No matter how much Big Coal tries to reassure us that they’re perfectly safe, this week it became clear that coal trains – to export US coal to China! – should not be part of our clean energy future. Three derailments happened this past week, including one that caused at least two deaths. Why now? […]
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Wow. After years of bowing to his state’s all-powerful coal barons, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller took to the floor of the Capitol Wednesday to denounce them. Rockefeller accused big coal of using scare tactics and lies to bully people over environmental regulations. And he says it’s time coal executives stopped “pining for the past” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Why is Senator David Vitter battling on behalf of formaldehyde? It’s a chemical that only his campaign contributors love…
In a surprise move, president Obama calls a halt on planned EPA regulation tightening ground-level ozone standards, delighting his opponents while mystifying his environmental supporters.
Why is the President now siding with polluters? The White House claims clean air protections would be too expensive. But this is a farce. Letting the polluters off the hook won’t save lives, won’t create jobs and won’t fuel innovation. It will, however, endanger the health and lives of children and seniors.
“We have to remind the American people that environmentalism isn’t a spectator sport.”
That’s what Lisa Jackson told John Stewart Thursday night on the Daily Show.
There may be good news on the government shutdown front for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Yesterday, it looked like the House Republicans, in thrall to their “cut EVERYTHING” Tea-Party wing, were going to allow the government to shut down over their intransigence on two items: Slashing the EPA (as well as blocking it from acting on climate change), and slashing funding for Planned Parenthood (which gets money for women’s health services – NOT abortion).
Well, the House went ahead and did it today, voting 255-172 to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of any possible option for fighting climate change and global warming.
The Tea Party wing of the GOP (which is pretty much everyone at this point) argued that the science isn’t settled yet. They argued that the EPA went too far. They argued that it would kill jobs. They argued that it should be Congress that sets policy, not “unelected bureaucrats” (although it was the Supreme Court and a bunch of states that reminded the EPA during the Bush years that they had to enforce the Clean Air Act, which was pretty clear on the issue).
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.
Not content with cuts, perennial Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is now calling for the complete elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gingrich made the call at the Conservative Political Action Conference as he pandered to the Tea Party in a play for votes in the CPAC straw poll. It didn’t work – Ron Paul […]