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The Hypocrisy of a Cockroach Congress and CAFO Pollution Control

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Congress's approval rating recently hit an all-time low of 9 percent. Americans approve of Congress almost as much as they like cockroaches (roaches actually do better in polls than Congress by a couple of points). In stark contrast, the Environmental Protection Agency enjoys a 70 percent...

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Fracking Companies Seek Exemption From Democracy

(25) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 12:48 AM

While the nation was largely focused on the presidential election in the swing state of Colorado, there was another very important vote taking place in the state in Longmont, a city of about 86,000 people located just northeast of Boulder. On the same day Obama carried Colorado, the citizens of...

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Rude Awakening in America's Farmland

(40) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:20 AM

I'm an environmentalist. So when I think about our industrialized system of agriculture and the proliferation of mega-factory farms across the country, where giant companies like Perdue, Tyson, Smithfield and a handful of others dominate our increasingly fragile landscapes, my first thoughts go to the impacts on watersheds and airways....

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Keep Wall Street Out Of Our Waterways

(3) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 11:44 AM

Up until now the United States has adhered to a public trust approach to our waterways, maintaining that waters were part of the commons--owned by no one and by everyone--and protected for future generations. It was a doctrine that gave rise to a body of water law that...

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Keeping Secrets Down on the Factory Farm

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 1:54 PM

Sadly, irrational legislative proposals coming out of the House have become so commonplace these days that they're rarely something to write home about. But every so often there's one that makes such little sense that you just can't help but scratch your head and set pen to paper if, for...

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Why Did O'Malley Cross the Road? Because Big Chicken Told Him To

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 5:27 PM

Just last week, Food and Water Watch broke a story about extremely close ties between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and the poultry company Perdue. O'Malley's closeness to Perdue was evidenced in 70 pages of emails acquired under a state freedom of information request; they are largely...

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In Industry We Trust

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 4:18 PM

The fracking lobby just moved into new territory. Back in 2003, the columnist David Brooks wrote an article for The Atlantic Monthly in which he described himself as a "recovering secularist." Certainly, with his latest piece on the issue of shale gas extraction [Shale Gas Revolution,...

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Killing Pests While Poisoning Communities

(9) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 3:16 PM

-cide: Suffix typically used to denote the killing of something. There's a good chance that most of us don't want something that ends in "-cide" added to our drinking water, unless, it seems, you're a member of the House of Representatives. Last month, the House voted 292 to 130 to...

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Requiem for the Gulf

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 6:34 PM

It may be hard to believe, but April 20, 2011, marks one year since BP began decimating the Gulf of Mexico with its negligent dumping of oil and dispersant into our waterways and communities. In the coming days you'll find the government, media and even BP revisiting the Gulf marking...

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Kentucky's Coal Cabinet

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 5:55 PM

There's a storm brewing in Kentucky among coal companies and state government. A coalition of environmental and citizen groups has been calling out some of the nation's biggest coal companies for egregious violations of the Clean Water Act -- violations numbering in the tens of thousands over just a few...

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Florida: Could Photo of Pigpen Get You 30 Years in the State Pen?

(23) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 4:42 PM

You've all heard that a picture's worth a thousand words. Turns out, if a Republican state senator in Florida gets his way, a picture of a farm might also be worth 30 years in prison. Senator Jim Norman (R-Tampa) recently introduced SB 1246 in the state Senate which...

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BP: Making it Right (for BP)

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 5:00 PM

Who hasn't seen those "Making It Right" ads that BP is using to flood the media like so much run-away oil saturating the Gulf? Over the past nine months, BP has conducted a full-throttle charm offensive, taking out full-page ads in The New York Times, sponsoring small-town festivals all along...

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A Convenient Enemy

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 2:16 PM

Republicans sure do love their wars, don't they? Seems like they just can't live without pointing the finger of blame at anyone but themselves for what ails us, whether it be compromised national security, a languishing economy or crumbling educational system. There's nothing like a convenient enemy to keep the...

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Smoke Baby, Smoke!

(6) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 11:51 AM

Here's what I don't get about the "debate" over manmade climate change (I put debate in quotes because I'm using it in the absolute loosest terms -- let's face it, it's about as much of a scientific debate as evolution vs. creationism.). On one side are the scientific experts: 98...

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A Story of Almosts

(8) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 12:09 PM

You almost have to admire Perdue. Almost.

Nearly forty years ago, after witnessing the downfall of water quality across the nation, the United States passed a sweeping set of comprehensive environmental laws designed to bring some degree of corporate responsibility to industrial America's polluters. Industries would, for the first time,...

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With Coal Company Polluters, It's Citizens Who Have to Force Clean Up

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 1:56 PM

The media has been filled with recent accounts of the many misdeeds of the coal mining industry. From the uncontrolled devastation of mountaintop mining to the open disregard for mine worker safety, from the poisoning of our air and waterways to the destruction of our irreplaceable landscapes, this industry has...

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