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'Green News Report' - May 12, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 2013 West, Texas fertilizer explosion ruled a criminal act; Price of rene...

A Girl and Her Jeep Wrangler on the Open Road in West Texas

Rita Cook | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Rita Cook

I chuckle at the competition because it's hard to compare in my mind, sort of like comparing a tiger to a lion, both fierce, but not comparable at all.

A Photographer's Quest to Document America's Vanishing Roadside Rest Stops

Ryann Ford | Posted 02.08.2015 | Arts
Ryann Ford

For the past five years, I've driven all over the country documenting America's rest stops. With drive-thrus and gas stations at nearly every exit, rest areas are losing the fight and are vanishing in nearly every state. Shortly after moving to Texas from California seven years ago, I was struck by a recurring sight - the humble rest stop. The more of these roadside parks I saw, the more inspired I became - there were tables shaded by faux oil rigs, teepees and wagon wheels, and geometric shapes echoing classic mid-century design.

Countdown: Deadliest Chemical Accidents Since 2009

Diana Ruiz | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Diana Ruiz

It's been a year since Obama signed an executive order directing federal agencies to modernize chemical plant safety and security policies. Since then federal agencies tasked with developing new requirements for all chemical facilities in the United States have moved painfully slow.

Greg Abbott Thinks Companies Will Reveal Their Chemical Stockpiles If You Just Ask Nice

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) came under a barrage of criticism this week after he urged the state's residents to just "drive around" and kno...

Investigators: Deadly Texas Fertilizer Blast Preventable

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green

(Adds details on cause of explosion, guidance, findings, background) By Erwin Seba DALLAS, April 22 (Reuters) - A deadl...

Kate Sheppard

Is Your Kid's School Located Near A Chemical Facility?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green

A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility. The research...

Town May Build Another Fertilizer Plant Just A Year After Deadly Blast

Reuters | Lisa Maria Garza | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business

WEST, Texas, April 15 (Reuters) - Not far from an enormous crater where a fertilizer plant stood before an explosion there killed 15 people, lifeless ...

Deep in the Heart of West Texas Is a National Park Where the Mountains Meet the Desert

Erin Ruberry | Posted 04.01.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

There's not a fancy spa within the park's boundary and you won't run into massive tour buses clogging the roads; it's a park for those who want to get off the paved path and explore.

President Obama's Chemical Safety Panel Must Heed Senator Obama's Warnings

David Halperin | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
David Halperin

I've heard Obama administration officials describe chemical plant safety as a national security issue. I find that encouraging. It is a national security issue that poses a real threat to our people, just as, say, Iran's nuclear program does.

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Aim To Prevent The Next Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies on Friday released new proposals meant to address safety concerns at chemical plants across the country, a response to ...

New Video Highlights Urgent Need for Obama to Make Chemical Plants Safer

David Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
David Halperin

Many companies, such as Clorox, have voluntarily switched to safer chemicals, demonstrating that it can be done. But hard-line chemical companies, led by the Koch brothers, have lobbied relentlessly in Washington to prevent reforms.

Are You in Danger of a Preventable Chemical Plant Explosion?

Philip Radford | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

The West, Texas tragedy was one of many preventable disasters that have happened in the decade since the EPA first proposed using the Clean Air Act to enforce common sense rules for chemical plants. It's been over 10 years, and we're still waiting.

Texas: America's Dream or Nightmare?

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

What's happened in Texas graphically illustrates the choice facing America. We can adopt an extreme pro-business strategy and subordinate worker pay and safety. Or we can adopt a strategy that puts people first.

Online Giving in Times of Tragedy: Avoiding Charity Scams and Donating Safely

Nancy Gofus | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Nancy Gofus

When tragedy strikes, the human spirit doesn't falter. As witnessed with recent events including the Boston Marathon bombings, the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the garment factory building collapse Bangladesh, and the tornado devastation in Oklahoma, individuals and organizations emerge within those communities and across the world eager to lend a hand to those affected.

Are Chemical Safety Inspectors Being Blocked in West, TX?

Danielle Brian | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Danielle Brian

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was able to send its national response team to begin looking for a possible crime. The problem however, is that this has been getting in the way of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

Don't Be a 'Zombie' Organization!

Steven Spear | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Steven Spear

Leaders have a choice. Either they can complacently model and allow zombie like incuriosity and non inventiveness or they can model and encourage McGyver like ingenuity. With that choice about learning dynamic, they are choosing between failure and success.

Senior Corps: Making a Difference for Generations

Wendy Spencer | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

For generations, seniors have been making a powerful impact in their communities, and their service is more important now than ever. Let us pay a special tribute to these remarkable seniors, who do so much to improve our communities and nation.

Scrutinizing The Clamor: Are We Screaming Muffled Screams?

Charles Redfern | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Time has lapsed since the week of explosions and a locked-down city and a Senate minority trampling the vast majority's common-sense dreams. We can now sift through the post-trauma media noise and ask: Are we really communicating? Many talk, but who is listening?

The Hollowing Out of Government

Robert Reich | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Repealing laws by hollowing them out -- failing to fund their enforcement or implementation -- works because the public doesn't know it's happening. Enactment of a law attracts attention; de-funding it doesn't.

Heartache. Loss. Chaos. Challenge. Change.

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Trudy Bourgeois

Think about all that is happening around you. Perhaps your company is going through a reorganization. Or perhaps your health or finances aren't where you want them to be. Perhaps it's all of the above or something else entirely.

For Gov. Rick Perry, My Sincerest Regards...

Walker Bragman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

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Dave Jamieson

Democrats Call For Probe Of Texas Plant Disaster

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly two weeks after a massive explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant took at least 15 lives and destroyed entire neighborhoods,...

From Bhopal to West: It Starts With Universities

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Ian I. Mitroff

While the causes of the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas are still under investigation, one ugly fact stands out. Like Bhopal, homes and schools were allowed in to be built and remain in dangerous proximity to the plant.

Islamophobia: Fear in Perspective

Walker Bragman | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

We've heard it everywhere, on every station, every major news outlet, and every talk radio show: Islamophobia is alive and well in the United States.