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Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Climate and the state, refugees in Europe

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Two interviews this week on two human-made crises: first, my conversation author and academic Christian Parenti on the climate crisis and the role of the state followed by journalist Jesse Rosenfeld with an update on the refugee crisis in Europe.

Christian Parenti is author of numerous books, most recently Tropic of Chaos: . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Climate and the state, refugees in Europe

reeves report: Unreleased government report shows no benefits to neonic use

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Environmental group Friends of the Earth Canada are calling on the Ontario government to implement an outright ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides after a leaked government report shows no positive economic gains from the pesticide’s use.

Draft findings from Canada’s Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) were . . . → Read More: reeves report: Unreleased government report shows no benefits to neonic use

Dead Wild Roses: Colon-izing the Corridors of the EPA

I’m having trouble prefacing this article, as it is just that weird. I’m thinking we can categorize it under ‘People do wacky things’ for the moment.

“Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently.

Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Colon-izing the Corridors of the EPA

Cowichan Conversations: President Obama Is Setting The Stage For Climate Recovery. Our PM ‘Smokestack Steve’ Has Refused To Act

Did you ever think that we would see the day when Canada would fall behind other nations including the Unites States when it comes to reducing carbon pollution?

Check out this report from Eco Watch and then commit yourself to being a part of a great Canadian pushback to rid our nation of the most . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: President Obama Is Setting The Stage For Climate Recovery. Our PM ‘Smokestack Steve’ Has Refused To Act

The Canadian Progressive: Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites

A new study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.

The post Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL Pipeline could cost $100 billion per year in health and environmental damages

EPA Asks State Department for Total Cost to Society of KXL, Oil Change International Spells it Out By: Oil Change International | Press Release: WASHINGTON – May 7 – Oil Change International today uncovered that the full cost of the Keystone XL Pipeline to society could be upwards of $100 Billion per […]

The post . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL Pipeline could cost $100 billion per year in health and environmental damages

The Canadian Progressive: EPA Trashes State Department’s Positive Evaluation Of Keystone XL

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The powerful U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seems to be taking its mandate seriously. At least as far as the State Department’s recent evaluation of TransCanada’s…

The post EPA Trashes State Department’s Positive Evaluation Of Keystone XL appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: EPA Compromised. Regulator Dismissed Over Fracking Disclosures

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Fracking is a ‘Mugs Game’ and it is risky, no foolhardy, to gamble with our groundwater and yet industry has managed easily enough to pressure EPA officials in the US to back off from a study showing pollution resulted directly to fracking operations.

Check out this excellent report ftom Des . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: EPA Compromised. Regulator Dismissed Over Fracking Disclosures

DeSmogBlog: Conquering Coal – A Tale of One City’s Fight

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This is guest post by Megan Pitz.

As another sweltering summer day over 100 degrees came to a close in the Washington, D.C. region, citizens of nearby Alexandria, Virginia witnessed the closure of the Potomac River Generating Station (PRGS) coal-fired power plant also known as the 'Mirant Plant.' 

The closure was . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Conquering Coal – A Tale of One City’s Fight

DeSmogBlog: US Chamber Rejoices As Courts Rule For Polluters

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Earlier this week, an appellate court in Washington, D.C. ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had overstepped their authority with their Transport Rule that was put in place to reduce the amount of air pollution being spewed from coal burning plants. The rule would have put stringent limits on . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: US Chamber Rejoices As Courts Rule For Polluters

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Representative Paul Ryan

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With the selection of Wisconsin Republican Representative Paul Ryan has his running mate, Mitt Romney has effectively pushed his campaign into the climate change denying fringe. While Romney hasn’t been considered a friend of the environment since he began running for national office, his tendency towards flip-flopping made some of . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Representative Paul Ryan

DeSmogBlog: The Real Train Wreck: ALEC and "Other ALECs" Attack EPA Regulations

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When business-friendly bills and resolutions spread like wildfire in statehouses nationwide calling for something as far-fetched as a halt to EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, ALEC is always a safe bet for a good place to look for their origin.

In the midst of hosting its 39th Annual Meeting this week in Salt Lake . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Real Train Wreck: ALEC and "Other ALECs" Attack EPA Regulations

DeSmogBlog: Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution

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A damning new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reveals some startling information regarding pollution in the state of Texas. According to the report, oil refineries and chemical plants in the state are releasing tens of thousands of tons of pollution every year, without as much as a peep from . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

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Part 3 in a series, see Part 1 and Part 2.

