Category: Green

Congress is Dismantling Public Lands – 5 Things You Can Do to Stop Them

Political news has been all-consuming this week. The inauguration, Trump’s cabinet nominee hearings, ramifications of dismantling the Affordable Care Act. But there’s something newsworthy that you may not have heard about. Congress quietly passed legislation that puts public lands one step closer to demise.   The obscure and not highly publicized congressional budget rule change essentially does away with any value provided by national forests, wildlife refuges, and BLM land. Because the rule states these lands don’t provide any value, they can circumvent a law that prevents transfer of federal property if it hurts the budget. This makes it...

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USDA Approves Monsanto-Created Genetically Modified Grass – And it’s Out of Control

Bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera), a genetically modified grass designed for golf courses, is spreading onto public land and contaminating local crops. Created by Monsanto and recently deregulated by the USDA, bentgrass is yet another illustration of the controversies surrounding GMOs.   The grass escaped test areas in 2003, and has since been spreading throughout Oregon and into Idaho. Now that the USDA has deregulated the grass, it no longer has any control over it, leaving states and locales to deal with the problems. Malheur County has discovered bentgrass near canals and throughout public land, and labeled the plant as a...

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This Group is Turning Scientists into Politicians to Combat Trump Agenda

Donald Trump has become the 45th president. For many, it’s difficult to stomach. Over the course of the presidential primaries and after the election, Americans saw a darker side of society. While all of the controversies, name calling, and starkly contrasting views may leave some wondering what to believe, groups like 314 Action remind us that we can’t lose sight of the hard facts. The recently formed non-profit, which gets its name from the commonly reoccurring ratio Pi, or 3.14, strives to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in the states, advocate for scientifically driven policy, and encourage people...

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Trump’s High Profile Supporters Drop $22 Million to Debunk Climate Science

There’s no doubt that many Trump followers are vocal climate deniers. But some of them are so passionate, they’ve dropped a pretty penny to support their beliefs. One such anti-climate donor is Robert Mercer, whose family foundation previously supported Ted Cruz —  another climate denying presidential candidate.  After Trump’s win in the primaries, the family diverted to support the Donald. And along with Mercer’s $15 million donation to the campaign, he also devoted $22 million to various organizations attempting to debunk climate science. The anti-science agenda runs in family, too. Mercer’s daughter Rebekkah supports climate rejecting organizations such as...

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Earth’s ‘Most Important Lawsuit’ Adds a Canadian Teen Plaintiff

What some key figures are calling the most crucial legal battle for the future of planet Earth has just been bolstered with support from a Canadian environmental activist. Jacob Lebel is joining a group of 21 young Americans engaged in a lawsuit filed against the federal government. They claim their constitutional rights have been violated because the U.S. government has willfully allowed dangerous greenhouse gas pollution for the past 50 years. Lebel is a 19-year-old environmentalist from Quebec who now lives in Oregon. Although he is young, he already has significant direct experience working to fight the expansion of...

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