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June 2008

A Conversation with Hervé Kempf

Hervé Kempf, author of How the Rich are Destroying the Earth, sat down with Leslie Thatcher of truthout.org to discuss Comment les riches detruisent la plan te—the original French version of the book. From the interview: Leslie Thatcher, for Truthout: I read “Comment les riches detruisent la plan te” this afternoon. I’m not sure “like” […]

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Video: Carbon Tax, The Coming Storm, and 350ppm

Dr. James E. Hansen is a physicist by training and currently directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies—a laboratory of the Goddard Space Flight Center and a unit of the Columbia University Earth Institute. Today, he will testify, as a private citizen, to Congress about global warming—20 years, to the day, after his first […]

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Video: Greg Pahl Interview with Talking Stick

Greg Pahl, author of The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis, sat down for an interview with Mike McCormick, producer of Mind Over Matters heard 6 – 9 a.m on KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle, Washington. The video is available from Talking Stick, a weekly one-hour program on SCAN cable access channel […]

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Video: Kunin talking Hillary on WNYC

Leonard Lopate talks with Madeleine M. Kunin, former governor of Vermont and author of Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead, on WNYC. Lopate and Kunin discuss Hillary’s run for the Presidency, her lie about “sniper fire” during a 1991 visit to Bosnia, and her vote to authorize the Iraq war.

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Greensburg, KS City Manager: Eat Fresh and Local

As we covered earlier, Greensburg, Kansas is rebuilding itself into a “green” town after a tornado devastated over 95% of the town. One of the aspects of their new green design is interesting because it has nothing to do with renewable energy, “smart” power grids, or even technology at all. It is a cultural shift. […]

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Top 100 Green Building Firms

Apparently construction projects with a focus on sustainability is no longer only a hobby for eco-geeks, aging hippies, and the nuts at the end of that scary dirt road in your town. ‘Green building’ is now a multi-million dollar industry—with Forbes-like rankings to prove it. Engineering News-Record (ENR) has compiled a list of the Top […]

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Review: The Political Mind, by George Lakoff

William Saletan recently reviewed George Lakoff’s latest book, The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain, for The New York Times. One review reviewer over at smilt.net called Saletan’s review “putrid.” Further adding: “The NY Times has done it again, assigning an important book with a careful and documented […]

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Video: Peter Barnes and the O/S of Capitalism

Peter Barnes, author of Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide, spoke about what he see to be the three largest flaws of “the capitalism operating system” in a presentation for the Authors@Google lunch series. Peter explains the three flaws and how to fix them. Capitalism destroys nature. Capitalism widens the gap between rich and poor. Capitalism […]

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Courting Climate Failure

Kudos to U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and his cosponsors for Doggett’s newly introduced “Climate MATTERS Act.” Their bill is in many ways an improvement over the Lieberman-Warner bill that recently failed in the Senate. That failure was a good thing in the long run for both environmental and political reasons made clear by Peter […]

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Madness over at the USDA

We’re no strangers to the USDA’s stupidity and bullishness (pardon the pun) when it comes to bovine spongiform encephalopathy—or mad cow disease. So I guess it should come as no surprise that they’re up to their old tricks again. The New York Times ran an op-ed by Michael Hansen this morning about the Korean beef […]

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