Enbridge Gets Paltry Fine for Massive Oil Spill

In July 2010, a pipeline carrying tar sands crude oil began leaking near Marshall, Michigan. By the time it was stopped, almost a million gallons of that oil was in the Kalamazoo river. Six years later, they've been given little more than a slap on the wrist for it. … [Read more...]

Teresa May = Trump on Climate Change

I wrote the other day that if elected Donald Trump would be the only national leader on earth who denies global warming. I spoke too soon. New British Prime Minister Teresa May thinks it's nonsense and has abolished the agency that dealt with it in one of her first acts in office. … [Read more...]

Don’t Worry, Oil Spills are Good for Animals and People

A Washington state government commission has been holding hearings on whether to approve a new line of trains that would carry crude oil along the Columbia River and some of the arguments being made by the oil interests are absolutely staggering. Like how oil spills are great for animals. And they create jobs! … [Read more...]

Trump: There’s No Drought in California

Today in Dunning-Kruger news, noted scientist Donald Trump declared that there is no drought in California and that when he's elected president he'll "start opening up the water," which he apparently thinks will just requiring turning on a spigot somewhere in the state. … [Read more...]

Trump Now Suddenly Believes in Global Warming

For years, Donald Trump has repeatedly called climate change a hoax. He even claims that the hoax was invented by the Chinese to gain a competitive advantage over the United States (and it worked -- he put his sweatshops there!). Now he suddenly believes in it because it threatens his seaside golf course. … [Read more...]

Activists Want Pipeline Under Mackinac Bridge Shut Down

In July, 2010, Lakehead pipeline 6B leaked around a million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. As editor of the Michigan Messenger at the time, my two reporters, Todd Heywood and Eartha Melzer, did almost all of the good investigative reporting on the matter, including reporting that there's a pipeline right beneath the Mackinac Bridge. Activists now want that pipeline shut down. … [Read more...]

Palin Praises Documentary She Can’t Possibly Understand

Variety has an "exclusive" story about Sarah Palin praising a documentary that denies the reality of climate change. That praise is, as you would expect, just chock full of ignorance and sentences so idiotic that they make you cringe. And she's going to take part in a panel discussion about it, which should be loads of fun. … [Read more...]

Union Plumbers Install Lead Filters in Flint. Free.

Amid the doom and gloom and horror that is the situation in Flint, Michigan, a bit of good news. A plumbing industry trade group donated a bunch of water filters and a group of 300 union plumbers went to Flint over the weekend to install them for free. … [Read more...]

Snyder Admin. Provided Bottled Water to State Employees in Flint

Another day, another revelation that makes the Michigan state government look even worse in the appalling situation in Flint, where tens of thousands of people have been exposed to dangerous levels of lead. A new document reveals that the state provided bottled water to state employees in Flint in January of last year, almost a full year before they admitted the water was dangerous. … [Read more...]

Snyder Overruled Emergency Manager on Flint Water

It seems like every day there's a new story that makes the tragic poisoning of tens of thousands of people in Flint, Michigan even worse. Now it's been revealed that the emergency manager for the city appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder rejected the use of water from the Flint river because it was so polluted, but the Snyder administration overruled him and did it anyway under a new emergency manager. … [Read more...]

Jeb Bush Gives Weird Defense of Rick Snyder

Jeb Bush offered up a bizarre defense of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in the wake of the wholesale poisoning of tens of thousands of Flint residents, somehow managing to blame the problem on confusing regulations. Because obviously, Snyder and others in his administration could not have figured out on his own that high lead levels in drinking water was a bad thing without consulting regulations. … [Read more...]

Snyder Hires PR Firm Over Flint Poisoning

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan has some serious chutzpah. He's now decided to hire a pair of public relations firms to put a smiley face on his total incompetence in allowing the people of Flint to be poisoned with lead, a situation he knew about and covered up months before being shamed into actually doing something about it. … [Read more...]