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Obama may reject Keystone XL pipeline after all

By Meteor Blades Sen. Mary Landrieu’s effort to squeak by in the Louisiana run-off election that every prognosticator of note says she will lose, failed in a squeaker of its own Tuesday. She could only get 13 of her fellow Democrats to join her and all 45 Republican senators in trying, once again, to make an […]

November 20th

Obama creates new National Monument, GOP tries to strip him of that power

By Meteor Blades President Theodore Roosevelt designated the first National Monument, Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, in 1906. It was the first of 138 such designations by 16 presidents. Last week, President Barack Obama signed the most recent designation, the Organ Pipe Desert Peaks National Monument of New Mexico, 496,000 acres of the southern Rockies. If Republicans had their […]

Why are MI and IN GOP trying to wreck cleanup of Chesapeake Bay?

Opposition to Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan by Michigan and Indiana Could Hamper Great Lakes Protection Efforts CHICAGO — The Chesapeake Bay is worlds away from the freshwater Great Lakes, yet that hasn’t stopped the attorneys general of Michigan and Indiana from inserting themselves into a legal battle there and siding with opponents of a plan to […]

February 25th

Supreme Court hears one more case on EPA and greenhouse gases

By Meteor Blades The U.S. Supreme Court heard extended oral arguments Monday morning on its third major Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulatory case in seven years. You can see the preliminary transcript here. Predictions of Court rulings based on questioning in oral arguments from the justices is always risky. But after winning the previous cases, the […]

February 24th

Nebraska puts up a new roadblock for Keystone Pipeline

By Meteor Blades Fall-out from the ruling of a Nebraska district court judge Wednesday could postpone President Obama’s long-awaited decision on allowing construction of Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline a while longer, perhaps beyond the November election, a number of analysts say. That possibility comes at the same time the president’s remarks about what he said to Canadian Prime […]

February 21st

Keystone XL roundup – Yeah, the State Department report sucks

By Meteor Blades As expected, the State Department released its long-awaited Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline Friday afternoon. Most media reports have been stating that the 11-volume document gives the project a green light and the response to that from many environmental advocates has been fierce. But Josh Mogerman, deputy director of national media […]

January 31st

Disappointing Keystone XL environmental analysis out today?

By Meteor Blades The long-awaited supplemental environmental impact statement on the much-disputed Keystone XL pipeline will be released Friday afternoon, according to two unnamed senior administration officials, CNN reports. Multiple sources in the past 24 hours, starting with Bloomberg News, have said that the SEIS, which amounts to a third draft of the EIS first issued in […]

January 31st

More bad news for West Virginia – formaldehyde in the water, scientists are “scared”

by Meteor Blades David Gutman at the Charleston Gazette, which has been doing an excellent job covering the chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River, reports another disturbing development: A Marshall University environmental scientist and member of the state Environmental Quality Board said today that he has found formaldehyde in local water samples and that the continued lack of […]

January 29th

Rand Paul’s extra GOP SOTU response

This is beyond irony. So I’ll just let his words speak for themselves. Last year, the man who only got into the Senate (“The most exclusive club on Earth”) because his Daddy is Ron Paul… said “For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who […]

January 28th