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Obama calls to end subsidies for oil and gas

Obama in Nashua in 2007.

With prospective GOP challengers hawking guarantees of Seinfeld-era gas prices, President Obama simultaneously called their bluff on what he called "phony election-year promises" and urged Congress to end $4 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies. Sure, he's said it before (most recently in his State of the Union address), but at a stop in Nashua Community College in New Hampshire, Obama put some muscle behind it:

“You can either stand up for the oil companies, or you can stand up for the American people,” Mr. Obama said. “You can keep subsidizing a fossil fuel that’s been getting taxpayer dollars for a century, or you can place your bets on a clean-energy future.”

It took GOP bigwigs approximately four nanoseconds to respond that the president's move could make oil costs go even higher, while John Boehner needled him over what he perceived to be a reluctance to open the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (which also might not lower costs or stop our Bubbles-esque problems with oil). White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't address whether Obama would tap into the reserve, but affirmed the president was "very concerned" about the pump-fatigued American family.


The Oscar goes to … ‘Tar Sands: The Movie’?

Damon and DeChristopher: dead ringers?

With last night's totally shocking (read: not shocking at all) crowning of The Artist as last year's best picture, we can finally say good-bye to Oscar season and months of back-patting, overwrought movies about gentle Nazis who can't read good, or sappy, pseudo-racial vignettes that "help" Hollywood work through white guilt. Angelina Jolie's leg will get some much-needed rest, and movie studios can get back to coming up with new ways to convince us that a weenie like Shia Labeouf can be a legitimate star. (Is he? I'll let him answer that.)

Beyond a few second-tier parties and celebrities' off-time advocacy, greens and green issues are not the focus of the occasion. It's not that we haven't had our moments: The emerald years of 2006-7 saw celebs ferried to the red carpet on briefly trendy Priuses (Prii?), and An Inconvenient Truth even brought home Oscar gold for Best Documentary and Best Song. (It was Melissa Etheridge, and no, we don't remember how it goes, either.) Last year, the flaming faucets of Josh Fox's Gasland got a nod, and this year, the enviro movement had another runner-up in If A Tree Falls, an ecoterrorism chronicle that bows heavily toward the Julia "Butterfly" Hill school of environmental sympathy.

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Watch: David Roberts on ‘Up With Chris Hayes’

Not inclined to wake up on a Saturday at 4 a.m. PST? Even to see our own beloved David Roberts hold forth on capitalism, politics, and more on MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes? Fine, we've got your back. Watch the entire stream here:

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Wanted: Voices from the Occupation

Photo: Paul SteinOne month in, it's clear that Occupy Wall Street is here to stay -- and we know intrepid Grist readers are a part of it. Some of you may have shown solidarity from afar by sending a protest pizza. We're betting others have donned full-on war paint and marched (or perhaps pedaled) down to your local occupation. The reasons aren't hard to see. Grist readers are engaged, motivated, and quick with a quip -- handy for crafting a cutting slogan, sure, but even more useful in providing leadership and fire for moving us towards a future we can …

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Hacking for the planet

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US: Anonymous hacktivists go green.In a protest move that makes ELF operations look like knocking off a few small-town liquor stores, international "hacktivists" Anonymous just announced a plan to pursue hacking campaigns in support of green causes. The first victim of Operation Green Rights was ginormous biotech firm Monsanto, which Anonymous targeted for "corrupt, unethical and downright evil" business practices. Monsanto confirmed the attack, though it downplayed the damage. From Anonymous: We blasted their web infrastructure to s*** for 2 days straight, crippling all 3 of their mail servers as well as taking down …


NOAA’s terrifying tornado time-lapse [VIDEO]

By now, most of us know last month was the busiest April ever for tornadic activity; with May hosting the deadliest single tornado on record, the whole country's talking about the Fujita Scale, core bursting, and Helen Hunt like it's 1996. For those who refuse to even talk about the links between twisters and climate change, Bill McKibben drops a dose of hot, buttery sarcasm in a valiant attempt to pull a few heads out of the sand over at the Washington Post. Now NOAA offers up some raw data, cleanly and terrifyingly executed: In the following time-lapse animation, April's …