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Oil lobbyist, former U.S. officials combat rumors of unethical real-estate deal

15 Feb 2007 at 11:02am

We would never engage in idle speculation about the allegedly unethical relationship between a ConocoPhillips oil lobbyist, a former U.S. Interior top dog, and the Justice Department's freshly resigned lead eco-prosecutor. But the big boys would, and we consider it our duty to share. The big boys are wondering why ...

Presidential candidate Tom Vilsack outlines bold energy and climate plan

15 Feb 2007 at 11:02am

If Democratic presidential long-shot Tom Vilsack had his way, the U.S. would embrace a mandatory cap-and-trade system to slash greenhouse-gas emissions 75 percent by 2050, break its oil addiction, and create hundreds of thousands of clean-energy jobs. This week, the former Iowa governor became the first presidential hopeful to outline ...

Should activists cheer or jeer the greening of big business?

15 Feb 2007 at 11:02am

Mahatma Gandhi once said that you must be the change you wish to see in the world. But if you're too busy to be the change yourself, can you buy the change you want to see? Megacorporations are increasingly saying yes -- and clamoring to be the ones doing the ...

Dutch company pays nearly $200 million to help resolve Ivory Coast mess

15 Feb 2007 at 11:02am

Six months after toxic sludge was pumped from a ship and dumped in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, leading to 10 deaths and thousands of poisonings, the company responsible will pay the country nearly $200 million. Oops, did we say responsible? Trafigura, the Dutch-based company that chartered the ship o' death, says ...

How a cookbook renaissance heated up the sustainable-food movement

15 Feb 2007 at 11:02am

Maybe you think a cookbook is just a place to find out how many teaspoons of vanilla go into a batch of chocolate chip cookies. But to farmer and food-lover Tom Philpott, it's something more. Thumbing through old tomes by the likes of James Peterson, Julia Child, and Richard Olney, ...

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