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  • Court upholds Calif. air regulator's pollution fee (9th Circus says cough it up, home builders)

    12/07/2010 4:50:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AP on Breitbart.com ^ | 12/7/10 | Garance Burke - ap
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that air quality regulators in California's smog-laden San Joaquin Valley have the right to charge home builders a fee to control their pollution emissions. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the local air district's rule requiring developers to reduce emissions from new housing projects by building features like bicycle lanes and energy-efficient cooling systems. If they don't do enough to preserve air quality, they must pay fees that have averaged about $500 per house. The valley, stretching 240 miles from Stockton...
  • So You want to open a business in California?

    11/24/2010 1:28:10 PM PST · by marsh2 · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/23/21010 | humboldtnative707
    This is a satire on trying to open a trucking business in CA.
  • CVS fined for dumping chemicals and drugs (Connecticut)

    11/24/2010 10:07:57 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 24, 2010 | David Krechevsky
    CVS Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $270,000 in penalties for improperly dumping photo-processing chemicals and drugs into wastewater at many of its nearly 140 stores in Connecticut, including locations in Southbury and New Canaan. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS and its subsidiary, Connecticut CVS Pharmacy LLC, agreed to a settlement that includes paying $223,900 to the state's General Fund and $45,000 to a project to study ways to reduce storm water in sewer systems in Bridgeport and New Haven. The company also agreed to make improvements in its environmental practices. According to DEP...
  • Gore Says Tea Party “Off-Side” on Climate Issue

    10/31/2010 12:32:31 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 30 October 2010 | John Semmens
    Arguing that “global climate is my ‘political football,’” former Vice-President Al Gore complained that “Tea Party attempts to use this issue for their own political advantage is an off-side penalty.” Alleging that “I could’ve been bitter when the presidency was stolen from me, but I picked myself up and invented a new career crusading for a cleaner planet,” Gore said. “Now, Tea Partiers are invading my spaceand stirring up skepticism about my message—all for their own selfish interests.” Gore sought to link Tea Party skepticism with the “fossil fuel lobby.” “Virtually every one of the members of the Tea Party...
  • New Tactic in California for Paying Pollution Bill

    10/17/2010 7:46:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2010 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    Officials who have tried and failed to clean the air in California’s smog-filled San Joaquin Valley have seized on a new strategy: getting millions of drivers to shoulder more of the cost. Faced with a fine of at least $29 million for exceeding federal ozone limits, the San Joaquin Valley’s air quality regulators are proposing an annual surcharge of $10 to $24 on registration fees for the region’s 2.7 million cars and trucks beginning next year. A decision is expected when the governing board meets on Thursday. Although the surcharge is not expected to change how much people drive or...
  • 5 ethanol plants cited for pollution

    10/12/2010 7:41:51 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    wahpeton daily news ^ | 10-12-10 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The push to produce more ethanol in Minnesota has come with a cost to the environment. Five ethanol plants in Minnesota have paid nearly $3 million in the past year for violating air and water quality standards. For example, Buffalo Lake Energy in Fairmont was fined for producing ethanol without a wastewater treatment system permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Another plant illegally discharged wastewater into a creek. Several have failed to regularly monitor emissions and discharges.
  • California Board Reportedly Overestimated Pollution by 340 Percent to Pass Landmark Air Standards

    10/10/2010 4:45:04 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/10
    California regulators reportedly are planning to significantly weaken the state’s landmark clean air standards after discovering they miscalculated pollution levels by 340 percent. The estimate played a vital role in the creation of 2007 regulation that forced businesses to make costly upgrades to off-road vehicles with diesel engines in order to cut diesel emissions, the San Franciso Chronicle reported. The California Air Resources Board announced on Thursday a proposal that would delay the deadline to meet the requirements until 2014 and exempt more vehicles. The Chronicle says the announcement was made just as the paper was preparing to publish its...
  • Tourism Resorts and Oil Exploration in the Caspian Sea

    10/07/2010 3:00:17 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Global Intelligence Report ^ | 06/10/2010 | Gregory Copley
    SITUATION: One indirect consequence of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the impact it may have on the financing of the many tourism projects that have sprouted along the Caspian Sea. Bordered clockwise from the North by Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia, the Caspian Sea is one of the largest bodies of water and an object of strategic ambitions. Though the global financial crisis put may grandiose Caspian Sea tourism projects on hold, some of them are coming back to life, but investors should be alert to tourism trends, corruption, and unanswered questions about demand and potential profit....
  • s Carbon Dioxide a Pollutant? (Vanity)

