the Green Economy rages on next month in Rio de Janeiro, at the International Society for Ec...
Defending Montana Forests From Lawless Logging
MIKE GARRITY
A handful of timber corporations recently took out full-page ads statewide to criticize the Alliance for the Wild Rockie...