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Conservation Union Updates Endangered Species

photo copyright university of kansas dept. of herpetology

First, the good news. Fleischmann’s robber frog has be found. Suspected to be extinct, the Panamanian amphibian, first discovered in 1892, has been rediscovered after not being seen for years. The species is still critically endangered, but it’s not lost forever.

Now, the bad news: The overlooked [...]

The 16 Democrats Who Voted To Help Big Oil Drill More Less Safely

More than twice as many Democrats crossed the aisle to join the majority of Republicans to support the legislation to encourage fast and loose offshore drilling for oil. [...]

House Republicans Try To Impose Big Government To Profit Big Oil

Whenever Republican politicians get a chance to use the power of federal government to help their own corporate special interest groups, they happily use the power of Big Government to smash the decisions of state and local governments. [...]

Roll Call: Who In Congress Voted Against Protecting Coastal States From Oil Spills?

The Hastings amendment would have restored the integrity of environmental impact assessments to their current levels. H.R. 2331 would restrict the scope of those assessments, in the interest of rushing approval of new offshore drilling operations – even those in dangerous deepwater conditions such as those that caused the BP rig to explode and sink in the Gulf of Mexico. [...]

Republicans Pump Oil Toward The House Floor

In order to serve the interests of Big Oil, congressional Republicans are even putting aside their anti-Mexican xenophobia to organize a kind of open border at sea, where employees from oil companies in both the USA and Mexico will be crossing national boundaries to help each other suck as goopy fossil fuel out of the ocean floor as fast as possible. [...]

Organizations Ask Pelosi To Name Raul Grijalva As Top Democrat On House Natural Resources Committee

Yesterday, Ed Markey was elected to take the seat that John Kerry vacated in the U.S. Senate. Markey had been the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, and so that position, as well as Markey’s seat in the House, is up for grabs. [...]

Your Reaction On Climate And Voting Rights Act Shifts

Yesterday, Barack Obama pledged to use his power as Chief Executive to lower carbon emissions, given that Congress refuses to act. That’s a pledge Obama made before – and then authorized the most extreme expansion of offshore drilling for oil in generations.

Also yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision [...]

Mammologists Slam Obama For Rush To Create Nationwide Wolf Hunts

Mammologists conduct actual scientific studies of animal populations and their behaviors. They don’t just rely on anecdotal evidence, as the pro-hunting lobby does. Here’s what mammologists have observed about wolves in the United States… [...]

36 Democrats Help Republicans Keep Oil Leaking Out Of The USA

This morning, I wrote about the vote by 18 (or 19) Democrats to help the Republicans give a special exemption from environmental protections just to the builders of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. This afternoon, I want to take note of an even larger group of Democrats who decided to turn their backs on the [...]

19 House Democrats Vote With GOP To Approve XL Pipeline For Crude Oil

The disaster of the oil spill from a pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas began just two months ago. 19 members of the U.S. House of Representatives seem to have forgotten that the environmental catastrophe ever took place, though. Last night, they voted along with every Republican member of the House to approve a special exemption from [...]

Few Democrats In Congress Support Capps Climate Legislation

Democrats first say they can’t pass comprehensive climate legislation, but then most of them also refuse to support smaller, targeted climate legislation. [...]