    09/28/2010 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 14 replies
    if so, will the environmentalists follow suit and stop breathing? lol
  • Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass

    09/21/2010 8:39:16 AM PDT · by Gordon Pym · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-21-2010 | Jim Ostroff
    Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass The generation gap is a growing, long-term headache for automakers. Buzz Up! By Jim Ostroff Selling cars to young adults under 30 is proving to be a real challenge for automakers. Unlike their elders, Generation Yers own fewer cars and don’t drive much. They’re likely to see autos as a source of pollution, not as a sex or status symbol. Motorists aged 21 to 30 now account for 14% of miles driven, down from 21% in 1995. They’re more apt to ride mass transit to work and use car sharing services -- pioneered by...
  • Education, The Key To Curbing Pollution & Poverty

    09/19/2010 11:33:49 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-19-10 | Skookum
    Photo by youngsixtas One of our readers, James Raider, left a significant commentary that haunted me all through work yesterday. The discussion centered around the Great Hoax, "Global Warming" and how the Obama Administration is repackaging the idea as Global Climate Disturbance to try and trick the public into falling for a new myth. While we get bombarded by pleadings for money to send food to various corners of the globe, the challenge which should be addressed more effectively is how to get “Education” to these impoverished places. You never see any ads pleading for your cash to send...
  • Moscow Deaths Now 700 a Day as City Chokes in Smog.....

    08/12/2010 8:48:15 PM PDT · by TaraP · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 12th, 2010
    Deaths in Moscow have doubled to an average of 700 people a day as the Russian capital is engulfed by poisonous smog from wildfires and a sweltering heat wave, a top health official said Monday. Moscow health chief Andrei Seltsovky blamed weeks of unprecedented heat and suffocating smog for the rise in mortality compared to the same time last year, Russian news agencies reported. He said city morgues were nearly overflowing, filled with 1,300 bodies, close to their capacity. Acrid smog blanketed Moscow for a six straight day Monday, with concentrations of carbon monoxide and other poisonous substances two to...
  • Pollution makes quarter of China water unusable-ministry

    07/26/2010 8:15:37 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 5 replies · 2+ views
    reuters ^ | 7/26/2010 | reuters
    " Inspectors from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection tested water samples from the country's major rivers and lakes in the first half of the year and declared just 49.3 percent to be safe for drinking, up from 48 percent last year, the ministry said in a notice posted on its website (www.mep.gov.cn). China classifies its water supplies using six grades, with the first three grades considered safe for drinking and bathing. Another 26.4 percent was said to be categories IV and V -- fit only for use in industry and agriculture -- leaving a total of 24.3 percent in category...
  • BP Dumping Oil Waste in Mississippi Landfill Despite Objections of County Leaders

    07/08/2010 4:43:20 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    WLOX TV - Biloxi ^ | July 8, 2010 | WLOX TV
    Despite literally MILLIONS of ideas being floated by private citizens, non-profit groups, and foreign countries on how to clean up and contain the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, BP decided they would rather fill American landfills with their mess. BP refuses to even consider ideas on how to handle the situation, many of which have been proven to be effective and successful. Harrison County leaders do not approve but BP is still dumping in local landfills and local residents and officials are preparing subpoenas demanding BP appear before their Harrison County Board of Supervisors. Special Thanks to TyneRoseMedia for the...
  • Cleaning up organic pollutants

    07/02/2010 10:45:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Highlights in Chemical Technology ^ | 01 July 2010 | Russell Johnson
    Cleaning up the environment after chemical spills could be made easier thanks to Argentinean scientists who have developed a material that encapsulates pollutant-destroying microorganisms inside it. Removing organic pollutants from water after a chemical leak or cleaning up industrial waste water remains a challenge. One solution is to use microorganisms to break up organic pollutants, however, this risks releasing foreign or genetically modified organisms into the environment. These microorganisms can rapidly grow, deplete vital nutrients and cause further damage. Now, Sara Bilmes and colleagues at the University of Bunenos Aires, have developed a material that could help break up organic pollutants...
  • EPA FORMALLY DISAPPROVES TEXAS' "FLEX-PERMIT" POLLUTION PROGRAM

