Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

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Oregon Militants Arrested, But Is It Really Over?

Eight militants, including leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested and another was killed outside of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. But will this be enough to put a stop to the standoff, let alone end longstanding tensions between ranchers and the government?

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Nevada Guts Payments for Rooftop Solar, Installers Call It Quits

In a strange decision that is forcing rooftop solar businesses in the sunny state of Nevada to close their doors, the state’s utility commission voted unanimously earlier this month to slash net-metering payments to homeowners that have invested heavily in rooftop solar. So far, the commission is sticking firm — but what about Nevada’s exemplary solar industry?

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Boosting Sustainability in the World’s Priciest Sailing Race

The Ben Ainslie Racing team and 11th Hour Racing have their eye on the America’s Cup — but for more reasons than winning the race. They see a golden opportunity to improve sustainability in one of the world’s most renowned (and expensive) races.

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Record Homelessness Spurs California, NYC and Hawaii to Act

Both Los Angeles and Hawaii recently declared states of emergency because of escalating homelessness in their states. The answers proposed in the two sunny climes, however, are as different as night and day — and both are destined to raise some eyebrows.

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Obama Halts Most Coal Mining on Public Lands

President Obama has kept true to his State of the Union address this week: He has placed a moratorium on coal mining on public lands while the Department of Interior reviews the use of federal lands for coal mining production. As the tag line often says: Some exceptions exist.

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New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Nods to Presidential Pick

If you are going to pick a consumer product to symbolize the social message of your presidential campaign, you can’t go wrong with ice cream. And if Bernie Sanders should win the Democratic candidacy, Ben & Jerry’s will have the flavor picked out for the party.

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California, Feds Reject Volkswagen Recall ‘Fix’

Last week, the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA said “no deal” to Volkswagen’s proposal to buy back some of the vehicles that were outfitted with cheat devices. The two agencies say the plan doesn’t go far enough to address the problems caused by its latest emissions scandal.

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Shell Plans to Slash Costs, Jobs to Buy LPG Leader

More than six months have passed since Royal Dutch Shell announced its plans to purchase the energy exploration company BG Group, and the vote is still out as to whether investors will go for the merger.

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Lead Poisoning Troubles Link Chicago and Flint, Michigan

Call it a modern-day tale of two cities: Chicago and Flint, Michigan, are both battling epidemics of lead poisoning, and looking at generations of lower scholastic scores and a higher incidence of behavioral issues for many of the cities’ youngest residents. Community members in both cities charge that local and state governments have failed their children and should be held accountable for the exposure.

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TransCanada Files Suit Over Keystone XL: Does It Have Merit?

The Obama administration is to blame for billions of dollars in losses, says TransCanada, which is taking the government to court over its decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The two suits, which some Canadian experts say have a strong footing, don’t appear to address the question at heart, which is whether governments have the responsibility (and the right) to act on new scientific data and protect their environment and constituents from climate change.

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Fossil Fuels: A Green Revolution Starts with Partnerships

Changing global mindset about energy production must start at the source, by involving those who already have the technology and expertise in energy production. Public-private partnerships that are founded in constructive, forward-thinking legislation and incentives and involve the companies with the greatest stake in today’s fossil fuel industries offer the best opportunities for change.

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Preservatives: The Good, the Bad and the Essential

Preservatives: We love to complain about them, but can we really do without their life-saving properties? Our ancestors didn’t think so. New technology, however, is making it easier to reduce the substances like salt, sugar and artificial ingredients that have truly allowed for a global marketplace.