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Your gas stove is always polluting, even when it’s turned off
Rebecca Leber: Scientists may have just found a source of missing methane in cities. ... Basically all stoves “leak a bit when they’re burning,” Jackson said. “And they all leak a bit when you turn them on and off, because there’s a period of time before the flame kicks in. The most surprising was almost three-quarters of the methane that we found emitting from the stoves came from when they weren’t running.” ... the gas stove, a feature of 40 million American homes, is likely always releasing a greenhouse gas. ... the methane emissions from stoves are roughly equivalent to the carbon dioxide released by half a million gas-powered cars in a year, the researchers found... Visit Website ]
Jan 27, 2022, 12:36pm

Consider This....
Appointing Another Pro-Corporate Hack Supreme Court Justice Would Be a Disaster
David Sirota: With Justice Breyer’s announced retirement, the moment begs for a jurist with a commitment to prioritizing workers and the environment — and breaking with America’s most powerful lobbying group, the US Chamber of Commerce. ... the high court is first and foremost big business’s cannon aimed squarely at the American worker and at the livable ecosystem that supports human life ... as the progressive legal publication Balls and Strikes notes, Breyer’s twenty-seven-year career of rulings have “protected big business privilege from antitrust lawsuits.” ... Replacing one business ally with another would further cement the court as a corporate star chamber for another generation, making America’s economy even more rigged against workers, retirees, and climate justice than it already is... Visit Website ]
Jan 27, 2022, 12:26pm

Blogosphere
Ukraine and U.S. War Propaganda
Margaret Kimberley: The 2014 U.S. sponsored coup against the elected government of Ukraine must be the starting point for any discussion of the current crisis. That crisis has been manufactured by Joe Biden, who was the Obama administration point person in using Ukraine as a means of destabilizing Russia. ... Russia has held firm on a guarantee of no further NATO encroachment and the removal of missiles from their border. ... The Russians certainly mean what they say. ... The American people should just say no... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2022, 11:59am

Commentary
Jamaica’s Conservative Prime Minister Andrew Holness has Given Mining Giant Noranda Bauxite Concessions that Put Lush Regions of Country in Jeopardy
Richard S. Dunn: Jamaica’s conservative prime minister, Andrew Holness, has given the non-ferrous metals mining company Noranda Bauxite, permission to carry out mining operations in the Parish of St. Ann, in the region historically known as the Cockpit Country. ... What is missing from media reports and commentaries on this agreement is the detrimental environmental and socio-political impact on the nation. ... these operations there still remain minute quantities of heavy metals and radioactive elements in the mined area; that area will not be able to sustain plant life, which is antithetical to the concept of sustainability. ... “in fact, the Caribbean bauxite industry is a classic case of economic imperialism….Caribbean bauxite does create great wealth, but for others outside of the region.”... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2022, 11:37am

Environment
Bitcoin Seeks ‘Pollution for Profit’ in New York
James Goodman: Activists organize against using fossil fuel plants as tools for cryptocurrency. ... In 2014, Connecticut-based Atlas Holdings bought a mothballed, coal-fired electric power plant on the shores of Seneca Lake. Three years later, the facility—Greenidge Generation—was restarted as a natural gas-fired plant. ... 2020, Forbes magazine described Greenidge as “one of the largest” Bitcoin cryptocurrency facilities in the United State ... 374,814 metric tons of greenhouse gases were emitted in 2020 ... their own website that talk about clean burning natural gas ... “Quite frankly, there is no clean-burning natural gas.”... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2022, 11:23am

Commentary
STRIPPING AWAY THE BULLS**T: U.S. and Russian Threats Over Ukraine—What They’re About and Who’s the Aggressor
Dee Knight: The dangerous standoff has lasted for most of a year. Each side accuses the other of threatening war—in a way reminiscent of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. ... President Joe Biden seemed to “blink” midweek, on January 19, telling reporters in Washington he had indicated to Russian President Putin that “we can work out something.” ... Europeans need energy security and are wary of war. They want the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as soon as possible ... the military industrial complex and big energy companies among others—are eager for a new Cold War with Russia, which would provide them with boundless opportunities for profitable deals... Visit Website ]
Jan 25, 2022, 11:56am

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The Great Los Angeles Train Robbery Is an Exercise in Misdirection
Brandon R. Reynolds: Everyone loves the Great Los Angeles Train Robbery story. ... a vast debris field littered with opened and discarded packages, looted from boxcars sitting idle, unguarded, and unlocked on the rails in LA’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood. ... From the beginning, the media let Union Pacific shape the narrative ... (But) ... Union Pacific laid off a bunch of workers in 2020, and according to an anonymous employee, “The number of patrolling officers has been cut from 50 to 60 agents to eight, which the worker thinks has led to an increase in train robberies.” ... The company reported its net income for 2021 was $6.5 billion, compared to $5.6 billion in 2020... Visit Website ]
Jan 25, 2022, 11:37am

