Green News For The Weekend Volume 321

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Just a couple of green news stories to round out the week…

Fracking continues to prove just how bad it really is. A recent report has found that environmental issues caused by companies working in the Alberta oil sands are enforced 17 times lower than similar ones here in the U.S. Of the more than 4,000 infractions reported, less than 1 percent were recorded. Seems the Canadian government doesn’t have much interest in policing the companies involved in this polluting activity.

And now for some good news about the oil industry. A judge has ruled that BP cannot suspend payments they are supposed to make to people and companies affected by the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Too bad, BP, too bad.

Think Naked Juice is actually good for you? Think again. Pepsi, which owns the “natural” juice beverage company, recently settled a class action lawsuit agreeing to remove the label “All Natural” from all its juices and to pay $9 million to the group. Why? Turns out, it’s not actually “natural” at all.

Monsanto, everyone’s favorite biotech GMO company and major sponsor of The Nature Conservancy, has bought Blackwater, the “largest mercenary army in the world.” I suppose now, anyone who speaks up against Monsanto will be visited by men in black brandishing automatic weapons.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley isn’t fooling around when it comes to dealing with climate change. He has just introduced the nation’s strongest plan to cut greenhouse gasses and increase renewable energy use in his state. If enacted, the plan would reduce emissions by 25% by the year 2020, second only to California. Now if we could just get the other 48 states to care as much.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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