Senate Votes to Nullify EPA’s Clean Water Rules


The EPA has begun to implement a new set of rules under the Clean Water Act. It's called the Waters of the United States Rule and it protects millions of miles of streams and rivers from pollution. Predictably, the Republicans are trying to tear down that rule at the behest of their corporate paymasters and the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to nullify the EPA's actions. … [Read more...]

Putin Gives American Right Wing Another Reason to Love Him


The American right has long had a divided response to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Some, those of a more neo-conservative bent, point to his KGB past and imperial ambitions and see him as a major threat to the United States. Others, those more focused on what they view as moral questions, have gone full-on fanboy, declaring him to be the leader of world Christendom building a Christian paradise in Russia. He's now given them another reason to love him: … [Read more...]

Charles Koch Leaves My Flabber Completely Gasted


Every once in a while I will read something that someone said and it will leave me so gobsmacked that I spent the next few minutes just staring at the screen in disbelief while a bit of drool emerges and slides down my chin. Charles Koch of the infamous Koch Brothers managed to do just that in an interview with the CBS Sunday morning talk show. This is simply a staggering bit of self-delusion: … [Read more...]

New EPA Rules to Prevent Heavy Metals in Waterways


The Environmental Protection Agency has finally updated the rules that regulate power plants that use steam for electric generation, usually using coal as the heat source, and the pollution they generate that goes back into rivers and streams. Under the new rules, the heavy metal content of the effluent is more strictly controlled to prevent the introduction of those metals into our drinking water. … [Read more...]

The Dumbest Thing Trump Has Ever Said


Donald Trump says dozens of stupid things every day, but this tweet from 2012 may be the single dumbest thing he's ever said:The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012Yeah, I think we all recall how the vast number of studies that support global warming were published in corrupt Chinese climatology journals. I think my eyes just rolled to Beijing and … [Read more...]

Conservatives: Volkswagen Only Cheated Because of Regulation


I'm sure you're as outraged as I am about Volkswagen installing technology that cheated emissions tests to get approved to sell cars that spewed far more pollution than was legally allowed in the United States. But conservatives and libertarians seem to be mad not about this cheating, but about the regulations that they cheated to get around. The National Review's Kevin Williamson: … [Read more...]

Big Business Leading the Way on Renewable Energy?


ThinkProgress has a very encouraging report on nine major corporations, some of the biggest in the world, committing to reaching a goal of using 100% renewable energy and stop using fossil fuels. I'm talking Walmart, Goldman Sachs, Proctor and Gamble and several other really big companies. This is happening as multinational talks on addressing climate change continue in Paris. … [Read more...]

Santorum Lies About Climate Change Consensus


Carly Fiorina isn't the only second-tier Republican presidential candidate lying about climate change. Rick Santorum got in on the act when he appeared on Bill Maher's show, claiming that only 57% of climate scientists think that CO2 is the primary driver of climate change. Maher correctly wondered what ass he had pulled that from and both FactCheck and PolitiFact have tracked down the source of this lie. Here's the conversation with Maher: … [Read more...]

Jindal to Obama: Don’t Talk About Climate Change


Hurricane Katrina was 10 years ago, believe it or not, and President Obama was in New Orleans this week to commemorate that event. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, afraid that the president might offend the oil and gas industry that controls his state and has funded his campaigns, had the chutzpah to write a letter to him telling him that he shouldn't talk about climate change during his visit. … [Read more...]

Cruz Has a Huge Vested Interest in Oil and Gas Industry


As a Republican from Texas, it should not come as a surprise to find out that Sen. Ted Cruz has huge investments in the oil and gas industry. But it should certainly be a concern that as much as 25% of his net worth is tied up in those investments, which gives him a clear vested interest in eliminating government regulation of those industries that might impede corporate profits, and therefore shareholder dividends and net worth. … [Read more...]

Farah: I Know You Are, But What Am I?

Credit: Gage Skidmore

Joseph Farah makes an argument of this form: I'm not the one who is [fill in the blank], you're the real [fill in the blank]." This is also known as "I know you are, but what am I?" In this case, he says, he's not the one who preaches apocalypse and doom, it's us "secular people" who do that. Along the way, he offers some of the silliest arguments I've seen since the last time I read one of his columns. … [Read more...]

AL Officials: Coal Plant Regulation Violates God’s Will

From the same people who brought you "global warming isn't real because God controls the climate" comes a group of elected officials in Alabama who held a press conference to say that EPA rules regulating pollution from coal plants violate God's will because he gave coal to the state. … [Read more...]