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To what extent was VW pollution fraud a death device?

September 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Looking at the reporting as to Volkswagon’s systemic fraud re diesel-engine pollution, there are some legitimate questions to ask: Will legal entities, around the world, take the legitimate approach of moving beyond “Corporate” to individual responsibility?  Will — sadly unlike the financial frauds of the 2000s — executives go to jail? To what extent do […]

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Tags: pollution

China solves smog problem: See no evil

December 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Yes, it’s true that China’s air pollution can be seen from space (NASA photo). attribution: NASA Earth Observatory NASA satellite observes intense air pollution and fog over eastern China on 7 December 2013. A new study funded by Greenpeace shows that a quarter of a million Chinese people died of air pollution from coal fired […]

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Tags: China · environmental · guest post · pollution

Keystone XL: Why not?

February 14th, 2012 · 11 Comments

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 […]

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Tags: 2008 presidential campaign · Energy · oil · peak oil · politics · pollution

“We can’t wait” … President stands up to Big Oil and Big Coal

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) – […]

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Tags: Congress · Obama Administration · pollution · President Barack Obama · republican party

If you’re male and <40, give thanks to the Clean Air Act ...

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 […]

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Tags: Energy · environmental · pollution

RWSM loves dirty energy more than they hate Hillary?

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 […]

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Tags: Energy · environmental · political symbols · politics · pollution

With Ozone decision, President Obama spits on his own record and on the law …

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 […]

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Tags: environmental · pollution · President Barack Obama

Caring Coal

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 […]

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Tags: coal · emissions · Energy · environmental · environmental economics · pollution

Florida fights to increase nutrient pollution, algae blooms, and midge population

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 […]

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Tags: environmental · environmental economics · pollution

Energy FILMGOER: Don’t “Bag It” and get yourself to the DC Environmental Film Festival

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 […]

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Tags: Energy · environmental · plastic · pollution