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How China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th Century
China used more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the U.S. used in the entire 20th Century. It's a statistic so mind-blowing that it stunned Bill Gates and inspired haiku. But can it be true, and, if so, how? Yes, China’s economy has grown at an extraordinary rate, an

Scientists to Smithsonian: Cut ties with Koch brothers
Three dozen scientists sent an open letter to museums of natural history calling on them to cut ties with the Koch brothers and anyone else with connections to the fossil fuel industry. In the letter, and a subsequent petition related specifically to the billionaire Koch brothers, th

Trillion Dollar Fraudsters
By now it's a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits, but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar "magic asterisk" - a line that promises huge spending cuts and/or revenue increases, but without explaining where the money is supposed t

The Middle Class Has Gotten Smaller In Every State Since 2000
America's middle class is shrinking in every state in America. A new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline blog, shows that the percentage of middle-class households -- defined as those earning between 67 and 200 percent of a state’s median income -- dropped in every U.S. stat


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