    07/01/2010 6:44:11 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/01/2010 | Staff
    Public Health Advocates Urge TCEQ to Protect Public Health and Bring Pollution Program Up to Federal Standards. AUSTIN, TX -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally disapproved the “flexible permitting” rules that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) uses to administer the state’s air quality program. In the last few months, EPA has requested that three Texas facilities receive their permit from the federal government due to the agency’s objection to Texas’ permitting process. “Texans deserve the same clean air protection as citizens of every other state, and TCEQ’s flexible permitting program has been denying all of us...
  • Maybe Sen. Lindsey Graham is confused, instead of just dense (MCLAME'S LAP DOG ALERT)

    06/13/2010 7:15:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 657+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2010-06-11 | Mark Tapscott
    Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, got lots of well-deserved grief during the 2004 presidential race for saying he actually voted for the War in Iraq before he voted against it. But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, appears determined to give Kerry a real run as the Senate's champion flip-flopper. Last fall, I described the South Carolina GOPer as the densest Republican in the Senate because "he thinks he's brokering a bipartisan deal on cap-and-trade. What he's really doing is pulling the Democrats' fat out of the fire on the issue." That deal didn't go anywhere, but more recently some sort of anti-global...
  • Gulf Coast States Tally Oil Spill Illnesses

    06/11/2010 1:52:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 285+ views
    News Inferno ^ | June 10, 2010
    With no end in site to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, concerns about its potential health effects are mounting. Already, states along the Gulf Coast are increasing efforts to track symptoms among the public that might be related to exposure to oil fumes and chemical dispersants. According to CNN, health officials in Louisiana are aware of 71 cases of oil spill-related illness. Fifty involved workers on oil rigs or people who participated in cleanup efforts, and 21 reports of illness came from the general public. Reported symptoms include throat irritation, cough, chest pain, headaches, and shortness of breath. Eight of...
  • BP dumps mercury in Lake (Michigan)

    06/07/2010 8:14:00 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies · 82+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 27, 2007 | Michael Hawthorne
    Although the federal government ordered states more than a decade ago to dramatically limit mercury discharges into the Great Lakes, the BP refinery in northwest Indiana will be allowed to continue pouring small amounts (2 lbs of mercury/year is small?) of the toxic metal into Lake Michigan for at least another five years.A little-noticed exemption in BP's controversial new state water permit gives the oil company until 2012 to meet strict federal limits on mercury discharges. In documents, Indiana regulators predict the refinery won't be able to comply and will ask to continue polluting after that date. Federal records analyzed...
  • Speaker Says Gulf Oil Spill Really Bush’s Fault

    05/31/2010 11:05:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies · 697+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 31 May 2010 | John Semmens
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) insisted that the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the British Petroleum (BP) drilling site shouldn’t be blamed on President Obama or the Democrats. Former President Bush is the one she says we should hold accountable. “We Democrats have been consistently against oil in all its nefarious manifestations,” Pelosi said. “We are against its use to fuel the automobiles that congest our highways. We are against the drilling that despoils our environment. If we had our way oil would cease to exist.” Pelosi dismissed the connection between BP’s political donations and the actions...
  • BP Gets Pass From Obama Administration To Potentially Pollute Lake Michigan

    05/21/2010 9:35:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies · 317+ views
    oilprice.com ^ | 21/05/2010 | Wayne Madsen
    The Obama administration, already charged with providing political cover for BP in the Gulf of Mexico mega-oil disaster, is also charged with allowing BP to renege on agreements between the firm, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state of Indiana to prevent pollution of Lake Michigan from the firm's Whiting, Indiana refinery near Hammond. In 2007, the EPA, under the Bush administration, said it was powerless to stop BP from dumping more toxic waste into Lake Michigan from its expanded refinery that was processing increased amounts of heavy crude oil from Canada. However, the EPA did urge BP...
  • Image of the Day: Mexico burns 46 tons of marijuana

    05/13/2010 7:07:57 AM PDT · by Crush · 47 replies · 998+ views
    Unto the Breach ^ | 12 May 2010 | Reuters/Jorge Duenes
    Caption: A Mexican soldier stands guard as blocks of marijuana, weighing a total of 46 tons, are incinerated at a military base in the border city of Tijuana May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes
  • Gulf Oil Spill Swiftly Balloons, Could Move East

    05/01/2010 7:09:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies · 941+ views
    http://apnews.myway.com/ ^ | May 1, 2010 | Allen G. Breed And Seth Borenstein
    VENICE, La. (AP) - A sense of doom settled over the American coastline from Louisiana to Florida on Saturday as a massive oil slick spewing from a ruptured well kept growing, and experts warned that an uncontrolled gusher could create a nightmare scenario if the Gulf Stream carries it toward the Atlantic.
  • Obama’s Dilemma: Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico Etc.

