Monthly Archives: March 2011

EPA Vote: Senate Democrats about to screw things up on climate change again

March 30th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

After 20 years of dithering about climate change by the politicians in Washington, the EPA finally acted. Now the politicians are voting to return to another two years of dithering. The Senate is set to vote today on a group of bills, all of which would in one way or another cut of the EPA's carbon regulation at the knees. The Senate Republicans - who nearly to a man don't believe in climate change - will be joined by a group of Democrats who don't seem to believe in much of anything

Bad publicity from animal cruelty? Ban publicity…

March 29th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

In two states, bills are making their way through the legislature that will deal with bad publicity affecting factory farms in a novel way. It turns out that folks don't like to buy meat if they hear about the horrible, inhumane way in which it's been raised. But rather than clean up their act, big ag has decided the problem isn't disgusting business practices - it's videos of disgusting business practices. So they'll make THOSE illegal

Japan nuclear mess: They really have no idea

March 25th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

After weeks of government assurances that everything is under control and there is nothing to worry about, recent events at the damaged Japanes nuclear reactors have revealed the truth: They really have no idea what's going on inside there. If there's one lesson we can gain from this odyssey, it's that nuclear reactors are only safe so long as nothing goes wrong

Is Europe’s ban on Monsanto’s GMO crops illegal?

March 23rd, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

Monsanto got a big boost in Europe yesterday when a European Union official ruled that the Union's constituent countries couldn't independently ban genetically modified crops (GMOs) on their turf. France and five other EU countries have put a blanket ban on GMOs, citing safety concerns

Chevron is at it again

March 17th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

Chevron may have lost in court, but that doesn't mean it's going to give up its 18-year battle to refuse to pay to clean up the mess it made in Ecuador. Clearly, the oil giant is terrified that if it has to take responsibility for its actions in Ecuador, it may be forced to clean up the toxic legacy of its slovenly business practices all around the world, from Indonesia to Nigeria

What’s wrong with the Democrats

March 17th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

I've had some harsh things to say about the caliber of intestinal fortitude displayed by the Democrats in Washington. And with my current series about Nuclear Power, there will be more. But Ezra Klein has a devastating takedown of everything that's wrong with Washington, in a nice tight package tied up with the headline/bow "The sad, hypocritical retirement of Evan Bayh."

House GOP lying about gas prices

March 14th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

In the fantasyland that passes for political debate in Washington, House Republicans are going all-out to blame high gas prices on – you guessed it – the Environmental Protection Agency. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton is hawking the gas price snake oil as House leadership rams through legislation to block EPA from curbing dangerous carbon pollution

After Japan quake, new questions about nuclear power

March 14th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

While the folks who run the nuclear industry have long argued the odds are long of a disaster ever happening... those numbers came up over the weekend. And while US power plants like California's Diablo Canyon are rated to stand up to earthquakes as high as 7.5... quakes happen, and sometimes they're big quakes

Senate votes today on worst budget for the environment in 40 years

March 9th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Today the Senate will vote on the most anti-environmental bill to come before Congress in the last 40 years. While most of the media has been focused on whether this bill will cut .42% or .43% of the nation’s debt, the true impact of the bill is much greater. The fact is that H.R.1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, is full of policy riders that are a stealth attack on basic American values of that put those laws into effect

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