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The 2014 Election Will Have Big Effect On Regulation

My latest column from The Hill argues that if Republicans carry the Senate next week, President Obama will find it harder to issue regulations to protect the environment and public health. While we can expect that few pieces of legislation will make it through Congress and be signed by the president, one exception is the [...]

Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page again with an unscientific declaration. “The global warming hysteria is to this century what eugenics was to the last,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “So much of it is junk science that will inevitably be discredited once the hysteria dies down and actual science prevails.” The [...]

Another Victory For EPA

EPA has been quite successful in the courts this year.  This week they won another victory: On Tuesday, a federal District Court judge upheld the EPA’s revocation of the West Virginia surface mine’s Clean Water Act (CWA) permit, calling it “reasonable, supported by the record, and based on considerations within EPA’s purview.” At issue was the [...]

Hypocrisy?

Now read this:Study: Airport Screening For Ebola Ineffective (Oct 31, 2014) Republican Governor Escalates War On Quarantined Woman Who’s Not A Health Risk (Oct 31, 2014) Video: Cruel Parents Prank Child By Telling Him He Has Ebola (Oct 31, 2014) Judge Rejects Quarantine For Kaci Hickox (Oct 31, 2014) Will Durst: We Burn Witches, Don’t [...]

“I think it’s important for forecasters and the public to know this…”

The water is finally safe to drink, says the mayor of Toledo, Ohio, although some skepticism still remains.  “Residents of Toledo, its suburbs and small areas of southeastern Michigan began lining up for water Saturday after news of the contamination surfaced,”reported USA Today. Most media outlets have failed to mention what caused the exuberant toxic, algal blooms. [...]

When Gov. Pat McCrory  signed a voluminous Republican-backed regulatory reform bill into law last year, he said, “This common sense legislation cuts government red tape, axes overly burdensome regulations, and puts job creation first here in North Carolina.” It’s also hurt the environment. The recent massive coal ash spill at a Duke plant in Eden [...]

Tom Steyer is investing in Charlie Crist. The Miami Herald reports: In a nationwide push to fight Republicans who deny the existence of man-made climate change, investor-turned-activist Tom Steyer has founded a Florida political committee, seeded it with $750,000 of his own money, and says he’ll spend far more to help Democrat Charlie Crist defeat [...]

Residents in the Toledo-area are under a do-not-drink advisory after learning the city’s water supply is unsafe. According to News Nugget, samples from a water treatment plant revealed concentrations of microcystin, a toxin released by an algae bloom, exceeded recommended limits. 500,000 people in Toledo and Lucas County, as well as nearby Fulton County and parts of [...]

I thought America was way behind the times on the science of climate change, given the positions of fact-free Republicans who populate our House of Representatives. Our northern neighbor, Canada, is surprisingly anti-environmentalist, considering they are socially more progressive than the U.S. with their single payer health care. Canadian PM Harper, who is as committed to proliferating the production of [...]

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