Category Archives: Environment

Freedom is Charging People Who Generate Their Own Power

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is on a roll. After signing a bill into law that prohibits cities from passing their own minimum wage laws, she is expected to sign a bill that will charge a monthly fee for generating your … Continue reading
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Climate Change Study Spells Doom, GOP Says Studies Are Bad

A new report on climate change from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that the world will face a ‘break down of food systems’ in the future as well as conflict over water supplies. Meanwhile, here at … Continue reading
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Republican Party: America’s Worst Idea

What’s being called the “No More National Parks” bill, House Republicans are expected to vote this week to effectively shut down the spread of America’s best idea. Via Think Progress: Responding to President Obama’s decision last week to protect a … Continue reading
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Posted in Crazy Caucus, Environment, Far-right Intellectual Violence, National Parks, Republican Party, Stupid Party, WTF | Tagged , | 4 Comments

The GOP Tries and Fails to Pander to Hipster Millennials

A few months ago, the GOP had a lot of fun at the expense of an ill-conceived Healthcare.gov web advertisement featuring a pajamas-clad, irony-embracing, man-child Millennial hipster, smirking and sipping hot cocoa. I’ll be the first to admit that the … Continue reading
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It’s Hard Out There for Gary Southern

The president of Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the MCHM spill that shut down businesses and schools for a week, sickened hundreds, and rendered thousands of others afraid to even shower in their running water, has asked the court … Continue reading
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Nightmare Bear

Artist – John Cole In other news, wealthy Chinese residents are reportedly fleeing their luxury homes in the mainland and moving to the country or, in some cases literally, to another country to avoid China’s terrible, disgusting air. Smells like … Continue reading
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After Major Spills, W. Virginia Governor Complains About Regulation

From the Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is warning the Obama administration again of “unreasonable” pollution rules, offering Monday to help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency craft greenhouse gas emissions standards that would be more workable … Continue reading
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Illness at W. Virginia School Reported 3 Days Before Shutdown

According to the Charleston Gazette, West Virginia officials knew contaminated water was sickening the staff at a local elementary school three days before anything was done about it. The Gazette reports that state officials were notified of the problem on … Continue reading
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Pompous and Gassy State Governments

Artist — Pat Bagley In related news, “On February 20, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), released the findings that January 2014 experienced global temperatures 1.17°F warmer than the 20th century average, making it the fourth warmest January on record.” But … Continue reading
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Nullification in Idaho

It’s been a while since we’ve seen an amusing attempt to unilaterally subvert the federal government, hasn’t it? In this case, Idaho Republicans are arguing that the Supremacy Clause does not apply because the EPA itself is unconstitutional. Or something. … Continue reading
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This Is What Freedom Looks Like

Here comes the sun… “Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun’s light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines…” … Continue reading
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Don’t Drink The Water

It has been over three weeks since the ban on drinking water in and around Charleston was lifted, but even today Crude MCHM is being detected in alarming locations. CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than a month after state officials discovered … Continue reading
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Another Coal Related Spill in West Virginia

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A coal industry company with a patriotic name has dumped toxic material into the West Virginia water system. CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry poured into an eastern … Continue reading
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Freedom Industries Knew Their Tanks Were Substandard

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board revealed at a hearing in West Virginia today that three months prior to the January leak, Freedom Industries was made aware that their equipment was substandard by a firm the company hired to inspect it. … Continue reading
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Keystone XL Is More Than Just A Larger Carbon Footprint

Polluters are still rejoicing after the State Department issued its final impact assessment in determining whether or not we move forward into the past with the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would “carry heavy oil from Canada’s tar … Continue reading
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Posted in Corporate Crime, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Fracking, Gun Fetishists, Jobs, Oil Spill, Security, The Economy | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

West Virginia Schools Close as Chemicals Linger

State officials rejected the warnings of Marshall University environmental engineer Scott Simonton when he claimed that MCHM was still lingering in the local water supply, but I’d say he’s been vindicated. Not that that’s necessarily a good thing. Schools across … Continue reading
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Sochi is a Horrorshow

Under different circumstances I would snark about unethical, unsavory, and possibly illegal behavior in Russia in light of the past year’s events, but I can’t do that today. I usually watch the Olympics, but I don’t think I’ll be doing … Continue reading
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Posted in Environment, Epic Fail, Ethics, Russia, Sports | Tagged , | 15 Comments

Six More Weeks

Artist – Rob Rogers In other news, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that black carbon pollution in China and India may be 130 percent higher than previously estimated. Meanwhile, a close … Continue reading
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Whoops! Freedom Industries Spills More MCHM

Local officials say that none of the MCHM released in this latest incident reached the Elk River, but that’s not very reassuring. The manner in which this incident occurred is also not reassuring. According to Dorsey, the incident occurred when … Continue reading
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The Water is Safe to Drink, or is it?

Before authorities in West Virginia lifted the ban on drinking water, they flushed the system to purge the harmful chemicals from the local water supply. But according to a member of the state Environmental Quality Board, the flush may not … Continue reading
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