Stimulating the Local Economy with My Stomach

October 30, 2009 | Comments Off on Stimulating the Local Economy with My Stomach

At every downturn in the economic cycle, consumers look to save money by cutting back on expenses. I include myself in this group of penny pinchers but I believe I have formed a habit that will outlast any recession. This summer I began to do my weekly shopping at the local farmers market three blocks […]

“Kill Me, or Else You are a Murderer.” – Kafka’s Last Words

October 16, 2009 | Comments Off on “Kill Me, or Else You are a Murderer.” – Kafka’s Last Words

Although it has been a crime punishable by up to fourteen years in prison to assist in the suicide of another in England since the passing of the 1961 Suicide Act, it is no secret that violators of the law often go unpunished – even when their role in the suicide is public knowledge.  But, […]

Gym Membership: Good for You, Bad for the Environment?

February 16, 2009 | Comments Off on Gym Membership: Good for You, Bad for the Environment?

While many Americans’ resolutions have come and gone, there will always be some who stick with the resolution to be healthier. With healthcare costs and unemployment up, many citizens are taking their health into their own hands, looking to benefit their wallets and their waists. While most are well intentioned, what some exercisers don’t realize […]

Breaking Ground on the New Green Deal

February 14, 2009 | Comments Off on Breaking Ground on the New Green Deal

Guest post by Prof. Erin Ryan, Associate Professor of Law at William & Mary Reluctant members of Congress, listen up. You’ve tried bailing out the past. It’s time to bail in the future. Now that we’ve pumped trillions into failing industries that drove economic growth on little more than a ponzi scheme, it’s time to […]

Blocking of Coal Plant License Could Lead to Saving Our Coral Reefs

November 18, 2008 | Comments Off on Blocking of Coal Plant License Could Lead to Saving Our Coral Reefs

A recent decision by The Environmental Appeals Board blocked the EPA from issuing a license for a new coal plant addition in Vernal, Utah, near Salt Lake City. This one decision may seem insignificant on the surface, but it could be the first in a chain of events that could lead to more solar and […]

The Latest Victim of Economic Downturn: Climate Change Policy

October 17, 2008 | Comments Off on The Latest Victim of Economic Downturn: Climate Change Policy

In the last several weeks, the American media has been inundated with worries about recent economic problems.  President Bush and both presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, have focused on the effects of the economy on the housing market, spending, taxes, and other domestic issues.  However, the worldwide economic downturn has a much wider […]

AC/DC

August 30, 2008 | Comments Off on AC/DC

Improving energy efficiency in America is not just a matter of individual habit changes or policy shifts toward renewable sources. Our power grid is not currently equipped to handle the kind of energy innovations that could make us better, faster, stronger. We’re still operating with a power grid conceived 100 years ago and based on […]

Wall-E and Green Energy

August 12, 2008 | Comments Off on Wall-E and Green Energy

You will never hear this writer smack-talking Wall-E. For those of you who don’t know, Wall-E is about a robot on planet Earth who is tasked with cleaning up all the garbage that has piled up over the ages. In the film, human beings became so enamored of a company called BNL, a sort of […]

The Silver Lining That Glows in the Dark

July 21, 2008 | Comments Off on The Silver Lining That Glows in the Dark

As lawmakers search for ways to reduce our national carbon dioxide output, some far out suggestions for cooling the planet have popped up. Have you heard about the sun shade proposal? We would launch a huge sheet of trillions of reflectors into space, giving the Earth some quality shade time. How about the one where we […]

Old McDonald Had a Farm

January 29, 2008 | Comments Off on Old McDonald Had a Farm

The New York Times has featured a few excellent articles in recent weeks that, together, highlight not only the deleterious environmental and economic impacts of the way we eat, but the manner in which our eating habits are inextricably bound up with our health, both bodily and spiritual. The first, “Rethinking the Meat Guzzler” by […]

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