"The Obama administration's new interagency plan to regulate mountaintop removal coal mining met with mixed reactions from Appalachian community advocates."
"The chemical industry used 'confusion and concealment' and possibly violated Connecticut law in its unsuccessful attempt to kill legislation banning the use of bisphenol-A in baby bottles and infant food jars, [CT] Attorney General Richard Blumenthal charged Monday."
"Obama has invited politics into scientific task to update the catalog and assess the danger of industrial chemicals, some say."
THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE
By Chris Mooney
Basic Books, $24.95
Reviewed by STUART LEAVENWORTH
Here's a news flash: President George Bush and some of his minions have targeted scientists who don't share their agenda. They have intimidated certain government researchers, reassigned those who cause trouble for key constituencies and discouraged an entire generation of biologists, climatologists and other professionals from ever working on the federal payroll.
"Henry Waxman’s climate change bill won’t make it into law this year. That’s why he’s the right guy for the job."
"The Interior Department released a report today outlining flaws in the process used last year to auction oil and gas leases in Utah and calling for a comprehensive regional air-quality strategy and a review to decide whether to reinstate the parcels."
"Congress is all but abandoning President Barack Obama's goal of producing fully one-quarter of the nation's electricity from renewable sources -- wind, solar and the like -- by 2025, though a push for at least some increase is making headway."
"Sam D. Hamilton, who served as the head of the Texas office of the Fish and Wildlife Service during the early and mid 1990s, has been nominated by President Obama to be the national head of the agency."
"Bob Abbey, who helped former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt complete a Utah wilderness inventory 10 years ago, is President Barack Obama's nominee to head up the U.S. Bureau of Land Management."