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Overload: Bill McKibben Learns He's a Communist, a Climate Scientist Turns the Tables, and More

The first-ever edition of Overload, a daily round-up of all the energy and environment news that's fit to link, by GOOD environment editor Ben Jervey.

Today I'm taking a page from Nicola's playbook (and Yglesias and Marginal Revolution and countless others before her) and starting a daily round-up of all the news that's fit to link. In other words, these are the tabs that accumulate on my browser over the course of a normal day's media saturation that I thought were really important but I didn't have the time to actually write about. (Today's will actually have some stuff that's gathered over the past week or two.)

Until I think of something better, I'll be calling it Overload, because it's the best vaguely energy-related term that was at all relevant to these sorts of posts. From now on, I'll wrap up every day with one of these round-ups on GOOD's Environment hub. And now, without further ado...


Bill McKibben comes to terms with his communism, after he learns he's red from Glenn Beck.

Big Coal breaks the local union, and then it wipes a West Virginia town off the map. A great long read.

The Brothers Koch battled cap-and-trade back in the early 1990s, too, with a pamphlet that read: Acid rain: headline or hoax?

"They were purposefully trying to deceive everyone." "They" would be BP, and the deception would be the crappy footage of the spewing deepwater well.

House GOPers want to cut international climate funding. Beware the security implications, warns Michael Levi.

Turning the tables, a climate scientists has sued a climate skeptic for libel.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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