    05/01/2010 8:15:53 AM PDT · by BigChiefLtd · 7 replies · 451+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | May 1, 2010 | Alan Speakman
    Talk about timing: Back in the end of March 2010, President Obama said that we should open up more drilling off the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska… And then there were no less than three catastrophes: 1,) The West Virginia mine explosion which claimed 29 lives 2.) The Gulf oil explosion which killed 11 and continues to cause extraordinary environmental damage 3.) Two souls are lost after a Kentucky mine roof collapse Juxtapose the above with the recent announcement that for the first time, the United States is giving the “green light”...
  • Volcano Releases One Trillion Cow Farts Into Atmosphere

    04/21/2010 1:04:49 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 36 replies · 992+ views
    On May 2 2008, Chile's Chaiten Volcano released a gigantic cloud of emissions composed of ash, steam, smoke, and various oddball gases whose estimated amount equals to one trillion cow farts, a UN-sponsored climate change study revealed. "In just one day, this volcano set the Kyoto Protocol back 15 years, obliterating the otherwise outstanding success of our multi-billion dollar efforts to curb the release of cow farts into the atmosphere," complained Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Cow Farts (IPCF) Rajendra K. Pachauri at an emergency conference at Grand Plaza Hotel in New York yesterday. "Therefore, we demand that this eruption...
  • New Global Warming Alarmism from LA Times: 'The World is Running Short on Air Pollution'

    04/19/2010 12:12:20 PM PDT · by kangpin · 26 replies · 748+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 04/19/10 | Anthony Kang
    We have now reached the apex of "heads I win, tails you lose" global-warming alarmism. In his April 18 op-ed for the LA Times, author Eli Kintisch warned that "the world is running short on air pollution, and if we continue to cut back on smoke pouring forth from industrial smokestacks," global warming consequences could be "profound." Having painted themselves into an environmental conundrum, Kintisch and climate scientists are left debating how they are going to proceed with sulfate aerosols - a natural and anthropogenic air pollutant believed to have cooling properties on the earth's atmosphere. "Thanks to cooling by...
  • British campaigner urges UN to accept 'ecocide' as international crime

    04/10/2010 9:47:24 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies · 544+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | April 9, 2010 | Julliet Jowit
    A campaign to declare the mass destruction of ecosystems an international crime against peace - alongside genocide and crimes against humanity - is being launched in the UK. The proposal for the United Nations to accept "ecocide" as a fifth "crime against peace", which could be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), is the brainchild of British lawyer-turned-campaigner Polly Higgins. The radical idea would have a profound effect on industries blamed for widespread damage to the environment like fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry. Supporters of a new ecocide law also believe it could be used to prosecute...
  • New form for an old fuel

    04/09/2010 1:21:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 438+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 07 April 2010 | Kate McAlpine
    Colloidal coal-water suspensions may rise to the challenges of clean coal technology with the help of a new production method.  At the very least, they won't settle - thanks to new research led by Gustavo Núñez of Nano Dispersions Technology in Panama. Combustion of a hanging drop of the colloidal coal suspension Coal-water slurry fuels are currently burned in some industrial boilers, and are becoming increasingly economical to use as oil and gas prices continue to rise. But Núñez points out that there are practical difficulties involved in using slurries as the coal particles can form a sediment during storage or...
  • Is “global warming” in need of a rebranding?

