Eco-News Roundup: Wednesday, July 22

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Looking for more health, science, and environment news today? Look no further:

Wary of Waxman-Markey? Kevin Drum on why carbon cap-and-trade is not just another subprime debacle waiting to happen.

Sketchy green jobs skeptic: An ExxonMobil-funded Spanish economist claims that for every green job created, 20 jobs are lost. Turns out he has it backwards.

The hard sell: How do you convince Americans who already have health insurance to support healthcare reform? Scare them with the facts.

Cell phone driving data, finally: The government has known since 2003 that at least 1,000 people die on the road every year because a driver was talking on a cell phone (and hands-free devices don’t help). So why are they only telling the public now?

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

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It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

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