Tag Archives: Environment

The GOP and trolling

Today’s New York Times has an account of how the GOP transformed from the party that got a Democratic Congress to sign the Clean Air Act into law and pushed for the Environmental Protection Agency became trollers pushing junk science: … Continue reading

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Sticking it to liberals

I knew Trump intended to screw over tree huggers and other liberals when during his speech announcing American abdication of its responsibility to reduce fossil fuel consumption he mentioned “draconian” as if the scriptwriters learned the word from the Reader’s … Continue reading

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Screw the world

Sean McElwee: This is it. The GOP satraps can have abortions, attend the weddings of gay friends, and buy organic food; the poor in Pennsylvania, rural Mississippi and in my own state Florida can chew on the rinds of their … Continue reading

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‘Pipelines spill and leak’

My monthly reminder that we still take seriously the construction of these pipelines. : Two barrels, or 84 gallons, spilled due to a leaky flange at a pipeline terminal in Watford City on March 3, according to the state’s Health … Continue reading

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Estimates “off” regarding sea level rise

Remember when scientists thought the coasts were a hundred years from some kind of disaster? Well. Based on new evidence, the Arctic Council — a cooperative effort among eight nations to monitor climate change — concluded that the Arctic warmed … Continue reading

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Climate change: ‘We’re not spending money on that anymore’

While Americans focus on the Gorsuch hearings and the possibility that the entire Trump palace guard was spooning caviar with Vladimir Putin last year, the minutiae that defines the administrative posture of every presidency begins to influence Cabinet departments and … Continue reading

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‘Thank you to your respective bosses’

  Hands up if you’re surprised that freshly confirmed EPA chief Scott Pruitt had the Koch brothers in essence write his energy policy as attorney general of Oklahoma: The emails show that his office corresponded with those companies in efforts … Continue reading

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Keeping data safe from Trumpists

Scientists in Soviet bloc nations wanted to defect because they envied our liberties. Now the United States has men and women afraid that an incoming presidential administration will shred documents: Their undertaking, at the time, was purely speculative, based on … Continue reading

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Trump’s America, Chapter 313

According to the Paper of Record, even the selection of a man to head the EPA who would probably throw swimming parties beside Exxon plants wouldn’t be enough to change global trends away from fossil fuels, and I suppose there’s … Continue reading

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Trump’s America, Chapter 312

I reread the NYT’s 2004 obit for Ann Grusuch Buford. This paragraph struck me: In appointing her administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, President Reagan made Ms. Burford a leader in his effort to bring economic discipline to environmental cleanup … Continue reading

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Florida — the state with the prettiest name, part #678

As the Donald Trump candidacy has adulterated political discourse, so have Florida’s waterways become more toxic thanks to the Southeast’s biggest Trumpist, our governor Rick Scott: We’ve got 450 tons of phosphorus a year flowing into Lake Okeechobee from farms, … Continue reading

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Big Sugar and its sweet Florida deals

During the Fourth of July long weekend, many Floridians on the Treasure Coast saw green more than red, white, and blue: a toxic algae bloom clogging canals and fouling beaches. Extreme heat was a factor (today’s our ninth straight morning … Continue reading

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