Dead Wild Roses: US EPA Czar – Scott Pruitt – Evidence Suggests His Brain is Made of Shit

I’m not sure why people are having such problems dealing with factual reality. Whether it be the gender-queer crowd and their patented ability not to understand that sex and gender are not the same thing or here today with this story about the head of the EPA not accepting the fact that CO2 is a ...

We Pivot: Psst, Wanna Stop Protecting the Environment?

On December 31, 2018, the US government will stop protecting the environment. If the Kill-the-EPA bill passes, the US government will certainly slow down protecting it until they blow out the EPA candle in 22.5 months. How is Congress doing … [Read more]

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Climate and the state, refugees in Europe

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Podcast151116-Climate-and-Refugees.mp3   Two interviews this week on two human-made crises: first, my conversation author and academic Christian Parenti on the climate crisis and the role of the state followed by journalist Jesse Rosenfeld with an update on the refugee crisis in Europe. Christian Parenti is author of numerous books, most recently Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New ...

reeves report: Unreleased government report shows no benefits to neonic use

A honey bee collecting pollin. Environmental group Friends of the Earth Canada are calling on the Ontario government to implement an outright ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides after a leaked government report shows no positive economic gains from the pesticide’s use. Draft findings from Canada’s Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) were leaked today before the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Colon-izing the Corridors of the EPA

    I’m having trouble prefacing this article, as it is just that weird.  I’m thinking we can categorize it under ‘People do wacky things’ for the moment. “Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently. Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA ...

Cowichan Conversations: President Obama Is Setting The Stage For Climate Recovery. Our PM ‘Smokestack Steve’ Has Refused To Act

Did you ever think that we would see the day when Canada would fall behind other nations including the Unites States when it comes to reducing carbon pollution? Check out this report from Eco Watch and then  commit yourself  to being a part of  a great Canadian pushback to rid our nation of the most ...

The Canadian Progressive: Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites

A new study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale. The post Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL Pipeline could cost $100 billion per year in health and environmental damages

EPA Asks State Department for Total Cost to Society of KXL, Oil Change International Spells it Out By: Oil Change International | Press Release: WASHINGTON – May 7 – Oil Change International today uncovered that the full cost of the Keystone XL Pipeline to society could be upwards of $100 Billion per […] The post Keystone XL ...

The Canadian Progressive: EPA Trashes State Department’s Positive Evaluation Of Keystone XL

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  The powerful U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seems to be taking its mandate seriously. At least as far as the State Department’s recent evaluation of TransCanada’s… The post EPA Trashes State Department’s Positive Evaluation Of Keystone XL appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: EPA Compromised. Regulator Dismissed Over Fracking Disclosures

Richard Hughes PoliticalBlogger Fracking is a ‘Mugs Game’ and it is risky, no foolhardy, to gamble with our groundwater and yet industry has managed easily enough to pressure EPA officials in the US to back off from a study showing pollution resulted directly to fracking operations. Check out this excellent report ftom Des Smog Blog.

DeSmogBlog: Conquering Coal – A Tale of One City’s Fight

shutterstock_91442597.jpg This is guest post by Megan Pitz. As another sweltering summer day over 100 degrees came to a close in the Washington, D.C. region, citizens of nearby Alexandria, Virginia witnessed the closure of the Potomac River Generating Station (PRGS) coal-fired power plant also known as the 'Mirant Plant.'  The closure was expected by the community ...

DeSmogBlog: US Chamber Rejoices As Courts Rule For Polluters

dirty-air.jpg Earlier this week, an appellate court in Washington, D.C. ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had overstepped their authority with their Transport Rule that was put in place to reduce the amount of air pollution being spewed from coal burning plants. The rule would have put stringent limits on the amount of ...

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Representative Paul Ryan

Ryan Romney.jpg With the selection of Wisconsin Republican Representative Paul Ryan has his running mate, Mitt Romney has effectively pushed his campaign into the climate change denying fringe. While Romney hasn’t been considered a friend of the environment since he began running for national office, his tendency towards flip-flopping made some of his more extreme, ...

