Last week, anti-environment lawmakers in the House launched yet another attack on crucial safeguards on health and clean air. The Labor, Health and Human Services spending bill released Tuesday explicitly forbids the use of funds to develop limits on coal dust, which has been directly linked to black lung disease in coal miners.
Black lung disease has killed more than 10,000 coal miners since 1995 – and the problem is only getting worse. Cases of black
A debate between the presidential campaigns last week provided a glimpse of how the environment would suffer under a Romney Administration. The Romney campaign continued its track record of staying out-of-step with voters on clean energy issues, dismissing support for green technology and pledging to boost support for Big Oil.
Representing the Romney campaign was Linda Gillespie Stuntz, former Deputy Secretary of Energy, who currently lobbies for BP and sits on the board of directors for
A new poll reports that most Americans believe in global warming, and majorities support government action to cut energy consumption. More than half of those polled believe that President Obama wants significant government action on global warming - only 11 percent say the same of Mitt Romney. [Washington Post] A separate report finds that over the next 12 months, 52 percent of Americans intend to reward or punish companies for their global warming-related behaviors
Twenty-six senators are taking a bipartisan stand for safer chemicals in American households. On Monday, July 9, a group of lawmakers submitted a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson supporting efforts to regulate PBDEs, toxic flame retardants common in household furniture, electronics, and baby products that have been linked to neurological diseases, developmental problems, infertility, and cancer.
Their letter comes on the heels of a Chicago Tribune series exposing how chemical manufacturers have misled the public
The U.S. broke 2,284 daily maximum temperature records and tied a further 998 in June alone. The country has seen 23,383 record high temperatures compared to 13,582 at this time last year. [Grist]
Researchers have for the first time attributed recent floods, droughts, and heat waves to human-induced climate change, adding up to a stronger picture of our influence on the climate. [Guardian] According to a report by the National Climatic Data Center, the
Congress’ inaction on the production tax credit is creating some serious consequences for the wind industry. Gamesa, a leading wind turbine manufacturer, just announced that it will be forced to lay off 165 of its workers at two plants starting this fall as a result of Congress’ failure to renew this important subsidy.
As the wind industry’s largest source of federal financial support, the production tax credit has done much to fuel the recent rise of
Vice President Joe Biden lashed out at Mitt Romney last week for backing cuts to the production tax credit, the wind industry’s largest source of federal financial support. [ThinkProgress]
Still don’t believe in climate change? Then you’re either deep in denial or delirious from the heat. [Washington Post]
A coal-backed group submitted a petition to the White House last fall opposing coal ash regulation, using hundreds of fake Chinese signatures as part of the 5,400 names. [Environmental
Colorado is having the worst wildfire season in the state’s history, and a freak wind storm on the East Coast last weekend killed over 20 people and left millions without power. Meanwhile, the Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in over a decade, and 1,924 daily high temperature records were set just last week.
Though no specific weather event can be attributed to global warming, scientists have increasingly warned that heat waves, droughts, sudden downpours,