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Evangelicals call for climate action in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

It’s true, everything is bigger in Texas. Especially the storms. The meteorological monster named Harvey doesn’t quite fit the traditional definition of a storm. What we witnessed over southeastern Texas in late August requires a new lexicon, a word salad composed of ALL CAPS! There is no historical precedent for what unfolded. Normally glib meteorologists were suddenly […]

September 17th

After hurricane Harvey and Irma, what will it take to convince deniers about climate change?

The devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey is still being tallied up. Families and business owners are still figuring out what their lives will look like for the next months and years. Despite what some senior Trump administration officials say, it’s worth looking at the fingerprints of climate change on the hurricanes. Further, it’s worth looking […]

September 15th

Quakeland – how fracking earthquakes could make OK the next oil-driven eco-disaster

Kathryn Miles, author of the new book Quakeland: On the Road To America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, has written a piece at Politico on the kind of subject most people don’t think about until after a disaster. She explores what would happen if a big earthquake struck at or near Cushing, Oklahoma, a crossroads of 14 major oil pipelines and […]

September 14th

GOP wants to speed Hurricane Harvey relief to Gulf Coast. But Trump’s budget cuts would hurt recovery in the long run

Well, Hallefriggin’lujah. Our nation’s usually austerity-minded Republicans—except when it’s a pet project, subsidies for some favored commercial enterprise, or the Pentagon—are saying they plan to take action as early as next week in passing a $5.9 billion spending bill to cover the immediate costs of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey’s deluge delivered to the Gulf Coast […]

September 1st

From six months ago: Hell and high water – Houston is a sitting duck for the next big hurricane

In light of this week’s disastrous flooding from Hurricane Harvey, we thought we’d revisit this prophetic piece from ProPublica. Just six months ago, they asked: “Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And […]

September 1st

Hurricane Harvey: How Pruitt and Abbott helped burning Texas chemical plant break the rules

It’s one of those stories we know all too well. A company prone to spreading environmental hazards  – in this case, the global chemical giant Arkema – also spreads cash to politicians. It gets cited – and modestly fined – for violating protective rules it has fought to keep from being imposed. The piddly fines don’t […]

September 1st

West Coast salmon fishery in state of disaster

California Governor Jerry Brown and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have sent a letter  to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. By Dan Bacher The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon trollers and […]

May 26th

Even normally calm people fearful of how Trump will handle a real crisis when one inevitably appears

Edward-Isaac Dovere has a piece up discussing fears over how Pr*sident Donald Trump would handle a serious crisis. Some observers have been profoundly concerned about that since the early morning of Nov. 9. Others, including people previously predisposed to supporting him, have grown increasingly worried. By Meteor Blades One obvious reason that even some people in Trump’s own […]

May 13th

Fail: House GOP’s disastrous budget bill is voted down

Q: What’s the best way to compound a disaster? A: Play politics with it.
As they continue to ramp up their anti-spending, anti-environment, and anti-jobs rhetoric, the House Republican leadership decided to stick a poison pill into the continuing resolution that will keep the government from shutting down on September 30.

September 21st