Eco-News Roundup: Tuesday, September 15


Good morning, troops. Here is what is new and Blue Marbleish here at MoJo and out in the wide world today:

K Street rejoice: Meet the Senate Agricultural Committee’s new head, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Today’s healthcare reform question: How do Americans feel about the public option?  Do they (a) support it, (b) oppose it, or (c) not care all that much?

David Corn on Hardball: David Corn and Lynn Sweet talked to Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball about whether the public option is dividing democrats.

Jobs! Get yer green jobs!: Switching from coal to renewable energy could create 2.7 million new jobs, says a new study. [Treehugger]

“We all blew it:” High Country News asks whether white environmentalists failed Van Jones.

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