A water strategy for the parched West: Have cities pay farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems

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“Are you going to run out of water?” is the first question people ask when they find out I’m from Arizona. The answer is that some people already have, others soon may and it’s going to get much worse without dramatic changes. Robert Glennon, University of Arizona The Conversation Unsustainable water practices, drought and climate […]

Cory Doctorow: The oligarchs’ Supreme Court

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Here’s something weird: in the wake of Roe v Wade in the 1970s, the Southern Baptist Convention repeatedly passed resolutions affirming the right to abortion and rejecting government interference in the decision to bear a child to term. By Cory Doctorow Pluralistic Back then, white evangelicals were deeply suspicious of people who opposed abortion. Getting […]

Justice Kagan deserves credit for her stinging dissent in WV v EPA

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Plenty of people have already expressed their sad and righteous fury at the totally expected Supreme Court ruling in WV v EPA, the latest in its long roster of reactionary and lethal decisions this session. By Meteor Blades I’ve had a few things to say too: The Supreme Court just decided to pour gasoline on a planet afire […]

Keep It In The Ground: Biden sued for restarting oil leasing on public lands

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Several environmental groups sued the Biden administration for resuming oil and gas leasing on public lands despite ample evidence that doing so will exacerbate the fossil fuel-driven climate crisis. The lawsuit came as the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and its Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prepared to hold oil and gas lease sales in Montana, […]

WV v EPA: SCOTUS didn’t destroy the administrative state yesterday (But we’re not out of the woods yet)

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As we explained back in May and yesterday, this SCOTUS season is both “the culmination of a well-funded strategy to flood the legal system with partisan ideologues to create, normalize, spread, and rule on arguments with a legal pretense but political purpose and/or profit motive” and “just the start of the damage this Court is going to do […]

What is a heat dome? An atmospheric scientist explains the weather phenomenon baking large parts of the country

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A heat dome occurs when a persistent region of high pressure traps heat over an area. The heat dome can stretch over several states and linger for days to weeks, leaving the people, crops and animals below to suffer through stagnant, hot air that can feel like an oven. By William Gallus, Iowa State University […]

Gulf residents urge Biden NOT to offer more offshore oil and gas leases (It’s not like big oil needs them)

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Twelve years after the disastrous BP explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Gulf communities still face enormous risks because of offshore drilling and the onshore impacts in their backyards—a web of leaking pipelines and flaring chemical facilities choking the air. Yet, our community still found a way to celebrate our land and advocate for its protection during […]

Climate Hawks Vote: With WV v EPA, SCOTUS has broken the planet

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The Supreme Court has just decided West Virginia vs EPA, sharply curtailing the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal fired power plants. From the dissent: “The Court appoints itself — instead of Congress or the expert agency — the decisionmaker on climate policy. I cannot think of many things more […]

Green New Deal Network slams SCOTUS decision on WV v EPA

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Today, the Green New Deal Network (GNDN) members released the following statements in response to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision on West Virginia v. the Environmental Protection Agency (WV v. EPA), a ruling that sharply limits EPA’s power to regulate harmful power plant emissions. This most recent attack by a GOP-backed Supreme Court on our […]

Environmental Working Group: SCOTUS sets precedent to cripple future of the EPA

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A ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court will hamstring the federal government’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that is necessary to tackle the existential threat of the climate crisis. By The Environmental Working Group The court’s decision in the case, West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, doesn’t just pose a […]

Sunrise on WV v EPA: The system is rigged, we will keep fighting

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In response to the harrowing Supreme Court decision on West Virginia v. EPA, Sunrise Movement National Spokesperson, John Paul Mejia, released the following statement: “I am heartbroken and enraged. Today, it is hard to believe that our government will ever do anything to combat climate change. Our hearts are with young people all across this […]

WRI: SCOTUS curtails EPA’s authority to regulate power plant emissions in WV v EPA

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court curtailed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon emissions from the power sector. The Supreme Court ruled that the agency is not authorized to consider shifting generation from dirtier to cleaner power generating sources when establishing greenhouse gas emissions standards under the Clean Air Act provision in question. The case […]

In WV v. EPA, SCOTUS drops carbon bomb on the planet

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority on Thursday handed down a decision that will severely limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate planet-warming carbon emissions, undermining the federal government’s ability to combat the climate emergency. In its 6-3 ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, the court’s conservative justices sided with fossil fuel companies and Republican […]

Kagan: SCOTUS has stripped the EPA of the power Congress gave it to respond to climate change

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In a nutshell, the Supreme Court ruling in WV v. EPA that coal is cool, and we all need to breathe dirtier air in order to ensure the profits of a handful of coal barons (yeah, Joe Manchin). More specifically, they ruled that since Congress did not specifically name CO2 as a pollutant in the […]

SCOTUS captive: Systemic racism, voter suppression, and climate change

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As the polluter-packed Supreme Court readies its final decisions for this term, one of the last among them is West Virginia v. EPA. Like the abortion ruling, it’s both the culmination of decades of careful and concerted conservative political machinations, and just the start of the damage this Court is going to do to the United States. By […]