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 [...]

EPA to Release Fracking Rule Today

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 6:54 am

The EPA will announce the first federal rules against fracking. Curiously, however, the rules have nothing to do with the Clean Water Act, but seek to reduce the air pollution around fracking sites. This is also a problem, but most of the attention around the corrosive side effects of fracking has revolved around water contamination. [...]

The End of Coal? New EPA Rules Will Limit GHG Emissions

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 7:36 am

After years of study, the EPA will finally release their initial greenhouse gas emissions rules for power plants, which are likely to end the construction of any coal-fired plants from this point forward. The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any [...]

Supreme Court Continues Its Assault on the Regulatory State

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:55 pm

Everyone is looking forward to the three days of arguments next week in the Supreme Court on the individual mandate and the health care law. But regardless of that outcome, the court is well on its way to expanding the rights of corporations over the individual, and curtailing Americans’ access to the courts for redress. [...]

Senate Beats Back Amendments on Surface Transportation Bill; House to Take Up Senate Version

By: Friday March 9, 2012 7:35 am

The Senate defeated several Republican amendments to the transportation bill yesterday, but the major ones all lost votes on the Democratic side. In fact, two got majority votes in the Senate, though they needed to cross a 60-vote threshold. The amendment to kill the EPA’s rule on limiting toxic emissions from industrial boilers failed 52-46; [...]

Senate Surface Transportation Deal Allows Amendments on EPA Boiler Rule, Keystone XL

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 6:56 am

The surface transportation bill, which passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee on a unanimous vote, has been mired on the Senate floor for close to a month. Senate Republicans have filibustered all efforts to wrap up work on the bill, mainly because they sought a series of bumper-sticker amendment votes to [...]

Ten Old Power Plants, Mostly Coal-Fired, to Shut Down

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 9:35 am

Sometimes it’s hard to find progress in public policy, especially in the energy sector, where a natural gas boom and new nuclear plant construction have been the big stories of late. But I am nothing if not a striver. So I’ve found the genuinely good news that ten more old, dirty coal-fired power plants will [...]

EPA Sends Water Shipments to Dimock, Where Fracking Contaminated Water Supply

By: Monday January 23, 2012 12:58 pm

After weeks of apprehension, the Environmental Protection Agency will step in to supply drinking water to residents of Dimock, PA, a de facto acknowledgment that fracking led to contamination of the water supply in this town along the Delaware River Basin. On Friday, the agency announced it would bring tanks of drinking water to four [...]

EPA Backtracks, Declines to Provide Drinking Water for Fracking-Ravaged Dimock

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 10:14 am

I’m trying to figure out what happened in Dimock, Pennsylvania over the weekend. As you may know, Dimock, home to dozens of fracking wells and featured in the movie Gasland, experienced massive contamination with their water supply. For a time, Cabot Oil & Gas, the main fracking company in the region, provided free water to [...]

Occupy the Iowa Caucuses Protest Various Campaign HQs

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 10:12 am

The “Occupy the Iowa Caucuses” movement on display in the kickoff primary state over the past several days shows that these protests can raise awareness and even make a difference without a physical space for occupation. Here are some of the more recent events: • Protesters demonstrated at Mitt Romney’s campaign HQ, demanding that he [...]

The Next Payroll Tax Fight: A Preview

By: Friday December 23, 2011 8:55 am

With the two-month stopgap put to bed, all eyes turn to the next round on the fight to extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance. Once this law is signed, lawmakers will have until the end of February to reach agreement on what they claim to want, a year-long extension on the above two [...]

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