Perhaps more than any other sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama has been Commander in Chief through some of the most obvious examples of what climate change will do to America. The last few weeks alone have given us severe . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Part 1 – What’s At Stake

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Environmental and energy issues became one of the central issues of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. While the economy itself took center stage, energy issues were right behind it, being pushed by the insufferable chant of “Drill baby drill.” In the four years that have followed, the U.S. has seen a . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Part 1 – What’s At Stake

DeSmogBlog: A Court’s Scientific Smackdown: The D.C. Circuit Trashes Science Deniers on Global Warming and the EPA

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Tomorrow, we may see a court—the highest in the land—flout precedent for partisan ends in its ruling on President Obama’s signature health care law.

However, in the meantime, we can rejoice that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit understands how to weigh complicated science-policy issues without partisanship . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: A Court’s Scientific Smackdown: The D.C. Circuit Trashes Science Deniers on Global Warming and the EPA

DeSmogBlog: Howarth and Ingraffea: Gas Industry Fracking Study So Biased it is ‘Almost Useless’

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Two of the largest gas industry lobbying bodies in the US, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), released a ‘study’ earlier this month claiming methane emissions from natural gas production to be 50 percent lower than the US Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 estimates.  However, according . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Howarth and Ingraffea: Gas Industry Fracking Study So Biased it is ‘Almost Useless’

DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Sues EPA Over Clean Air Initiatives

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Sues EPA Over Clean Air Initiatives

DeSmogBlog: Media Helps Sell The Myth Of “Job Killing Regulations”

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Repeat something often enough, and it becomes true. That phrase has been a common theme among think tanks and politicians for decades. And sadly, there is a lot of truth behind that statement.

But the claim itself relies on the belief that people will not seek out the truth for . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Media Helps Sell The Myth Of “Job Killing Regulations”

DeSmogBlog: House Republicans Go All In With Dirty Energy Industry Bonanza Legislation

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The dirty energy industry might experience Christmas in June if House Republicans have their way. Earlier this month, members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) unveiled a “package” of legislation that includes numerous bills that would give the industry everything that they’ve dreamt of for years. The legislative initiative, known . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: House Republicans Go All In With Dirty Energy Industry Bonanza Legislation

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Trying To Keep Doctors Silent About Chemical Dangers

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Polls conducted in recent years show that close to 80% of Americans trust their doctors. They believe, rightly so, that their personal doctors are looking out for their patients’ best interests, and that doctors will do what is necessary to get patients healthy. But what happens when a doctor is . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Trying To Keep Doctors Silent About Chemical Dangers

DeSmogBlog: Is The EPA Covering Up Oil Dispersant Dangers?

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Less than two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told BP that they had to stop using the highly dangerous and potentially toxic oil dispersant Corexit on the oil that was spewing from a blown out wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. BP refused, and the EPA . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Is The EPA Covering Up Oil Dispersant Dangers?

DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Creates Error-Filled Site To Accuse EPA Of "Killing Jobs"

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FreedomWorks, the sister organization to the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP), has launched a new website and advertising campaign to convince American voters that the Obama administration and the EPA are out to destroy American jobs.

FreedomWorks has been instrumental in creating the Tea Party in America, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Creates Error-Filled Site To Accuse EPA Of "Killing Jobs"

DeSmogBlog: Oil and Gas Industry Moves to Silence Critics

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At an industry public relations conference last year, Michael Kehs of Chesapeake Energy described a Wall Street Journal op-ed to gathered oil and gas officials, saying it pointed out the industry's "credibility problem."

“And I’m sure some of it relates to defensiveness,” Kehs added. (MP3 Audio) 

Small wonder.

For years, the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Oil and Gas Industry Moves to Silence Critics

DeSmogBlog: Coal Ash Sites Posing Increasing Dangers To Water Supplies, Public Health

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The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has once again put together a fantastic report regarding water contamination near coal ash disposal sites.

Last year, the EIP released several reports showing that drinking water near coal ash disposal sites in states across America contained dangerous levels of heavy metals and other toxins, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Coal Ash Sites Posing Increasing Dangers To Water Supplies, Public Health