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A Breath of Stale Air from GOP

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Backward thinking poses a threat to a wind-energy tax credit that's helping to wean the country off fossil fuels

From the LA Times: Mitt Romney, who opposed government subsidies for clean power and thought all energy production technologies should compete equally in the free market, did not win the election. That's the good news. The bad news is that his backward policies are still popular among many congressional Republicans, posing a threat to a wind-energy tax credit that is creating jobs and......read more

An Open Letter to Obama

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Environmentalist community urges President Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change

The danger of slipping off the fiscal cliff has thankfully abated for now, but there's another, even more serious danger ahead: the climate change cliff. Yesterday, nearly 70 environmental and health organizations sent a letter to President Obama [pdf] urging the president to take bold and decisive action against climate change. “Dear Mr. President,” the letter begins. “Thank......read more

Obama Takes Climate Stand in Inaugural Address

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But will he be able to sidestep Congressional opposition?

Climate change took center stage in Barack Obama's inaugural address, as the President highlighted previously stated intentions to make the issue a priority in his second term. In his speech, Obama tied failure to respond to climate change with a betrayal of future generations. "Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires,......read more

The Threat to Climate Education

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The troubling plan to dictate what our kids learn about climate change

Ronnie Citron-Fink for Huffington Post: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a targeted plan regarding what your child learns about climate change. ALEC pushes anti-science bills that mandate teaching climate denial or "skepticism" in public schools. ALEC is a "corporate bill mill" -- written by, and for corporate lobbyists that work alongside conservative legislators. As a......read more

From the Farm to the Voting Booth (or Vice Versa)

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Alison Schneider on the correlation between food distribution and poverty

Alison Schneider for The Huffington Post: There's a generally accepted premise among food scholars that food scarcity, for the most part, is not what leads to hunger. Whether you're studying famines in various countries over the centuries, or modern day hunger in both the first and third world, the culprit is always the same: Distribution. There are more than enough calories on this planet to......read more

The Science of Republicanism

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Economist Jim Barrett on the GOP's selective approach to climate science

Economist Jim Barrett for The Huffington Post: In case there was any remaining doubt that mainstream Republicans have abandoned mainstream science, look no further than the House Republicans' recent crusades against their own scientific ideas. According to The Hill: "Lawmakers voted 234-178 ... to prevent EPA from factoring the "social cost of carbon" into rules unless a federal law is enacted......read more

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

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Want to change food policy? Frame it as a public health issue

It may be tempting to thinking of the "food movement" as a homogeneous beast, but in reality it's made up of many different strands. From locavores and anti-obesity campaigners to environmentalists and small-scale farmers, there are many different groups that want to see changes in food culture and policy. And while their ideas and goals often overlap, they come at the dilemma from different......read more

Culture of Denial

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Former VP Al Gore highlights the parallels between the fiscal crisis and climate change denial

Kate Sheppard for The Huffington Post: Former Vice President Al Gore sees parallels between the last two and a half weeks of budget chaos on Capitol Hill and the climate crisis: Many will deny there's a problem -- until they are ultimately compelled to take action by forces beyond their control. "The tendency by many members of Congress to deny the reality of the government shutdown and the......read more

10 Food People to Follow on Twitter

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Interested in food politics? Follow these folks

Whether its food porn on Instagram or trolling chefs on Twitter (guilty on both accounts), social media has been a boon for foodie types. But there is more to it than pictures of delectable meals and knowing what your favorite chef is up to. It's important to keep informed about food policy and public health issues, and to keep engaged in discussions about what we eat and where it comes from. To......read more

John Kerry to Pursue Climate Treaty

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US Secretary of State looks to lead establishment of global climate pact in 2015

No one can question John Kerry's ambition. Already in the process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons, crafting a nuclear agreement with Iran and brokering a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, the Secretary of State announced last week that he aims to pursue a global climate treaty in 2015. The New York Times reports: His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate......read more

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