Dark Green

By: Sunday May 18, 2014 5:20 pm

During a rant about the latest Tory scheme of putting a price on the world and everything in it, another Kossack, James Wells, pointed me toward works by Paul Kingsnorth and, by extension, other Dark Mountain Project participants. He and his followers believe, given runaway consumerist capitalism, burgeoning population growth, and negligence by governmental authorities, that it may futile to participate in the environmental movement as it stands. On the whole, I disagree, but can understand their frustration and, having read their manifesto and the first of their published books, will continue to read subsequent volumes.

The conversations between those who believe they have an existential obligation to continue the fight despite the possibility of failure, and those who feel that it is time to prepare for the worst, are conversations worth having.


Late Night: Upside

By: Saturday March 29, 2014 8:00 pm

A good point-and-laugh at Cadillac. And what a pleasure to meet Pashon Murray. Hope to hear a lot more from her from now on.

Come Saturday Morning: Fresh Local Greens in a Minnesota Winter? Why Not?

By: Saturday September 14, 2013 6:45 am

For more on the good done by the Sustainable Food Program, and to find out what to do to bring it back, go to http://standforfood.com/ .

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Saru Jayaraman, Behind The Kitchen Door

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 1:59 pm

You’ve probably heard this statistic before: food service is one of the fastest-growing areas of our economy, and food service work one of the fastest-expanding job fields.

Did you know, though, that only 20 percent of restaurant jobs pay a livable wage?

Michael Klare, How to Fry a Planet

By: Sunday August 11, 2013 12:30 pm

Look at it any way you want, and if you’re not a booster of fossil fuels on this overheating planet of ours, it doesn’t look good. Hardly a month passes, it seems, without news about the development of some previously unimaginable way to extract fossil fuels from some thoroughly unexpected place.

New Report Another Blow to Keystone Pipeline Supporters

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 4:20 pm

A new report out today finds that enforcement of environmental infractions by companies in the Alberta oil sands are 17 times lower than similar infractions reported to the United State’s Environmental Protection Agency.

The report, authored by the environmental non-profit Global Forest Watch, looked at more than fifteen years of data on recorded environmental mishaps by oil sands companies, tracking the follow-up actions taken and the final verdict on fines.

Kelloggs Killing Last Sumatran Tigers for Cheap Processed Snack Food

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 7:17 pm

The Sumatran tiger is being killed by poachers to a certain degree, but the much bigger problem lies in the cereal you eat and those shitty little processed snacks that just make us all fatter. No kidding, these tigers live in an Indonesian jungle that just happens to be the same area being deforested to grow palm oil plantations.

Is Obama’s Faith in Carbon Capture a Technicolor Dream?

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 6:55 pm

President Barack Obama announced his administration’s “Climate Action Plan” for cutting carbon pollution in his second term in the Oval Office at Georgetown University and unfortunately, it’s a full-throttle endorsement of every aspect of fracking and the global shale gas market.

Google Promotes Failed Coal Lobby Work to Stop EPA Mercury and Toxic Air Regulations

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 3:00 pm

Google, the search giant with the famous motto: “Don’t be evil,” is boasting about its involvement in a 2012 coal industry lobbying effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect the public from dangerous and potentially lethal coal plant emissions, according to a recently discovered Google case study.

10 Reasons Canada’s Tar Sands Suck

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 5:00 pm

Canada’s right-wing Prime Minister is in New York today trying to convince lawmakers that the tar sands are okay, and that the Keystone XL pipeline should go ahead.

At the same time, Canada’s environment minister is in London trying to convince politicians there that tar sands crude is the same as regular sweet crude, and should not be subject to a polluter tax.

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