Eco-News Roundup: Friday August 21

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Sneak Peek: Jim Ridgeway offers a preview of healthcare reform options’ effects.

Death And…: Taxes. If the Public Option dies, where will they go?

Trouble Up North: Info shows that Alaskan waters may be particularly vulnerable to effects of global warming. [The Daily Climate]

Sheriff Waxman: He’s requesting insurance companies’ info, and lots of it.

Smart Chart: This handy chart tells you all you need to know about the GOP’s approach to healthcare reform.

Sleeping With the Enemy: Oregon’s environmental department is supporting a limits exemption for the state’s largest mercury producer. [The Oregonian]

Double-Header: Kevin Drum doubts the Dem’s latest two-headed health bill will work.

Money Talks: Blue America has raised a $200,000 incentive for Congress members to vote against any healthcare bill that doesn’t contain a public option.

What Gay Marriage Means: Same-sex marriage opponent says it’ll lead to more tolerance… and that it’s a bad thing.

 

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