Court Again Rejects Michigan’s Attempt to Stop Delivering Clean Water

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that rejected a request from the Michigan state government to not comply with an order that they deliver bottled water to all homes in Flint that do not have working filters to get the lead out of their drinking water. … [Read more...]

Snyder: It’s Such a Burden to Send Clean Water to Flint!

Andrew Sullivan used to title posts like this one "from the annals of chutzpah." Gov. Snyder's administration has asked a court not to make them keep sending bottled water to people in Flint who don't have filters to get the lead out of their water because it's an "unnecessary burden." … [Read more...]

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...]