Eco-News Roundup: Monday, August 31

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What’s new and Blue Marble-ish so far this week:

Latest bizarre GOP health care claim: That a reformed health care system might discriminate against Republicans. Huh?

No love from NOLA: Was Obama all talk about the Katrina recovery?

Helluva show: The only thing missing from the health care townhall meetings was sharks with laser beams attached to their heads. 

Bottled water bullies: What the bottled water indsutry in Scotland plans to do in case “the media turns hostile to our cause.”

Move over, pavement: And make way for…solar panels?

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