Grist List

Animals

Stand by for baby eagles on webcam!

Hey, remember the Decorah Eagle Cam? If you don’t, you probably never saw a baby eagle hatch on live streaming video, you poor fool. But now you have another chance! The mom eagle at the Decorah, Iowa fish hatchery is … pregnant? Do birds get “pregnant”? Anyway, let’s say she has a frittata in the oven. And she’s going to lay those eggs any day now, at which point you can begin obsessively monitoring them for signs of wee tiny eaglets.

Population

One weird old trick for population control: Aspirin

You may have heard that Rick Santorum financial backer Foster Friess proposed one weird old trick for birth control: an aspirin between the knees. (If you don’t get it, try holding an aspirin between your knees, and then imagine that you only knew one sex position and it was missionary.) We found some file photos of Friess explaining his theory, which he put forth on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.

Oil

Obama budget raises oil drilling royalties 50 percent

Public lands belong to all of us, so when the federal government decides to lease them out to oil and gas drillers, those companies have to pay for depriving taxpayers of environmental and recreational benefits. And the Obama administration has decided that they’re not paying enough. So the Interior Department’s budget includes a proposal to raise royalties for oil and gas projects by 50 percent.

Business & Technology

Kazakhstan, Mongolia to rescue us from China’s rare earths monopoly

Germany just signed agreements with Kazakhstan and Mongolia to mine rare earths in those countries, in an effort to break China's monopoly over these 17 elements.

Green Living Tips

Let’s ban toilet paper

Did you know that because of Americans' demand for super-soft TP for our bungholes, 98 percent of the pulp used to make the stuff comes from virgin forests?

Critical List: House passes drilling bill; turning grass into plastic

The House passed a bill expanding oil drilling in ANWR and oil shale drilling. Revenues are meant to fund the transportation bill, which won’t be considered until after the President’s Day recess. Mexico City shut down a giant landfill, but will capture methane that the landfill exudes and use it as a power source. A new technique could turn grass into plastic.

Sprawl

World’s worst elected official makes the case for sprawl

"Well, let me state it unequivocally: I love sprawl," says L. Brooks Patterson, county executive of Oakland County, Mich.

Oil

Fair Trade gasoline

You know where your coffee beans come from -- so why not your gasoline? Did your $3.50 a gallon go to prop up our tar-sands-addicted frenemies in Canada?

Politics

Hillary Clinton is tackling climate change whether you like it or not

Clinton announced a new initiative to start attacking "short-lived climate pollutants" -- otherwise known as "everything except carbon dioxide."

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