    04/05/2010 4:07:11 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 37 replies · 647+ views
    RT ^ | 05 April, 2010 | Robert Bridge
    Climatologists are unanimous in the belief that human activity is causing global warming, but their warnings are going unheeded as sea levels continue to rise. Does their public-relation strategy need a makeover? The bungling on the part of the climatologists never seemed more obvious than in the run-up to the Copenhagen Summit in December – eleven days that brought together hundreds of global leaders to address the issue of global warming and how to combat it. Read more In November, one month before the much-anticipated meeting convened, a media story broke over the discovery of some 1,000 emails stolen from...
  • EPA Chief Says New Pollution Rules for Cars Only the Beginning of Greenhouse Gas Regulations

    04/02/2010 9:29:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 588+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 4/2/10 | Matt Cover, Staff Writer
    (CNSNews.com) – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said her agency’s inaugural regulations on greenhouse gas emissions on cars were only “the first” of such regulations, promising that her agency would move “deliberately” to institute regulations in other areas of the economy as well. Speaking to reporters on a conference call on Thursday to announce the new regulations on cars and light trucks, Jackson explained that – for now – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was only regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks. “These are the first regulations that cover greenhouse gas emissions in the United...
  • Pearl Jam Offsets 2009 Tour with Tree-Planting Initiative

    03/31/2010 8:17:37 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 23 replies · 573+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | March 30, 2010 | Michael d'Estries
    Though the members of Pearl Jam are best known for their music, with roots extending back into the early days of Seattle's grunge scene, the band also has a deep commitment to environmental conservation. It stems from a recognition of their own impact through touring and a desire to find balance through offsets and other means. For their latest initiative, Pearl Jam has announced a donation of $210,000 to the Cascade Land Conservancy, a Seattle-based organization that works to conserve natural areas and restore neighborhood trails and parks. The donation will offset the carbon emissions from the band's 2009 tour...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr.: ‘Factory Farm’ Crusader Lives High On the Hog

    03/29/2010 2:03:42 PM PDT · by KippLanham · 4 replies · 332+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 29, 2010 | Dennis T. Avery
    What is the environmental movement thinking? Now extending the list of their mistakes is a Robert Kennedy Jr. campaign to dump millions of tons of hog waste into American rivers … while his trial lawyer acquaintances take billions suing the modern confinement farms that produce most of America’s meat and eggs. How does that square with Bobby’s long-term claim to be the nation’s top “riverkeeper”? Read more:
  • Constitutional Lawyer: ObamaCare Treats People Like Pollution

    03/24/2010 4:44:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies · 1,265+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You might think you’re a citizen with certain unalienable rights. But in the eyes of Pres. Obama, you’re no better than an acid raindrop . . . On today’s Good Morning America, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley–no raging conservative he–raised doubts as to the constitutionality of the way ObamaCare negates state law and forces every American to buy a government-approved health insurance policy–under penalty of law. Turley went on to explain how ObamaCare treats citizens like pollution: a problem to be dealt with. View video here.
  • The good news that went unreported on air quality (Our air has gotten cleaner over last 4 decades)

    03/15/2010 12:58:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 352+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2010 | Ed Morissey
    Last week, the EPA released its annual report on air quality trends … and no one noticed. Why? Unlike most environmental reports, this one didn’t contain dire warnings about the threat of disaster. In fact, as the Institute for Energy Research notes, the EPA discovered that our air has gotten progressively cleaner over the last four decades, and significantly so over the last twenty: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly released their annual report on air quality trends. You would never know it from picking up a newspaper or reading news websites, but the report contains great...
  • The Public Is Unaware of the Magnitude of Natural Seep Pollution

    02/16/2010 3:00:00 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 34 replies · 1,481+ views
    The largest natural oil and gas seeps in the Western Hemisphere lie in the Santa Barbara Channel. According to the California State Lands Commission,they comprise more than 1,200 of the over 2,000 active submarine seeps along the California coast. Half of these occur within three miles of an area called Coal Oil Point, located just west of Santa Barbara near the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus. It is estimated that oil seepage for a single 6-mile stretch, including Coal Oil Point, averages 10,000 gallons of oil each day (240 barrels). Every 12 months about 86,000 barrels of oil...
  • The EPA is Coming; You're the Target!

