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UPDATE: Senate Votes Thursday on Murkowski’s Dirty Air Act


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson At 3:52 pm ET Thursday, the Senate rejected Lisa Murkowski’s bid to reject the science that says fossil fuels contribute to greenhouse gases and global warming, harming the public health and well being, thus gutting the EPA and the Clean Air Act. The vote that killed SJR 26– technically on the […]

Climate Change Legislation Getting Warmer – Updated


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [Updates, upon further consideration, are in italics.] Last month I wrote about the Kerry-Lieberman proposed American Power Act, and the reason it is not Kerry-Graham-Lieberman as originally intended. I wrote with little enthusiasm for the KL proposal – it’s not a bill yet, it’s just a set of suggestions. Lindsey Graham’s […]

The Full Catastrophe


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If the BP oil disaster were in my town, the area covered would reach from a point in the Atlantic Ocean east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire west to Utica, New York; and from Hartford, Connecticut north to Barre, Vermont. This information leaves me breathless. You can see what the full catastrophe […]

Deepwater Got You Down? Try This Spring Tonic


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Over at Truthout, there’s some really good stuff today on the tragedy of the Gulf Coast. I’m not going to call it “the oil spill” anymore and I’ll bet you won’t, either, if you follow the first of the links I offer here. In a characteristically feisty piece titled “Government Impotence […]

Selling Our Pony


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Soon after we got to Tiny Town in 1985 it became apparent that life would be easier if we had a tractor. My husband Ed, who grew up on a dairy farm about 20 miles east of here, as the crow flies, learned to drive a tractor before he learned to […]

Old-Order Amish Meet EPA


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In Philadelphia’s steamy summers when I was a child, on Thursdays my mother would take me to the Reading Terminal Market, where she bought the week’s produce, eggs, and cheese from the Amish families from the area around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We rode a trolley car and the Market Street elevated train […]


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