ECONOMY

The Big Picture: We Can Save the Planet and the Economy Too

Who Needs Jobs on a Dead Planet? – Bill McKibben at the front of the march – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following folks from all over the country willing to travel thousands of miles and brave freezing temperatures and a bone chilling wind to march from the Washington…

Alabama Senate Business, Labor Committee Considers Open Carry Gun Law

Watch the video to see the debate about the difference between a concealed pistol permit and the current policy on gun possession in the state. By Glynn Wilson – MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Senate Business and Labor Committee debated an open carry gun law this week sponsored by far right conservative Senator Scott Beason, the…

President Obama Names Sally Jewell to Head Interior Department

By Glynn Wilson – President Barack Obama nominated a former oil company engineer to head the Interior Department on Wednesday to replace Ken Salazar, who recently stepped down to return to Colorado. The choice is unusual in more ways than one. The post has historically gone to career politicians from the West, but Sally Jewell…

News Flash: Half the People in Alabama Are NOT ‘Conservative’

The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – Reporting that Alabama is the most conservative state in the union is sort of like saying grass is green. Everybody already knows it, so what’s the point? How is that “news?” But you know Gallup. Them public opinion pollsters just can’t stop doing what they do for…

Obama Administration Releases Proposed New Renewable Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed new fuel efficiency standards on Thursday, opening up a 45-day public comment period. “EPA continues to support the use of renewable fuels within the transportation sector, which encourages innovation, strengthens American energy security, and decreases greenhouse gas pollution,” according to a press release announcing the standards. The…

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star And Other Fairy Tales in the News

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are.” – From the 19th-century English poem, “The Star,” by Jane Taylor – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – Way to go, working folks. You voted for former Riley aide Twinkle Cavanaugh for the Alabama Public Service Commission, and now you’ve got it. A…

Sierra Club to Engage in Civil Disobedience to Fight Tar Sands Crude

The Sierra Club Board of Directors has approved the one-time use of civil disobedience for the first time in the organization’s 120-year history to fight the further exploration for tar sands crude oil. Oil sands, tar sands or, more technically, bituminous sands, are a type of unconventional petroleum deposit, according to Wikipedia. The oil sands…

Survey Shows Americans Dissatisfied With Corporations and the Government

Democrats Most Dissatisfied With Corporations, Republicans Just Dislike the Federal Government – By Glynn Wilson – Americans dislike large corporations as much as some are dissatisfied with “big” government, and a large majority of Americans want corporations to have less influence on American life, according to the latest Gallup Poll’s “Mood of the Nation” survey.…

Democrats in the U.S. Senate Save America Again

By Glynn Wilson – While all the attention the day after the first day of the new year is focused on the United States House of Representatives’ 257 to 167 vote to approve a budget agreement to prevent what pundits have been calling the “fiscal cliff” for months, it should be noted that it was…

James Hansen Receives Stephen Schneider Science Communication Award

James Hansen, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of the book, Storms of My Grandchildren, was presented with the annual Stephen Schneider Science Communication award this month, named for the Stanford University environmental scientist who advised seven U.S. Presidents on climate change. Hansen spoke Dec. 4 about…

Unsuitable Conduct: Separate Messages at Gulf Restoration Council Meeting

Don’t believe everything you see on Teevee – By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Feeding frenzy of suits. That could have been the caption on a picture from a downtown Mobile hotel where the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council staged its first meeting on December 11. Federal law created this council to preside over…

Americans Want to See Compromise in Washington to Avoid ‘Fiscal Cliff’

President Obama’s Approval Rating Beats Republicans Two to One – By Glynn Wilson – Americans have become even more convinced over the past week that government leaders in Washington should compromise on their principles on no tax increases and spending cuts in order to reach an agreement that avoids the federal budget going over the…

Americans Favor State Marijuana Laws Over Federal Government Enforcement

By Glynn Wilson – A significant majority of the American people oppose the U.S. government stepping in to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states where the people have voted to make it legal for medical or recreational use, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, which found that 64 percent of Americans want…