Environment

Betrayed and Outraged: Winning The Rural Vote In Today’s Political Climate

IVN by Dr. Lynn S. Kahn March 19, 2019 Let’s just call everything outside major urban centers, the rural vote. Betrayed by politicians of every political party, left out of every agriculture-related policy decision in every government agency, on the short end of every economic development strategy at all levels of government, the rural vote is changing. Still broken and outraged, a newly energized coalition now demands integrity in elections and true representation for the people of rural and small town economies. You want that vote? Start here. 1: Do Your Homework Understand the basic issues from the point of…

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The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace

Common Dreams By Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater January 8, 2019 The time has come for a New Peace Deal that repudiates endless war and the threat of nuclear war which, along with catastrophic climate change, poses an existential threat to our planet A deafening chorus of negative grumbling from the left, right, and center of the US political spectrum in response to Trump’s decision to remove US troops from Syria and halve their numbers in Afghanistan appears to have slowed down his attempt to bring our forces home. However, in this new year, demilitarizing US foreign policy should be among…


The Green Imperative: Why You Should Vote Green Whenever You Can

By Ryan Westdock   Green Party of Virginia It is easy to pick through Democratic propaganda, a process which has happened time and time again to sadly little avail. What is a bit harder, and vastly more important, is to state strong reasons for voting Green when that choice is available. There are many such reasons, some practical and some ethical, for doing so. Perhaps the strongest reason is that our platform is the only one that stands a chance of preserving human civilization as we understand it through the end of the century. The Green Party is the only national…


Is Nuclear Power a Solution to the Climate Crisis?

Green Social Thought By Don Fitz August 24, 2018 Faith that environmental catastrophe can best be avoided by technological gadgetry rather than a change in social relationships received a big shot in the arm with the May 2018 publication of Energy: A Human History by prolific author Richard Rhodes. After completing 18 of his 20 chapters, Rhodes begins his exploration of nuclear power by comparing Rachel Carson, Ralph Nader, and Helen Caldicott to anti-humanists such as Thomas Malthus, Paul Ehrlich and followers of Adolf Hitler. This bizarre connection is based on the writings of one obscure author who predated Carson…


Energy: Missing from the Nuclear Story

by Don Fitz One of my first memories of watching TV during the early 1950s was ads promoting leaded gasoline for reducing engine knock. Little did I suspect the strange history of that gas. By the beginning of World War I, it became clear that the internal combustion automobile was edging out its rival steam cars and electric cars. Shortly afterwards, Thomas Midgley began researching how to remove the knocking “ping” sound from gasoline-powered cars. Midgley devoted no fewer than six years of his life searching for a fuel additive that would have a “no-knock” effect. He found that corn…