High-priced lobbyists for the Koch brothers and other chemical plant owners have for decades prevented effective action on Capitol Hill to make these plants safer from attack or accident. But President Obama has the power to make that happen.
This country, in some ways symbolized by the EPA itself, seems stuck in a time warp. In our political culture and media the commies are still fighting the capitalists and the greens are still fighting the growth and jobs crowd.
The New York Times today called on EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to use her authority under the Clean Air Act to require dangerous chemical facilities to use safer processes, instead of storing large quantities of poison gases.
Twenty years in, we still have a bold vision, one in which the Energy Star program helps millions of people -- in the U.S. and around the world -- save money, protect their health and the environment, and strengthen an economy that's built to last.
Senator Graham, after visiting the tar sand pits in Alberta, Canada, hailed the toxic mines, the source of the world's dirtiest fuel, as "an industrial ballet," adding that the project "really blends with the natural habitat." Huh?
There was a time when the Los Angeles River ran freely along a flooded plain, and the lands surrounding it were lush and fertile. Now the river is barricaded by concrete. It doesn't have to be this way.
Today's newly proposed rule is one step toward what is likely to be much more extensive regulations aimed not just at new businesses that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases but also at existing ones.