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RP Siegel

Entries by RP Siegel

If You Had One Day to Live, Would You Wish For Another?

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 2:37 PM

This past February I wrote a story about the website, that serves as a platform to express wishes and realize dreams. As part of their site launch, they ran a contest for a video entitled, "One Day to Live," in which they gave away an...

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Are Beverage Companies Doing As Much As They Can for the Planet?

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 9:27 PM

Without a doubt, beverage companies are taking significant actions to reduce their impact and become more sustainable. Evian's lighter bottle with 50% r-PET, Pepsi's 100% plant-based bottle which is also recyclable, AB InBev's successful efforts to dramatically reduce their water footprint, Coke's

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US Chamber of Commerce: Shoot the Messenger Whatever the Cost

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 1:32 PM

Bill McKibben wrote a piece last week in which he looks past the Koch brothers, who are finally getting the scrutiny they deserve, to the number one enemy of climate action: the US Chamber of Commerce. According to McKibben, the Chamber "spent more money...

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Wishes4Life: A Time and A Place to Reflect

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 5:52 PM

During this holiday season, most of us had the opportunity to take a little time off to rest, relax and recuperate from what was a challenging year. It was also a great time to stop and appreciate all that we have, knowing that while it most certainly could be more,...

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The Tea Party's Next Target: Sustainable Development

(280) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 10:55 AM

Cross-posted on Triple Pundit.

Now that the Tea Party has landed on our planet and in our country, like some kind of alien advanced strike force in preparation for a takeover, they are beginning to look around to see how they might rearrange things to better...

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What Price Impartiality? Top Universities Sell Their Reputations to Big Oil

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2010 | 1:11 PM

Is there any place left in our American society that is safe from the influence of dirty money?

Not the mainstream media. Not the Department of Defense. Not the Senate. Not in the dozens of front groups masquerading as grassroots organizations or scientific authorities.
Our decline has progressed from...

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Climate Scientist Warns of Political Heat on Global Warming if Republicans Win

(31) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 10:05 PM

Michael Mann, Professor of Meteorology at Penn Sate warned last Friday of an impending witch hunt against science, should the Republicans take control of Congress in the midterm elections. Stating that as a scientist, he should, in theory, have no stake in the elections at all, but based...

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Al Gore Ties Senate Inaction on Climate to Unsustainable Business

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2010 | 7:48 PM

As a green business blogger, I attended the World Business Forum in NYC last week with the expectation, given that green is now mainstream, that I would get a lot of material to write about. I couldn't have been more wrong. If any of these thought leaders were thinking about...

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Once Again Fossil Lobby Tramples Clean Tech Start-Ups

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 1:24 PM

Cross-posted at Triple Pundit


The year was 1978. Jimmy Carter was president. The air was abuzz with the promise of solar energy. No pollution, no oil to run out of, no imports, no OPEC. We hadn't even heard of global...

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Oops! Our Planetary eco-Checkbook Bounced Over Weekend

(5) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 3:23 PM

Dear Reader,

I regret to inform you that while you were out enjoying yourself this past weekend, your account became overdrawn. Yes, you. All of us, in fact.

The folks at Global Footprint Network have determined that August 21st was this year's Earth Overshoot Day. That...

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BP Gulf Disaster Act Two: The Corexit Calamity

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 3:12 PM

Now that BP's spurting oil well in the Gulf of Mexico officially known as MC252 has apparently been shut in, and the relief well that will eventually reduce the pressure in the area, is almost done, it would be nice to think that the worst is over and...

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Former BP Exec Sets Her Sights on Algae as the Fuel of the Future

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 10:22 AM

CJ Warner was at the top of her game when she saw the writing on the wall. Twenty years into a glass-ceiling-busting career at BP, she had risen to the rank of Head of Global Refining for BP, making her one of the highest ranking executives in the oil industry....

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Five Leadership Lessons from the Gulf Oil Spill That You Won't Learn in Business School

(11) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 4:52 PM


Cross-posted at Triple Pundit

A recent posting on the Harvard Business Review website by Gill McCorkindale discusses leadership and the lack thereof as demonstrated in the manmade disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that was precipitated by the...

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Fox News Caught Spreading Myths and Falsehoods About Gulf Oil Spill

(35) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 11:44 AM

Cross-posted with Triple Pundit Media Matters for America recently published a list of falsehoods about the Gulf Oil spill that have been presented by Fox News. Their list of myths and falsehood begins with Fox news people staunchly defending...
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Sustainable Happiness Will Require A New GDP

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 5:26 PM

There's been a lot of talk about happiness as a kind of sub-theme of the sustainability movement. At first it seems like a somewhat odd juxtaposition, until you consider the way that our consumer societies have been plundering the planet in search of that elusive state of...

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Dark Secrets Leak From BP Headquarters

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 11:26 AM

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins to reach biblical proportions, with no end in sight, people are struggling to find ways to deal with their outrage. Depending on their dispositions, people will respond differently. Some, like the The Raging Grannies will rant. They have taken to...

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BP's Top Kill Attempt Fails: Here Is a Method That Could Really Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2010 | 3:16 PM

I'm sure that everyone was disappointed with the failure of Top Kill to stem the flow of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. After three days of pumping 30,000 barrels of drilling mud enhanced with non-toxic agents to increase its weight, supplemented with a...

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BP Sued Over Endangered Species Harm -- But Will Anyone Collect?

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 4:27 PM


Someone needs to hold BP accountable for the devastation of the Gulf Coast. If the federal government won't do its job, which is to protect our country, there are environmental advocacy groups that will do theirs.

The Southern Environmental Law...

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Lawsuits Against MMS Weigh in For the Public Interest

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 5:46 PM


Recent events in the Gulf of Mexico have a lot of people talking about how a line needs to be drawn in the sand, when it comes to the oversight of environmentally dangerous operations conducted by large corporations that are funneling millions of dollars, both directly,...

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How to Clean Up the Oil: Lessons that Amoco and Exxon Didn't Learn

(67) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 12:15 PM

Cross-posted from Triple Pundit.

In 1978, the oil tanker Amoco-Cadiz broke up off the coast of France, dumping 220,000 tons of heavy crude oil into the Atlantic. The spill was so large that the entire Brittany coast was impacted. Because of the tremendous costs involved, only...

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