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May 22, 2017 Opinion
Always Dreaming sprints toward a first-place finish at the 2017 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. (Photo: Heidi Carpenter / Flickr)

The Perpetuation of a Cruel Pastime

By: Brian Klonoski

It was an exhilarating finish at the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. The favorite, Always Dreaming, jumped to an early lead out of the gate, trailed closely...

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May 16, 2017 Opinion
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, just to the northwest of the site of the proposed Pebble Mine project. (Photo: NPS / Flickr)

Pebble Mine Will Always Be the Wrong Mine in the Wrong Place

By: Brian Klonoski

Late last week, the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), led by administrator Scott Pruitt, quietly reached a deal with a company called Pebble Limited Partnership, which had been suing the...

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May 8, 2017 Opinion
A protester at the People's Climate March on April 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Becker1999 / Flickr)

The End of the EPA... For Now

By: Brian Klonoski

Scott Pruitt, a climate denier with a long history of suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was always a terrible choice to lead it. His contributions have been swift, pernicious...

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April 26, 2017 Opinion
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will give special attention to the controversial Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, designated by President Clinton in 1996. (Photo: Bob Wick / BLM)

Destined to Lose, Trump Lurches Into Public Lands Debate

By: Brian Klonoski

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review every national monument over 100,000 acres designated since 1996, including the controversial Bears...

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April 17, 2017 Opinion
That bottled water is safer than tap water is a myth funded by the bottled-water industry. (Photo: Mark Lee / Flickr)

An Open Letter to Erin Brockovich on Supporting Public Water

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

LAist declares in a recent post that “LA’s Water is Officially as Clean as Bottled Water.”  The article cites LADWP’s move toward using UV light to disinfect water and to its...

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April 16, 2017 Opinion
As Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, consolidates power in the White House, environmentalists find themselves with an opportunity to seize the President's ear. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

An Opportunity for Environmentalists to Seize President Trump's Ear

By: Brian Klonoski

Have you heard? Steve Bannon -- President Trump's chief strategist and architect of the "America first" doctrine -- appears to be doomed. The feisty, hard-nosed populist has become increasingly isolated...

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April 6, 2017 Opinion
A grizzly bear and her cub in Alaska's Denali National Park. (Photo: Christoph Strässler / Flickr)

In Alaska, Cruelty Masquerades as Sovereignty

By: Brian Klonoski

The words "predator control" sound benign and well-intentioned, but in Alaska, they carry a cruel meaning. The term refers to gruesome tactics like gunning down wolves and bears from airplanes;...

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March 29, 2017 Opinion
Technology and automation has left many manual laborers on the outside looking in. (Photo: untitled exhibitions / Flickr)

Technology and the Social-Economic Contract of Good Government

By: W. Douglas Smith

The 2016 election illustrates the frustration and desperation of workers who have fallen behind the curve of innovation. Their jobs have become obsolete and their skills are unnecessary in the...

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March 21, 2017 Opinion
Photo: Vladimir Chuchadeev / Unsplash

Environmental Negligence to the Highest Degree

By: Dana Hunnes

The United States population hovers around 320 million people. We represent less than 5 percent of the world’s population – 7.4 billion people -- yet, use roughly 25 percent of the...

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March 20, 2017 Opinion
Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Scott Pruitt, How the Hell Do You Sleep at Night?

By: Ariane Sims

Dear Mr. Pruitt, Congratulations on your confirmation last month as the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. What a political coup that was! Surely, no other nominee has ever faced...

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March 13, 2017 Opinion
Protesters in Washington, D.C. rally against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who denies incontrovertible evidence linking humans to climate change. (Photo: Lorie Shaull / Flickr)

Scott Pruitt Needs to Consult His Own EPA Experts on Climate Change

By: W. Douglas Smith

A federal agency is required to respond to public inquiries about their mission. The person responsible for directing a federal agency and mission is the Administrator appointed by the President...

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March 7, 2017 Opinion
Deforestation in Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. (Photo: glennhurowitz / Flickr)

The Environment & Biological Diversity Are Our Greatest Assets. Destroy These, Destroy Life.

By: Dana Hunnes

In a month and a half, we have already witnessed a lack of care and decency with regards to climate change and the environment from this administration. They have made...

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March 6, 2017 Opinion
A power plant emits CO2 and other pollutants in Germany's Ruhr region. (Photo: Eric Huybrechts / Flickr)

Climate Change: 2020 and the Precautionary Principle

By: W. Douglas Smith

Recently an associate asked why I say a 30 percent reduction in emissions by 2020 is key to the 2℃ limit on global temperature rise set by the Intergovernmental Panel on...

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March 1, 2017 Opinion
President Trump at the unveiling of the Boeing 787-10 in North Charleston, SC. (Photo: North Charlston / Flickr)

Are You Drinking Trump's Kool-Aid?

By: W. Douglas Smith

Forget global warming and climate change. Despite their importance, those terms have become somewhat hackneyed and mind-numbing in the public consciousness. Let’s talk economics instead. Is the new Trump administration...

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February 24, 2017 Opinion
Scott Pruitt is an enemy of the EPA as well as its leader. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Should Resign

By: Brian Klonoski

Scott Pruitt was always a dubious choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Formerly the attorney general of Oklahoma, he made a name for himself by suing the EPA 14...

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February 22, 2017 Climate & Energy
Hurricane Sandy swirls over the eastern U.S. in 2012. (Photo: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS)

Don't Believe a Word I Say About Climate Change

By: W. Douglas Smith

The Trump administration has put scientists and science under siege. The only defense we have is the truth, which of course, in this day and age, places us at an...

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February 17, 2017 Innovation
"The best way to predict the future is to create it" - Abraham Lincoln (Photo: W. Douglas Smith)

Science: Where Dreams Come True

By: W. Douglas Smith

The pace of human enterprise is not constant. Change is so fast that policy makers and governments are way behind the curve. Climate change is only one example. The result...

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February 17, 2017 Opinion
A section of existing border fence along the Mexican border. (Photo: Steve Hillebrand /USFWS)

Border Wall May Negatively Affect 111 Endangered Species

By: The Humane Society of the United States

No matter where you stand on the issue of the border wall between the United States and Mexico, we can all agree that the deleterious harms a border wall could...

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