It’s All About the Carbon


Fossil fuels are all variations on carbon. Coal, crude oil, natural gas: when burned, they generate carbon dioxide, CO2, a greenhouse gas. So which states among the 50 generate the most CO2? It depends on how you measure it. If we focus just on energy-related CO2 emissions, Texas is the worst in absolute terms. By…

Let’s All Watch Athletes Damage Their Brains!


Today we’ll all watch some of America’s best athletes damage their brains. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, after all. Sure, WC knows the National Football League has put “Concussion Protocols” in place. Players who suffer an apparent concussion are made to sit out a while. But there are at least two things wrong with that “solution.”…

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) BILL CLARK/CQ ROLL CALL VIA AP

Department of Hypocrisy: Trump, Marino and Opioids


Consider the town of Williamson, West Virginia. Population 3,191. In the ten years 2006-2016, the pharmaceutical industry sold 20.8 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills in Williamson. Or Kermit, West Virginia, population 406, which in the same 10 year interval received some 6.3 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the overwhelming…

Proposed King Cove-Cold By Road

Beware of Zinkes Bearing Gifts


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at first appears to have been stricken with an attack of reasonableness. How else to explain his decision to re-think allowing the Pebble Mine to go forward? But there is less or perhaps more here then meets the eye. To understand why we need to talk about American law…