Tesoro Corp. claims the proposed merger of two adjacent refineries in Southern California's Long Beach area to create the largest oil refinery on the West Coast will substantially reduce emissions. But critics say the project's overall environmental, safety and economic impacts have been worryingly underestimated.
The recent Our Ocean conference made for great sound bites but the $1.25 million grant put forth by the US to create, manage and enforce marine protected areas in the Global South is laughable, given the severity of the problem.
Gross concentrations of wealth, especially inherited wealth, characterize aristocratic societies, not free and democratic societies. It's time we used the tax system to substantially reduce dynastic wealth in support of political opportunity for all.