Commentary

Andrew Wheeler and the Water-Climate Nexus

Despite Andrew Wheeler's deceptive framing of the issue, it is important to understand the direct link between water and climate, on World Water Day and every other day.

Andrew Wheeler has served as acting EPA Administrator since July of 2018, when things just got too scummy, forcing former administrator Scott Pruitt out of office. Wheeler was confirmed last month, formally replacing Pruitt as EPA Administrator – to the delight of ardent pro-deregulation Republicans and ire of almost everyone else. Acting to the fears expressed by many climate scientists, economists, and policy experts, …

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How REI Staying Closed On Black Friday Fights Consumerism…And How You Can Too

We are more than consumers

Black Friday, that infamous day after Thanksgiving when stores give great deals, starts earlier and earlier every year. The day for some retailers actually starts on Thanksgiving. JCPenney opened up at 5 pm PST on Thursday, while Kohl’s, Best Buy, Macy’s and Target opened their doors at 8 p.m. Walmart opened an hour later at 9 p.m. Let’s make something clear about stores starting …

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The Latest Happenings of Zinke’s Corrupt Interior Department

The corruption of Ryan Zinke

The happenings within the Trump administration can read like a soap opera. The recent departures of two top Interior Department officials are the latest storyline. Downey Magallanes, former deputy chief of staff and a top adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, resigned on August 24. She already started a new job at BP. She worked on policy and operations, according to Think Progress, which …

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Trump Replaces Rex Tillerson With Someone Who May Be Worse

Twitter is now the accepted format to make major political announcements. President Trump announced on the social media site that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Trump’s tweet proclaimed that “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!” Don’t …

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How Cities and States are Combating Climate Change and Opposing the Trump Administration

While the Trump administration practices climate change denial and inaction, cities and states across the U.S. are taking action. Three mayors of U.S. cities recently participated in a conference held by ClimateOne. One of the mayors, Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, said of climate change, “It ranks very high.” Columbia is a city that is in a red state, as Benjamin noted, but …

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Should Schools Be Accountable for Educating Students About Climate Change?

Our responsibility for teaching students about climate change

All over the country this year, students are missing school because of the weather. Houston, Texas, schools closed for Hurricane Harvey. Other schools in California are closed now because of their proximity to wildfires. Most students in either middle or high school take science classes that address our physical environment. The question many schools are now facing is: Should teachers include climate change in …

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