Monthly Archives: June 2011

BP control of Gulf cleanup money interfering with scientific integrity of damage assessment, Senate Environment committee told at hearing

At a Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife hearing June 28 on “Status of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment,” the chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said that BP’s corporate control … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Impact of a Changing Climate on US Humanitarian and Disaster Response

Climate-related disasters will exacerbate conflict and stresses in vulnerable countries, with implications for global and US security, says a new report by Oxfam America and the Center for Naval Analysis. In order to make developing nations more resilient, US aid … Continue reading

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Study showing higher birth defect rates adds another note of urgency to banning mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia

“The prevalence rate ratio (PRR) for any birth defect was significantly higher in mountaintop mining areas compared to non-mining areas … after controlling for covariates. Rates were significantly higher in mountaintop mining areas for six of seven types of defects…” … Continue reading

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Letters in support of the NOAA Climate Service that the House Science Committee hasn’t made public

Climate Science Watch has obtained and is posting here a set of letters to the House Science Committee from a wide range of industry, nonprofit, and scientific organizations, as well as from the former NOAA Administrators under the Clinton and … Continue reading

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Proposed NOAA Climate Service attacked and defended at House Science Committee hearing

Following some preliminary skirmishing at the House Science, Space and Technology’s hearing June 22 on the proposal to create a Climate Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the real partsian ‘conservative’ objection to the NOAA reorganization was evident: … Continue reading

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5 Democratic congressmen join Republicans in committee vote to kill EPA’s clean water authority

At the Netroots Nation 2011 annual meeting in Minneapolis last week, speakers on the “Progressives vs Polluters: Standing up for the EPA” panel discussed the ongoing right-wing assault on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and debated the problem of how … Continue reading

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Mountaintop removal rally outside EPA headquarters excoriates ‘King Coal’ Congress members

This was the voice of an Appalachian grassroots resistance movement, not the usual polite policy wonkery we’re used to hearing in the nation’s capital. On June 8, supporters of the March on Blair Mountain against mountaintop removal coal mining rallied … Continue reading

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From the top of Blair Mountain: “It’s time to annihilate mountaintop removal”

The March on Blair Mountain, West Virginia, to stop mountaintop removal coal mining culminated June 11 in rallies at the base of the mountain and on the mountaintop. “Everything this industry does is illegal, it’s a criminal enterprise,” said rally … Continue reading

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Thomas Drake NSA whistleblower victory: government’s case implodes

The Obama administration’s prosecution of National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake collapsed this week, days before his trial was set to begin. Prosecutors dropped felony charges under the Espionage Act; Drake pled to a single misdemeanor and will not go … Continue reading

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March on Blair Mountain

The 50-mile March on Blair Mountain, West Virginia, began on June 5 and will culminate in a rally at the mountain on Saturday, June 11.  This action aims to stop the impending destruction of Blair Mountain by mountaintop removal coal … Continue reading

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