Environmental Politics

"Cancer Alley Case Gets Surprising Support"

"Mossville Louisiana sits in the shadow of 14 petrochemical refineries. When residents felt the US Government wasn’t protecting their right to a healthy environment, they reached past the American regulators, legislators and courts to take their case to the highest human rights court in the western hemisphere."

Source: Living on Earth, 08/01/2011

Arctic Scientist Who Exposed Climate Threat To Polar Bear Is Suspended

The Interior Department scientist who first warned of climate change as a threat to polar bears in a 5-year-old peer-reviewed paper has been suspended. The Obama administration has been accused of hounding him so it can open up the fragile Arctic to drilling by Shell and other companies.

Source: Guardian, 07/29/2011

WV: "Tomblin Weakened Executive Order on Marcellus Drilling"

West Virginia Gov. Tomblin's "administration weakened an executive order on the regulation of Marcellus Shale gas drilling just hours before the order was signed and publicly announced, according to records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. ... The governor's office has refused to make public its correspondence with industry lobbyists who were helping craft state drilling policies."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 07/29/2011

"Debt Deal Set to Crater Energy, Enviro Spending for Years to Come"

"As the capital's debt-limit drama enters its final act today, the last two solutions standing -- one Democratic, one GOP -- would slash long-term energy and environmental spending to a degree comparable with the fiscally austere deal struck to avert a springtime federal shutdown."

Source: Greenwire, 07/29/2011


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