British Scientist Criticizes U.S. ‘Climate Loonies’

You’ve got to love those Brits for their ability to be so forthright and out-spoken… A leading British scientist said on Friday that the growing ferocity of hurricanes hitting the United States was very probably caused by global warming and criticized “climate loonies in the States.” Sir John Lawton, chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution that advises the government, made what the Independent newspaper said was a thinly disguised attack on the stance of the Bush administration.

Waxman: EPA Is Using Katrina to Undermine the Clean Air Act

Henry Waxman announced today: The EPA has drafted legislation that would allow the agency to waive any provision of the Clean Air Act, nationwide – including limits on toxic emissions and the health-based air quality standards – without any notice or public comment whenever the Administrator chooses to declare an emergency. — Letter to EPA Administrator Johnson (PDF) — Letter to EPA Administrator Johnson (Microsoft Word) — Draft EPA Proposal

John Kerry Fights for Immediate Hurricane Katrina Small Business Assistance

Today, John F. Kerry continued to push for a combination of federal economic aid and disaster assistance for small businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama recovering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Senators Kerry and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) led a bipartisan group of Senators in passing a small business relief package for Gulf-area small businesses last week as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill. Because the House considered its version of the bill before Hurricane Katrina struck, this issue must be resolved in conference. “It’s outrageous to think that after spending $63 billion, Congress has yet to provide a penny for small business relief. We can’t turn our backs on America’s small businesses. Small business owners in … Continue reading

Santorum's Slam on Boston Comes Back to Haunt Him

Rick Santorum made some wild claims back in late July, early August about Boston and the Catholic Church Sex Abuse scandals. At that time Santorum tried to pin the blame on Senators Kennedy and Kerry claiming they “did nothing” about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in 2002. However, Kennedy and Kerry were both quoted about the scandal during 2002. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” on Sunday, July 31st, Santorum said, “’I singled out Boston in 2002. In July of 2002, that was the epicenter. We did not know — .” Stephanopoulos was quick to cut Santorum off saying, “That simply is not true,” noting that stories about abuse in many places had been printed at the … Continue reading

Feinstein to Vote NO on Roberts

Breaking News: Senator Feinstein today announced that she will vote against the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be Chief Justice. Feinstein, the committee’s only woman, said her vote was decided after Roberts refused to fully answer her and other Democrats’ questions in his confirmation hearing last week. “I knew as little about what Judge Roberts really thought about issues after the hearings as I did before the hearing. This makes it very hard for me,” said Feinstein, an abortion rights supporter. I cannot in good conscious cast a ‘yea’ vote. I will cast a ‘no’ vote,” she said. UPDATE: Statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein in Opposition to the Nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be … Continue reading

Thomas Oliphant: Kerry's Roads Not Taken

We’ve said it here many times, Kerry was right. While the right wing spin doctors try to paint a dark picture of John Kerry’s speech on Monday, Thomas Oliphant reminds us of the roads not taken – Kerry’s Roads Not Taken. Thomas Oliphant is right… Kerry “happens to be correct.” WASHINGTON SUPPOSE WE had a president, with barely seven months in office, pushing Congress to confront the energy crisis and stop the insane importing of oil from the Middle East. That was the road not taken before Katrina, remember? Suppose we had a president who had challenged the lobbyist-run Congress long before Katrina produced gargantuan costs that cannot be paid honestly: His veto would block the extension of those juicy … Continue reading

Environmental Watch: EPA Wants to Ease Toxic Spill Reporting

Those corporate whores masking as EPA officials, the ones who are in George W. Bush’s back pocket, just keep pushing the envelope… The government wants to quit forcing companies to report small releases of toxic pollutants and allow them to submit reports on their pollution less frequently. Saying it wants to ease its regulatory burden on companies, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adopting a “short form” that would excuse companies from disclosing spills and other releases of toxic substances if: _They claim to release fewer than 5,000 pounds of a specific chemical. The current limit is 500 pounds. _They store onsite but claim to release “zero” amounts of the worst pollutants, such as mercury, DDT and PCBs, that … Continue reading