    02/10/2010 10:03:49 AM PST · by glide625 · 16 replies · 897+ views
    Kiplinger ^ | February 9, 2010 | Andrew C. Schneider
    EPA Set to Issue Tough Air Pollution Rules Power plants and factories will both face higher costs. A Clean Air Interstate Rule, will impose tighter caps on emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide. The latter, a Clean Air Mercury Rule, will require plants to install cutting-edge pollution control technology. EPA will likely propose the interstate rule in the spring and finalize it by year-end. This regulation will apply tighter, nationwide caps on emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide from all stationary sources, rather than focusing on power plants in the eastern U.S., as in the previous version. In...
  • Senators seek sulfur dioxide pollution cuts

    02/04/2010 3:15:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 299+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/10 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at slashing emissions of sulfur dioxide, mercury and nitrogen oxide from smokestacks including coal-fired power plants. The measure, which has stalled in Congress in years past, also would set up nationwide trading systems for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution permits, its sponsors said. But it does not tackle the much larger and controversial question of how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions blamed for climate change. Separate negotiations are underway on a greenhouse gas emissions bill. Democratic Senator Thomas Carper, a main sponsor of the legislation...
  • Asian pollution worsens US air levels: study

    01/20/2010 11:44:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 226+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/10 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – Pollution from Asia is boosting levels of ozone in the skies above the western United States, a trend that could hamper US efforts to meet tougher smog standards, experts said on Wednesday. Their study focuses on data for ozone in springtime above western North America at an altitude of between three and eight kilometers (two and five miles). This height is between the stratosphere -- where a thin layer of ozone helps to filter out dangerous ultra-violet light from the Sun -- and ground level, where ozone can be a bad hazard for people with cardiac or...
  • American's Crazed Corn Habit(ethanol another entitlement, to corn growers)

    12/22/2009 5:52:31 PM PST · by sickoflibs · 37 replies · 1,079+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | December 22, 2009 | Justin Rohrlich
    According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the increased use of ethanol is responsible for a rise in food prices of approximately 10 to 15 percent. Why? We're turning corn into fuel — a highly inefficient one, at that — instead of food. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy points out that "mixing food and fuel markets for political reasons has done American consumers no discernable good, while producing measurable harm." However, perhaps summing up the issue most succinctly is Mark J. Perry, professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan-Flint: Anytime you have Paul Krugman agreeing...
  • Feds mull regulating drugs in water

    12/23/2009 11:43:21 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 13 replies · 486+ views
    My Way AP Enterprise ^ | December 22, 2009 | Jeff Don
    Federal regulators under President Barack Obama have sharply shifted course on long-standing policy toward pharmaceutical residues in the nation's drinking water, taking a critical first step toward regulating some of the contaminants while acknowledging they could threaten human health. A burst of significant announcements in recent weeks reflects an expanded government effort to deal with pharmaceuticals as environmental pollutants:
  • When scientists lie: The global-warming Inquisition

    12/12/2009 2:52:27 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies · 922+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 12, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    In the most notorious trial in the history of science, the Inquisition condemned Galileo in 1633. The aged scientist was forced to recant his life’s work. The fact that the earth revolves around the sun threatened the church establishment’s doctrine. Galileo was worse than right — he was inconvenient. Since his trial, scientists have mythologized him as their secular saint. How times have changed: With the Climategate scandal, we now find scientists in the role of inquisitors — suppressing inconvenient facts and persecuting researchers who challenge the doctrine decreed by the Global Warming clergy.
  • Earth Day, 1970: Twenty years to live

    12/04/2009 2:54:26 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 512+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 04, 2009 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Ask a believer: What's the difference between climate alarmism and child abuse? If he pauses to think for more than one second, then that's too long. Conservatives are American thinkers. Liberals are American feelers. Remember Earth Day, 1970? Here's Dan Rozek, writing in the Daily Herald, Sunday 22, 1990: "On the eve of Earth Day 1970, gloomy scientists and environmentalists questioned whether humanity would be around for this year's 20th anniversary celebration. Some worried mankind could not long survive without fatally fouling the planet and predicted mass deaths from pollution in 15 to 30 years. Even if man managed to...
  • Can and will the SCOTUS rescind Co2 as a POLLUTANT ?

