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. [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
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 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… [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Democrats first say they can’t pass comprehensive climate legislation, but then most of them also refuse to support smaller, targeted climate legislation. [...]
As a result of its climate cowardice, the U.S. Senate today was forced to choose which Americans would become the newest victims of climate change. The Senate chose to let Americans on food stamps go hungry. [...]
If think you have hyperactive kids, well, much of that hyperactivity is probably a natural part of their childhood. If their active behavior isn’t appropriate to the setting, you might think about changing the setting.
There are some cases of hyperactivity among children, however, that are far outside the norm. There are children who consistently [...]
Barack Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry is now attending an international Arctic Ministerial Summit on climate issues in Sweden. While there, he plans to do… not very much. Obama’s Arctic policy is to marginalize environmental issues, opening up Arctic waters to oil drilling and authorizing hunts against wolves from airplanes.
The Green Party this [...]