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Beef Has Issues. This Seattle Steakhouse Agrees.

Brett Anderson The New York Times
The Bateau Steakhouse aims to reinvent the steak restaurant by showing how to sidestep the waste and environmental damage caused by the meat industry.

Death Has A Climate Change Problem

Dominique Mosbergen HuffPost
As concerns mount about the environmental impact of conventional burial and cremation, people are turning to alternative “green” death care practices.

The Military is Poisoning America’s Groundwater

Pat Elder World Beyond War
military base firefighting near grass and trees The military allows the poisons to leach into the groundwater to contaminate neighboring communities which use groundwater in their wells and municipal water systems.

New Challenges for the Disputed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Sue Sturgis Facing South
photo of bumble bee The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry fracked gas 600 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina and possibly points farther south, has been hit with setbacks in recent weeks that raise questions about its future.

Capitalist Economies Create Waste, Not Social Value

Chris Williams and Fred Magdoff Monthly Review
What would a truly just, equal and ecologically sustainable future look like? Why would it require a change in our economic system, namely the end of capitalism? Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams answer these questions in Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation, showing the immense levels of waste created by capitalism today, including by the prison-industrial complex, food system and housing in the United States and wasteful US military.

By Delaying Chemical Safety Rule, Pruitt Endangers First Responders and Refinery Towns

Daniel Ross Truthout
At 8:48 a.m. on the morning of February 18, 2015, an explosion at the ExxonMobil Torrance refinery in Southern California ripped through the facility with such ferocity, the resulting shockwaves registered on the Richter scale. Dust was scattered over the densely populated neighborhood up to a mile away from the blast. Four workers suffered minor injuries.

Oil Refinery Merger in California Underscores Risks of Petro-Economy Nationwide

Daniel Ross Truthout
In a region known for being among the worst nationally for its air quality, plans are marching briskly forward on a proposed integration project that will combine operations at two sprawling oil refineries near Southern California's Long Beach area, expanding it into the single largest oil refinery by far on the nation's West Coast.

Donald Trump in the Bayou

Arlie Russell Hochschild TomDispatch
This essay has been adapted from Arlie Hochschild’s new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press), which will be published on September 6th. The Tea Party, a Sinkhole in Louisiana, and the Contradictions of American Political Life.
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