Stories by Cliff Weathers

Cliff Weathers covers environmental and consumer issues for AlterNet. He is a former Deputy Editor at Consumer Reports. His work has also appeared in Salon, Car and Driver, Playboy, and Detroit Monthly among other publications. Follow him on Twitter @cliffweathers. subscribe to Cliff Weathers's feed

Posted on: Apr 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The multibillionaires are currently using their vast wealth to influence the 2014 mid-term elections.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

College athletes will no longer face a year's suspension for testing positive.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The measure will provide free tuition for incoming freshmen enrolling in two-year schools.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Scott Walker distances himself as Wisconsin right-wingers become the latest fringe group who want 'state sovereignty."

Posted on: Apr 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Five million gallons of gas sold in Louisiana can potentially harm the engines of many of the region's cars.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Geologists in the Buckeye State are the first to directly link gas extraction with tremors

Posted on: Apr 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The cable network says that reckless practices by marijuana farmers on the North Coast are hurting the regional ecology.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Artist makes a statement about Chinese air pollution when he puts up glass of Provence air for auction.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

If you thought you were safe from pollutants around the house, think again.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Spc. Ivan Lopez requested a transfer, saying he was being taunted by others in his unit.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

If you're going to fly in Colorado, you can't do it with weed...so to speak.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Is the threat of prison the only way to protect consumers from corporate negligence?

Posted on: Apr 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Colbert returned to his desk for the first time since the Twitter outrage began. Hilarity ensued.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Robert H. Richards IV may never see a day behind bars. Prosecutors and childrens' rights advocates are shocked.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Peddlers of fake wares are doing more than just ripping you off.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

LEDs are very energy efficient, but they're also a threat to our health.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

President Obama appeared on the mock interview series to make the case for health care coverage to a young audience.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

America's love affair with cars is ending as a new generation turns to more attractive options.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey says 'science is not there for you to cherry pick.'

Posted on: Mar 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

This is only the latest in a string of public appearances for the killer of Trayvon Martin.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Those shiny carnival trinkets are loaded with dangerous levels of lead and other toxic materials.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Few residents of the city's bucolic 'burbs know of the huge risks whirring by at top speeds.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

How you can save the planet, while saving money.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The shooter of Trayvon Martin is finding that there's not a lot of forgiveness as he tries to increase his media presence.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

More than 100,000 gallons of toxic waste were released into Fields Creek and the Kanawha River.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The No. 2 pharmacy chain will stop sales in October, but that's no guarantee that this will start a chain reaction.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Your new ride may be exposing you to a cocktail of toxic gases.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The culling of stray and abandoned animals has ignited outrage in the past.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Outrageously marked up items and services that you'll probably never miss.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The banjo-playing troubadour was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for his political views.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Satirist Julianna Forlano says that ISPs will use the ruling to censor access to information, including that 'one weird trick to lose belly fat.'

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A newfangled Ford F-150 may do more for the planet than some economy cars.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Oxfam says that critical measures must be taken to curb excessive wealth disparity.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

State Senator says she was not fooled by faux-news website's claim that benefit cards were used at dispensaries.