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Is Our Ocean Dying While We Are Sleeping?

The International Programme on the State of our Ocean (IPSO) reports that our ocean is under the greatest threat going back three hundred million years. Acidification of the ocean, due to increasing amounts of carbon dioxide is increasing at an intolerable rate. Not least, plankton in the ocean provide over half of Earth’s oxygen. Increasing [...]

By | June 5th, 2015|Environment|0 Comments

“One Does What One Can”

Perhaps it was Aesop (620-564BCE) a Greek master of fables who authored the “Source unknown” story of a little sparrow lying on its back with tiny feet pointed upward because of fear that the sky was falling. A rider on his horse spotted the prone bird and asked why it was in that awkward position. [...]

By | May 25th, 2015|Environment, Stories|0 Comments

Fossil Fuel Corporations Receive Subsidies to Rule the World

The Age of Stupid is a powerful documentary that helps us perceive corporations rule our world. One segment of the movie flows from Nigeria, a troubled, violent nation known for its abundant oil resources. During an interview with young women near oil contaminated water trying to clean oil from the shrinking number of fish they [...]

Our Lethal Ocean Is Dying to Tell Us Something

When “The Graduate” was a popular movie in the 1960’s, an uncle of the new grad (Dustin Hoffman) said: “I have got just one word for you – PLASTIC.” If there would be a 21st century sequel to that movie, an imaginary rich uncle might say: “I have just one word for you – GARBAGE.” [...]

By | May 19th, 2015|Environment|0 Comments

By Drilling for Tar Sands Oil TransCanada Became an Invading Army in Alberta, Canada

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC spares us the expense of travel and exposure to serious health problems by publishing photojournalistic articles on extraction of tar sands oil (bitumen) in the desecrated boreal forest region of Alberta, Canada. Although the invasion of KXL pipeline from Canada through Midwestern states and the vast Ogallala aquifer has been vetoed by President [...]

By | May 2nd, 2015|Corporate Responsibility, Environment, Op Ed|0 Comments

Why Poison Our Drinking Water?

Anyone using toothpaste containing fluoride can take time to read the warning: “If too much is swallowed, consult your physician immediately or go to a POISON CONTROL CENTER.” In 2008 Louisiana passed legislation requiring any community over 5000 to put “fluoride” into the drinking water. A retired ULL engineering professor who has researched the controversial [...]

By | April 29th, 2015|Environment, Op Ed|0 Comments

When Trees Say Nothing Are We Perceiving Our Future?

When the Trees Say Nothing is one among sixty spiritual books written by Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, who spent most of his years in a monastery close to nature in rural Bardstown, Kentucky. The book on trees is a collection of his reflections on vanishing nature. A time capsule from the World’s Fair in [...]

By | April 21st, 2015|Environment, Spiritual|0 Comments

Who Voted Freely for the Keystone XL Pipeline

“How your lawmakers voted: LA tally” - (THE ADVOCATE, Feb. 15, 2015) revealed all Louisiana officials (Steve Scalise, Cedric Richmond, Charles Boustany, John Fleming, Ralph Abraham, Garret Graves, David Vitter, Bill Cassidy) voted “Yes” to send legislation(S1) forward to President Obama approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The first bill from a new congregation [...]

By | February 25th, 2015|Environment, Politics|0 Comments

KXL Threatens Earth, the Biggest USA Aquifer in Particular

Several Sierra Club members went to Port Arthur, Texas in September 2013 for a US State Department hearing on the KXL pipeline stretching from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Wood River, Patoka, IL and finally Port Arthur. The Port Arthur hearing was swamped by Texas politicians, pipeline welders and supporters of the fossil fuel industry [...]

Lame Ducks Can Make Big Waves

As a “Lame Duck” president and a five-star general Dwight Eisenhower warned everyone in 1961 of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) colossus with the authority of a military man. Ronald Reagan in the twilight years of his reign harrumphed, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.” Somehow, we escaped global catastrophe from a nuclear conflagration during [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|Environment, Politics, Renewable Energy|0 Comments