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In series of video spoofs, Grist tries to stump the candidates with tough climate questions

While sitting on a panel about bias in the media, Dan Rather called out the contrived format of the presidential debates, saying, "First of all, these aren't debates. They are a 'something,' but they aren't debates." We feel ya, Dan. Which is why we sought out the meatiest environmental questions that talented Grist actors the average Joe Six-Pack is looking to the next president to answer. Check out our video series riffing on the environmental soundbites fed to us each debate: Debated Breath: In video series, Grist tries to stump the candidates with tough climate questions. Your funny bone will …

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Could you be the next energy czar?

We could be over-thinking this whole energy crisis. Maybe we need just a wink and the chant, "Drill, baby, drill." Maybe we need a healthy helping of "clean coal and safe nuclear." Or maybe what we need is you. What do you think: Could you be the next energy czar? Side note: If the last eight years have taught us anything, it's that scientifically verifiable facts are overrated. Quizzes by Quibblo.com

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Fact-check sound-bites from tonight’s VP debate with Ameritocracy

Call us optimists, but we're expecting tonight's much-anticipated vice presidential debate to be littered with sound bites on energy and the environment. After all, Sarah Palin, who "knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America," will be making her national debut against debate heavyweight Joe Biden. But politicians are known for saying almost anything, so how do you discern the truth from the talking point? Does Alaska really produce 20 percent of America's domestic energy supply? (Palin was a tad off ... it's only 3.5 percent.) We recommend checking out Ameritocracy.com for a dose …

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A Palin/Biden bingo game to help you veep score during the debate

Looking for a way to veep score on environmental issues in tonight's VP debate? Grist has got your back with a sure-fire method for determining who really wins these things: Talking Points Bingo. Download printable bingo cards [PDF]. The Rules: Download and print off the Palin and Biden boards (there are 10 different boards in total), and pass them out to all your friends. Mark on your board whenever Palin or Biden says one of the listed words during tonight's debate. (Doesn't matter who says what.) If you get five words in a row, stand up on a chair and …

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Who’s the ultimate climate-denying, Anti-Gore superstar?

The excerpt below originally appeared on The Center for Public Integrity blog Paper Trail under the title, "Auditioning to be the Anti-Gore," by Nikola Horejs. ----- Climate change deniers in search of their own, Al Gore-like figurehead have an unlikely candidate: Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, who is touring the United States this week. The author of such anti-global warming treatises as Blue Planet in Green Shackles; What is Endangered: Climate or Freedom, Klaus has given the keynote address at events sponsored by The Heartland Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Both think tanks vigorously deny the existence …

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Campaign calls on Brita to recycle water filters

With so many tons of disposable plastic being sent to landfills these days, six ounces doesn't seem like a lot. Especially when you've bailed on bottled water in favor of a Brita pitcher and reusable bottle. But don't you still hate throwing out that filter every three months? Beth Terry does. She wrote in her blog Fake Plastic Fish about her frustration at being unable to recycle her Brita filter cartridges, and discovered she was far from alone. Terry then joined with other activists to start TakeBackTheFilter.org, a movement to pressure the Clorox Co., which owns Brita North America, to …

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Urban gardening for the rest of us

  Photo: lucy and her dent via FlickrAbout a quarter of the U.S. population lives in apartments or condos, according to the 2000 census [PDF], and most Americans will live in one or the other at some point in their lives. But apartment dwellers don't have to miss out on the joys of growing their own food.   You don't need a yard to garden. All you need are some pots. "Container gardening" makes it possible for just about anyone to grow their own tasty, fresh, organic, local food -- and save on grocery bills. If you plant several crops …

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The Clorox Co. leverages sustainability for growth

More green biz reporting from the Sustainable Brands '08 Conference. Even the Clorox Company, with $4.8 billion in sales last year, has set out to get a piece of the proverbial green apple pie that the conscious American consumer is becoming. Recognizing that sustainable products are no longer a wee e-niche market, Bill Morrissey, VP of Environmental Sustainability at Clorox, described the company's extensive research on what motivates a consumer's interest in the environment. From these efforts, four key areas emerged: Personal protection -- What's going in me/on me/around me (and my family)? Cost -- I save $$ by reusing/reducing …

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When taking pride in your roots means breathing local coal dust

May I suggest that literally sharing a part of your local history can, in fact, be taken too far? Snipped from The New York Times: "Coal is part of us," said William Liptok, director of the county's public works department. Not only does nearly every family in town have roots in mining, Mr. Liptok said, but virtually everyone breathes in coal dust, since it wafts into the air in the winter when trucks remove the boilers' ashes. [emphasis is mine] How's that, cough, cough, old saying go? The one about the town that hacks together stays together?

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Add Grist’s green living widget and win free green living starter kits from Seventh Generation

So another Earth Day has come and gone, along with many good 'n' green intentions made around the globe. Haven't figured out a way to turn dirty laundry and that ring around the tub into a way to save the planet yet? Don't worry; Grist is here to help -- namely, by giving you the chance to win free green cleaning products from our friends at Seventh Generation. Let's get that tub looking and smelling more peachy and less bleach-y, shall we? How, you ask? Just add our new green living widget to your blog or Facebook/MySpace profile. It's super-easy. …

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