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We Need to Raise the Ecological Debt Ceiling

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 10:10 PM

The recent "end-of-the-world" hysteria raised by political wrangling surrounding the U.S. government's debt ceiling -- amid the most blistering summer on record for many places -- should be a wake-up call that we all owe more than just financial debt: there is an ecological debt to pay. Like the government's...

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Drill Baby Drill: An Empty Slogan That Echoes Whenever Prices Rise

(39) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 10:27 AM

It's a predictable, almost Pavlovian, response every time consumers start to pay sky-high fuel prices that we hear a loud chorus for more oil production -- exemplified by the 2008 campaign slogan "Drill Baby Drill" -- like a scratched phonograph record that repeats the same sound ad infinitum.

And, when...

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Earth Day 41 Years Later: Can We Still Afford to Protect the Environment?

(12) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 6:33 PM

Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970, to raise awareness about the natural world with the hope that educating people would lead to a cleaner environment. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin originated the concept of Earth Day while visiting a polluted beach in Santa Barbara, California, after a major...

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Time Got It Wrong: Natural Gas Is No Panacea for Our Energy Crisis

(8) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 1:29 PM

Millions of people are reading the latest issue of Time magazine believing that there is a ready-made domestic solution to the energy crisis that will guarantee abundant energy and jettison foreign oil sheiks to the dustbin of history. If it were only true. This week's cover story paints...

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In a Life Without Oil, What Hope Is There for North Africa and the Middle East?

(9) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 11:06 AM

People are waking up all over North Africa and the Middle East after years of repression. Suddenly, dramatically, from Morocco to Iran, people are saying "enough" and are rising up against their illegitimate leaders. Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt for more than three decades; Muammar Gadhafi has dominated Libya for more...

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A Glimpse Into Our Own Future: Japan's Nuclear Disaster and the Looming Global Energy Crisis

(21) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 12:53 PM

When a confluence of events line up to expose an irrefutable but wickedly ugly truth, the phenomenon comes to be known as a perfect storm. Japan's devastating March 11 earthquake, tsunami, nuclear emergency and humanitarian crisis would better be described as a series of ever-worsening perfect storms.

Though few people...

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