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John “Not-So-Maverick” McCain Sides with Big Oil

Thomas Friedman has an op-ed article in The New York Times today laying out the evidence that John McCain has fully leapt onto the Big Oil Bandwagon. As if “Drill Here, Drill Now” wasn’t enough evidence that John McCain is a budding oil man with no intention of pursuing any of the readily-available clean sources of energy, Friedman makes the following points:
  1. McCain “deliberately avoided voting on all eight attempts to pass a bill extending the vital tax credits and production subsidies to expand our wind and solar industries…”
  2. McCain’s “support for lowering the gasoline tax in a reckless giveaway that would only promote more gasoline consumption and intensify our addiction to oil…”
  3. McCain’s “desire to make more oil-drilling, not innovation around renewable energy, the centerpiece of his energy policy…”
  4. And finally, selecting “Sarah Palin — the Alaska governor who has advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and does not believe mankind is playing any role in climate change — for vice president…”
I would also add that McCain and Palin are now the only people fighting for an open-ended military occupation of Iraq and its oil fields. (Side rant: Palin made the argument yesterday that “victory in Iraq is at hand.” How the $*#&$@ would she know?!) Oil is killing our environment and crippling our economy. But then again, Maverick and Moose believe that “our economy is fundamentally strong” and that “the jury is still out on global warming.” So why not lie down for the most profitable and politically influential corporations in the history of human civilization? Corruption is soooo comfortable.


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Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More
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