The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu’s High-Risk Gambit

What?  I Stepped In What? With just three weeks to go, Israel’s national election has turned into a real nail-biter.  The governing Likud party of Benjamin Netanyahu is in a dead heat tie with the rival Zionist Union party, each of which stands to collect 24-seats according to the latest polls.  Of course it’s not ...

The Disaffected Lib: Boehner Fooled Us. Bad Boehner, Bad!

Maybe this isn’t the best metaphor for an Abrahamic faith but they’re squealing like stuck pigs.  They being the government of Benjamin Netanyahu are squealing over the prospect of Bibi delivering a speech just a couple of weeks before he faces an election to a half-empty joint session of the US Congress. The Republicans thought ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Visit Netanyahu May Come to Regret

Joe Biden won’t commit to being there.  The Democratic caucus might give it a pass too.  The “it” is Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on 3 March. Democrats have had to balance publicly supporting Israel with backing Obama, who’s trying to close a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programs over ...

350 or bust: Get Ready To Dial In For Climate Action

If you live in the United States, and you are concerned about climate change, circle Monday June 23rd on your calendar.  From the comfort of your own home, you can support action on climate change and the over 600 climate-concerned citizens who will be on Capitol Hill that day meeting with every congressional office to ...

LeDaro: Obama’s Syria predicament

Read The Huffington Post story here.

LeDaro: U.S. Congress wavering on Syria

Obama: No boots on the ground. Any chance that the U.S. Congress will pass a resolution for a strike on Syria. It looks quite grim for Obama.

350 or bust: Climate Heroes In Washington

The purposes of Citizens Climate Lobby are to create the political will for a stable climate & to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. From June 22 – 25th, 370 citizen lobbyists from both the U.S. and Canada descended on Washington to learn more about the science of climate ...

350 or bust: Obama Calls Out Climate Deniers, & Other Good News

It’s always enjoyable (and all too rare!) to share good news, and I’m pleased that there’s some to share on this, the last Friday in April: The Ontario government under newly elected premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Wednesday that it will be partnering with the government of Manitoba and the International Institute for Sustainable Development ...

The Canadian Progressive: US Immigration Reform Should Uphold Rights: Human Rights Watch

White House, Senate Proposals a Good Start by Human Rights Watch, Feb. 1, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US government should urgently reform its unfair immigration system to uphold the basic rights of non-citizens and provide a path to legal status for the country’s unauthorized immigrants, Human Rights Watch said in a policy briefing released today. While the Senate and ...

Canadian Progressive: No Kidding, Exxon Hates Your Children

Finally, a TV ad that tells it like it is: Exxon hates your children! That’s according to: Exxon Hates Your Children: “From As Congress debates what actions to take to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” perhaps no programs are less worthy of government support than those which subsidize Big Oil, Gas, and Coal. Read on to ...

Art Threat: Who in US Congress support the arts?

Barack Obama by Tyler Streeter Other than the outrage caused by Mitt Romney’s promise to fire Big Bird, there’s been virtually no discussion on arts issues leading up to the November 6 elections in the United States. Cultural topics have been nearly absent in an election campaign dominated by the economy — despite the fact ...

Canadian Progressive: Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

As the Senate considers a bill to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity, some questionable numbers keep creeping into the discussion.

DeSmogBlog: House Republicans Attempt To Block Black Lung Protection Funding

black-lung.gif In what could possibly be a new low for one of the most anti-environment, pro-dirty energy industry Congresses in history, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are attempting to gut funding for measures that would reduce the occurrence of black lung in mine workers. The funding cut was inserted into the 2013 appropriations ...

DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Sues EPA Over Clean Air Initiatives

smoke-stack1.jpg In a blatant insult to the millions of Americans who would breathe easier under the EPA’s air pollution controls, the dirty energy industry, along with other groups, has sued the EPA to stop regulating toxic industrial air pollution. The Center for American Progress has the story:   Two essential Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, regulations ...

DeSmogBlog: U.S. Chamber Hits The Road To Promote "Oily" Highway Transportation Bill

us_chamber_of_commerce_0.jpg A bitter fight has erupted in Washington, D.C. in recent weeks surrounding the fate of a much-needed transportation and infrastructure bill. Congressional Democrats wanted to pass a bill that would fund projects to help rebuild roads and bridges, but Republicans were against the idea. So, in an attempt to get something more tangible out ...

DeSmogBlog: North American Air Pollution Statistics Will Take Your Breath Away

coal-power-plant-pic1.jpg Two separate reports released this week offer a grim look at the state of air quality in North America. The continent already produces 6% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants, resulting in an array of health and environmental problems. According to a joint report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), ...

DeSmogBlog: Congress Says No To Free Climate Service

NOAA.jpg This week, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives sent a strong message to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – they’re not concerned about climate change. The NOAA had asked Congress for permission to create a new National Climate Service within the NOAA’s own offices, but Congress decided that the agency was just ...

DeSmogBlog: Senate Hearing Confirms Natural Gas Export Plans Will Raise Prices For Americans

RonWydenLNGhearing-300×188.jpg Considering the rate at which natural gas resources are being developed, and the sudden push from industry to export the product, it might come as a surprise that the Senate’s Energy Committee hadn’t had a hearing on liquified natural gas (LNG) since 2005. Last Tuesday, for the first time in six years, Senators brought the ...

DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers Behind Push To Dismantle EPA

Koch Fat Cat.jpg During last week’s Americans For Prosperity (AFP) event, a common theme kept creeping into the speakers’ presentations: Dismantle the EPA. And as the major funders of AFP, Charles and David Koch are the ones pulling the strings of the American elected officials who keep clamoring for an end to all environmental protections. ...

DeSmogBlog: New Lake Michigan Coal Ash Spill Raises Old Concerns

coal ash spill.jpg On Monday, a bluff surrounding a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based power plant collapsed, sending a cascade of debris and coal ash waste from the power plant into Lake Michigan. No injuries were reported by We Energies, the company who owns the power plant, but the environmental assessment will likely be less optimistic. We Energies, ...

DeSmogBlog: Oil Lobbyists Targeting “Super Committee”

oil_subsidies.jpg As the so-called “Super Committee” works to figure out how to trim $1.2 trillion from the U.S. government’s federal deficit, the dirty energy industry has their lobbyists working overtime to make sure that their billions of dollars in annual subsidies aren’t among the items on the chopping block. The Super Committee only has until ...

Death By Trolley: Is Obama a Fauxgressive – a Fake Progressive, or Simply a Non-Progressive?

Obama is no progressive. Not even close. A progressive wouldn’t load up his front office with corporatists like Larry Summers and Rahm Emanuel; he wouldn’t look the other way when Chief of Staff Emanuel calls progressives “retards”; he wouldn’t spend years prior to his Presidency being mentored by, of all people, Joe Lieberman – every ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: EPA Proposes First-Ever Federal Fracking Rules

fracking air quality.jpg The U.S. EPA is poised to enact the first ever rules on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) with a proposal that would allow the agency to regulate the practice under the Clean Air Act. The Clean Air route was chosen by the agency, as the U.S. Congress prohibited their attempts to regulate the practice ...

World Headlines Review: Debt Ceiling Debate is Moot: USG Owes More Dollars than in Existence

Image by Images_of_Money The current debate in Washington as to whether or not and under what conditions to raise the debt-ceiling has for the past week dominated global news coverage and the public mind.  Absent from the debate and mainstream coverage is a discussion of the debt limit in the context of the American monetary ...

Excited Delirium: Media Matters Petition for Congressional Review of Murdoch

Help Media Matters petition for a Congressional review of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and manipulation of the public.