Fracking America, by Dr. Walter M. Brasch, is a comprehensive and well-documented look at the impacts of a controversial process to extract gas and oil from more than a mile below the earth’s surface. It is a cross-over book that meets the demanding standards of academic scholarship, while also being easily readable by the general population. Among the chapters are those that focus upon the economic, political, health, and environmental impacts of fracking. The book also includes chapters about the history of oil/gas extraction, psychological and sociological effects upon those living in the shale areas, worker safety issues, effects upon agriculture and livestock, problems with fossil fuel transportation, theological perspectives about fracking and the environment, the anti-fracking movement, how the media cover the fracking industry and how the industry and those opposed to fracking use the media, and renewable energy. He also looks at colleges that allow fracking on their campuses and which also conduct, often for questionable motives and with grant money from the industry, research into fracking that reflects industry talking points.
Fracking America presents complicated issues in an easy-to-understand fashion, while also humanizing the problems. Dr. Brasch interviewed more than 300 persons--including health and environmental professionals and citizen-activists, those who work in the industry, government officials, and those directly affected by the fracking process--in his research for the book. The book also reveals the often secret connections between politicians and the industry. It is this connection that has led to exaggerated claims about economic benefits, while disregarding health and environmental problems. The long-term benefits that politicians and the industry claim are nothing less than hype, says the author who had predicted the “boom” to “bubble” to “bust” in fracking long before it has become economically difficult for many oil and gas extraction corporations to survive.
In the course of their lifetime, one out of two men and one out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer. Many of us watch in desperation as our friends and loved ones fight for their lives. But after seeing several of her patients and her dearest aunt engage in a battle with cancer, Dr. Christine Meyer decided to embark on a quest for hope and through happenstance and love, a team of runners emerged that empowered a community to make a difference, not only in the lives of cancer patients, but in one another’s lives. Along the way, Meyer learned that the true measure of a doctor’s success is not the number of lives saved but the number of lives touched.
The Cool Block is both a book and a program. The book offers a vision of what is possible for our cities and planet, and information about what can be achieved, based on decades of experience with furthering pro-social behavior change and community engagement. The program puts this information into action to increase the quality of life for residents of a block, while also contributing to the viability of our planet’s life-support system. The program consists of nine meetings over 4 1/2-months, co-led by a group of neighbors living on a block or in a building.
The Introduction and Part 1 provide the context for the program. Parts 2 through 7 provide the community engagement and behavior change tools needed to create a Cool Block.
Part 2 offers precise instructions to the Cool Block leaders initiating the program on their block or in their building.
Parts 3 to 7 outline the program journey itself – eight quests described in Chapter 10 to 17. You will select from a menu of 112 action recipes those that support your desire to live a low carbon and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, increase your disaster resiliency, and enhance the livability of your block.
A synthesis of stories, science and social research on the nature and power of creativity. Creativity Unzipped redefines “creativity” to include the shaping of our lives. It addresses the reader as a creative person who is daily creating and sharing stories, daily creating the experiences they encounter with the tools of their intentions, thoughts and words. This book is not a How-To book, but a Why-To Book, exploring the extraordinary value and positive benefits of a fully expressed life. It examines the obstacles we face as creators and imaginative people, illustrates how our cultures and religions discourage originality, and uses personal anecdotes to show the many paths being forged by creative individuals today who are shaping a new and sustainable culture. It will raise your consciousness, lower your anxiety, heighten your confidence and warm your heart. Creativity Unzipped delivers the best news about creativity that you’ve heard in a long time!
Why, despite their best efforts, do good people find themselves in conflict? Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart introduces a novel approach to ethics that consistently dissolves conflict, restores goodwill, builds common purpose, and helps people thrive. Developed from years of scholarship and proven practice, this insightful approach to conflict resolution is effective in boardrooms and family rooms, classrooms and committees, faith communities and government agencies.
Rooted in rigorous ethical thinking, Cooperative Wisdom is highly readable. Written as a spirited exchange between an acclaimed philosopher and an inquisitive journalist, it has the energetic, inviting feel of a great conversation. Dr. Donald Scherer sets forth the human virtues that promote sustainability in natural and social environments. Award-winning journalist Carolyn Jabs asks the tough and pointed questions a smart reader would raise. Their collaboration distills a lifetime of research and analysis into practical principles that crack open stubborn problems and reveal cooperative solutions to persistent conflicts.
Cooperative Wisdom starts with the observation that human beings flourish in settings where cooperation produces mutual benefits. That’s why people put so much effort into creating strong marriages, resilient families, robust associations, responsible companies, progressive communities, and effective governments. When change threatens these systems—as it inevitably does—cooperators find themselves in conflict even though they sincerely tried to do the right thing.
The authors then introduce readers to five social virtues: habits of thought and action that sustain cooperation despite change and conflict.
Proactive compassion anticipates and responds to vulnerability.
Deep discernment uncovers bedrock values.
Intentional imagination expands our sense of what’s possible.
Inclusive integrity reworks cooperative structures so everyone can thrive.
Creative courage embraces the risks of engagement.
For each virtue, the book recommends three practical strategies that will help readers learn how to apply the virtues in their own lives. Readers gain insight into how these practices work through examples drawn from history, current events, family life, and even scripture.
During his long and distinguished career as an environmental ethicist, Dr. Scherer has witnessed the power of these social virtues and practices. Both he and students he has trained have shown them to be effective in a wide range of personal, social, political, and environmental settings—from beta testing electric vehicles to securing the safety of donated blood supplies, from restoring a degraded ecosystem in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley to helping parents find safe online environments for kids.
Cooperative Wisdom will appeal to anyone frustrated by disruptive change and apparently intractable disputes. The social virtues it describes open up promising paths where there seem to be nothing but dead ends. Providing clear, practical guidance that expands our understanding of what it means to be and do good in a complex world, this book equips readers to respond constructively to change, transcend conflict, and strengthen the communities on which our well-being depends.
In 2014, America bought $508 billion more in foreign goods than foreigners bought from us. The largest single destroyer of jobs in America (nearly 30 million jobs have been exported) has been our enormous trade deficit But why is this subject never mentioned in presidential campaigns? For the simple reason that no one knows what to do about it.
Most Members of Congress are lawyers with no real business experience or economic background. Originally created for the poor, Social Security was for those unable to support themselves in their old age--before it was forced on everyone as a savings account. Unfortunately, that money was stolen first to pay for the Vietnam War and then satisfy other "unfunded federal liabilities." Those are promises the federal government has made with no revenue to pay for them.
Few people are aware that the missing money was replaced with IOUs, which Uncle Sam is now borrowing to repay. While author Mark Bragg agrees it was necessary for an environmental movement to force the government to clean the air and water, he says extremists have now taken over the federal bureaucracy and are using various federal laws to attack our food supply.
Even Al Gore believes spending $7 billion a year to subsidize corn production for ethanol is senseless. He should know. He established the stupidity that allows 41% of our corn supply to be made into a corrosive fuel that costs more energy to make than it actually produces. Government jobs take money from private enterprises to spend on self-defeating welfare, a declining educational system, excessive military defense, and environmental extremism. Rather than generating any wealth, the government's expenditure are consuming it.
Most politicians and virtually all bureaucrats don't know the difference between jobs that produce wealth and jobs that consume wealth and stop wealth production. In Economic Conservative/Social Liberal, Bragg offers a plan for fixing the dire problems our country currently faces. Written to engage, educate, and inspire further discussion, the book is intended for any reader interested in gaining greater political and economic understanding for challenging the status quo.
Although it is bound to boil the blood of the left and the right, it will make perfect sense to many of the Independent Voters who will decide the next election.