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The Strength of Team USA

In soccer it’s called an “own goal”—a player mistakenly kicks the ball into his own net, scoring one for the opposition.  There were a couple of own goals scored this month during the World Cup in South Africa, but none was bigger than the one committed here in the United States.

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That Four Letter Word

If you’re doing The New York Times crossword puzzle and need a four-letter word for “jobs,” you could do worse than trying “C-O-A-L.”  

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Fossil Fuel Follies

“Without question, there is going to be a blistering, scalding indictment of the practices the industry engaged in,” thundered Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in response to the headline-grabbing accident that dominated daily news coverage. No, not the Upper Big Branch mine accident; that was the subject of last week’s indictment. Markey was shaking his rhetorical fist at the oil industry for the BP spill.

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April Fool

We like the high-wage jobs and the low-cost electricity coal provides, the administration seems to be saying, but we don’t like to actually mine or burn the stuff.

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Greens Zero, Coal Won

For any remaining doubters seeking evidence of climate change, look no further than Washington, D.C.  Here in the marbled nation’s capital, far from shrinking glaciers, is irrefutable evidence of climate change—only the change here is in the political climate.  And it’s not the change we were led to expect with the arrival of a more liberal government and an emboldened green movement.

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