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Sep 20, 2013 Fukushima Forever

QUOTE: Fukushima is just the latest episode in a dangerous dance with radiation that has been going on for 68 years. Since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 we have repeatedly let loose plutonium and other radioactive substances on our planet, and authorities have repeatedly denied or trivialized their dangers. The authorities include national governments (the U.S., Japan, the Soviet Union/ Russia, England, France and Germany); the worldwide nuclear power industry; and some scientists both in and outside of these governments and the nuclear power industry. Denials and trivialization have continued with Fukushima.

Huffington Post
May 12, 2010 The Price and Who Pays: Updates From the Gulf

QUOTE: attempts to shut off the flow of oil streaming into the Gulf of Mexico have been unsuccessful and the search continues for a cause and for ways to prevent such blowouts in the future. Questions persist about who will be liable for damage from the spill and the risks to local wildlife.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2009 U.S. Energy Corridors Could Disrupt Climate Change Research

QUOTE: On Tuesday, fourteen conservation groups and a Colorado county sued the federal government, alleging that it violated environmental, property and energy laws in designating "energy corridors" along 6,000 miles (9,650 kilometers) of public land and wilderness areas in the U.S. West.

Scientific American
Jul 07, 2009 Colorado town's wildfire law called intrusive

QUOTE: Breckenridge [,CO]... recently passed an ordinance requiring residents to thin vegetation around their home... the new law has infuriated many residents, who call it an encroachment on their rights and demand its repeal.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 22, 2009 'Green' claims by marketers go unchecked

QUOTE: The federal watchdog that's supposed to crack down on product labels that make false environmental claims has taken almost no enforcement action over the last decade, even as "green" marketing claims have exploded, agency records show.

Dec 02, 2008 Inside The World's Superdumps

QUOTE: While nobody knows for sure where it came from or how to clean it up, the sheer size of the Garbage Patch has attracted attention to the world's seldom-discussed renegade waste problem. The remains of daily life are becoming a colossal problem with increasingly global implications.

Nov 08, 2008 Bush’s seven deadly environmental sins: How Bush made a mockery of the nation’s environmental laws and values -- and what Obama must do to get us back on track.

QUOTE: It hardly bears repeating that George W. Bush's record on the environment makes his own father look like Teddy Roosevelt by comparison. By taking environmental policymaking away from scientists, and turning it over to industry cronies, Bush has made a mockery of the nation's environmental laws and values.

Oct 20, 2008 Ask Pablo: The presidential candidates keep talking about the evils of China's new coal plants and "clean coal technology" as a savior. What's the real story?

QUOTE: So does the solution really lie in "clean coal technology," as both presidential campaigns keep saying? As nice as it sounds, clean coal is an oxymoron of epic proportions, promoted by the coal industry, a sort of Orwellian doublespeak meant to introduce the notion that coal can be environmentally friendly.

Jul 28, 2008 EPA e-mail to workers: Don't answer inspector's questions

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency advised employees last month not to answer questions from journalists, the Government Accountability Office or the agency's inspector general, according to an EPA e-mail made public Monday..."The order reinforces a growing bunker mentality within an EPA that is the subject of a growing number of probes into political interference with agency operations,"

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 20, 2007 Politics undercut species act, suits say: In a twist, an Interior Department investigation provides much of the grist for the legal action.

QUOTE: The Bush administration is no stranger to being sued under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But in a tack that could signal a major new legal challenge, last week's suits mark one of the few times Interior Department officials have been sued not merely for bureaucratic foot-dragging, but because of deliberate political interference with the ESA, observers say.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 05, 2007 Mass transit plan makes waves in Seattle ecotopia: In one of the nation's greenest cities, a mass transit proposal has green voters divided.

QUOTE: But here, where global warming is universally accepted and residents like Anderson can quote numbers about the "carbon footprint" of the proposed light-rail system, there's no agreement about what's best for the earth. Or, for that matter, what's best for the millions of motorists routinely stuck in traffic on a notoriously convoluted freeway system.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 04, 2007 Products hyped as 'green' often are not

QUOTE: Natural and "green" products abound -- but with so much green advertising, it's sometimes hard to tell what's for real and who is trying to pull the recycled wool over the eyes of consumers.
Aug 28, 2007 As Brazil Defends Its Bounty, Rules Ensnare Scientists

QUOTE: Marc van Roosmalen is a world-renowned primatologist whose research in the Amazon has led to the discovery of five species of monkeys and a new primate genus. But precisely because of that work, Dr. van Roosmalen was recently sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison and jailed in Manaus, Brazil.

