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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls for Trial of Climate Science

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls for Trial of Climate Science

WASHINGTON, DC, August 26, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation, wants to put climate change science on trial.

In an attempt to head off a U.S. EPA finding that climate change endangers public health and welfare in the United States, the Chamber Tuesday petitioned the federal agency for a trial-like hearing of the scientific evidence before an administrative judge or EPA official.

These people are absolutely shameless!   They will do anything to keep making money, and to hell with the planet.  Literally.


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Why I love Britain’s socialized healthcare system

Why I love Britain’s socialized healthcare system | Salon

My first glimpse of our prospective hospital was not promising. It seemed crowded, aging and apparently devoid of the gleaming, beeping equipment I associated with modern medicine. But our neo-natal class actually helped me prepare for the upcoming birth, and the scans we received afforded the same miraculous fetal glimpses we would have gotten back in New Jersey. Come delivery day, an impressive team of midwives, nurses and anesthesiologists attended my wife’s long labor, all of them respecting her request not to opt for a cesarean section. When things got sticky at the end, a senior obstetrician appeared and the monitoring equipment beeped reassuringly…. Read More…


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Green News

273 Whole Foods Stores Earn Organic Certification

Rubber Sidewalks Give the Bounce to Concrete

Illegal Pangolin Trade Threatens Rare Species

Ocean current switch due to warming could be slower than feared

Book Review: Andrew Winston’s Green Recovery

Hydrofluorocarbons, Once a Solution, Now a Problem?

Fertilizer’s Contamination Legacy

Mystery of Los Angeles Methane Emissions Probed


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Even Amish values aren’t recession-proof

Even Amish values aren’t recession-proof

In a 20,000-person community of Amish in northern Indiana, fancy Dutch Harness horses and carriages lined “in dark velvet and illuminated … with battery-powered LED lighting” were the definition of living large. But no matter what your value system, when the economy turns south and you’re suddenly living beyond your means, trouble looms.


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Microlending taking off in U.S.

Cassidy: Microlending taking off in U.S., too – SiliconValley.com

“There have been people practicing microfinance in California for years,” Weaver told me. “And maybe there is not a lot of awareness that it is happening here.”…

…Turns out microfinance is big in the United States, though not as big as Weaver and many others would like it to be. Opportunity Fund says there are at least 20 million U.S. microbusinesses, which generally means businesses employing fewer than five that borrowed less than $35,000 — often much less — to start up….


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Environmental News — 30 April 2009

Clean Energy Future: Congress Passes Budget

Scientists put carbon ceiling at a trillion tonnes

Dryland development needs science and sustainability

U.S. Wind Power Industry Installs More Than 2,800 MW in Q1 2009

China To Subsidize Energy Saving Lamps

Emergency Action Taken for Threatened and Endangered Sea Turtles:Six-month Closure Ordered of Gulf of Mexico Fishery

Swine Flu Spreads, Tips for the US

Report lists worst, best cities for air quality

White House push to nullify mining-waste rule


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Environmental News

Want to Go Solar? Cut Your Energy Use First

Our Penchant For Rarity Could Threaten Conservation Efforts

U.S. DOE Heats Up New Energy Standards for Home Furnaces

Reef boom beats doom

Plants could override climate change effects on wildfires

Ontario to enact toughest pesticide ban in Canada

USGS profiles private wells

Rise in dust storms spurs environmental fears

U.S. and Mexico Hold Border Environmental Forum to Help Confront
Climate Change

‘Green jobs’ at heart of Obama’s Earth Day push on energy