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We Need A Real Trade Deal With China, Not Just A Truce

We Need A Real Trade Deal With China, Not Just A Truce

Trump crows the “Phase One” trade agreement with China is a "promise kept" to his supporters to rebalance trade between the two nations. But it is really just a temporary truce in his trade war. This truce may not last long or deliver anything close to the outcomes he...

Trump’s EPA Is Selling Out Safety

Trump’s EPA Is Selling Out Safety

Photo credit: CSB.gov / cc The March 2005 fire and explosions at BP’s Texas City, Texas, oil refinery killed 15 contractors and injured 180 other workers in ways that will haunt them forever. Some lost limbs. Others suffered horrific burns, head injuries or wounds...

Shutting Things Down To Open Things Up

Shutting Things Down To Open Things Up

Have you heard about the life-affirming, healing power of direct action? You might need it. You may think direct action — the kind of protest that directly confronts power and shifts it from the hands of the few to those of the many — is something you do when...

Pennsylvania Is Ready For A Just, Clean-Energy Future

Pennsylvania Is Ready For A Just, Clean-Energy Future

Pennsylvania is ready for a just, clean-energy future. Ever since 1859, when Edwin Drake ushered in the modern era’s addiction to fossil fuels when he struck “rock oil” in Titusville, our state has been at the front lines of the extraction industry’s booms and busts....

Get Ready For Unnatural Disasters

Get Ready For Unnatural Disasters

Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton Donald Trump discusses immigration as if the benefits of residence in the U.S. are a pie. When immigrants get more, the people who were already here get less. In general, that’s not true. When...

All Is Not Lost To Climate Catastrophe

All Is Not Lost To Climate Catastrophe

Reeling from grim news about climate change, I took a break this summer to recharge my own batteries and see if today’s best speculative fiction writers could imagine us into a better future. There is a growing genre of climate science fiction, or “cli-fi,” which...

Trump Needs To Keep His Promise To Superfund

Trump Needs To Keep His Promise To Superfund

“The New York State Commissioner of Health issued an order of evacuation of pregnant women and children under the age of two living in the Love Canal Neighborhood.” That was on August 2, 1978, when the first emergency action was taken to evacuate families from Love...

The Climate Mood Is Grim, Folks

The Climate Mood Is Grim, Folks

I listen to a lot of very heavy Doom Metal music, and let me tell you - it feels a lot more hopeful than what our most insightful climate writers have to say right now.  Their mood is grim, folks. They fear the game of life is up. But there is one thing that unites...

Refusing To Fund Our Own Destruction

Refusing To Fund Our Own Destruction

I spent the summer of 2015 knocking on doors across Cincinnati. As a rising college sophomore, I’d joined a group called Ohio Citizen Action to canvass for my community and the planet. That year, the Ohio River was the most polluted body of water in the nation. Named...

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