In this age of do-nothing politics, it's easy to despair, but we must remember the intent behind the design. The same founding fathers who created a federal system that resists radical change also created a state system that encourages experimentation.
A new study, published this week in the journal Environmental Health, identifies potentially hazardous concentrations of air pollutants near some oil and gas operations in five states. The research shines a light on what some communities face as US oil and gas development accelerates.
If I'd made a documentary film about the scars left on America through industrialization, instead of writing Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent about it, what I would have likely ended up with is "Braddock, America."
Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!
Jimmy Dennis, William Nieves, Fred Thomas, the original Lex Street Massacre defendants and others are not aberrations. Surely there are more, many more, in prisons in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.
The reason our laws have been out of step with what would be best for women is simple: women have not voted as if their lives depend on it.
There is no question of the cancerous effects of groups like PennCAN and the Commonwealth Foundation. It may be years before we know the full range of the damage they have inflicted on our children and schools or how long it will take to repair that damage. One thing, however, is clear: Philadelphia teachers and students deserve our interest and support.
Tonight I received a call from my kiddo who thought I was crazy for dying my hair purple. "Mom, you know how you said you are going to do whatever you want since you had the heart attack?" "Yes," I answer hesitantly, wondering what he has in mind.
Here are 10 American ghost towns, places that were once thriving but are now abandoned. A visit to any one of them is intriguing, desolate . . . and more than a little spooky.
Misplaced priorities and a profit motive are starving the schools, in the midst of the state's impressive prison expansion.
Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...
He is still out there--three weeks now. Hiding in a glen filled with moss and night. Or caught in that bear den. No warm fires. No shots anywhere. Just out there hugging the barrel of a cold AK47.
Barack Obama deserves credit for delivering on his promise to shrink the deficit -- a promise that Mitt Romney and his tax cuts would surely have violated -- but Americans have to ask themselves whether they really want a smaller government.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.
I do not carry automatic weapons in the woods. I do not feel as a sportsman they are necessary for survival. Skill is necessary, civilization is also necessary if we are to live in peacetime again. FREIN knows otherwise.
What started out as a routine press conference today for one state senator turned into something a bit more personal.