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Oink, oink

Bush signed the massive corporate tax giveaway yesterday, though his handlers didn't make a big stink over it.  Perhaps they were hoping we little people wouldn't notice that it's an unconscionable $143-million-over-10-years pork smorgasbord for the oh-so-special interests, at a time of record deficits ($413 billion and counting).  Oh, and it's an environmental abomination too.   Commentator Connie Rice of The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR -- who dubbed the bill the "Corporate Looting and Piracy Act" -- summed up just a few of its most stomach-churning provisions:   Unlike the Leave No Child Behind bill, this corporate boondoggle is …

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VP mutiny

Even Winona LaDuke, Nader's running mate in 1996 and 2000, is ditching Ralph this year and endorsing Kerry.  This from her opinion piece in Indian Country Today: John Kerry provides promise for Native America and for America. His policy proposals involve vision -- like alternative energy, more accessible health care, and finding all those children who have been "left behind" by the Bush administration. ... He opposes converting Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste dump. He noted in the first debate that America cannot demand that other countries dispose of their nukes while we are busy engineering new ones. ... …

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Another voice calling Kyoto a potential boon for business

L.A. Times business columnist James Flanigan has joined the ever-growing chorus asserting that Kyoto can -- even will -- be good for industry.   "Global warming is suddenly looking like a hot business opportunity," he writes.  "The funny thing is nobody seems to fear the Kyoto Protocol anymore. In fact, some might even get rich off it."He cites corporate examples that are well-known in green-biz circles but probably not amongst normal folks: DuPont Co., for example, has curtailed carbon emissions from its plants in the United States and around the world by 67% since the Kyoto treaty came along. Far …

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Italy jumps on the SUV-bashing bandwagon

Europeans don't take as kindly to mobile global-warmers as do their American counterparts.  Latest country to join in the anti-SUV backlash:  Italy.  The nation's Environment Ministry is plotting to slap a new tax on big gas-guzzlers, and possibly use the funds to incentivize people to scrap old cars and buy more efficient ones, Reuters reports.

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What eco-questions would you pose at Friday’s debate?

The Sierra Club has crafted eight queries it would like to see Bush and Kerry hit with during Friday's town-hall-style debate, and it's asking you to vote on the best.  Currently top in the running:  "The Russian government recently announced that it will put the international global-warming treaty into effect by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. The current administration has pulled the United States out of the agreement, even though this country accounts for 25 percent of the world's global warming pollution. How will the United States do their part to curb global warming and stabilize the global climate?" Meanwhile, a …

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Reagan enviro official still running afoul of the law

Rita Lavelle, who ran the Superfund program during the Reagan years and was locked up for lying to Congress about it, may be headed to the slammer once again. On Monday, a federal jury convicted her of scheming to defraud a client who hired her consulting firm to clean up a toxic work site in Los Angeles, the L.A. Times reports. She faces 15-24 months in the clink. Old habits die hard, it seems.   (Feeling nostalgic? Check out a fun recap of enviro doings during the Gipper's reign.)

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Rappin' with Joe Cool

An interview with Joseph Romm on becoming a cool company

Cool Companies by Joseph J. RommIsland Press, 1999, 277 pages Joseph Romm is director of the nonprofit Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, which helps businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In 1997, he served as assistant secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy at the Energy Department. Romm's new book, Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, presents a wealth of case studies on businesses that have made great strides in improving their energy efficiency and reducing their emissions of greenhouse gases, businesses that Romm calls "cool companies." The book also …

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Curbing Consumption: A Manual for the Masses

A review of 'Use Less Stuff' by Robert Lilienfeld and William Rathje

Use Less Stuff by Robert Lilienfeld and William Rathje Fawcett Columbine, 1998, 192 pages   Robert Lilienfeld and William Rathje have compiled a resolutely accessible guide to curbing consumption in Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are. The authors founded Use Less Stuff Day, celebrated since 1994 on the Thursday preceding Thanksgiving, in an attempt to convince consumers to change their wasteful ways, and this book is a how-to manual for implementing the principles of the holiday. Aiming at average Americans rather than ardent enviros, the authors painstakingly explain why a reliance on recycling will not cure …

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