EPA Knew About Flint Water Problems Too

The story of lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint gets worse by the day. We already know from documents gotten through Freedom of Information Act requests that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Gov. Rick Snyder himself knew about the problem months before doing anything about it. Now documents reveal that the EPA knew about it too, and did nothing. … [Read more...]


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Western Voters Reject Bundy Ideas on Public Lands

The underlying dispute both at the Cliven Bundy ranch a couple years ago and the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff going on today is over whether the federal government can or should own large tracts of land that they hold in the public trust as national parks, wildlife refuges and the like. The feds own a lot of property in the West for those purposes. And the voters there like it that way: … [Read more...]


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What My State Government Did to the People of Flint

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I haven't written anything yet about the appalling story of what happened with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, so I'm glad to see that Dave Gorski has a comprehensive post about the whole situation -- the causes, the effects, the horrifying incompetence and apathy of state officials who have done extraordinary damage to the children of that city by exposing them to lead poisoning to save a few million dollars. … [Read more...]


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Erik Rush: Obama, Genocide, Environmentalism….*snore*

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Erik Rush, the brain-addled wingnut who thinks America suffers from an excess of "negrophilia" (he's black, by the way, making that all the weirder) and that Obama tried to drop nuclear weapons on Charleston, South Carolina, has his usual stream-of-consciousness screed at the Worldnetdaily. Something something Obama, something something global warming, something something genocide....whatever. … [Read more...]


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Senate Votes to Nullify EPA’s Clean Water Rules

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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...]


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Putin Gives American Right Wing Another Reason to Love Him

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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...]


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Charles Koch Leaves My Flabber Completely Gasted

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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...]


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New EPA Rules to Prevent Heavy Metals in Waterways

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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...]


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The Dumbest Thing Trump Has Ever Said

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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...]


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Conservatives: Volkswagen Only Cheated Because of Regulation

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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...]


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Big Business Leading the Way on Renewable Energy?

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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...]


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Santorum Lies About Climate Change Consensus

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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...]


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