Environmental organizations are showing a too rare unity in their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. In the U.S. Congress, the Republicans are fighting hard to get around reasonable review processes for safety, environmental impact, and understanding of the national interest to support a pipeline to move highly-polluting Canadian tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries [...]
Entries Tagged as 'pollution'
February 14th, 2012 · 9 Comments
December 13th, 2011 · No Comments
President Barack Obama might finally have crystalized to a core message that, honestly, should have been core from the election through today.
We cannot wait …
- To address the health care inequities, costs, and shortfalls
- To foster a more honest engagement between the financial community (Wall Street) and the citizenry (Main Street)
- To develop a path [...]
November 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment
We know that the regulation leads to a safer society and that regulatory paths toward reducing pollution loads leads to a healthier society. These are simply facts. Those facts, however, can be difficult to translate from larger statistics to our personal lives. A new research paper from Nicholas J. Sanders and Charles F. Stoecker provides something that [...]
October 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment
For some (many?) Democratic voters and activists, one of their reasons to support Barack Obama (or John Edwards or Bill Richardson or …) in the Democratic Party primaries in 2007/2008 was a visceral fear of the RWSM (Right-Wing Sound Machine) and how it how it had built up (irrational) hatred of Hillary Clinton in a [...]
September 2nd, 2011 · No Comments
This morning, as roughly 160 dedicated and knowledgeable Americans put their freedom at risk to call attention to the horrific risks created by Tar Sands exploitation, President Obama announced a kowtowing to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and disinformation about the benefits created through sensible regulation with a postponement of Ozone regulations.
Sadly, rather than [...]
May 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment
Reminiscent a bit of Caroling Coal, my in-box this morning was deluged with Peabody Energy press releases (see full material after the fold) and other announcements of a new public relations campaign: Coal Cares.
Evidently stung by the medical community’s highlighting of the linkages between the burning of coal (mainly for electricity) and health problems in America’s [...]
May 6th, 2011 · No Comments
This guest post from DWG provides a window on depressing developments in Florida highlighing the likely impacts of pending (soon to be signed) legislation.
Nothing attracts tourists, increases property values, and improves quality of life like water choked with algae and clouds of aquatic midges hovering nearby. Fortunately, Governor Rick Scott and his Republican allies have [...]
March 9th, 2011 · No Comments
Today, the DC Environmental Film Festival had a “pre-screening” of BAG IT at the Warner Theatre.
A great film fest …
Before turning to a discussion of this (great) film, a short note on the festival. This is the “19th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital” and it will bring to the screen some 150 [...]
February 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment
For a huge share of Americans, Mr. Rodgers’ singing “won’t you be my neighbor” on their local public television station was a warm welcoming to becoming part of a larger community.
Well, in the 21st century, associated with prospects for killing off funding for those public outlets and for creating havoc for years to come through [...]
February 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment
This guest from dsteffen is an enthralling read providing a substantive window on a story that includes deliberate scientific learning, industrial problem solving, industrial efforts to undermine science through aggressive promotion of falsehoods, and how government regulation provided payoffs many times even exaggerated definitions of the cost of implementation. It is a story that has [...]