Battle Lines Drawn On New Coal Industry Rules

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 10:33 am

On June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose “legally sound” guidelines for limiting carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act for existing power plants. The rules are anticipated to be enforced by executive action from President Obama, a move that is likely to infuriate Republican members of Congress. Implementing proposed EPA rules [...]

Can Climate Change Be Stopped Politically?

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 9:51 am

Due to yesterday being Earth Day there were lots of articles discussing climate change. Most resembled the typical call to action on a variety of issues such as stopping the Keystone XL pipeline and the continued dire predictions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) But one article seemed to capture not just the [...]

Leaked Report On Climate Change Warns Of Disasters

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 5:15 am

A leaked 29 page summary of a draft report by the United Nations backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a planet plagued by disasters in the wake of a changing climate. The report notes serious threats to the stability of the food and water supply contributing to increased political conflict that is likely [...]

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill

By: Friday July 26, 2013 5:06 am

Another one of America’s corporate citizens has been caught breaking the law. Halliburton, of Iraq War profiteering fame, pleads guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. For its crime the company will pay a measly $200,000 as the Department of Justice agreed not to pursue further charges against the [...]

CIA Funding Study To Develop Climate Control Technology

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:50 am

As it becomes increasingly evident that the effort to meaningfully curb carbon emissions is doomed, some of those in the security services are looking for alternative avenues to control the threat of climate change. The CIA, for instance, is funding a scientific study to see if humans could develop technology to stop or diminish climate [...]

Fracking Industry Moves to Recycling Wastewater

By: Monday November 19, 2012 11:38 am

The fracking boom happened so quickly that nobody had any time to deal with the consequences. Not only did politicians not anticipate regulations, allowing the industry to operate in a kind of free-fire zone, but the industry didn’t recognize the massive amounts of limited resources they would need to continue fracking in the future. Specifically, [...]

The Greatest Debt to Our Children and Grandchildren Is a Climate Debt

By: Friday November 9, 2012 9:15 am

Dean Baker is right: if we’re going to start making policy out of concern for the legacy we will leave to our children and grandchildren, then you have to address the probability that the planet will grow too warm to sustain life in vast areas of the map. Certainly that counts as an urgent priority [...]

The US: The Saudi Arabia of Oil

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 7:01 am

I recall hearing quite a bit from various governors that the US is the “Saudi Arabia of coal” or the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” or whatever natural resource they had in abundance. Now, according to AP energy writer Jonathan Fahey, the US verges on becoming the Saudi Arabia… of oil. U.S. oil output is surging [...]

Climate Change Already Causing $1.2 Trillion in Lost Economic Output, 4.5 Million Deaths Annually

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:58 pm

Every time I write about climate change, it’s all I can do not to sigh and think about how doomed we are. Climate change represents one of the most impossible problems to solve purely for political reasons. It’s not a technological deficiency; even if it were, we can clear that hurdle. But this is an [...]

EPA “Good Neighbor” Interstate Pollution Rule Overturned By DC Circuit Court

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 6:58 am

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court, voting 2-1 on partisan lines, has struck down the EPA’s “good neighbor” air pollution rule, which attempted to protect Eastern states from upwind pollution from Midwest and Southern states via tougher pollution laws. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a key Obama administration air pollution rule [...]

Cass Sunstein’s Legacy of Distributing Industry Attacks on Regulation Inside the White House

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 1:54 pm

Just to show what a bullet we may potentially dodge with Cass Sunstein out of government, consider this postscript to his career: The outgoing White House regulations chief circulated industry attacks on proposed smog standards among high-level advisers to President Obama, emails released to The Hill through a FOIA request show. Cass Sunstein, the regulatory [...]

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