When the Grocery Manufacturers Association was sued for not disclosing the donors behind its heavyweight contribution to stop the Washington State ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods in 2013, the public learned a few interesting things about its funding and plans.
Some folks would have you believe that climate change is a hoax, a plot by greedy climatologists, environmental extremists, and one-world global government conspirators to take away Americans' freedom of choice and destroy the economy.
The claim of Keystone XL supporters that has drawn the most scrutiny and criticism is the number of jobs that the KXL project would generate. Despite research that disproves it, a persistent claim holds that KXL will create 20,000 jobs in the United States.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cover 1,179 miles, from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Port Arthur, Texas. Its name, Keystone, is no accident -- without the 36-inch diameter pipeline the oil producers simply cannot make enough profit to make tar sands extraction worthwhile.
It's difficult to name an issue that is more fundamental to humankind than a functional global environment. In American society, it would be even more difficult to find agreement on what can and must be done to ensure that our actions do not render our global ecosystem uninhabitable.
Last week, more than 550 groups, representing tens of millions of individual members, signed a letter to members of Congress urging them to vote against a push by President Obama for 'fast track' authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a so-called "free trade" now under negotation between the U.S. and eleven other Pacific rim nations.
A secret court ruling in the "John Doe" probe into campaign finance violations during Wisconsin's 2011 and 2012 recall elections could have implications well beyond the investigation -- if news reports from anonymous sources are accurate.