Wingnut Legislator Compares EPA to Terrorists

In yet another example of Republicans mainstreaming the fringe so thoroughly that they've elected someone who is willing to publicly say the most bizarre and extremist things imaginable, a House Republican is comparing the EPA to terrorists for regulating pollution from coal plants. … [Read more...]

Amid Drought, CA Couple Faces Fine for Not Using Enough Water

California is in the middle of a historic drought that is straining water supplies so much that the state has now ordered mandatory restrictions on unnecessary water usage. At the same time, cities are fining people for not using enough water to keep their lawn green. … [Read more...]

First They Came For the Carbon Dioxide Molecules

Okay folks, I think we've found a Hitler analogy so mind-bogglingly stupid that it could make Godwin pull out a Luger and kill himself. A Princeton professor went on national television and said that scientists are demonizing carbon dioxide just like Hitler demonized the Jews. … [Read more...]

The Military Thinks Climate Change is Real

It may be an article of faith -- literally -- for the Christian right that climate change is a gigantic communist hoax, but those Marxists at the Pentagon, who have to have a clear-eyed view of the world, recognize that it's very real and is going to change the world in important ways. Retired Rear. Admiral David Titley, who is also a PhD meteorologist, had an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last weekend about it. … [Read more...]

The Power of Advertising

Lynn Stuart Parramore has an article at Reuters about a whole bunch of medical scams that are sold as miracle health products without a shred of evidence to back them up. And I think she's absolutely right to point out that it is dishonest marketing that makes them so popular: … [Read more...]

ALEC Wants to Define Toxic Waste as Renewable Energy

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a wing of corporate America that writes model legislation, has convinced one of its members, Michigan legislator Aric Nesbitt, to submit a bill to make toxic petroleum cake and other solid waste eligible for tax credits for clean and renewable energy. … [Read more...]

Anti-Environmentalist Imagines Hypocrisy

Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation is no stranger to bad arguments. This is a guy who says that if we believe in the reality of global warming or want to use less fossil fuels, we're "insulting" God. Now he's imagining hypocrisy in his opponents while ignoring his own: … [Read more...]

Coal Company to File Frivolous Lawsuit Against EPA

From the Annals of What the Fuck Are You Thinking: The CEO of Murray Energy, one of the largest coal producers in the country, is planning to sue the EPA on the grounds that they've been lying about global warming. Because the earth is really getting cooler. Seriously. … [Read more...]

Mary Landrieu’s Brave Battle With Reality

Sen. Mary Landrieu is a Democrat but she knows quite well what her base is. You don't get elected from either party in Louisiana if you piss off the oil and gas interests that control that state, which is why she's holding a press conference to protest the EPA's new rules on power plant emissions at one of the nation's dirtiest coal plants. … [Read more...]

Jindal Protects Oil Companies From Responsibility

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal knows one thing. Okay, he knows two things -- how to do exorcisms and how to be a dutiful little lickspittle for his corporate paymasters, the oil and gas companies. He just signed into law a bill to protect them against having to take responsibility for the environmental damage they do. … [Read more...]

Court: BP Has to Pay Federal Fines

Though British Petroleum has put commercials on the air talking about how they're taking responsibility for the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, they've been fighting in court to get out of the fines for malfeasance that caused the spill. An appeals court has just smacked them down pretty hard. … [Read more...]

Why the GOP is Going Anti-Science

The Republican party has long had a problem with science, from its preference for creationism to its denial of the harms of pollution, but things have gotten far worse as the party has lurched to the right and become, for all practical purposes, the political wing of the oil and gas industry. Jill Lawrence explains why: … [Read more...]