Undoubtedly you've heard that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act -- but you also know that perpetuates our for-profit health care system, one that spends a lot more on health care per capita than other nations that ensure better care, one that continues to enrich health care corporations (though perhaps not as grotesquely as before) at the expense of the citizenry. So Roots Action helps you tell Congress and President Obama to remove barriers states face in implementing single-payer plans. Vermont has already created one, and Montana and California might not be far behind, but under current law states would not be able to implement their plans until 2017; the President could grant a waiver allowing states to begin in 2014, but, of course, we have to convince Mr. Obama to do that. Single-payer systems would also rely on increased federal funding, and Congress holds those strings. I can think of a few wars that could be cut to pay for that.
Meanwhile, the EPA is now mulling a fine particulate standard, or a soot standard. Soot is made from smoke, liquid droplets, and metal particles, and fossil fuel plants, oil refineries, and car exhausts tend to make a lot of it. No matter how many images you may have of lovable hobos covered in soot, fact is soot's not a good thing to breathe in -- soot particles are small enough that they can get in your bloodstream, and in its gas phase soot contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (or PAHs), which are both mutagenic and carcinogenic. Of course the big polluting corporations oppose any attempt to restrict the amount of soot they put out, because JOBZ!!!!!! And again, we must remind them that taking jobs hostage every time they're asked to do something for the common good is not how big boys respond to life's challenges. The Sierra Club helps you tell the EPA to keep more soot out of our air and thus keep our air cleaner.
Finally, if you've missed earlier opportunities to fight the big agricultural corporations' efforts to curtail judicial review of genetically-engineered Frankencrops, Organic Consumers provides another one. To review: Sec. 733 of the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 5973) would force the Secretary of Agriculture to allow any "farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer" to continue growing their Frankencrops while still evaluating their application to have the Frankencrop approved. And any farmer whose crop gets contaminated by someone else's Frankenseed wouldn't be able to challenge it in a court of law (because the offending Frankenseed would get "immediate" approval). This all just makes no damn sense. If you don't know something is safe, why let people plant it while you're figuring that out? What conservative would do that? A "conservative" only looking to preserve corporate profits, I suppose -- which statement directly translates into "no conservative at all."