A couple months ago, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing ordered the removal of huge piles of petroleum coke, a by-product of refining tar sands oil into gasoline and other products, from land along the Detroit River. Now the same problem is growing in the Chicago area where refineries are producing even larger amounts of the stuff.
Category Archive: Environment
Oct 17 2013
Sep 16 2013
Exxon has been hit with criminal charges from the state of Pennsylvania for dumping nearly 60,000 gallons of wastewater from fracking wells into the environment without treating it. The company admits that it did so, but says it wasn’t negligent and therefore did not commit a crime.
Sep 12 2013
As we wait on the Obama administration to make a final decision on whether to give the go-ahead to build the Keystone XL pipeline — he’ll approve it eventually — the company that owns it, TransCanada, is now proposing a massive new pipeline that would go all the way across Canada.
Aug 19 2013
Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida is clearly bucking for a seat on the House Science Committee, for which a prerequisite for all Republican members seems to be total ignorance of science and fundamentalist religious beliefs. He repeats the lie that scientists thought we were headed toward an ice age “just a few years ago” and …
Aug 15 2013
Today’s dumbass quote of the day comes from Rush Limbaugh. I know, I could give him an award for this pretty much every day. But this one is particularly idiotic, even for him. He claims that no one who believes in God could possibly believe in global warming.
Jul 17 2013
In the wake of any large oil spill, the companies responsible often spend large amounts of money on TV commercials and other ads assuring local residents that they will take full responsibility and make sure that everything possible is done to clean them up. Let’s see how that works out in the long run.
Jun 29 2013
President Obama gave a major address on climate change on Tuesday, outlining some important steps to reduce our production of greenhouse gases that make the planet warmer. But far too many people are being terribly naive about one particular passage:
Jun 25 2013
Residents of Maury County, Tennessee have been complaining to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for months about poor water quality in the area. They went to a meeting to raise the issue and a deputy director of one of the agency’s divisions told them that they might be committing terrorism. Seriously.
Jun 15 2013
Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma is staking a strong claim to join the Republican Crazy Caucus with this utterly moronic and hypocritical declaration on the House floor, falsely claiming that the federal government spends 30 times more on climate change research than on weather prediction — and that Obama should apologize for that.
Jun 14 2013
Edward Snowden isn’t the only whistleblower getting attention at the moment. TransCanada, the company that owns the Keystone pipeline and wants to expand it all the way to the gulf coast, has a whistleblower named Evan Vokes who is making life difficult for them.
May 04 2013
Mother Jones reports on a remarkable new study that shows that some conservatives are actually less likely to choose a product if they are told that it will use less energy and thus be better for the environment. Here’s how the study actually worked:
Apr 07 2013
In a political system controlled by big money, environmentalists have long had a problem: They simply cannot match the spending of corporations and wealthy individuals with a vested interest in killing their agenda. But now they’ve got a billionaire on their side — and it’s got the Democrats sweating a bit, as Politico points out.
Mar 22 2013
April 22 is Earth Day and the state of Utah is celebrating…fossil fuels and the wonders of mining. The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining is having a poster contest with the theme “Where would WE be without oil, gas and mining?” The goal is to “highlight how modern mining and petroleum extraction techniques …
Mar 20 2013
Glen Hiemstra has an article about what I think is a likely future development in the use of solar energy, which is solar roads that generate electricity. Combined with the ability to transfer electricity wirelessly to vehicles, I think this may ultimately replace our current system of inert roads and gas-guzzling cars.
Mar 05 2013
In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, the State Department has issued its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline and concluded that the project is environmentally sound. Thus begins the official restart of the inevitable approval of the project.