Category Archives: Environment

It’s the piss that gets the press, but the leaked intelligence dossier also claims that Trump was offered a 19% stake in the Russian oil company Rosneft in exchange for lifting sanctions as President

As we discussed yesterday, an intelligence report assembled by a former MI6 operative in Moscow concerning Trump’s extensive ties to the government of Vladimir Putin went public thanks to Buzzfeed and CNN. These documents, which you really should read in their entirety, paint a troubling portrait of our President-elect. According to the as-yet-verified claims made […]

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How you can stop Nestlé from taking our water

At about this time last year, we had a conversation here about Nestlé’s aggressive push to extract, bottle and sell Michigan’s fresh water. Well, as you may have heard, the Swiss company now has plans to nearly double the amount of groundwater they’re taking to 210 million gallons a year, and, as you might expect, […]

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Of course it’s all about oil… Putin, Trump, and the campaign to keep the world addicted to fossil fuels

I’ve been struggling since the election to catch even a glimpse of the big picture. Like many of you, despite my best intentions, I tend to get swept up in the horror of the day. I want to look dispassionately at all the moving pieces and see if I can maybe find some logic in […]

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The battle over plastic bags in Michigan is about more than just plastic bags. It’s about keeping progressive municipalities from exploring solutions to the problems that we’re facing. It’s about squashing both innovation and local democratic rule.

A few days ago, Michigan Republicans made national headlines for passing a ban on the banning of plastic bags… And, yes, you read that right. They didn’t pass a law banning plastic bags, but they passed a law making it illegal for local jurisdictions to ban the use of such bags, which are increasingly clogging […]

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Now that we know the Russians played a role in getting Trump elected, what are we going to do about it?

This past July, when we first discussed the possibility that Vladimir Putin might be using Russia’s vast security apparatus to get Trump elected, I think it’s safe to say that a good number of you saw it as yet another baseless conspiracy theory. And, in October, when Senator Harry Reid announced that U.S. security agencies […]

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