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.

NAACP: The Black Vote Is Still Threatened

Van Jones predicted that black voter turnout could well determine the next president. And according to the NAACP, that weighty percentage is being diminished by discriminatory policies at the state level. What impact will it have on the November election?

Gas Stations Close as Fire Rages Near Alberta Oil Sands

In May, a wildfire in northern Alberta, Canada, forced oil companies to halt extraction operations and evacuate some 8,000 workers from the oil sands. Now, one of Western Canada’s largest gas distributors is feeling the pinch. And so are tourists and residents, as Petro Canada shuts off its pumps.

USDA BioPreferred Program Spurs Economic Growth

The bio-based product industry is growing. And the USDA’s BioPreferred Program is working to promote the benefits of a sustainable bio-based product industry that helps reduce our dependence on fossil fuel sources. 3p spoke with Kate Lewis, program analyst for the BioPreferred program, to find out what the bio-based market is doing and why it’s good news for the U.S. economy.

National Academy of Sciences Weighs In On Genetically-Engineered Foods

After examining genetically-engineered foods for two years, the National Academy of Sciences released its report. If you were expecting a silver bullet that would put this topic to rest, you may be left wanting. And it did little to pacify proponents or critics of GMO technology.

Duke Energy Gets 8 More Years to Clean Up Toxic Coal Ash in North Carolina

If new guidelines issued Wednesday go through, Duke Energy will have eight more years to clean up coal ash deposits in North Carolina. Environmental organizations say that’s not fast enough, as criticism mounts against Gov. McCrory’s administration and its alleged involvement in softening regulations affecting the energy giant.

Donald Trump’s Supporters: Global Warming Isn’t a ‘Hoax’

Trump’s position on environmental issues is almost as confusing as it is controversial. But according to a recent Yale survey, he may need to recheck his facts, especially when it comes to what his supporters really believe — and what they say will drive their vote this November.

San Diego’s $127 Million Answer to Climate Change

The city of San Diego passed its landmark Climate Action Plan last December. Last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled the first of many strategies to lessen the impacts of climate change on San Diego’s shores.

Van Jones to Dems: Trump Could Really Win the Presidency

Former Obama aide and social enterprise guru Van Jones has a few messages for Democrats about the upcoming presidential election: don’t sit on your laurels and assume Hillary Clinton will trounce Donald Trump. Mobilize now. “There needs to be a cultural fight,” says Jones, who says Trump’s win will actually come from black voters. “There needs to be a spiritual fight. There needs to be mass mobilizations,” against Trump. Because based on his current strategy, he stands to win the White House in November.

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Transparency and the Key to Consumer Trust

More than 100 years ago, the first fledgling calls for business transparency were heard. At that time, it was in the grueling textile mills where children worked intolerable schedules in place of school. Today, transparency figures into every business sector. Businesses know that consumers care not just about what they buy, but also the values the company puts to work. And they are willing to ask for accountability.

Fontus Water from Air Technology: The Answer to Water Insecurity?

Love those remote, out-of-the-way places but loathe the load of water you have to carry on your bike? A new startup has an answer that generates water from air in a bottle. Now, if someone could just design an apparatus to furnish drinking water to the 663 million people who don’t have it…

Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Our national and state roads, dams, bridges, and airports are in such disrepair that they’ve even garnered the attention of this year’s presidential candidates. Yet none seem to have a comprehensive answer as to how to come up with the $3 trillion that engineers say it will take to upgrade our national infrastructure. The problem, says author Parag Khanna, isn’t that it can’t be done, but that we aren’t thinking big enough.