environment

A dirty business: Coal export terminals meet rising opposition

February 2013

As the climate change doomsday clock keeps on ticking, corporate polluters are eying Asia as a new market for U.S. coal. Multinational carbon traffickers have proposed a barrage of new port terminals in the U.S. Pacific Northwest to export coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. They are backed by the typical… Read more »

Whole Foods and CEO John Mackey: Even “wholesome” capitalism is toxic

April 2013

Consumers of organic and natural foods are a skeptical bunch. Yet even they can be taken in by a business that wraps itself in enough promotional fluff and little green lies. Or so hopes Whole Foods (WF), the big box grocery chain that is cornering the lucrative market in healthy foods. Its CEO, John Mackey,… Read more »

Freedom Socialist newspaper — Letters to the Editor

April 2013

COAL EXPORTS Solar the answer About your article on the U.S. trying to export coal to Asia: may I suggest that the best way to shut down coal mines is for the workers in each city to petition for a feed-in tariff requiring Utilities to pay $.54 kwh for 20 years to homeowners and farmers… Read more »

Global warming and the seas

April 2013

While corporations reap record profits, the workers of the world have their backs against the climate change wall. Massive climate disruptions are threatening to become the “new normal.” All but one of the top 10 warmest years since 1880 are 21st century dates. Last year saw massive flooding that washed away entire villages in Africa,… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

June 2013

FREE AILING LYNNE STEWART NOW! Keep pressure on The timing of your email is great. I am in Texas visiting Lynne and this news of the continued spreading of the news about her plight really lifted her spirits. She was tired from the chemo but she perked right up with this bit of news. Keep… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

October 2013

ENVIRONMENT Appreciate analysis I really appreciate the articles that have been appearing of late on the environment by Mark Drummond [Extreme energy, Vol. 34, No. 2; Global warming and the seas, Vol. 34, No. 1]. I always learn from the matters I want to be informed on, and having his Marxist perspective is invaluable. Please… Read more »

Toxic legacy — Amid plans for a nuclear energy revival, Native Americans deal with and protest the deadly fallout from uranium mining

October 2013

Ever since Manifest Destiny infested this green planet, Native Americans fought against the severe exploitation and horrific genocide that powered it. The struggle continues as Indian nations fight to ban uranium mining in their precious homelands. Uranium mining mushroomed after the launching of the nuclear age. It provides the fuel for the reactors of nuclear… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Japan: a nuclear crisis without borders

October 2013

The nuclear floodgates are opening — and that’s not just a metaphor. While U.S. politicians and CEOs do their best to rehabilitate the idea of nuclear energy (see related story), radioactive water is pouring out of the Fukushima nuclear plant and into the Pacific Ocean at the rate of about 300 tons a day. It’s… Read more »