Author: Meteor Blades

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Oklahoma drinking water getting trashed by oil and gas injection wells

By Meteor Blades Clean Water Action, a 45-year-old eco-advocacy group that opposes hydraulic fracturing, has released a 16-page report that argues Oklahoma regulators are ignoring risks to underground sources of drinking water (USDWs) from oil and gas wastewater injection wells. The regulators challenge the report’s assertions, but the report says this is occurring because the regulators are […]

April 10th

Trump can’t stop the Renewable Energy Revolution

By Meteor Blades Over the past couple of years, a steady stream of good news has appeared on the renewable energy front. The latest comes from a couple of sources. Clean Energy Canada has released a new publication, “The Transition Takes Hold.” Bottom line: The transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources “now appears irreversible.” Meanwhile, the International Renewable Energy […]

April 7th

Judge throws out PA fracking verdict. Sorry about your poison water…

By Meteor Blades A U.S. magistrate judge has rejected a jury’s March 2016 decision to award more than $4 million to two families in Dimock, Pennsylvania, who claimed their well water had been tainted by methane released from underground rock formations by hydraulic fracturing—fracking. Concluding among other things that the scientific evidence presented in court was […]

April 4th

Trump trashes clean power plan. Sorry about the thousands of needless deaths…

Showing that climate science deniers really are in charge now, Pr*sident Donald Trump took a giant leap backward Tuesday with his signing of the “Energy Independence Executive Order.” The order begins the process of undoing President Barack Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan, rescinds a temporary ban on new coal leases on federal lands, dumps a federal guidance to […]

March 28th

Throwing it into reverse on car fuel efficiency standards

Eleven Democratic senators have signed a letter to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt calling on him not to do what’s rumored could happen this week: rolling back the fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks and prohibiting California from imposing stricter standards than the federal government does. By Meteor Blades All this could be a […]

March 8th

Record February heat wave – why no clever Trump tweet about global warming?

The last thing the world needs are more 3 AM Trump tweets. But Joe Romm at Climate Progress nevertheless poses an excellent rhetorical question: “Why didn’t Trump tweet that Tuesday’s warmth crushed the D.C. record by 9°F?” Why, indeed, since The Donald™has tweeted attacks on global warming and climate science more than 30 times in the past five years. By Meteor Blades […]

February 8th

GOP pushing for oil drilling in national parks

On Monday, Rep. Paul Gosar, the Republican who represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, launched Example #117 in the Trump-era category of No Big Surprise. By Meteor Blades (Originally appeared at DailyKos) He introduced a resolution to eliminate rules imposed in 2016 under the Obama administration that placed restrictions on existing oil and gas drilling operations on land governed […]

February 2nd

Dem senators propose $10 trillion infrastructure plan (But should they work with Trump?)

By Meteor Blades America’s infrastructure suffers from decades of reckless neglect, what bureaucrats and policymakers conceal behind the euphemism of “deferred maintenance.” Decrepit describes the consequences. Myopic describes the attitude. This affects many realms—our public schools, our public health system, our electrical transmission grid and, despite how deeply we Americans treasure personal mobility, our transportation […]

January 25th

Trump’s SCOTUS pics are totally unfit

By Meteor Blades While Donald Trump has been announcing despicable choices for his cabinet and other high posts that could easily be top contestants for Keith Olbermann’s old Countdown feature: “Worst Person in the World,” there hasn’t been much talk lately about his likely choices to fill positions that could shape U.S. policy for decades after his […]

November 22nd

Will Trump keep his climate-trashing promises?

By Meteor Blades In Marrakesh, Morocco, it’s the third day of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): COP22. On the agenda there for climate activists is acknowledging that, however historic, the pledges of reduced emissions that the nations of the world made when they signed onto the Paris Climate Agreement […]

November 9th

Fossil fuel lobbyists descend on Morocco climate talks

By Meteor Blades Fossil fuels will be heavily represented at next week’s Morocco Climate talks: Diplomats will convene in Marrakech for a couple of weeks starting Monday to determine how the signers of the Paris climate agreement will meet their pledges. [A]s the advocacy organization Corporate Accountability International shows, coal and gas representatives are also heavily involved. The […]

November 2nd

Court says Exxon must hand over climate documents

By Meteor Blades NY Supreme Court orders Exxon Mobil to produce climate documents: In a loss for ExxonMobil, the New York State Supreme Court has ordered the oil giant and its accounting firm to produce documents subpoenaed in a highly charged investigation of whether the company concealed from investors and the public what it knew […]

October 27th