Soaking the Customer

Soaking the Customer

Ruby Williams, a 78-year-old Aqua Pennsylvania customer, got stuck with a $40,000 water bill because of a serious leak in the pipes under her home in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania. After her situation garnered national media attention, the private company agreed to...
Fracking Perils

Fracking Perils

Folks, I’ve got some good news and some bad news about the nation’s ever-elusive quest for a sound energy policy. The good news: Finally there’s some under-the-radar bipartisan consensus in Washington. The bad news: Both parties are dead wrong. This...
Ohio Earthquakes Underscore Fracking Dangers

Ohio Earthquakes Underscore Fracking Dangers

Add yet another new concern to the growing list of reasons to oppose hyraudlic fracturing, the natural-gas extraction process known as “fracking”: Earthquakes. That’s right, following a New Year’s Eve earthquake in Youngstown, Ohio — the...

Open Letter to World Bank Officials on Pacific Rim-El Salvador Case

SIGN-ON to this letter: Please send the name or your organization and country to Manuel Perez-Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies, manuel@ips-dc.org. To:Robert Zoellick, President, World BankMeg Kinnear, Secretary-General, ICSIDV.V. Veeder, Tribunal...

Commons and Resource Rights

“(…)Desert is growing in over a hundred countries in the world, absolutely unnecessarily. In places like the Horn of Africa, where the story you’ll read about is too many people, too little rain, bad government, they don’t tell you that there...

Watching Out for Our Water

Water is at risk in the United States and around the world. Its quality and availability is in peril. Today, nearly one in eight people lack access to adequate supplies of safe drinking water. Globally, water-borne diseases kill more people than tuberculosis or...

No Fracking Way

Flames exploding from kitchen taps. Livestock dropping dead from tainted water. People in small towns noticing an unusual stench, experiencing acute headaches, and blacking out. These aren’t scenes from a horror movie. They’re the increasingly common...

Unsafe at Any Exposure

As the radioactive contamination of food, water, and soil in Fukushima, Japan worsens, the media is continuously reassuring us that these levels are “safe.” But there is no safe level of radiation. Yes, at lower levels the risk is smaller, but the National...

Tap Water’s Budget Bottleneck

Washington is humming with debate about how to trim the debt without stunting our economic recovery. Yet somehow, with all the recent rancor over spending cuts, pundits and politicians have largely overlooked one of our most essential public services–supplying...

Simmering Water War

Here in my home state of Texas, we’re suffering from withdrawal pains. This isn’t caused by our addiction to alcohol or drugs–but to plain water. And to make our pain worse, it’s not the people of Texas who are hooked on a destructive water...

Reaching the Boiling Point

President Barack Obama recently announced plans to modernize our crumbling roads, rails, and airports while providing jobs for the construction industry. While we certainly need to fix our nation’s transportation infrastructure, another crucial set of systems in...