Trump Supporter Asked About Flint Water; Hilarity Ensues

Right wing radio host and Trump supporter Andy Dean was asked a simple question: What would Donald Trump do to fix the water problem in Flint, a city he just visited yesterday. His answer was a rambling, babbling mess that included saying that Trump would build the wall on the Mexican border. Because that's totally relevant. … [Read more...]

Irish Pol Rejects Climate Change Because of Noah’s Ark

Turns out America isn't the only country with ignorant creationists in public office. An Irish legislator named Danny Healy-Rae says that global warming has to be wrong because Noah's Ark proves that only God controls the weather. … [Read more...]

Global Warming and the Flooding in Louisiana

My friend Samantha Montano, a PhD student in disasterology and the person who helped create the Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams for the Foundation Beyond Belief, has a column at Vox about the role of global warming in extreme weather events like the flooding in Louisiana. … [Read more...]

Almost 600,000 Gallons of Wastewater Hit the Kalamazoo River

Just over six years after around a million gallons of tar sands crude oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River, the big storms over the last few days caused the release of almost 600,000 gallons of only partly treated sewage into that same river. … [Read more...]

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...]