Category Archives: Environment

FBI Files Charges Against Freedom Industries Fraudster

It’s been a long time coming, but charges have finally been filed against the former president of Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the chemical spill in West Virginia that left hundreds of thousands of people without water for an … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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It’s All a Poop Cruise

According to a new study, the Cruise industry dumps over a billion gallons of untreated or partially-treated sewage into the ocean every year. And that only accounts for some cruise liners in operation today, not all of them. via ThinkProgress … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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House GOP Wants No Independent Scientists on Science Board

The president isn’t going to sign this into law, but the House continues to wage its own private war on the EPA and science. The House voted 229-191 to pass H.R. 1422, which would change the rules for appointing members … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Solyndra Loan Program Turning a Profit for Taxpayers

The same program that funded Solyndra, the great non-scandal of yore, is now turning a profit for the federal government and taxpayers. via Bloomberg The U.S. government expects to earn $5 billion to $6 billion from the renewable-energy loan program … Continue reading

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Big (State) Government

The people of Denton, Texas voted decisively (59 to 41) to ban fracking within city limits, but the state of Texas says it doesn’t care and will continue issuing permits for fracking inside Denton. Texas Railroad Commission Chairwoman Christi Craddick … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Texas Scientists Argue Reducing Pollution Might be Harmful to Health

Did you know that if we remove pollution from the air, it may actually have a negative impact on health? I hadn’t heard that fantastical bit of information either, but that’s what the chief toxicologist of Texas says. “I haven’t … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Humans Are the Worst

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London says the world’s wildlife population has declined by at least 52 percent in the last 40 years. From The Telegraph: Almost the entire decline is down … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray is a Documented Piece of Shit

The Charleston Gazette reports that a preparation plant foreman has filed a lawsuit against Murray Energy, alleging that she was fired because she didn’t follow CEO Bob Murray’s instructions on campaign contributions. During her time working for Murray, and continuing … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Delicious Coal Ash Slurry

Seventy-seven people, including employees and their families, have filed a lawsuit against a landfill in Ohio where coal ash is deposited because they were denied protective gear and were sickened by it. The most amazing detail of the lawsuit is … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Water Contaminated At Least 243 Times by Fracking

Following years of filing lawsuits and open-records requests, the Associated Press has learned that water wells in Pennsylvania have been contaminated at least 243 times. I say ‘at least’ because the state Department of Environmental Protection cannot be sure that … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Pray the Regulation Away

Sepeaking of Big Coal, this is bewildering. Regulators from the Alabama Public Service Commission have asked residents of Alabama to pray that the Environment Protection Agency will change it’s mind on regulating carbon emissions. At their news conference today Cavanaugh … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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GOP Rep: Clean Air is Just Like Terrorism

Leave Big Coal alone! “You talk about terrorism — you can do it in a lot of different ways,” [Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)] said. “But you terrorize the people who supply everything this country needs to be great — and … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Let’s Destroy Our Image and the Environment

It’s still unclear if congressional Republicans will even pass a bill to handle the influx of undocumented children from Central America before they leave town for the August recess, but they continue to make demands on how to handle it. … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Nice Things and Why We Can’t Have Them

Although the United States was the world’s biggest polluter until recent years when China overtook us, both candidates running for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat insist reversing climate change is “not our problem.” “It’s not our problem,” Casey [D] … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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The Path to Poverty 5.0: Return of the Block Grant and Other Insanities

Converting a crucial aspect of our healthcare system into a block grant was a terrible idea when Paul Ryan proposed doing so for Medicaid, and apparently the took the feedback he received from that and is now proposing that we … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Idiot Congressman Sponsors Amendment That Does Nothing

House Republicans apparently passed an amendment to an appropriations bill last week which would prohibit the Department of Energy from doing something they have no control over. They voted overwhelmingly Thursday to bar the Energy Department from blocking approval of … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Nine States Join Robert E. Murray’s Crusade

Nine states have just joined Robert E. Murray’s dead-end lawsuit against the EPA’s regulation of emissions from coal plants. Filing a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, the nine states — West Virginia, Wyoming, South Carolina, … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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“Power Grab”

Congressional Republicans can’t be bothered to deal with real problems, but they are attempting to save our cherished heritage of blowing things up without regulation. “If finalized, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to expand the Clean Water … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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True Religion

Artist – David Horsey In other news, President Obama has announced the creation of the world’s largest ocean preserve. Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is not quite done fucking that chicken. Issa is now investigating whether the IRS … Continue reading
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What Could Go Wrong?

Here’s an idea: let’s nullify EPA regulations and allow coal plants to spew unlimited amounts of pollution into the air. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) on Tuesday introduced the Protection and Accountability Regulatory Act of 2014, which would nullify proposed rules … Continue reading
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