Environment
How Logging Contributes to Climate Change
George Wuerthner: A number of studies that reviewed carbon emissions conclude that logging and wood processing emits far more carbon than a fire. ... “Thinning forests to reduce potential carbon losses due to wildfire is in direct conflict with carbon sequestration goals.” ... in logging the trees (killing them), you reduce the future carbon storage that would have otherwise occurred had the trees remained in the forest ... So, we get a guaranteed removal of carbon and carbon emissions with logging that contributes to climate warming, which is, in turn, contributing to more fires... Visit Website ]
Jan 24, 2022, 12:13pm

Blogosphere
Censorship By Algorithm Does Far More Damage Than Conventional Censorship
Caitlin Johnstone: By mid-2017 independent media outlets were already reporting across ideological lines that algorithm changes from important sources of viewership like Google had suddenly begun hiding their content from people who were searching for the subjects they reported on. ... And Silicon Valley did eventually admit that it was in fact actively censoring voices who fall outside the mainstream consensus. ... the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet admitted in 2020 to algorithmically throttling World Socialist Website ... Whoever controls the narrative controls the world.... Visit Website ]
Jan 24, 2022, 11:49am

Environment
We’ve breached Earth’s threshold for chemical pollution, study says
Elizabeth Claire Alberts: An estimated 350,000 different kinds of chemicals are currently in the global market, yet most substances have not been evaluated. ... As the demand for oil decreases, petrochemical companies are ramping up their plastic production ... Many chemicals will persist in the environment for a long time after they have stopped being released by industries. ... we require constant economic growth ... they’ve been able to keep producing and using chemicals, even in the face of toxicity data, because they can show that it can grow economies, provide jobs, provide materials... Visit Website ]
Jan 23, 2022, 12:41pm

Consider This....
Critical Race Theory Is Dangerous. That’s Why It Should Be Mandatory in American Schools
Dan Siegel: The right-wing leadership is correct that critical race theory could change our country permanently—just not in the way they claim. ... The critical race hobgoblin demands that our children remain uneducated and ignorant to keep them from feeling guilty about the ingrained nature of racism in America. Or the genocide committed by our brave forefathers against the Indigenous people who lived here before Columbus arrived. Or sexism. Or the destruction of the planet... Visit Website ]
Jan 22, 2022, 12:35pm

Blogosphere
On the Biden Plantation
Margaret Kimberley: The idea that Joe Biden would provide harm reduction was created to help the unpopular candidate secure an electoral victory. The reality is a litany of lies and certain defeat for democrats at the polls. There's no harm reduction in a neo-liberal system. ... Biden isn’t predisposed to do what Black people need. All the platitudes and promises are inevitably hollow. ... At the end of the day, millions of people have nothing except hope that the plantation master of the moment will somehow be kinder... Visit Website ]
Jan 21, 2022, 2:48pm

Commentary
A Citizen of the World (Still) Speaks
Robert Koehler: I decided to honor Martin Luther King Day this year by reading — and trying to absorb, more fully than ever before — the entirety (nearly 7,000 words) of the iconic speech he gave at Riverside Church a year to the day before his assassination. ... “I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken... Why are we still caught up geopolitically in an I-win-you-lose mentality after 20 years and counting of endless war that cost a few trillion bucks, killed and displaced millions of people and accomplished virtually nothing... Visit Website ]
Jan 21, 2022, 2:39pm

Books
“The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides” by Mitchel Cohen
“The World’s Most Evil Company” May Lose a Few Court Fights—But Will Keep On Poisoning and Killing Millions of People with Its Carcinogenic Pesticide ‘Roundup’ ... Monsanto (now part of Bayer AB) had to pay $78 million in 2018 and $10 billion more in 2020 to settle 100,000 cancer lawsuits. But that won’t stop a company whose 2021 revenues will top $49.991 billion…which is why Roundup is still being profitably sprayed in 160 countries around the world... Visit Website ]
Jan 20, 2022, 3:44pm

Did You Know
Welcome to Colorado: the Land of Oil Giants and Lilliputian Regulators
Phil Doe: It was no surprise really to learn the oil industry thinks the people should continue to cover all but the tiniest sliver of the risks associated with the closing, cleanup, and long-term maintenance costs of their wells. ... The state estimates that on average it takes $100,000 to close a well, but this is based on a small sample that does not include any of the newer, often deeper horizontally fracked wells. ... Some studies indicate the industry enjoys a subsidy of at least $50 billion annually in this country, but this does not include the likelihood or risks of well-closing and maintenance costs being transferred to the public... Visit Website ]
Jan 20, 2022, 3:32pm


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