Ben Goldfarb
Ben Goldfarb
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The Environmental Fight That is More Important Than Keystone XL That Nobody is Talking About

The good news: America burns less coal every year. The bad news: We might soon be shipping massive quantities of the black rock overseas.

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When You Mess With Salmon, You're Messing With Alaskans

The fight to prevent giant global corporations from building an open-pit copper mine isn't just a battle to save salmon and fishermen. It's a fight to preserve democracy.
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America Was So Close to Huge Climate Change Laws 3 Years Ago — So Why Did Congress Give Up On the Environment?

In 2010, Congress came oh-so-close to passing a landmark piece of climate change legislation — until green groups misread the political landscape. Can environmentalists bounce back?
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The Real War on Christmas: An Arctic Holiday Poem

Who's the real villain in the war on Christmas? The carbon emissions that are turning Santa's wintery workshop into slush.
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Doha Climate Conference: Youth Activists Battle the Status Quo in UN Event

Will yet another climate change conference go down the tubes? Not if this collection of young Arab activists gets their say.
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Who won the presidential debate: Obama, Without a Doubt. Also, Bayonets

Follow along live as the candidates mercilessly pummel each other for our entertainment.

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Final Presidential Debate: In Foreign Policy Debate, Candidates Should Address Food Security

While tonight's debate is centered around foreign policy issues in the Middle East, you can't discuss terrorism without bringing up food security.
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Mitt Romney RNC Speech Preview: What Romney Could Say to Win in 2012, But Will Not

This is what I would like to hear tonight from the Republican nominee for president.
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Obama Sells Out to Coal Lobby in Order to Win Ohio Swing State Voters

President Obama is trying to cast himself as a friend of coal, despite his decidedly anti-coal record. Why isn't he prouder of his signature environmental achievement?

Creationists Make Up 46% of America, and That's a Scary Thought

A new poll reveals that 46% of Americans are Creationists. Why is that a bad thing, and what can secularists do to boost the profile of evolution in the United States?
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Post-Fukushima, 80% of Japanese Are Against Nuclear Energy: Should Japan Shut Down its Reactors?

Japan's last nuclear reactor closed this week, touching off nation-wide celebrations. But if that means increased reliance on fossil fuel imports, should the Japanese really be rejoicing?

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The Real Reason that Eating Meat is Ethical

Think you're doing no harm when you chow down on a salad? Think again.
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Why Earth Day 2012 Should Be Renamed Gulf Day

The full impact of the 2010 BP oil spill is only now becoming clear in the Gulf of Mexico. This Earth Day, there's no better place to turn our attention.
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Oil Companies Like Shell Should Not Be Allowed to Drill in the Arctic Until They Create New Cleanup Methods

Until oil companies demonstrate that they've gotten better at cleaning up spills, they should not be permitted to drill in the Arctic Ocean.
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How Cruise Ships Like the Costa Concordia Destroy the Environment

Cruise ships produce a range of pollutants that endanger people and the environment.
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How Much Is An Ecosystem Worth? In Dollars, More Than the Keystone XL Pipeline

Nature's services are far more valuable than society realizes. It's time that environmentalists started talking like economists and posted hard numbers.

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Blame Farm Subsidies, Not Nutritionists, For America's Obesity Problem

Federal subsidies to wheat, corn, and cattle growers contribute to the obesity epidemic by facilitating overproduction. Will the next farm bill tighten our waistlines?
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Hydrofracking Poses Serious Risks to Human Health

A new EPA report proves that hydraulic fracturing contaminates groundwater, but will that revelation be enough to put the brakes on fracking?
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The Most Important Environmental Events in 2011

Reasons for environmental hope and despair in 2011, from Japan to the White House.
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Occupy Wall Street Should Target Environmental Offenders

OWS has directed the brunt of its wrath at financial institutions. Yet companies that harm the environment are just as responsible for America's economic woes.