Environmental Politics

Senate Rejects Limits on EPA's Greenhouse Gas Authority; House Vote Soon

On a 50-50 vote, the Senate Wednesday night rejected an effort to strip EPA of its legal authority to regulate greenhouse gases, as well as several weaker alternatives. The efforts were supported by Republicans and some coal-state Democrats. The House may act on similar legislation today.

Source: NY Times, 04/07/2011

White House Promises Veto of 'Koch Brothers Appreciation Act'

"In case there was any doubt, the White House on Tuesday issued a formal statement opposing a bill now before the House that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases for the purpose of combating climate change." The House could pass it as soon as Wednesday, April 6.

Source: Green (NYT), 04/06/2011

Transocean Execs Give Up Fraction of Their Bonuses

Five top executives at Transocean, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, gave up some $250,000 of the $898,282 in bonuses they received this month. The firm had been criticized for claiming a "best year" in safety of operations after 11 people died on the rig. One quarter of the bonus amount was explicitly tied to safety.

Source: Houston Chronicle, 04/06/2011
April 14, 2011

ASEH Plenary Session: William Cronon Discusses "Sustainability: A Short History of the Future"

Public talk by William Cronon, historian from the University of Wisconsin and author of "Scholar as Citizen" blog now at the center of the controversy over academic freedom; public discussion of immigration and the environment — both at the American Society for Environmental History's annual conference in Phoenix in mid-April 2011.

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Baltimore: "Mayor: 'Not Possible' To Pay Lead-Poison Judgments"

"Echoing her housing commissioner, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday that Baltimore's public housing authority has decided 'it is not possible' to pay lead-poisoning judgments that could one day exceed $800 million because the money is needed to improve living conditions for thousands of poor families."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 04/05/2011


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