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May 2009

Watering the Milk: Government Deficits and Inflation

The following is an excerpt from The End of Money and the Future of Civilization by Thomas H. Greco, Jr.. It has been adapted for the Web. Most bankers and politicians talk about inflation as if it were some mysterious natural phenomenon. The truth is that the only real mystery about inflation is why we […]

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Knowing the Difference Between Power and Energy Could Save You Money

Don’t get scammed by some unscrupulous wind turbine manufacturer’s bogus “power rating”—know your terms and take control of the conversation. The following is an excerpt from Wind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home- and Community-Scale Wind Energy Systems by Paul Gipe. It has been adapted for the Web. In casual conversation, we use the terms […]

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How to Make 3 Kinds of Kimchi

If I may be graphic for a moment—my mouth is watering, literally, as I type this. I have a new food passion, and its name is kimchi. I haven’t tried making it myself yet, but it’s one of my favorite things to order at the local Korean restaurant. This tangy, spicy side dish can be […]

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Plant-a-palooza! Your Three-Day Planting Weekend Starts…Now!

My co-worker (and co-blogger) Makenna Goodman tells me this weekend is known as “the planting weekend.” Now, I don’t know how official that is, but her being an honest-to-goodness farmer and me being a clueless city boy, I’ll take her word for it. Makes sense. It’s warm, sunny, and spring-like—even in Vermont. And it’s a […]

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Employee Free Choice and a Higher Minimum Wage

The following is an excerpt from The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity—and What We Can Do About It by Les Leopold. It has been adapted for the Web. Employee Free Choice Act The New Deal came about in part because of pressure from a […]

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Environment Report Interviews New Head of EPA Lisa Jackson

New head of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa Jackson wants to earn back the trust of the American people. After the disastrous policies of the Bush administration, she’s got one long row to hoe. Here she is talking to the folks at Environment Report about her plans for the future of U.S. climate change policy. […]

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Can Feed-In Tariffs Power a Renewables Revolution?

First, the obvious question: What the heck is a feed-in tariff? Well, as I learned from visiting author Paul Gipe‘s website,, feed-in tariffs are simply payments per kilowatt-hour for electricity generated by a renewable resource. You generate your own electricity, with your wind turbines or solar panels, and sell it to the power companies […]

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A Grain Raising Book That Will Keep You Up Nights

“Did you know that you can grow sufficient grains to feed your family and many of your animals all year on less than an acre of land with just a few hand tools?”—Hank Will, Grit More than thirty years after its first publication, Gene Logsdon‘s classic Small-Scale Grain Raising: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, […]

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Green Winners and Losers, with HuffPo’s Dave Burdick

Our good friend Dave Burdick, editor of Huffington Post Green, has a new video up on this week. It’s a feature they like to call Green Winners & Losers. This week, Dave gives mad props to wind turbines, President Obama, and new head of the EPA Lisa Jackson. And he sends a big thumbs […]

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Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food

Once you hear what Jeffrey Smith has to say, you may want to think twice about eating that genetically modified corn you bought at the supermarket. More and more doctors are telling their patients to avoid genetically modified foods whenever possible, based on some very disturbing scientific evidence. Lab animals fed GM foods, for example, […]

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