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Dahr Jamail – “We’ve Never Seen the Government Stand Up to the Fossil Fuel Industry”: Tim DeChristopher on Our Climate Future

In 2008, Tim DeChristopher found himself bidding for parcels of public land around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks of Utah at an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction. A climate activist acting as a bidder at the auction, DeChristopher ended up successfully winning 22,500 acres of land by bidding a total of $1.8 million, which he …

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WHY EXPERTS SAY IT’S TIME TO DITCH THE U.S. ELECTORAL COLLEGE

The US Electoral College distorts campaigns, disenfranchises voters, and drives partisanship, say scholars who argue the popular vote is far better for choosing presidents. Otherwise, “The great majority of American voters exercise no real political voice in the outcome of presidential elections,” says Doug McAdam, professor of sociology at Stanford University. Under the United States Constitution, the Electoral College determines …

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Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keeping food traditions alive?

When conjuring up an image of a healthy ecosystem, few of us would think of a modern city. But scientists are increasingly recognizing that the majority of ecosystems are now influenced by humans, and even home gardens in urban landscapes can contribute important ecosystem services. “Ecosystem services are the benefits that ecosystems provide to humans. In a natural ecosystem, these …

FRAN QUIGLEY – How Corporations Killed Medicine

Along the path toward the creation of a global capitalist system, some of the most significant steps were taken by the English enclosure movement. Between the 15th to 19th centuries, the rich and the powerful fenced off commonly held land and transformed it into private property. Land switched from a source of subsistence to a source of profit, and small farmers were …

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Resistance Radio – George Wuerthner – 01.24.16

George Wuerthner is the Ecological Projects Director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology. He is an ecologist and wildlands activist. He has published 38 books on environmental issues and natural history including such environmentally focused books as Welfare Ranching, Wildfire, Thrillcraft, Energy and most recently Protecting the Wild. Today we talk about beetles. The timber industry and the Forest Service portray beetles as a threat to forests, and as yet another reason forests must be cut down. Wuerthner discusses beetles as keystone species, important to forests, and to those who live in them.

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Leid Stories – 01.04.16

Happy New Year! The Follies Are Still With Us!
The new year has barely begun, but not so the follies; the insanity continues. Leid Stories highlights a few headline-grabbing stories that prove that illustrate the point—including Trump’s media triumph; the Bill and Hill presidential twofer; why Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential runs should still matter (but don’t); and how an armed militia takeover of federal land and property in Oregon is being treated as a peace movement … with lots and lots of guns.

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Lauren McCauley – Newly Exposed Methane Threat Trumps Latest ‘False Solution’ on Emissions

Environmental groups are raising flags over what they say is another “false solution” as the Obama administration on Tuesday put forth its new proposed methane emissions rules. Meanwhile, a new study revealed that those very emissions are in fact “substantially higher” than official estimates, adding to the growing body of evidence showing that the proliferation of natural gas—even if “capped”—will …

Did the Feds Open up 400,000 California Acres to Fracking in a Water Crisis? By REBEKAH KEARN

The federal and state governments illegally opened up 400,000 acres for fracking in Southern California, which already has thousands of such dangerous oil and gas wells, environmentalists claim in court. The Center for Biological Diversity and Los Padres Forestwatch sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Secretary of the Interior and the director of California’s Bureau of Land Management …

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How Photographing Pollution Became Illegal In Wyoming – Claire Bernish

Taking scenic pictures anywhere outside city limits in the state of Wyoming could now get you thrown in jail. Signed into law in March, the Data Trespass Bill enhances laws against trespassing, but the intent of the bill seems to be clear — protecting polluters from prosecution by criminalizing the collecting of evidence against them. No, it’s not exactly as simple as …

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Could Fracking Spark a Modern-Day Dust Bowl? – Tim Radford

Oil wells and natural gas may have made individual Americans rich, but they have impoverished the great plains of North America, according to new research. Fossil fuel prospectors have sunk 50,000 new wells a year since 2000 in three Canadian provinces and 11 U.S. states, and have damaged the foundation of all economic growth: net primary production—otherwise known as biomass, or …