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...]

Scalia Makes Huge Error in EPA Opinion

Justice Scalia made a huge factual error in his dissenting opinion in the EPA case handed down earlier this week, claiming that the EPA's position in a 2001 case in which he wrote the ruling was the exact opposite of what it actually was. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Backs Obama on Air Pollution

The Supreme Court, by a 6-2 vote, upheld an EPA regulation that requires 28 states to take steps to reduce the amount of air pollution they produce because of the negative effect it has on the health of people in states to the north and east of them, where that pollution travels. … [Read more...]

The Disparate Racial Impact of Pollution

One of the subjects I think should get a lot more attention is environmental justice. Poor and minority populations are far more likely to be located near highly polluting facilities like energy plants and the result, a new study found, is that people of color breathe much worse air, on average, than white people do. … [Read more...]

Those Damn Progressives and Their Science

The Worldnetdaily assigned its boy wonder, Aaron Klein, to write an article about research being done on renewable energy generated by ocean tides. Naturally, the tone is skeptical, though devoid of good reasons for it. It's all about those silly progressives, don't you know. … [Read more...]

BP Refinery Leaks Oil Into Lake Michigan

A BP oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana sprung a leak and spewed oil into Lake Michigan. There doesn't seem to be an estimate of how much oil leaked, but it was enough to cover about 5000 square feet. This is almost certainly tar sands oil, which reacts differently in the water than conventional crude. … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Hit With New Illegal Dumping Allegations

Duke Energy is already responsible for a massive leak of toxic coal ash into waterways in North Carolina but now they've been hit with charges by state environmental regulators that they illegally dumped 61 million gallons of unfiltered coal ash waste into a tributary to a major river system. … [Read more...]

Inhofe Could Chair Environment Committee

Sen. James Inhofe, a startlingly ignorant man, will once again become the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee if the Republicans retake control of the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. Let that thought sink in without shuddering. … [Read more...]