Oil prices are coming down. While that’s good news for consumers, the rural communities that depend on oil revenue to pay for local government services and infrastructure may have a different experience.
Rural Americans should be pleased with President Obama’s recent call to preserve network neutrality. And the method he wants the FCC to use to protect open access to the Internet means additional safeguards for all consumers.
Keystone XL Vote Not Great for Landrieu’s Run-Off Hopes • Mine Company Being Sued for Misreporting Water Readings • Chevy Getting in the Carbon Credits Game • Small Kentucky Town Hangs Up on Comcast Merger • Turkey Haters Unite! • Divide-and-Conquer Strategy in MN • Update on Into the Wild Subject
Residents who live along the route of a proposed gas pipeline in central Pennsylvania worry that the natural gas “boom” could become more than a figure of speech. The pipeline's route would go through an area plagued by underground coal mine fires and subsidence.
Chemical weed killers have become a big part of mainstream, commercial agriculture, saving farmers time and back-breaking labor. But they also come with a cost, as loss of effectiveness forces greater use just to keep up. Now there's a move afoot to add new patents to some of the old chemicals.
Coal Operator Indicted on charges of hiding safety violations • Rural hospitals closing • Hot rocks • Starbucks is suing Vermont (what?) • Building a coal-power plant in Georgia • Trading snaps for snap peas
If walking were a medicine that came in pill form, you’d beg your doctor for a prescription. Small-town and rural residents need to use their can-do attitude to figure out how to increase the supply of this miracle “drug” for themselves and their communities.