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House of Representatives Defends Big Government Spending On Fossil Fuels

Jackie Speier introduced an amendment to H.R. 2609 that would have saved money by taking 30 million dollars in extra government payments to oil, gas, and coal corporations. [...]

Offshore Drillers Lose Control Of Oil & Gas Platform In Gulf Of Mexico

The uncontrolled release of the natural gas into the water, and then into the air, is significant because natural gas emissions contribute to global warming. Natural gas consists primarily of methane, which is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. [...]

Identify This Texture

Hint: It’s not part of an echidna.

Canadian Oil Leaking And Exploding, But Still Corporations Love The XL Pipeline Idea

Today, a “large swath” of Lac-M├ęgantic, a town in Quebec, was obliterated in explosions caused by crude oil that was being transported through the town. Large amounts of the crude oil also spilled into the Chaudiere River. The oil was being sent to Maine, to be used by Americans to cruise around in their cars [...]

Has Global Warming Slowed Down? Not According To The Facts.

According to the latest report from the World Meterological Organization, the per-decade rate of global temperature increase from the last decade of the 20th century to the first decade of the 21st century was the fastest on record, far above the average decadal rate of temperature change since 1880. [...]

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. [...]