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Singers Come Together to Protest Mountaintop Removal Mining

By Cherl Petso ecomii.com
April 16, 2009
File under: Environmental Concerns

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Coal mining has been a big part of our nation for a very long time.  My great-great grandparents came over from Czechoslovakia and became West Virginia coal miners.  Coal mining has been traditionally associated with underground caves and total darkness.

But in the past few decades, the face of coal mining has changed and it’s changing the landscape around it.

Mountaintop removal mining is a method of mining coal in which mountaintops are deforested and literally removed with explosives to expose the coal beneath. …read more of Singers Come Together to Protest Mountaintop Removal Mining here

 
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Farm Subsidy Cuts No Longer an Issue

By Tracy Crawford ecomii.com
April 9, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Conservation Standards, Environmental Policy, Legislation, Obama

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Big agribusiness was shaken a little over the Obama administration’s proposed cuts to farm subsidies.

The plan was to end direct payments to farms with more than $500,000 in gross sales. The cuts would save over $9 billion over a decade, and therefore is part of the administration’s overall budget plan.

The potential problem with this cut is that the $500,000 in sales may not take into account the amount that farms may actually spend to grow their yields, nor how much they make in profits.

Nor does it consider how much the farm may have lost due to poor crops or weather conditions for the growing season. …read more of Farm Subsidy Cuts No Longer an Issue here

 
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Green Jobs: Myth or Reality?

By Tracy Crawford ecomii.com
April 2, 2009
File under: Economy, Environmental Policy, Global Initiatives, Green Jobs, Legislation, Obama

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There is a lot of excitement about the prospect of new green jobs, and rightfully so. President Obama has made it a priority in his administration and even hired Van Jones as Green Job Advisor to help make it happen.

But under the radar and excitement, and in response to all of the excitement about green jobs, there is some negative chatter concerning the “myths” of these jobs.

Recently, a collaborative report was written by law and economics professors at the University of Illinois arguing that the proposal of green job creation has many myths attached to it.

The paper postulates that these jobs will not really help the economy, and that they’ll also cause great harm and detriment to our society and to the industry’s growth and potential.

So how can new jobs be bad for the economy?

Upon reading, you find the authors of this report are convinced that …read more of Green Jobs: Myth or Reality? here

 
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Eco-Cities: The Next Frontier

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
March 30, 2009
File under: Global Initiatives

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Large social/political movements usually start out on the fringe of political discourse, slowing building momentum until their moment finally comes.

As 19th Century French writer Victor Hugo (author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) put it: “One withstands the invasion of armies; one does not withstand the invasion of ideas.” Often paraphrased today as: “Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come.”

Almost 50 years after Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement with the publication of her book “The Silent Spring,” we –as a society– are beginning to think seriously about what it means to be truly environmentally sustainable.

Organic food, renewable energy projects, hybrid/EV/ethanol fueled vehicles, and green buildings are sprouting up left and right. …read more of Eco-Cities: The Next Frontier here

 
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The Cap and Trade Conundrum

By Nathaniel Manning
March 23, 2009
File under: Economy, Environmental Policy, Obama

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In Obama’s recent address to Congress he called for the submissions of Cap and Trade policies for the United States of America. It looks as if by the end of 2009 the USA will be the last developed country to adopt a carbon trading scheme, but what will this scheme look like and what will be done with the money earned from the selling of permits?

In short, a Cap a Trade policy puts a cap on the amount of carbon industries and organizations are allowed to expel. These companies would buy pollution permits from the government, and can then buy and sell these permits amongst themselves, so that companies who can reduce more efficiently can sell excess permits to those who are unable to reduce in a financial feasible manner.

The government, as a result, will collect vast sums of new funds from the selling of these permits through the creation of a regulated carbon-polluting market.

There are a three different philosophies at the moment on what should be with this new revenue …read more of The Cap and Trade Conundrum here

 
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