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Laura Kiesel


Laura Kiesel is a freelance writer, editor and consultant specializing in the fields of climate/environment, energy, health, education and wage/labor issues. In addition to writing for The Street and Main Street, Laura's articles have also recently appeared in Al-Jazeera America, BioScience, Salon, Earth Island Journal, and She holds a Master's degree in natural resources and environmental policy from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor's in English and journalism from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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CO2 Policies Could Pay Off in Consumer Health Cost Savings

By Laura Kiesel

Many who oppose new climate policies argue it could do damage to the American economy. But a recent study finds health cost savings might actually outweigh the costs.

12:00PM 09/13/14

Carbon Emissions Cuts Have Huge Health Payoffs for the Consumer

By Laura Kiesel

In the debate about whether the U.S. should pass a comprehensive climate law, a cap-and-trade policy seems to have big benefits for the average American.

01:41PM 09/12/14

People Are Happier in Nations That Spend More on Social Services

By Laura Kiesel

A study finds that people who live in nations where the national governments spend more on social services are much happier than people with more laissez-faire governments.

12:23PM 09/12/14

People Are Happier in Nations With Bigger Governments: Social Programs FTW

By Laura Kiesel

People who live in nations where the national governments spend more on social services are much happier than people with more laissez-faire governments.

11:23AM 09/12/14

Students from Low-Income Families Face Particular Challenges At School

By Laura Kiesel

A new study has found that No Child Left Behind might be adversely affecting how and what students learn according to class size and racial demographics.

05:56AM 09/12/14

Has No Child Left Behind Worsened the Education System?

By Laura Kiesel

New research has revealed that NCLB's bad reputation may be undeserved, or at least exaggerated.

08:02AM 08/12/14

'Dark Money' Provides the Fuel Behind Global Warming Denial

By Laura Kiesel

Large misinformation campaigns on climate change science are being funded by a handful of sources with an interest in maintaining the status quo.

09:30AM 06/28/14

We Can Cut Carbon Emissions With No Net Cost to Economy

By Laura Kiesel

Corporations push back against emissions standards, but there's a lot of good to be found in simple EPA energy efficiency policies.

07:15AM 05/27/14

U.S. Tops Charitable Giving Rankings Despite Rich-Poor Divide

By Laura Kiesel

It's not actual equality that dictates charity, but the perceptions of equality, and we want people to be equal.

07:15AM 05/15/14

That Study Saying America's an Oligarchy? It's Just the Start

By Laura Kiesel

U.S. government already favors big business and the rich, a study says, and there are plenty more examples to go around.

07:15AM 05/01/14

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