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Here’s what you can fight now that Keystone XL is dead

Grist: So the president rejected the permit for Keystone XL (well, the northern part of it, anyway). And there was much rejoicing, especially on the interwebs. "THOU HAST NOT EATEN BALONEY SANDWICHES BEHIND BARS IN VAIN, DEAR COMRADE!" wrote Rebecca Solnit on Facebook to nature writer Christopher Shaw, who was one of the 70 KXL protestors who spent three days in D.C.`s Central Cell Block in August of 2011. "THANK YOU!" KXL was the training ground for a generation of activists - from the young college...

In Detroit’s water wars, a pause that refreshes

Grist: Tuesday, as I drove around Detroit interviewing people about the city`s water crisis, my email kept filling with congratulatory messages. "I`m excited to let you know about a big win that happened today in Detroit," read one, from the organizers of Netroots Nation, the conference that helped call attention to the biggest and most celebrity-bedazzled protest the crisis has seen so far. "Control of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) has been returned back to the hands of the people....

Four things should know about Detroit’s water crisis

Grist: This May, the Detroit Water and Sewerage District (DWSD) sent out 46,000 shutoff notices to customers who were behind in their water bills. It was the latest calamity to befall a city that had seen its water rates rise 119 percent in the last decade. As a city that has lost nearly two-thirds of its population in the last 60 years, Detroit has a lot of water infrastructure to maintain, and not much money to maintain it. Since the shutoffs began (about 17,000 households and small businesses have...