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Your weekly news roundup on everything environment   Can we call it global warming yet?No it’s not just in you’re head. It’s unusually hot this summer. And it's not just this summer, the last 12 months have been the hottest since record-keeping started. Odds are, the cause is global warming. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the odds of this heat […]

Black Lung Making A Comeback.. With A Vengeance

Over 40 years ago, almost half of all miners who worked at least 25 years contracted black lung, a harrowing disease that constricts air flow, making it hard for victims to eat and breathe, until eventually, taking their life. But in 1969, Congress made a promise: Mining companies would have to keep dust levels down, and black lung would be virtually […]

Get Over It? Not Likely

George Will is so wacky when it comes to denying global warming science, even his fingers wear tinfoil hats.Last Sunday, Will told a TV pundit panel that the record-setting temperatures being set across America are not related to global warming. "How do we explain the heat? One word: summer."  Will's advice on dealing with the heat? "Get over it." Ironically, Will is […]

Feds: Tar Sands Pipeline Spill Was Preventable

If you're wondering why environmental groups like ours are so concerned about the KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline, then read on. Federal regulators announced last week that the Canadian company responsible for the 2010 pipeline spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River had violated 24 safety regulations. Although the feds are proposing a $3.7 million penalty, even if Enbridge — the Canadian company responsible […]

N.C. Lawmakers Want to Legislate Global Warming Ignorance [UPDATED]

The subject of climate change sure seems to bring out the tin foil hat in some people. To wit: North Carolina's general assembly is considering a bill that would prohibit coastal planners from accurately predicting sea level rise when considering new developments. When the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission — a state-appointed science panel — reported that sea levels would likely rise […]

GMO Grass Related to Mass Cattle Die-off?

The cows are not happy with genetically modified grass. In fact, they're dead.Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are investigating a mass death of a Texas cattle herd that apparently died after grazing in a field of GMO grass, which they believe mutated and started producing cyanide gas and killed the cattle. Meanwhile, the government continues to approve GMO seeds […]

Welfare Kings Strike it Rich With Coal Leases

If you need a specific example of how your tax dollars are wasted on needless subsidies to the already wealthy fossil fuel industries, then look for further than the Bureau of Land Management's corrupt coal land leasing program.When BLM wants to make coal-rich public lands available for "auction," it basically allows a mining company to write the lease terms and […]

Another Day, Another Vote Against the Environment

In the House of Representatives, every day is Vote Against the Environment Day. A new report by representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) found that in the last 18 months, the House has passed anti-environmental legislation 247 times, one for every day the House was in session. Hey, at least they're consistent, right?  Waxman and Markey's report (you can read the […]

Blowing Wind

There isn't a tin foil hat large enough for the people behind Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey, and after reading this blog entry on their website, we're thinking that a straight jacket or two might be needed. AFP-NJ describes itself as "the nation’s premier grassroots organization committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity." The group's mission, according to […]

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