News From Mother Jones: October 22 - Policing Nuclear Power, Bicycling for 350 & Cute Sea Otters!

It's been a busy week over at Mother Jones: First, there's been quite a stir over the Yes Men pranksters' Chamber of Commerce shenanigans, and earlier this week MoJo blogger Kate Sheppard appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to talk about the stunt. Watch her charm the pants off viewers everywhere here.

Here's a question: If you had to pick someone to police America's nuclear power, what qualities and experience would you look for in a candidate? Probably not tons of connections to nuclear energy in the private sector, but there's where you and Obama would disagree. Read about William Magwood, the president's controversial nominee for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, here. Scary stuff, but there's plenty of good news in renewable energy this week, too: Making solar power cheaper by allowing consumers to pool together and buy it in bulk sounds like a cool idea, especially if we fix our gnarly electrical grid.

New faces: Our intrepid Ride 350 guest bloggers are filing daily dispatches along their 350-mile bike down the California coast in the name of raising awareness about climate change. Feeling inspired? This week's Econundrum will help you trim your own emissions with five low-carbon foods.

Lastly, in case you haven't noticed, sea otters are adorable. Unfortunately, they are also in trouble. Gratuitously cute pictures and facts right this way.

That's all for this week. Back next Thursday with more news from our corner of the web.

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