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Stop the Crippling of the Clean Air Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The brazen chutzpah of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">Big Oil </a>and Big Coal is amazing. The brazen chutzpah of Big Oil and Big Coal is ...

We Must Respond to the Needs of the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are counting the days now: the 49<sup>th</sup> day of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">the oil spill</a>, the 50<sup>th</sup>, the 51<sup>st& ...

Is Nature Worth Saving?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/08/is-nature-worth-saving/"></a></p> I'm a nature guy, smitten with a lifelong love fo ...

BP: Is It Time to Ban Companies Again?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It appears that BP has decided it needs tips from the Spin Master to protect its thoroughly corroded reputation in the U.S. No, they haven't hired Republican strategist Frank Luntz. ...

Silent Prayers and a More Than Perfect Game
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There are times when there are no words. There are times when it seems that there is no hope for humankind, that our blindness to the things that make for peace is willful. There ...

Untold Story: BP-sized Oil Spills Happen All the Time in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp/">The BP Oil Spill</a> is the worst oil spill in U.S. history, much worse than Exxon Valdez. The BP Oil Spill is the ...

A Time for Moral Reckoning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I am watching unbelievable pictures tonight of endless swaths of brown oil mixed with the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, of dying wetlands and marshes, of miles of contaminated coastlines, of d ...

An Early BP Christmas Present? Please, God, No
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Spill" sounds so innocuous, doesn't it? "Spill" sounds so innocuous, doesn't it? "Whoops, I spilled some milk." It doesn't seem like ...

I'm Part of the Reason For That Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In the daily grind of life there are few obstacles as irritating as traffic. The opening scene of "Office Space" deftly captures the sentiment. You know it, the neurotic jockeying and ill- ...

Synthetic Life: The Final Frontier?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There are long stories and short stories. Stories that people in a hundred years will be talking about, and stories that will fade in a few months. There are long stories and shor ...

Water, Water, Everywhere
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben If there is one commodity we should think about collectively, it's water. A few weeks ago ...

Sanitation and Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Our sins are hidden in our sanitation. Last week on the New York subway, I read an article about the connection between sanitation and self-deception. Our sins are hidden in our s ...

Hot, Humid, and Green Summer Ideas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"So what are you up to this summer?" seems to be the question du jour. With the calendar about to flip into June everyone seems antsy for a summer plan. "So what ...

Poisoned Sea, Impoverished Soul: A Litany of Lament Over a Despoiled Ocean
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the beginning, darkness covered the face of the deep.</p> <p>Then the Breath of Heaven swept across the waters, blessing the sea with all manner of creatures.</p> ...

Climate of Change: Global Grassroots Environmental Success Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100526-climate-of-change.jpg"></a>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IHSS9W?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;li ...

BP's Betrayal of Its 'Beyond Petroleum' Branding
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news716.php"></a>As BP's <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/o/oil_spills/gulf_of_mexico ...

Bill McKibben's Brave New Eaarth (No, That's Not a Typo)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eaarth-Making-Life-Tough-Planet/dp/0805090568/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1274450099&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20"></a&g ...

Video: Jim Wallis Talks About the Oil Spill with Chris Matthews
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> Jim Wallis is the author of <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=special.RV&amp;item=RV_order">Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street -- A Mor ...

Scope of Oil Spill and BP's Bungling Demand Greater Government Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, the <a href="http://www.equityandinclusion.org/">Equity and Inclusion Campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/">Oxfam America</a> hosted a ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

Responding to a Shocking Image of the Gulf Oil Spill's Scope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

NASA released a new image yesterday that shows a large column of oil heading from the Deepwater Horizon rig site in the Gulf of Mexico out into the open ocean, a startling and heartbreaking indicat ...

King Coal: Ruling Principality and Power in West Virginia
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1006"></a>In this month's Sojourners, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action= ...

A Step Toward Recovery from Our Oil Addiction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My mother taught her children never to "toot our own horn." So last year, when <em>Sojourners </em>became the first publication ever (so far as I know) to win the best general interest ma ...