DeSmogBlog: The Real Train Wreck: ALEC and "Other ALECs" Attack EPA Regulations

shutterstock_2531395.jpg When business-friendly bills and resolutions spread like wildfire in statehouses nationwide calling for something as far-fetched as a halt to EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, ALEC is always a safe bet for a good place to look for their origin. In the midst of hosting its 39th Annual Meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, the American Legislative ...

DeSmogBlog: Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution

gas-emissions_1.jpg A damning new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reveals some startling information regarding pollution in the state of Texas. According to the report, oil refineries and chemical plants in the state are releasing tens of thousands of tons of pollution every year, without as much as a peep from state regulators or ...

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

President_Official_Portrait_HiRes.jpg Part 3 in a series, see Part 1 and Part 2. Perhaps more than any other sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama has been Commander in Chief through some of the most obvious examples of what climate change will do to America. The last few weeks alone have given us severe droughts in some areas ...

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Part 1 – What’s At Stake

vote-smart-button.jpg Environmental and energy issues became one of the central issues of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. While the economy itself took center stage, energy issues were right behind it, being pushed by the insufferable chant of “Drill baby drill.” In the four years that have followed, the U.S. has seen a boom in hydraulic ...

DeSmogBlog: A Court’s Scientific Smackdown: The D.C. Circuit Trashes Science Deniers on Global Warming and the EPA

800px-Meade_and_Prettyman_Courthouse.jpg Tomorrow, we may see a court—the highest in the land—flout precedent for partisan ends in its ruling on President Obama’s signature health care law. However, in the meantime, we can rejoice that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit understands how to weigh complicated science-policy issues without partisanship or bias. The D.C. ...

DeSmogBlog: Howarth and Ingraffea: Gas Industry Fracking Study So Biased it is ‘Almost Useless’

Picture 5.png Two of the largest gas industry lobbying bodies in the US, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), released a ‘study’ earlier this month claiming methane emissions from natural gas production to be 50 percent lower than the US Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 estimates.  However, according to a joint ...

DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Sues EPA Over Clean Air Initiatives

smoke-stack1.jpg In a blatant insult to the millions of Americans who would breathe easier under the EPA’s air pollution controls, the dirty energy industry, along with other groups, has sued the EPA to stop regulating toxic industrial air pollution. The Center for American Progress has the story:   Two essential Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, regulations ...

DeSmogBlog: Media Helps Sell The Myth Of “Job Killing Regulations”

unemployment-numbers.jpg Repeat something often enough, and it becomes true. That phrase has been a common theme among think tanks and politicians for decades. And sadly, there is a lot of truth behind that statement. But the claim itself relies on the belief that people will not seek out the truth for themselves; that they won’t ...

DeSmogBlog: House Republicans Go All In With Dirty Energy Industry Bonanza Legislation

Powerplant-and-EPA.jpg The dirty energy industry might experience Christmas in June if House Republicans have their way. Earlier this month, members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) unveiled a “package” of legislation that includes numerous bills that would give the industry everything that they’ve dreamt of for years. The legislative initiative, known as the Domestic ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Trying To Keep Doctors Silent About Chemical Dangers

doctor silence.jpg Polls conducted in recent years show that close to 80% of Americans trust their doctors. They believe, rightly so, that their personal doctors are looking out for their patients’ best interests, and that doctors will do what is necessary to get patients healthy. But what happens when a doctor is legally bound to ...

DeSmogBlog: Is The EPA Covering Up Oil Dispersant Dangers?

dispersant.jpg Less than two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told BP that they had to stop using the highly dangerous and potentially toxic oil dispersant Corexit on the oil that was spewing from a blown out wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. BP refused, and the EPA took no action. ...

DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Creates Error-Filled Site To Accuse EPA Of "Killing Jobs"

EPA Kills Jobs Facebook Ad.jpg FreedomWorks, the sister organization to the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP), has launched a new website and advertising campaign to convince American voters that the Obama administration and the EPA are out to destroy American jobs. FreedomWorks has been instrumental in creating the Tea Party in America, bankrolling the so-called “grassroots” ...