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Score one for oil drilling opponents!

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I rail all the time about Big Oil drilling into every pristine and not-so pristine corner of the world, fracking, and the usual gluttons' utter disdain for keeping our precious earth and its inhabitants safe, healthy, and beautiful.

Writing about it for years on end is exhausting and is taking a toll. That is one of the main reasons I have outrage overload (and have been ordered to cut back for health reasons). It's not easy to rant endlessly, yet feel as if you're having no impact.

Thankfully, there are people with big, effective voices who are being heard:

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But today is different. Today I am the bearer of good news, or rather, the Los Angeles Times is:

The U.S. government violated the law when it opened millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, possibly delaying plans by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell to drill off the northwest coast of Alaska in the near future.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the Interior Department did not properly evaluate the impact of oil development in the Chukchi Sea when it sold more than $2.6 billion in development leases in the environmentally sensitive area in 2008.

A coalition of environmental advocacy groups and Alaska Native organizations sued the federal government, arguing that the U.S. had offered an estimated 30 million acres of oil leases for sale without sufficient scientific information or analysis of potential effects on the region.

bam

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Study: Women make better corporate leaders than men

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duhThere goes that whacky Los Angeles Times again, quoting a study that states the obvious. The study is from the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics and was conducted by researchers at A.T. Still University in Arizona and McMaster University in Canada:

Women make better corporate leaders than men because they are more likely to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake, a new study has found.

well duh

Women leaders take a cooperative approach when making decisions, the study says. But check this out:

Male directors, who made up 75% of the survey sample, prefer making decisions using rules, regulations and tradition, the survey found. Female directors, by contrast, are less constrained by rules and more prepared to “rock the boat,” the researchers found. 

Hold on... Isn't it mostly male corporate types who despise government regulation (while insisting on laws forcing women to have babies against their will, of course) and hate oversight and rules (while forcing women to undergo unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasounds, of course)?

But now we discover that the menfolk don't mind any of that as long as it's they who are doing the regulating.

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Per the study, women leaders are also more likely to collaborate, cooperate, build consensus, are more inquisitive, and are more tend to see more than one solution to a problem.

So naturally, corporate boards would welcome them to their board families way more often than not, right?  

Globally, women make up about 9% of corporate board members, the study said.

Right. Got it. Check. That makes all the sense in the world.

By the way, with at least one female director involved, companies were 20% less likely to file bankruptcy and did better financially.

Ahem. The study's conclusion: Women are fairer, more reasonable, better leaders, are way cooler (I just threw that one in for fun), and make better corporate leaders than men.

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DSCC outraised NRSC again, this time nearly 2-1

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Here's what the front page of the NRSC site looks like. I added the arrow.

Eeks! Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer look so blue and skeery and evil!

Via Roll Call:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its GOP counterpart nearly 2-to-1 last month, marking the second month in a row it has brought in significantly more cash than the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

According to figures provided by the committees, the DSCC raised $4.3 million in February and had $5.1 million in cash on hand at the end of the month. The NRSC raised $2.2 million and had $3.1 million in the bank on Feb. 28.

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But the best part is that Paul Ryan's new, old, new again, old again, new yet again, old yet again budget gave the DSCC a big boost:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $500,000 in its recent campaign attacking House Republicans — and possible Senate candidates — for supporting Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s budget blueprint, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

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Quickie-- Mitch McConnell: Big ol' losery underachiever

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Today's Quickie:

(Reuters) - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell set two top goals for the 2012 election: a Republican takeover of the Senate and the defeat of President Barack Obama.

He achieved neither.

Starting in January, he will be up against a president he tried and failed to bring down, with a Senate minority weaker by two.

Much more at the link.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

Hell, I need a cigarette and I don't even smoke.

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