Eco-News Roundup: Friday October 30

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Blue Marblish news from our other blogs, and elsewhere.

Smart Start: Obama admin announces billions to create a smart grid.

Women’s Voices: Women make up half of the population, so why not half of bloggers?

Reid’s Plan: Sen. Harry Reid’s announced support for a public option. So what is it?

No Going Back: Pollution is so bad in China’s Pearl River, it can’t be undone. [MongaBay]

Expensive Jokes: Yes Men pranksters get sued by the Chamber of Commerce.

Belle of the Ball: Coal company pays for basketball player’s dorm.

Driving DNA: Some people may be genetically predisposed to be bad drivers. [WIRED]

Majority Rule: A majority of Americans support cap-and-trade, a new poll shows.

Max Factor: Sen. Max Baucus threatens to hobble healthcare legislation’s progress.

Tough Shot: Two HPV vaccines are on the market, re-igniting controversies. [LiveScience]

Ready to Rumble: A look inside the fake letters ACCCE sent to sway Congress members.

Scarlet Letters: ACCCE will have to answer to Congress on forged letters scandal.

Testify: ACCCE CEO claims he never opposed Waxman-Markey. But he’s wrong.

Denial-ism: A new breed of pundit is in denial about denying global warming.

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