December 16, 2017

Dr. King’s Nightmare

As we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s 85th birthday, we’ve all come to know his dream. Above all else, he dreamed that one day this nation would rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”   Yet here’s the grim reality facing black America today: ... Read More »

Alaska’s Fishing Grounds Under Threat

The Center for American Progress published an analysis in June 2013 that detailed a proposal for a massive open-pit mine project that would unearth 12 square miles of pristine Alaska wilderness. The Pebble Limited Partnership’s mining claim lies in a remote swath of Southwest Alaska between two rivers that collectively produce more than one-quarter of the planet’s sockeye salmon and support a fishery with ... Read More »

The Real Price of Seafood

In 2012, this country imported more than $31 billion worth of seafood If you enjoy a plate of fish sticks or a salmon burger from time to time, there’s a good chance you’re eating something that came into the United States illegally—and contributed to the death of hundreds of thousands of dolphins, whales, and sea lions.   The Marine Mammal ... Read More »

Most US Lawmakers are Millionaires

For the first time in history, most members of U.S. Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics.   Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress ... Read More »

Climate Change to Blame for Low Temps?

So just in case you missed all of those school closings, safety warnings,transportation delays, NFL broadcasts, #DeepFreeze tweets, and videos of boiling water turning into insta-ice, you should know that it’s cold outside. A “polar vortex” has North America in its icy grip, breaking low temperature records everywhere it goes.   So of course, the climate deniers are out in force, trying to use the #DeepFreeze as ... Read More »

Christie Accused of Political Retribution

  At a morning press conference on Thursday  (January 9), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that he had fired Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff and top aide in his administration, for her role in the growing scandal involving the manufactured delays on the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political retribution and asked another ... Read More »

Can Ogallala Aquifer Survive Drought and Pollution?

The high plains aquifer, also known as the Ogallala aquifer, is one of the largest in the nation and the primary source of water for a vast stretch of our agricultural heartland. But what exactly is an aquifer, and how does it work? Many imagine a giant underground lake—in fact, the Ogallala is sometimes referred to as the sixth Great ... Read More »

900 Rich Won’t Contribute to Social Security

While almost all working Americans will pay into Social Security through their paychecks throughout the year, the 900 wealthiest people in the country won’t. That’s because the highest-earning 0.0001 percent of the U.S. — many of them corporate CEOs — made $117,000 in the first two days of the year, which is the maximum annual income that is subject to Social ... Read More »

2013: The Year in Internet Freedom

To say that 2013 was just another year in the struggle to protect our online rights is quite the understatement. When the history of the Internet is written, 2013 will be considered one epic year.   Edward Snowden blew a giant hole in the corporate-government surveillance complex; nearly every week brings new information damning both government agencies and the companies ... Read More »

2013’s 13 Major Clean Energy Breakthroughs

  While the news about climate change seems to get worse every day, the rapidly improving technology, declining costs, and increasing accessibility of clean energy is the true bright spot in the march toward a zero-carbon future. 2013 had more clean energy milestones than we could fit on one page, but here are thirteen of the key breakthroughs that happened ... Read More »