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Dear EarthTalk: I understand that there are a number of bills before Congress right now that seek to turn over public lands to destructive commercial and recreational activity. What can be done to stop this assault on the land that belongs to all the people? — Astrid Cameron, New York, NY


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Dear EarthTalk: I read somewhere that our various systems for collecting, distributing and treating water are very energy intensive and, as such, contribute significantly to global warming. How does that happen and what can we do to correct such problems? — Marina Shaw, Monroe, CT

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About 46,400 Immigrants Claiming U.S. Children Deported In Six Months


A new report is adding fuel to a growing debate over the impact of deportations of illegal immigrants who have roots in communities and U.S.-born children. Between January and June of 2011, immigration officials deported more than 46,400 people who said they were parents of children who were born in the U.S. and therefore U.S. citizens, according to a new study for Congress prepared by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

Writer’s Block: Holy Politics! The Governor Goes To Israel


One sure sign that a politician is getting ready to run for national office is when a trip to Israel gets logged into the day planner. That kind of trip is almost a candidate requirement if a wannabe wants to be taken seriously because now a check mark can be placed in the ‘world exposure column’ on the political experience grid. No matter what he says, Governor Christie is going for the gold.