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First big Clean Water Act case reaches the newly aligned Supreme Court

The moment we've all been waiting for has arrived. The Roberts Court, with freshly added Justice Alito, will hear two cases this week on the Clean Water Act. The two new justices will have their first chance to grapple with the Constitution's Commerce Clause, upon which much federal environmental law rests, from the highest bench in the land. I'm no lawyer, so I can't really write anything about the intricacies of the Commerce Clause. The Center for American Progress did host three constitutional lawyers last year, and their remarks might be helpful. One was Doug Kendall, who is representing state …

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Gulf oil production remains hobbled

Oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico didn't get much attention during the 2005 hurricane season. Thankfully none were so catastrophic as to overtake any of the catastrophes unfolding on land during Katrina and Rita. But as the folks at SKYTRUTH document, there were still plenty of spills. And according to the Minerals Management Service (the part of the Department of the Interior responsible for overseeing production in federal waters), Katrina and Rita were the greatest natural disasters to oil and gas development in the history of the Gulf. Furthermore, the impact hasn't stopped. Due to the oil infrastructure wreckage, …

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Kicking the habit

Just released: The Center for American Progress' attempt to hold President Bush accountable for his "America is addicted to oil" line. And for those of you thinking about rewriting Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" lyrics, Attytood beat you to it. I of course would have changed the back-up band to sheiks, but funny nonetheless.

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Actually call your Senators on drilling in the Arctic

The only thing I have to add to Dave's great post is that you really should call your senator. That will have the biggest impact between now and Wednesday. You can find your senators' numbers here. Or if you are finished with the holiday cards and shopping, call them all!

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Peak Oil hits the hill

Peak Oil will get its first-ever Congressional hearing tomorrow in the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It kicks off at 9:30 am EST and you can watch it live! Witnesses for those truly interested after the jump. Panel 1 The Honorable Roscoe G. Bartlett, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. The Honorable Tom Udall, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Panel 2 Kjell Aleklett, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Radiation Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden Dr. Robert L. Hirsch, Senior Energy Program Advisor, SAIC, Alexandria, Va. Robert Esser, Senior Consultant and Director, …

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FBI looks askance at those who oppose fossil fuels

Newsweek has a short article on Josh Connole, a southern Californian, who was wrongfully arrested by the FBI in connection with the torching of a SUV dealership in 2003. One piece of FBI detective work on Connole and the members of the commune where he lived should concern environmentalists: Agents placed the commune under surveillance and developed a political profile of the residents, discovering the owner of the house and his father "have posted statements on websites opposing the use of fossil fuels," one doc reads. Unfortunately, the FBI's concern about ecoterrorism is not new.

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Help the oil companies spend their lucre, won’t you?

At a press conference this afternoon, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton came up with another creative reason to open the Arctic Refuge to drilling: The oil companies need some place to invest their record profits! (Or so I'm inferring from this E&ENews PM headline "ANWR: Oil industry needs places to invest profits, Norton says." I can't get the full story because I have no subscription.) Why not spend the rest of Friday afternoon thinking of better ways for the oil companies to spend their profits? Leave your bright ideas in comments or send them to Sec. Norton.

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Crichton testifies before Congress

Not always. And definitely not yesterday at the Senate Environment and Public Works committee hearing on the role of science in environmental policy making. Such an important topic demands the opinions of distinguished scientists and policy makers, right? Wrong. Headlining the hearing was none other than science fiction author Michael Crichton, whose latest book, State of Fear, takes on the science of global warming and the evil environmentalists behind it. (Read Dave's review here.) I couldn't face watching it, but the brave scientists at Realclimate.org did. Their summary is worth a read.

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Pombo proposes selling off nat’l parks

Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), chairman of the House Resources Committee, has officially established beyond any doubt that he is no Teddy Roosevelt Republican. Today, draft legislation from his committee proposed selling off a number of national park holdings, including Theodore Roosevelt Island, home of the TR memorial in Washington, D.C. As reported by Greenwire, the other sites include: Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, Alaska Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, California Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Massachusetts …

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The Republican agenda has been bumped back, but not indefinitely

Just as Katrina has displaced hundreds of thousands on the Gulf Coast, she has also displaced many of the marquee items on the Congressional leadership's agenda ... for now. Before they left on their August break, the Senate's September plans included taking up permanent repeal of the estate tax, holding hearings on Judge Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court, and getting started on a budget reconciliation process that's supposed to include more tax breaks, cuts in social services and student loans, and opening the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. All that is postponed, though not necessarily indefinitely. But less than …

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