What the GOP Senate Could Mean for the Environment

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 4:10 pm

The next chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will likely be Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, a well-known and outspoken climate change denier. In 2012, citing Genesis 8:22 in the Bible, he said, “‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’ My point is, God’s still up there. And this is the, the arrogance of people who think that we human beings would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me, outrageous.”


Coal Lobbyist Jeff Holmstead Confronted by Greenpeace

By: Monday June 23, 2014 5:05 pm

f you’re a coal lobbyist like Jeff Holmstead, getting stuck in an elevator with Greenpeace activists is an inconvenient occupational hazard. It’s worse if you can’t catch a cab during an uncomfortable conversation about your work to attack pollution laws. See this K Street confrontation for yourself.

If you’ve followed the news around EPA’s proposed Clean Power Rule, which aims to reduce the U.S. power sector’s large contributions to global warming, you’ve probably seen Jeffrey Holmstead in the news. Usually, Holmstead is presented as a “partner” at Bracewell & Giuliani, and as a former EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation under George W. Bush.

This descriptor fails to present Holmstead’s current and past work as a registered lobbyist for coal companies

Toxic Train Wreck Exposes Weakness in Federal Chemical Policy

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 7:53 am

In late November, while other parts of New Jersey were recovering from the superstorm, the quiet town of Paulsboro was blindsided by a very unnatural disaster. A train derailed while crossing a local bridge, sending freight cars tumbling into the water below and releasing a toxic swirl of the flammable gas known as vinyl chloride, used to make PVC plastics. In the following days, chaos ensued as residents hurriedly evacuated. Authorities struggled to manage the emergency respons, leaving people confused and frustrated by a lack of official communicationabout hazards.

Though the derailment came as a shock to residents, this was an accident waiting to happen.

EPA Proposes New Standards on Soot Pollution

By: Friday June 15, 2012 2:20 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 business/Republican reaction is predictable, but out of control compared to the actual announcement.

EPA to Release Fracking Rule Today

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 7:45 am

The EPA will announce the first federal rules against fracking. Curiously, the rules have nothing to do with the Clean Water Act, but seek to reduce the air pollution around fracking sites, also a serious concern, though much of the attention around the corrosive side effects of fracking has revolved around water contamination.

EPA Releases Groundbreaking Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 2:45 pm

The EPA has been under assault from the GOP for the past year, and this has led to some uncomfortable rollbacks and compromises. The Administration’s cancellation of new ozone standards was particularly galling. But today, the EPA came through with new rules on mercury and air toxics that will deliver massive public health benefits, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

By: Saturday September 24, 2011 1:59 pm

Progressives’ concerns about the climate crisis typically bring our gaze to the north – struggling polar bears and melting ice caps. But in Tropic of Chaos, Christian Parenti makes the case that we’re missing the real story to the south – where our addiction to dirty fuels is introducing a new level of disorder in places that are already struggling and unstable.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Amanda Little, Power Trip: The Story of America’s Love Affair with Energy

By: Saturday July 30, 2011 1:59 pm

Amanda Little makes the case that the road to our new energy future runs not through Washington, DC but through the prairies of west Texas, where wind energy can be cheaply harvested, and the South Bronx, where activists like Majora Carter are leading a new environmental movement based on protecting public health. The great energy debate will be settled not with a single headline-making event, Little argues, but gradually as dropping clean energy prices first converge with rising dirty energy prices, then leave them in the dust.

EPA/TVA Clean Air Act Deal Will Eliminate 18 Coal-Fired Boilers

By: Friday April 15, 2011 5:17 pm

Now maybe the EPA will get more coal plants retired as soon as possible. This, incidentally, is why you don’t want their regulatory authority curtailed.

Michigan’s Stabenow Becomes Climate Denier Pod Person; White House Open to Limits on EPA

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 12:30 pm

The EPA’s power to enforce the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and regulation of climate change gases is one of the Tea-GOP’s favorite targets. Unfortunately, Debbie Stabenow and other Dems helping them.

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