New York Times
Jul 09, 2007 How Green Was Live Earth, Anyway? The environment was the message at the Live Earth concert in New Jersey. But how eco-friendly was the show?

QUOTE: all of the activity was supposed to be in service of building global awareness of climate change and what to do about it. Just how Green was Live Earth, really?

May 18, 2007 'Ecoterrorism' case stirs debate in US: Environmental radicals, who pleaded guilty to arson, may face harsher sentences under antiterror laws.

QUOTE: Among the crimes solved were a string of arsons and other attacks across five Western states totaling more than $40 million in damage. Intimidation, coercion, and retaliation aimed at the conduct of government, prosecutors said, deserves "enhanced" punishment under federal antiterrorism laws.

Christian Science Monitor
May 06, 2007 Having large families ‘is an eco-crime’

QUOTE: Having large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a 4x4 car and failing to reuse plastic bags, according to a report to be published tomorrow by a green think tank.

Sunday Times/The Times (UK)
Jan 06, 2006 A GOP Key to Unlocking NEPA: Party Links Environmental Law to Delay, Paperwork, Lawsuits

QUOTE: House Republicans are hoping to rewrite one of the nation's most sweeping environmental laws....Deborah K. Sease, legislative director for the Sierra Club, said the language in the report was so "vague, you open the door to undermining the principles of NEPA."

Washington Post
Nov 19, 2005 Mileage Numbers To Reflect Reality: EPA to Update Test Procedure

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency will replace its testing procedures for fuel-economy estimates with a system that better reflects how motorists drive today. The planned changes follow complaints from consumers who have been paying more attention to the accuracy of the estimates as gas prices have spiked.

Washington Post
May 07, 2005 Judges to Leave Environmental Group's Board

QUOTE: Two federal appeals court judges in Washington resigned yesterday from the board of an organization that opposes environmental regulations, ending an ethics controversy surrounding their roles.

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2004 'Data Quality' Law Is Nemesis Of Regulation

QUOTE: The Data Quality just two sentences directing the OMB to ensure that all information disseminated by the federal government is reliable...interpretation of those two sentences could tip the balance in regulatory disputes that weigh the interests of consumers and businesses.

Washington Post
Feb 29, 2004 Beware 'Sound Science.' It's Doublespeak for Trouble

QUOTE: In this Orwellian vocabulary, "peer review" isn't simply an evaluation by learned colleagues. Instead, it appears to mean an industry-friendly plan to require such exhaustive analysis that federal agencies could have a hard time taking prompt action to protect public health and the environment.

Washington Post
Feb 19, 2004 President's Science Policy Questioned: Scientists Worry That Any Politics Will Compromise Their Credibility

QUOTE: ...groups of prestigious scientists raised concerns about the role of politics in the formulation of Bush administration science policy...

Washington Post
Sep 01, 2003 Dirty Secrets: No president has gone after the nation's environmental laws with the same fury as George W. Bush -- and none has been so adept at staying under the radar.

QUOTE: ...while George W. Bush gets low marks on the environment from a majority of Americans, few fully appreciate the scope and fury of this administration's anti-environmental agenda.

Mother Jones
Jan 31, 2003 Snowmobile expansion OK'd despite health, noise issues

QUOTE: Snowmobile critics say the Bush administration study supports 10 years of scientific analysis that concluded the snow machines created unhealthful levels of noise and air pollution.

Seattle Times
Oct 22, 2001 Practical Idealism

QUOTE: Realists hold that foreign policy is about relations between nation states, not about the political, economic or human-rights conditions within particular countries. Meddling in other nations' internal affairs only invites conflict....How useful is Rice's recommended focus now? The United States is at war not with a great power but with a transnational network.

Washington Post
May 01, 1991 Who owns Exxon? We do.

QUOTE: Like many of the corporate reform efforts of the past few years, the Valdez Principles will require an immense amount of data-gathering about companies. Indeed, CERES' people (while they've released their first questionnaire for corporations, in a booklet resembling an SAT exam) are still deciding what sorts of disclosure they should require from less a luminary than Peter Drucker is writing that systematic audits can be conducted -- indeed, must be conducted -- before the problems in pension-fund socialism can be resolved.

Art Kleiner