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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

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – Court issues lake-killing ruling on acid rain

The Adirondack Council, an environmental organization that has been a national leader in the fight against acid rain, has called on the Obama Administration to appeal the decision of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit here, which last month overturned the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The Adirondack Council called […]

September 16th

On the environment, Paul Ryan sucks

So, Mitt Romney is once again trying to nail down his conservative base by selecting Paul Ryan, the medicaid-slashing Congressman from Wisconsin, as his Vice Presidential running mate. You probably already know that Ryan’s signature issue: he wants to eliminate government-run medicaid and turn it into a voucher program for the states (and one that […]

August 11th

Fracking gets the Obama treatment

Natural gas fracking is spreading wildly, with very little oversight – especially in states like Pennsylvania, which was pretty much bought outright by the energy industry in the 2010 election. Now, President Obama appears to be making moves to take up some of that slack. He signed an executive order today that sets up a […]

April 13th

Newt is incredibly wrong about oil

How wrong is Newt Gingrich about energy? In last week’s Republican debate #1,237, he called for a national energy program on the scale of World War II that would boost our energy output, driving down the price of gasoline and saving our economy. There’s just one problem: The actual experts on energy, from the The Oil […]

November 29th

242 groups stand up against California’s peripheral canal

An unprecedented 242 environmental organizations, environmental justice groups, Native American Tribes, recreational angling organizations, commercial fishing groups and outdoor businesses sent a letter on November 16 to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird urging them rescind a controversial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The […]

November 22nd

Bill Moyers: How the 1970s backlash against the environmental movement morphed into today’s class war

How did America, a society founded on equality, become so unequal? How did power shift from voters to corporations? Bill Moyers concludes his keynote address to Public Citizen by showing how it began: with the corporate backlash against the environmental movement in the 1970s. (Part 1 is here.) Comments Prepared for Delivery (video here) Public Citizen […]

November 12th

Supreme Court upholds Endangered Species Act

The right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has been using its muscle to cut back on the power of the Federal Government. In particular, there are concerns that it made invalidate some of the broad authority the government has assumed over the years under the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution. So it’s encouraging […]

November 1st