This is a story about crap -- literally, tons of it. Piling up in Confined Animal Feeding Operations and being sprayed onto farm fields, animal manure is polluting the nation's waterways and is nearly impossible to regulate.
With the news out of Japan about the potential effect of radiation on the population, Americans are starting to ask themselves some tough questions, about weather, about energy, about our natural resources and how to protect them.
Take a moment to look beyond the cuts and instead focus on the numerous policy changes proposed in the continuing resolution, and it quickly becomes clear that this is not fiscal prudence at work but ideology.
Not that long ago, it seemed Americans had decided, for economic, national security, and environmental reasons, we were going to be enthusiastic participants in the green revolution. But the pendulum has clearly swung in the other direction.
Oil companies know that, like clean car standards, many of the EPA's steps to curb refineries' carbon emissions have the potential to save money. But fortunately for them, they have lawmakers fighting for them in Congress.
The EPA has been under concerted attack by members of the new Congress. Makes me wonder: are EPA's new, weakened rules on hazardous air pollutants intended as a peace offering -- or white flag -- to their opponents?
Southeast Louisiana beach lovers -- upset about losing last summer's surf to the BP spill -- may be eager to grab a towel on the first, warm weekend and head down to Grand Isle. But some local observers feel the cleaning effort should continue.
It is true that governing requires balancing competing interests and perspectives. But a clear line needs to be drawn on what is right and what is wrong, on what our country stands for and what it does not.
The EPA is under attack from the Republicans, and we must fight to protect the very agency that works to protect public and ecological health in America. Is this a private fight or can anyone get in it? Earth activism is a public fight.