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Lots of Inconvenient Truths — Chemical Illness Epidemic in the Wake of the BP Blowout

Recently Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing the $20 billion Gulf Coast Claims Facility to “make it right” for people harmed by the British Petroleum oil blowout disaster, told a Louisiana House and Senate committee that he had not seen any claims, or any scientific evidence, linking BP’s oil and dispersant release to chemical illnesses. Feinberg […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court Sells Out: A Government of, for, and by the Corporations

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizen United v. Federal Elections Commission case sold America down the river. It opens the floodgates to unfettered — unlimited! — corporate and union spending on candidate elections by overturning state and federal restrictions on electioneering. This will affect all elections: school board, zoning commissions, state and municipal judges, state representatives, congressional delegates, President.

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A Letter to the Governor of Alaska

There is an opportunity for this state to demonstrate that it will act fairly and responsibly to protect its residents from oil spill impacts when the law fails to do so.

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More Oil? Cheap Gas? Now is the Time to Make Tough Choices

Cordova, Alaska. When President Obama said, during a speech on environment and climate change, “America will not be held hostage to dwindling resources, hostile regimes, and a warming planet,” people across the country grew hopeful that we were, at last, charting a course away from fossil fuels. And we certainly can. But it will require […]

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The Human Cost of Bush’s Arctic Policy

Wainwright, Alaska. “We’ll have to give you an Eskimo name if you like our food!” Kenneth “Kenny” Tagarook teased as he sliced another piece of frozen raw caribou meat for me with his ulu – a hand-sized, flat piece of metal with a small handle opposite the sharp, curved edge. Kenny and his wife Ann […]

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Onshore and Offshore: The Human Cost of Oil Drilling

Wainwright, Alaska. Rebecca “Ricky” Ekak, a tenth grader at Alak High School in Wainwright, implored her teacher, “Please, can we learn more about this? What they said went into me.” Ricky and her classmates are Inupiat (“In-OU-pe-at” or “Eskimo”).Wainwright is one of eight Inupiat villages at the top of the world or at least the […]

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Crimes at the Top of the World: The Human Cost of Oil

Wainwright, Alaska. Rebecca “Ricky” Ekak, a tenth grader at Alak High School in Wainwright, implored her teacher, “Please, can we learn more about this? What they said went into me.” Ricky and her classmates are Inupiat (“In-OU-pe-at” or “Eskimo”). Wainwright is one of eight Inupiat villages at the top of the world or at least […]

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Up Huffington’s Ante: Pledge to be Unreasonable

Arianna Huffington is calling for people to step up to Barack Obama’s call to service by having each of us make our own personal commitment to working for the public good. We as Americans got into our current mess because too many of us shirked our basic responsibilities as people living in a “free” country. […]

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