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Farmers markets: a potential engine for local economic growth?

Article: Farmers markets: a potential engine for local economic growth?

Now that the debt ceiling debate/debacle has ended (for the time being), Washington pols are talking jobs. Republicans think keeping taxes low is the answer; President Obama and the Democrats want to invest in infrastructure and green technology. According to a late July report from the Union for Concerned Scientists, both parties might want to think about another angle: supporting farmers markets.

Californians Approve High-Speed Rail, Nix Fake Clean Energy Props

Article: Californians Approve High-Speed Rail, Nix Fake Clean Energy Props

SACRAMENTO, California, November 5, 2008 (ENS) – California voters approved Proposition 1A, the Safe, Reliable High Speed Passenger Train Bond Act Tuesday by a margin of four percentage points. The act approves nearly $10 billion in bond money to build a modern bullet train linking northern and southern California that is expected to reduce air…

Illinois Poll Finds Clean Cars Best Antidote to $4 Gas

Article: Illinois Poll Finds Clean Cars Best Antidote to $4 Gas

CHICAGO, Illinois, June 3, 2008 (ENS) – By a wide majority, Illinois residents say they want cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars, sooner rather than later, and they are willing to pay more up front for them. In a statewide poll conducted by InTouch on behalf of environmental law and science groups, 89 percent of people surveyed…

Slash Global Warming Gases Now Urge 1,700 Scientists, Economists

Article: Slash Global Warming Gases Now Urge 1,700 Scientists, Economists

WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – Hundreds of the nation’s most prominent scientists and economists have issued a first-ever joint statement calling on policymakers to require immediate, deep reductions in heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming. “Failure to act now is the most risky and most expensive thing we could do,” warns statement co-author…

Survey Finds Bush Administration Interfering with EPA Scientists

Article: Survey Finds Bush Administration Interfering with EPA Scientists

WASHINGTON, DC, April 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has frequently meddled with scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a survey released today by a scientific advocacy group. The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that nearly two-thirds of the 1,586 staff EPA scientists who responded to a questionnaire complained of recent…

Martinez Says All Regions Must Share Climate Expense

Article: Martinez Says All Regions Must Share Climate Expense

WASHINGTON, DC, April 7, 2008 (ENS) – Mel Martinez says the time to act on climate change is now. The junior U.S. Senator from Florida said Sunday that he will support federal legislation that curbs carbon emissions, but the Orlando Republican says he wants to ensure the costs are fairly distributed. Congress clearly recognizes the…

Government Scientists Seek Protection Under New Whistleblower Bill

Article: Government Scientists Seek Protection Under New Whistleblower Bill

WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2008 (ENS) – Four dozen groups spanning the political spectrum sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Tuesday urging lawmakers to include scientists who work for the federal government in pending legislation designed to strengthen protection for whistleblowers. The coalition of academic, consumer, environmental, government reform and health groups, which includes…