A Gulf Coast Tribal Community in Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Houma Tribe, located in southern Louisiana, has had more than their fair share of trials and obstacles over the last 100 years. The oil spill may be the final straw.</p> ...

An Environmental Wake-Up Call
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Earlier this week, we participated in a march from the Department of the Interior to the White House -- a direct response to the recent Gulf Coast oil spill (and the history of dirty energy accidents) ...

10 Good Things Vegetarianism Can do for You (and the World)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Having just read <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-of-eating-animals-jonathan.html">Jonathan Safran Foer's <em>Eating Animals</em></a>, I'm in ...

A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong>This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20<sup>th</sup>. ...

The Gulf Spill and Big Oil's Legacy of Corporate Unaccountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

So the latest Nick &amp; Josh Podcast is up and it's a <a href="http://thenickandjoshpodcast.com/2010/05/09/ep-151-oil-spill-roundtable-with-ben-lowe-tom-sine-and-julie-clawson/" target= ...

Eating Animals: 10 Reasons to Avoid Factory Farmed Flesh
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Animals-Jonathan-Safran-Foer/dp/0316069906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1273178033&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20">< ...

The Gulf Oil Spill as Seen from Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm in Kenya with a group of about<a href="http://www.amahoro-africa.org/" target="_blank"> 150 emerging leaders </a>from across East and South Africa. ...

Gulf Oil Spill: Watching a Disaster Unfold with a Log in My Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Watching a disaster unfold on the news is always heartbreaking, but when it occurs in your hometown and you are far away, it can be debilitating. Watching a disaster unfold on the ...

Big Oil Isn't Just a Gulf Coast Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

An oil rig exploded into fire, and a huge oil spill -- perhaps the biggest in history -- is spreading across the Gulf of Mexico and will soon wreak both ecological and economic devastation on the ...

What the Christian Coalition and the National Wildlife Federation Have in Common
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What do the Christian Coalition and the National Wildlife Federation have in common? You might think, not much. What do the Christian Coalition and the National Wildlife Federati ...

Emissions: Planes vs. Volcanos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While the effects of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano have been devastating on Icelanders, I've been thinking that shutting down air travel for a week might have some upsides.</p> ...

My Green Hangover
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yikes. It has been a long month, and it is technically not over yet. Green jargon and advertising every place your eyes dare to settle. Yikes. It has been a long month, and it is ...

'The Earth is the Lord's and all that is in it'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Today is Earth Day, an occasion for marking our responsibility to care for our world and the environment. It seems trite to have just one day to remind ourselves of the importance of this -- though th ...

Earth Day 2010: Does Going Green Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It has mattered for my soul. It has mattered for my soul. Through the years I've slowly, very slowly, been urged, nudged, and sometimes forced to consider how my many choic ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. I would picture Barbie and Ken doubling ...

10 Happy Little Earth Day Tips and Your Best Ideas Too!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. People all over this little planet will likely take a few moments this week to thing twice about how their daily routines impact this world. ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

Coffee and Compost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was reminded of a little gardening tip last week that has my dear husband Joel rolling his eyes. Joel is a good sport. I was reminded of a little gardening tip last week that h ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There was a lovely reflection in today's <em>NYT</em> by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. There was a lovely ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

A World Water Week Warning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the water world. My dad worked for the water department in Dallas and served as director of Austin water and wastewater. I grew up in the water world. My dad worke ...

What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-catholics-can-teach-glenn-beck-about-social-justice/"></a>While it's generally not worth spilling any ink over Glenn Beck, his ...

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The data is in. The data is in. Kids these days trust the news media as a source for information on global climate change only slightly more than they trust Sarah " I'm ...

How Obama's Faith Council Worked: Six Points of Consensus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you may know, I served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for year one of his administration. Our one-year term is almost up, and yester ...

The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Father is also merciful." (Luke 6:36) Those who take up the sword must perish by the sword. ...

Regulating Wily Predators in Ecosystems and Economies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I've been obsessing about coyotes. A breedin ...

Supermarket Moments in the Environmental Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last week I was at the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon. I was sans children, and when that happens a trip to the grocery store can feel like spring break. Last week I was at t ...