Syngenta Targeted Scientist Over Findings That Herbicide Caused Sexual Deformities

By: Friday February 7, 2014 8:30 am

According to a new report in the New Yorker, agribusiness giant Syngenta waged an underhanded campaign to destroy scientist Tyrone Hayes after his research showed that the company’s lucrative herbicide, atrazine, impeded sexual development in frogs. Atrazine is an extremely popular herbicide and is reportedly applied to more than half the corn in the United [...]

Indictment Reveals US Government Computers Hacked For Personnel Data

By: Monday October 28, 2013 8:30 am

Today in New Jersey, US Attorney Paul Fishman brought charges against a man for hacking into government computers in order to steal information on government employees. The man now arrested and indicted, Lauri Love, said the purpose of the hack and theft was to “disrupt the operations and infrastructure of the United States government.” Love [...]

EPA Suspends BP From New Federal Government Contracts

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 8:30 am

The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily suspended BP from any new contracts with the federal government. In a statement, the EPA attributes this action to “BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a [...]

US Finalizes 2025 Fuel Efficiency Standard of 54.5 MPG

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:21 am

The United States has finalized fuel economy rules that would increase the average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost twice as much as the current standards. It’s the first update since the mid-1980s, and it should have a big impact on the annual cost of fueling up cars and trucks as well as [...]

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 [...]

Portman Conspiracy Theory Neglects Fact That Obama Administration Has Consistently Dragged Feet on Regulations

By: Friday August 17, 2012 12:55 pm

Spurned VP candidate Rob Portman has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal today arguing that the Obama Administration has delayed regulations from taking effect until after the 2012 elections, when the hellfire will come down and the jackbooted thugs at the EPA will force us to stop using our smart phones and eat [...]

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 [...]

Drought Relief Bill Passes House, But Won’t Help Livestock Producers Through August

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:15 am

The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call. The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August [...]

Climate Change’s Disastrous Effects Already Taking Root

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 10:19 am

Alex Pareene has a darkly amusing story at Salon today, basically telling everyone to abandon all hope and the minutiae of Supreme Court health care decisions: Sure, it’s infuriating that a simple majority of ideologically conservative justices with lifetime appointments are abusing the extra-constitutional power of judicial review to advance partisan Republican policy goals, but [...]

EPA Proposes New Standards on Soot Pollution

By: Friday June 15, 2012 1:22 pm

The EPA today proposed tougher standards for soot pollution today, in a move required by the courts, which they say 99% of all communities can meet without further action. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the proposed change on Friday; it would decrease the allowable fine particle pollution, or soot, to a range of between 12 [...]

Boehner Maneuvers for Conference Committee on Transportation Bill

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 10:15 am

Yesterday, the House passed yet another extension of the federal surface transportation bill. This one also goes for 90 days and would take the highway trust fund from June 30 to September 30, 2012. As expected, House Republicans attached some riders to the bill, including one that drew a White House veto threat. The extension [...]

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