Environmental Politics

Is Wyoming Ban on Reporting Environmental Harm Unconstitutional?

A newly enacted Wyoming law seems to be aimed at criminalizing the collection and reporting of stream pollution or other environmental harm. It creates a unique new category of crime called "data trespass." Just what the law, signed in March by Gov. Matt Mead (R), means or does is being debated hotly.

"Obama Recasts Climate Change as a More Far-Reaching Peril"

"President Obama will use a commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut on Wednesday to cast his push for urgent action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, arguing that the warming of the planet poses an 'immediate risk' to the United States."

Source: NY Times, 05/20/2015

"The Truth Behind Peabody's Campaign To Rebrand Coal as a Poverty Cure"

"The story Linda Jing tells in the video is slick and persuasive: she was a girl from a poor village forced to study by candlelight because there was no electricity until coal-fired power plants arrived, transforming her destiny and that of China."

Source: Guardian, 05/20/2015

"Critics Hear E.P.A.’s Voice in ‘Public Comments’"

"When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a major new rule intended to protect the nation’s drinking water last year, regulators solicited opinions from the public. The purpose of the 'public comment' period was to objectively gauge Americans’ sentiment before changing a policy that could profoundly affect their lives."

Source: NY Times, 05/19/2015

"Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail"

"Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil and gas activity and the state's nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes, according to the dean's e-mail recounting the conversation.

Source: Bloomberg, 05/18/2015

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