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The EPA: Cleaning Up Crappy Water Since 1970

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

This is a story about crap -- literally, tons of it. Piling up in Confined Animal Feeding Operations and being sprayed onto farm fields, animal manure is polluting the nation's waterways and is nearly impossible to regulate.

Rural Colorado Counties Experiencing High-Ozone Warnings By State Health Officials

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Dennis Webb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Put together the wide-open spaces, low population and light traffic of a place like Rio Blanco County, and it wouldn't seem like a recipe for an ozone...

Moms Clean Air Force -- Fighting for the Environment

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With the news out of Japan about the potential effect of radiation on the population, Americans are starting to ask themselves some tough questions, about weather, about energy, about our natural resources and how to protect them.

Kentucky's Coal Cabinet

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

There's a storm brewing in Kentucky among coal companies and state government.

The Gang That Couldn't Lobby Straight

Bill McKibben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill McKibben

Though the U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims to represent all of American business, their constituency is really that handful of huge dinosaur companies that would rather lobby than adapt.

What Tough Budget Choices? The Anti-Environmental House Majority Is Having a Ball

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Take a moment to look beyond the cuts and instead focus on the numerous policy changes proposed in the continuing resolution, and it quickly becomes clear that this is not fiscal prudence at work but ideology.

Start the Green Revolution Without U.S.

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Not that long ago, it seemed Americans had decided, for economic, national security, and environmental reasons, we were going to be enthusiastic participants in the green revolution. But the pendulum has clearly swung in the other direction.

Sing-a-long to Fred Upton's "Bad Air" Bill

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

I decided to tackle this serious threat in a not-so-serious way: by creating a parody song about the bill based on the classic Billy Joel hit "Uptown Girl."

Polis, DeGette Once-Again Introduce Fracking Oversight Bill

Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, both Colorado Democrats, have once again introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals...

Lucia Graves

GOP Denies Climate Change...Again | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- In a vote split cleanly along party lines, the Republican-led House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday rejected measures reaffirmi...

Gas Price Snake Oil: Fred Upton's EPA-Blocking Bill Will Put More of Your Money in Oil Industry Pockets

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

Oil companies know that, like clean car standards, many of the EPA's steps to curb refineries' carbon emissions have the potential to save money. But fortunately for them, they have lawmakers fighting for them in Congress.

EPA Looks At Local Formation As Case Study For National Fracking Investigation

The Coloradoan | Bobby Magill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might use oil and gas development tapping the Niobrara shale formation near Cheyenne, Wyo., as a case study i...

Green Sprouts in the Sidewalk?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Here's Senator Pat Roberts -- who represents Kansas City, where Ford makes its hybrid Escape -- blasting the compromise worked out two years ago between the auto industry, environmentalists and Obama.

Why Wisconsin Matters for Environmentalists

Rebecca Tarbotton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Tarbotton

From our air and water to our teachers and nurses, the corrosive hold of corporate interests on our political system is damaging all of our most precious resources.

The Gospel Of Protecting The Environment

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

We must continue to lift our voices in opposition to those who would harm the environment. The Gospel of Sarah Palin cannot be allowed to overcome to teachings contained in Scripture.

An EPA Potboiler: Clean Air Retreat?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The EPA has been under concerted attack by members of the new Congress. Makes me wonder: are EPA's new, weakened rules on hazardous air pollutants intended as a peace offering -- or white flag -- to their opponents?

Dem Congressman: Republicans Suffer From 'Allergy To Science'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) accused Republicans on Tuesday of having an "allergy to science and scientists" during a House hearing on a Republican-led p...

Obama Needs a Just Transition Taskforce

Brendan Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

Investment to meet the new EPA regulations will produce the equivalent of 290,000 year-round jobs. Despite this rare bit of good news, the corporate right is calling the EPA a "serial jobs killer."

Who Benefits from Regulation?

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Regulation has become a hot topic in recent weeks. But one side of the balance sheet is often absent -- the fact that regulations create significant economic benefits.

Gulf Beach Cleaning Slows Though Tar Remains

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Southeast Louisiana beach lovers -- upset about losing last summer's surf to the BP spill -- may be eager to grab a towel on the first, warm weekend and head down to Grand Isle. But some local observers feel the cleaning effort should continue.

From Washington to Wisconsin, an Assault on a Decent Society

Miles Rapoport | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

It is true that governing requires balancing competing interests and perspectives. But a clear line needs to be drawn on what is right and what is wrong, on what our country stands for and what it does not.

By the Numbers: Politicians Risk Backlash if They Back Efforts to Undermine EPA

Al Quinlan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Al Quinlan

In the last two months we have conducted two surveys on the issue that reveal Americans want scientists at the EPA, not politicians in Congress, to set air pollution standards.

Curiouser and Curiouser: How the Hill Is Handling Being in the Hole

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with the words of Alice, "It would be so nice if something made sense." Alice, of course, was talking about the strang...

Key Hand Sanitizer Ingredient May Cause More Harm Than Good

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Our exposure to triclosan is so widespread that it lurks not only in our soap, but in our own bodies. Studies have found traces of it in urine, breast milk, and umbilical cord blood.

Earth Activism: What We Don't Want

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

The EPA is under attack from the Republicans, and we must fight to protect the very agency that works to protect public and ecological health in America. Is this a private fight or can anyone get in it? Earth activism is a public fight.