The good new is that House and Senate finally passed the more than $1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill Thursday night and most of the egregious attacks on public health and the environment were left out. However, there were some notable dirty riders such as a step backward by repealing energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. Unfortunately, this bill also included provisions for exempting Arctic drilling from critical Clean Air Act standards which is not only bad for the environment but also the wrong way to legislate decisions like those.
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director August 1, 2011 Takin’ the Good with the Bad Early last week, despite earlier expressions of concern on the adverse effects of climate change impacts on international peace and security, the House released an authorization bill with an amendment from Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) that would reduce the budget set aside [...]
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director July 25, 2011 Image courtesy of: Devin Dobbins-McCarthy From the delivery of more than 639,000 comments in support of strong mercury safeguards to the legislative efforts to cut climate funding and block life saving clean air standards, it was a week of contradictions as intense as the record high temperatures brought [...]
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director June 6, 2011 Source: http://ostseis.anl.gov/ Strong Voices and Influential Reports Last Tuesday, President Obama nominated John E. Bryson to head the Commerce Department as the Commerce Secretary. This announcement brought praise from both environmental groups and businesses. Notably, Mr. Bryson helped co-found the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970 and has [...]
Coal contributes to four of the top five causes of mortality in the U.S., according to a new report from the Physicians for Social Responsibility. The report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” looks at the impact of coal pollution on the major organ systems of the human body and also considers coal’s contribution to global [...]