Energy Secretary Steven Chu will Not Deny Love Affair with Solar Panel

“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

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Help the Yes Men Activists Create a Climate Change Public Revolution

The Yes Men are brilliant satirical social activists who are adept at political impersonations, hoax interviews and using humor to highlight the absurdity of entrenched destructive corporate influence. The group is now making a documentary entitled: The Yes Men are Revolting. The movie chronicles some of the group’s clever disruptive actions, focusing on impending climate change disasters in store for our planet if we all continue to do nothing.

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United States is Now the Most Unequal of All Industrialized Nations

Jon Stewart spoke with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about how the extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of a few plutocrats is destroying the very principles upon which our country was founded:
“It seems like people are not angry at wealth or success, they get frustrated by what appears to be an entirely different set of rules put in place by the wealthy, who then say: ‘Hey man, I’m just playing by the rules’, as though those rules were an arbitrary design of the free market.”

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Banktransferlujah!! Money Transfer Action Day!

This Saturday thousands of people around the country are transferring their money from large corporate banks, into small financial institutions, community-oriented cooperatives and credit unions. We’ve been doing this for some time, check out our own Dragonfly’s amazing stealth video during our successful campaign against JP Morgan Chase and their financing of Mountaintop Removal.

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Lonnie Millsap: Twisted Comic Genius or Just Weird?

I met the cartoonist Lonnie Millsap over a twenty five cent can of Pabst Blue Ribbon last month in Culver City. How could such a miraculous thing be possible, you ask? In the magical city of angels, Los Angeles, California, apparently anything can happen. Lonnie gave me his first two books to read, and I was immediately engrossed; I even laughed out loud reading a few of the cartoons.

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Cities Rock: Jon Stewart Interviews Harvard Economist Ed Glaeser [VIDEO]

I could write all about the many benefits of cities, which I’ve been doing nearly everyday on here lately it seems, but rather than do that again, I’ll just direct you to the awesome video above of Jon Stewart interviewing Harvard economist and author of the new book, Triumph of the City, Edward Glaeser. The NYTimes also published a good-looking review of Triumph of the City last week if you want to read more on Glaeser and his new book.…

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Portlandia: Where the Tattoo Ink Never Runs Dry

  One of my new favorite things is Portlandia, a six part comedy series on IFC that lovingly skewers the fictional inhabitants of Portland Oregon. The original skits mock everything from self-righteous vegans, bicyclists and crazed militant feminists, to entitled clueless rich white people and even our culture’s preconceptions about gender roles. Portland Oregon is a fantastic town. It is very well designed, full of beautiful trees and mass transit, and it is also incredibly bicycle-friendly and progressive. I have…

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New Republican House Rules a Disgrace to Democracy

  This week, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives adopted a new set of rules for the way the House runs – rules which threaten to undermine funding for our nation’s critical infrastructure needs. Under these rules, the new Republican majority will enact a draconian budget without a single hearing, without any input from the Budget Committee, without any outreach to Congressional Democrats, and without a direct vote by the House of Representatives. Merely by entering a…

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New York City Bus and Train Thief is Addicted to Stealing NYC Transit

If you are a regular reader here on EcoLocalizer, you know that I am a big fan of sustainable transportation — bikes, buses, trains, etc. So, when I came across this story, you can imagine I got a big kick out of it. Though I don’t think I would ever try to steal a bus or subway train (hope I wouldn’t), I can certainly relate to this guy in some ways. And, yes, you did read the headline correctly —…

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ZapRoot: Cow Urine Soda

In India, the Hindu political group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha will soon market cow urine soda as a health elixir. From our friends at ZapRoot.

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