Politics

Food

Prez-elect urged to name progressive farm-policy chief

Rather than name a USDA chief, Obama keeps floating trial balloons. The names range from the deplorable, like Big Ag lobbyist Charles Stenholm, to the relatively innocuous, like Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius is a …

Politics

U.S. Justice Dept says DoD can’t refuse to clean up toxic sites

In an unexpected move this week, the U.S. Justice Department sided with the EPA in its long-running dispute with the Defense Department over clean up of three ultra-contaminated Superfund sites in Florida, Maryland, and New …

Politics

The governator pledges to pump iron and save the environment until he dies

“Everything I do is forever. I got into bodybuilding at an early age and I will be working out until I drop dead, and hopefully they will put dumbbells in my casket. I will continue …

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BLM unveils rule change to undermine Congress’ veto of mining projects

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday announced a rule change that attempts to eliminate Congress’ power to veto mining projects on public lands. A 1976 law currently allows Congress to intervene to stop …

Politics

Canadian Parliament suspended, PM Harper survives … for now

The situation in Ottawa has passed, for now. The Governor-General (representing Her Majesty Elizabeth II) has granted Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s request to prorogue (or suspend) Parliament, meaning that the confidence vote that had …

Climate & Energy

What will make Obama a great president? Part 2

Future historians will inevitably judge all 21st century presidents as failures if the world doesn’t stop catastrophic global warming. If global warming exceeds 5°C (or even 3°C), then we will head inexorably toward an ice …

Climate & Energy

Bush policies cause U.S. GHG emissions to soar 1.4 percent in 2007

OK, this isn’t entirely news to readers (see here). But the Energy Information Administration’s just released final report [PDF] covers pretty much everything a climate junkie could possibly want to know about U.S. GHG emissions …

Video

Green groups launch campaign highlighting falsity of ‘clean coal’

A coalition of national environmental groups, under the moniker “Reality Coalition,” today launched an ad campaign spotlighting the fact that “clean coal” doesn’t actually exist. The groups are spending several million dollars on print, broadcast, …

Politics

Some thoughts on the merits of regulating greenhouse gases via the Clean Air Act

Marc Ambinder considers something environmentalists have been discussing for months now: the possibility that Obama will create a carbon trading system via the EPA, using the Clean Air Act instead of (or before) going through …