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Insidious much?

Al Gore out, Big Oil in for public schools

Gristmill readers have been knocking at our proverbial door to make sure we've seen Laurie David's article from Sunday's Washington Post. It details the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) rejection of 50,000 free copies of An Inconvenient Truth for use in science classes across the country, and it's definitely worth some Gristmill grinding. Accepting the DVDs would place "unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters," the NTSA wrote. Those supporters? [Insert feigned surprise here] ExxonMobil, et al. Writes David, one of the film's producers, on the influence these capital providers have in the classroom already: NSTA's …

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My gift to you

Nothing

Last weekend I was riding the King County Metro bus when a nice man who had recently moved to Seattle from Taiwan asked me to tell him about Thanksgiving. I started in about how we get together with people we love, engage in gluttony, etc., etc. He said, "Uh, but I mean, what about the day after Thanksgiving? Tell me about the sales." At which point I realized I'd never been anywhere near a place of commerce on Black Friday. I grew up on a farm, and, well, we just don't like people or commerce enough to risk leaving the …

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Climate change: worse than cooties

British kids: smarter than the rest of us

A survey of 11-14-year-old Britons found that they are more concerned about recycling and global warming than they are about having a girlfriend or boyfriend or doing their homework. Some 74 percent of so-called "tweens" in the U.K. were concerned about climate change, while only 41 percent noted concern over dating, or whatever you'd call it at that age. About 64 percent expressed concern about their schoolwork. Cooties Lurgy also ranked high on the list of concerns, as did getting American adults to be half as concerned as pre-pubescent kids in the rest of the world about cataclysmic climate change.

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"God's still up there"

Inhofe on Fox

Think Progress put up a video of Inhofe on Fox this morning. I have to admit, I'm actually a little sad -- when he passes off the chairmanship in January, there will be so much less to make fun of.

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FEC vs. Sierra Club

Enviro group settles on campaign finance violation

The Sierra Club has agreed to pay a $28,000 fine to settle charges that the organization violated Federal Election Commission regulations during the 2004 election. The FEC found that the club's 2004 election brochure contained "express advocacy" which constituted an "independent expenditure" -- making it off-limits for the nonprofit Sierra Club. According to The Hill, "FEC Chairman Michael Toner described the settlement as 'one of the most important express advocacy cases the commission has resolved in recent years.'" The settlement further defines the Supreme Court decision in McConnell v. FEC, in which the court upheld campaign regulations put in place …

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Is it January yet?

Inhofe on the U.N. climate summit

The last gasps of a dying chairmanship: Inhofe weighs in on the U.N. climate summit. His biggest concern regarding the summit -- which, by the way, he didn't attend -- was a children's book (PDF) on climate change, which Inhofe claims is "brainwashing little kids." Inhofe: "What we learned in Nairobi is ... that the real focus has little to do with the fate of the planet and more to do with money -- who has it and who wants it." Couldn't have said it better myself, Jim.

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Democracy on hold for football

Final count in Ohio may take a while

Also on the "to be determined" front, Ohio's 15th district race between Republican incumbent Deborah Pryce (an LCV Dirty Dozener) and Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy. From AP: Thousands of provisional ballots will be counted beginning Nov. 19 - a day later than normal in deference to the Ohio State-Michigan football game Nov. 18. I'm not sure what's going on between now and then, but in any case, post-football there may be a resolution in Ohio.

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New Mexico still undecided

Race bitter to the very end

For anyone still paying attention, the race in New Mexico's 1st Congressional district continues. As of this morning, Republican incumbent Heather Wilson is about 1,487 votes ahead of Democratic challenger and state Attorney General Patrica Madrid.

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Senate called

Webb wins in Virginia

Webb has officially won. Senate called in favor of the Dems.

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Chafed, but still having fun

Big enviro endorsements worked out — for the most part

A spin through the endorsements from big environmental groups this year reveals an overwhelming number of successes. Both Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters will probably be sleeping contentedly tonight. Sheldon Whitehouse's win in Rhode Island will be pertinent to Dems taking control of the Senate -- or at least breaking even. Both LCV and the Sierra Club endorsed Lincoln Chafee in that race. In Connecticut, the LCV endorsed the triumphant Democrat-turned-Independent Joe Lieberman over Democrat-still-Democrat Ned Lamont, while Sierra Club simply abstained on the matter. What happens when Lieberman hits the Senate floor remains to be seen, …

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