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Maybe 1872 Mining Law Will Finally Bite the Dust

I read recently that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is going to make it a priority to reform the The General Mining Act of 1872. Hey, better 137 years late than never. This law was enacted to promote the development of public lands back when such lands were just sitting there, unused and unloved ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Environment, Policy, Waste
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AM Inspiration: Taking a Break at the Core of the Sun

Have you ever stopped to estimate how much time you spend in the sun every week? Not sunbathing, but simply exposed to sunlight? The health benefits of sunlight (with the skin properly protected) are clear: sunshine (or the lack thereof) affects mood, playing a role in Seasonal Affective Disorder...

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Tags: Break, Consumption, Language, Nature, Observation, Poem, Sun
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Why We Have a Coke and a Smile

An article in Civil Eats today brought up a subject I've been trying to avoid: soda addiction. It's a subject covered in this blog before: why is it so hard to kick the soda habit? In my own case, soda addiction is something I really do struggle with. Since dietary restrictions keep me from drink...

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Tags: Beverage, Consumer, Consumption, Diet, Health, Recycle, Soda
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Carbon Footprint of the Internet, and Cutting Carbon by Fighting Spam

Is it hypocritical to blog about reigning in the carbon footprint of internet? Treehugger posted recently about Google's comparison of the carbon emissions from google searches to that of other commmodities: apparently, a cheeseburger equals 15,000 searches: But when you think about how little ...

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Tags: Consumption, Energy, Google, Internet, Online, Web
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The Compact: Stepping off the Consumer Grid this Year

Still looking for a New Year's Resolution? (Now is about the time that many first attempts have been discarded, so you may be looking for your second). Wanting to translate the inaugural euphoria about change into a personal commitment to live more meaningfully? Then check out The Compact. They a...

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Tags: Budget, Consumption, Reuse, Second-hand, Thrift
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Holiday shopping--just don't

Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Turn them away this year. By Dr. Juliet Schor, reprinted from the Los Angeles Times (edited from original) As if American consumers don't already have enough on their minds, we've just had Black Friday with Cyber Monday still to come, the nation's annual rituals ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Holiday spending, Shopping
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The Key is to Reduce

One of the ideas we stress here at The Center for the New American Dream is being a responsible consumer - someone who thinks critically about the full impact of what they are purchasing. The drawing above illustrates this principle by actually ranking the three R's - reduce, reuse, and recycle. ...

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Tags: Consumption, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
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