Tag Archives: Politics

Breaking News: Bush Lifts Executive Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

In a morning statement given from the Rose Garden, the White House indicated it plans on lifting the executive ban on offshore oil drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf. The move by itself does not clear the way to drilling, but steps up pressure on Congress to lift its legislative ban on offshore drilling in place since the 1980’s. Through all this debate about clearing …

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Climate Change at the Bargaining Table: G8 Sets Long-term Target, India Brings Out National Action Plan

Efforts to establish international government consensus on actionable plans to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is the latest test of individual nations’ ability to establish inclusive, coordinated supranational governance. Akin to their predecessors – the WTO, GATT and others – the issues of climate change and emissions reduction has become something of a bargaining chip on the political power poker table. As …

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Where Would Jesus Drill? (Not in ANWR)

Nothing brings out a religious fervor in America than rising gas prices. It seems the sudden surge in the cost of a barrel of oil and the attendant rise in gas prices has Americans, as blogger Charlotte Weybright says, squealing like “stuck pigs”.    Or perhaps bleating like sheep. Sure high fuel prices bite at people just trying to get along. But it is simply delusional …

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Dick Cheney Interferes With Congressional Testimony on Climate Change

The office of the vice president reportedly pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to delete six of fourteen pages of testimony given last October by CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding. According to a three-page letter from recently resigned EPA official Jason Burnett in response to an inquiry by Senator Barbara Boxer, the vice president’s office was “deeply involved” in getting the testimony removed. Burnett’s …

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U.S. Calls 15 Countries Together To Discuss Global Airline Pollution Cuts

At long last, top US officials are beginning to indicate that they’re serious about participating in a global deal to cut airline greenhouse gas emissions. The US wants to call 15 countries together at a meeting in Montreal in two weeks to discuss options, the Wall Street Journal reports. It’s a move rivaling measures being taken by the European Union. Last week, the Europeans concluded their …

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Petulant White House Refuses to Open EPA Email Because Bush Administration Didn’t Like What It Said

Now there’s leadership for ‘ya… In April 2007 the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection agency has the authority and obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as pollutants that contribute to climate change. The ruling also made clear that the EPA could not shrink from this responsibility unless it provides a scientific bases for doing so. In December 2007, in apparent compliance with …

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Bush Claims Executive Privilege in Disclosing White House Influence Over EPA Decision

Last Friday, with only 15 minutes to spare before the House Oversight Committee was scheduled to vote on holding EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson and White House official Susan Dudley in contempt of Congress, the Bush administration invoked executive privilege – thus expressing its own contempt for that pesky concept known as “congressional oversight”. The impending vote from the committee chaired by Henry Waxman was in response to Johnson and Dudley, the administrator …

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