    12/01/2009 11:05:11 PM PST · by TsonicTsunami08 · 33 replies · 932+ views
    3 April 2007 In one of the most important decisions in environmental law, the US Supreme Court has ruled that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a pollutant and that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the right to regulate CO2 emissions from new cars.
  • How 16 ships create as much pollution as all the cars in the world

    11/21/2009 11:36:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 39 replies · 1,890+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st November 2009 | Fred Pearce
    Last week it was revealed that 54 oil tankers are anchored off the coast of Britain, refusing to unload their fuel until prices have risen. But that is not the only scandal in the shipping world. Today award-winning science writer Fred Pearce – environmental consultant to New Scientist and author of Confessions Of An Eco Sinner – reveals that the super-ships that keep the West in everything from Christmas gifts to computers pump out killer chemicals linked to thousands of deaths because of the filthy fuel they use. We've all noticed it. The filthy black smoke kicked out by funnels...
  • N. Korea: Rational Pollution Advice Causes Devastation(warning on toxic waste earns swift purge)

    11/24/2009 8:30:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 398+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 11/24/09 | Moon Sung Hwee
    N. Korea: Rational Pollution Advice Causes Devastation By Moon Sung Hwee, from Jagang in 2006 [2009-11-24 18:08 ] The Soil Research Institute at Hamheung Chemical Engineering University has been dissolved and all researchers and cadres associated with it dismissed. The action was apparently taken because they submitted a paper which spoke negatively of the actual condition of polluted soil in the country and measures to deal with it to the Central Committee of the Party. A source from South Hamkyung Province revealed the news to the Daily NK last Saturday in a telephone interview, saying, “The Soil Research Institute sent...
  • Officials Point to Uranium Mine

    11/22/2009 8:30:51 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies · 856+ views
    AP ^ | 22/11/09 | Scott Sonner
    YERINGTON, Nev. (Nov. 21) -- Peggy Pauly lives in a robin-egg blue, two-story house not far from acres of onion fields that make the northern Nevada air smell sweet at harvest time. But she can look through the window from her kitchen table, just past her backyard with its swingset and pet llama, and see an ominous sign on a neighboring fence: "Danger: Uranium Mine." For almost a decade, people who make their homes in this rural community in the Mason Valley 65 miles southeast of Reno have blamed that enormous abandoned mine for the high levels of uranium in...
  • Climate economist says he was 'gagged'

    11/01/2009 8:01:36 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 988+ views
    aap ^ | November 02, 2009 | Clive Spash
    A SENIOR CSIRO environmental economist has gone public to accuse the science body of trying to gag his report attacking the Federal Government's climate change policies. The paper, by Clive Spash, criticises the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and argues that direct legislation or a tax on carbon is needed... Dr. Spash also wrote that the economic theory underpinning emissions trading schemes was far removed from the reality ... He said trading schemes were ineffective ... He claims the CSIRO had tried to block the publication of the report, despite it being internationally peer reviewed and accepted by the journal New...
  • Amphibians rarely give earliest warning of pollution Long-standing 'canary in the coal mine'..

    10/30/2009 12:06:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 491+ views
    Nature News ^ | 29 October 2009 | Matt Kaplan
    Long-standing 'canary in the coal mine' role questioned.Frogs aren't always the first to suffer from pollution.Digital Vision The health of amphibians is commonly used to give a rough assessment of pollution levels in an area, but an analysis of more than 20,000 toxicity studies now suggests that these creatures are relatively resilient and not well suited to the task.The finding could have a significant effect on the way that the environment is assessed. Conventional wisdom suggests that if an amphibian population is thriving, the area is probably clear of pollutants. But the survey shows that other species, such as shelled...
  • CA: Coastal panel grants San Diego waiver on pollution, a potential $1.5 billion savings (8-4 vote)

    10/08/2009 8:59:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 479+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/7/09 | Mike Lee
    In a striking change of direction, the California Coastal Commission Wednesday voted 8-4 to give San Diego its third exemption from pollution standards set by the federal Clean Water Act. Just two months ago, commissioners overwhelmingly to deny the five-year waiver from “secondary” treatment levels at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The facility processes sewage from more than 2.2 million people in and outside of the city's limits. The commission's reversal saves San Diego from having to retrofit the facility at a price tag of up to $1.5 billion. The last major step is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,...
  • Polluted Water, Polluted Culture (one more consequence from contraception)

    10/04/2009 2:29:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 1,203+ views
    CERC ^ | October 4, 2009 | MATTHEW HANLEY
    Estrogen – from artificial contraception pills, consumed daily by tens of millions of women – is making its way through sewage treatment plants and severely pollutes our waterways with chilling consequences. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reacted to an August report that emissions from coal-fired power plants have led to widespread mercury pollution in our rivers and streams by saying: "this science sends a clear message that our country must continue to confront pollution, restore our nation's waterways, and protect the public from potential health dangers." Who, after all, wants toxic levels of mercury in our rivers? But mercury is not...