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  • EPA Official Resigns After Mixing Fracking with Jesus

    Talking about Jesus is usually a surefire ways for Republican politicians to drum up support from the conservative base.

    But, as one top Environmental Protection Agency official recently learned, using Jesus imagery can be helpful, unless you're a Democrat defending environmental regulation

    The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.

    In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words… A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, told The Associated Press that Armendariz has since received death threats…

    Republicans in Congress had called for Armendariz' firing, after Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe highlighted the May 2010 speech last week as proof of what he refers to as EPA's assault on energy, particularly the technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

    OK, so Armendariz didn't talk about his personal relationship with Jesus, so much as his personal relationship with the Roman officials who ordered his death. Close.

    It was very brave of Sen. Inhofe to bring this old speech into the public eye. He's such a mythbuster. First, he used the Bible to definitively prove that global warming is a hoax. And now, he's finally shown that the possibility of having an apolitical discussion about the environment is as real as a unicorn.


    Tags: Christianity, Energy & Oil, Environment, EPA, James Inhofe, Religion
  • Meet Farmscape, the Corporation Running for Mayor of L.A. [VIDEO]

    Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as individuals for the purposes of electoral communications, an important question has lingered regarding the implications of the majority opinion.

    Not "if corporations are people, how come they barely pay taxes?" And certainly not, "if corporations are people, how come none of them are in prison?" No, here's the real dilemma: If corporations are people, how come they need to use the intermediaries of campaign contributions and lobbyists to bend policy making to their whims? Why not eliminate the middlemen and have corporations become the politicians?

    For Farmscape LLC, a Los Angeles business that designs and maintains farm plots in the city, the answer is "Why not, indeed?" Following in the path-breaking limited-liability footsteps of Murray Hill Incorporated — an environmental consultancy that sought ballot access in Maryland's 8th Congressional District in 2010 — Farmscape recently announced its candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles.

    As part of its effort "to represent our chard values," Farmscape submitted voter registration paperwork to the County Recorder's office last week, appending an argument for corporate suffrage alongside its application

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    Tags: California, Citizens United v. FEC, Corporations, Environment, Food, Los Angeles
  • Stephen Colbert on the Bridge Between Liberals and Conservatives

    "If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that half of us won't agree on even that." – Stephen Colbert

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    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30/10:30c.


    Tags: Climate Change, Conservatives, Environment, Immigration, Liberals, Racism, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
  • Global Warming No Longer a Problem, According to President Obama

    Barack Obama Jobs Act

    Well, that's it. He did it, guys. President Obama successfully reversed global warming and saved the Earth from a cataclysmic environmental disaster. And he did it all in the course of a single year.

    You might be saying, "Hey, wait a minute. I thought climate change was still a pressing ecological issue." Well, you're wrong. Because if it were, President Obama definitely would have mentioned it at least once in his annual Earth Day proclamation. But he didn't

    Last year's proclamation was pretty rousing on the issue of global warming:.. "Today, our world faces the major global environmental challenge of a changing climate. Our entire planet must address this problem because no nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change."

    But this year's proclamation contains no mention of "global warming" or "climate change." Obama did, however, use the phrase "cut greenhouse gas emissions," but

    [T]here is nothing there about why 'cutting greenhouse gas emissions' would be something that anyone should be concerned about on Earth (or any other or, well, more accurately, every other) Day.

    President Obama is just taking a page from the GOP playbook. Don't mention global warming, and boom, it's not a major problem anymore. Don't mention poor people, and poof, they no longer exist!

    In Obama's defense, this is an election year. And he has to appeal to undecided independents who can't be bothered with trivial things like "facts" and "science." If Obama mentioned global warming once or twice, he'd run the risk of sounding like that boring Al Gore guy.

    And boring is more of a Mitt Romney thing.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Climate Change, Environment
  • Donald Trump Thinks Windmills Are "Disgusting"

    Listen, here at Indecision, we don't want to cover Donald Trump. We'd prefer that he return to the golden sewers he normally lurks in. But as long as the Donald keeps flapping that clownish piehole of his, we are morally obligated to write about him.

    While talking to Fox News' Neil Cavuto, Trump gave his uncensored views on green energy. Surprise, surprise. He's not a fan

    "Wind is destroying the environment in many, many places. People are going crazy over the horrible, noisy, disgusting windmills. And they are horrible and a horrible intrusion, ruining communities, and solar is weak and has not been effective and is very, very expensive," Trump said. "And there are just lots of other problems with many forms of energy. But we have — under our wonderful feet — we have natural gas the likes of which no other place has."

    Yes, and we can start with the gigantic bag of gas disguised as Donald Trump.

    The Dutch shouldn't take his comments too hard, though. A quick Google search reveals that Trump loves to throw around the d-word. Here are some of the many things Donald Trump has called "digusting" over the last few years…

    Rosie O'Donnell

    Anthony Weiner

    * New York City's Freedom Tower

    * President Obama's comment about American business people being lazy

    * Jon Huntsman's refusal to kiss any part of Trump's anatomy

    Donald Trump is an expert on what's "digusting." Just look at that hair.

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    Tags: Donald Trump, Energy & Oil, Environment, Fox News, Neil Cavuto