May 1991
Steve Goodman has felled trees in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years, mostly for small independent outfits. It is a job he loves—and is leaving. He is convinced that time is not on the logger’s side, and he wants out while it is still his decision to make. Here are some of his thoughts on the controversy over management of the forests.

The spotted owl

“The owl is a non-issye.

May 1991
Part One of "Jobs vs. Ecology" discussed the debate over the spotted owl, the state of the forests, and the corporate timber barons. This concluding installment looks at conditions for timber workers, the environmental movement, and what action can be taken to preserve both jobs and nature.

‘Owl vs. Man' was the headline for Time magazine's multi-page spread on the bird's listing as a threatened species last year.

'Owl vs. Man.' Them vs.

March 1994

“I love a sunburnt country,” begins an Australian patriotic poem. The words are more apt than the poet knew. Since the early 1980s Australians have been exhorted to “slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.” The “ozone hole” looms overhead, and the sunburnt country threatens to turn into a radiation-scorched wasteland.

The government responds by down playing the crisis or promoting inadequate personal solutions, because its main concern is to protect the rights of business to untrammeled exploitation — of resources and people both.

October 1995

“That man may use it freely as the air he breathes, the waters of the rivers, the winds of heaven.”

October 1995
p>Despite white-hot opposition on every continent, French President Jacques Chirac on September 5 resumed underground nuclear tests at· the Moruroa atoll in French-ruled Polynesia.

This blast, more powerful than the one. that leveled Hiroshima, brought more than the Moruroa lagoon in the South Pacific to a boiling point. It transformed what had been a steadily growing protest movement into an uncontrollable explosion.

June 2013


Keep pressure on

The timing of your email is great. I am in Texas visiting Lynne and this news of the continued spreading of the news about her plight really lifted her spirits.

She was tired from the chemo but she perked right up with this bit of news. Keep the pressure on and we thank you.

Ralph Poynter, New York, NY

April 2013

Consumers of organic and natural foods are a skeptical bunch. Yet even they can be taken in by a business that wraps itself in enough promotional fluff and little green lies.

Or so hopes Whole Foods (WF), the big box grocery chain that is cornering the lucrative market in healthy foods. Its CEO, John Mackey, has become a guru on Wall Street, giving capitalism a New Age facelift and shareholders handsome profits. What’s the key to his success? “Whole Foods is dedicated to helping people be healthier and live lives with more vitality,” he sermonizes.

April 2013


Solar the answer

About your article on the U.S. trying to export coal to Asia: may I suggest that the best way to shut down coal mines is for the workers in each city to petition for a feed-in tariff requiring Utilities to pay $.54 kwh for 20 years to homeowners and farmers who harvest solar energy and feed it onto the grid [A dirty business: Coal export terminals meet rising opposition, Vol. 34, No. 1].

April 2013

While corporations reap record profits, the workers of the world have their backs against the climate change wall. Massive climate disruptions are threatening to become the “new normal.” All but one of the top 10 warmest years since 1880 are 21st century dates.

February 2013

December is wet and bone-chilling in Seattle. So, imagine climbing from bed two hours early to catch three busses to work. Welcome to the reality of commuting in the wake of public transit cuts. In the dark of an early morning commute, a bus rider told me this horror story as I drove my electric trolley up Beacon Hill, where she works. “It could get worse,” she lamented. Her commuter train is a candidate for elimination because it’s “not profitable.”

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