Eco-News Roundup: Friday December 17

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News on health and the environment from our other blogs.

Common Cents: The economic impact of not requiring people to have health insurance.

Red Tape: Why bother with lower courts, if health care decision is going to Supreme anyway?

Mixed Bag: New bill is good on renewables, but subsidizes liquid coal too.

Counterintuitive: How a judge’s ruling against mandatory coverage may help it.

In Brief: A brief analysis of judge’s decision against requiring health insurance.

Cause of Death: There are more than 140 ways Mozart could have died.

Hidden Costs: A writer’s bill for reporting on the BP oil spill.

 

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