The Latest in Government
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) lit into House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Republicans Wednesday for not holding a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. ”There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John. . .
This will be simple and straight to the point – Vote! Today is a national election for these United States. If you are a voting citizen it is your duty to head to the polls and place your vote in the ballot box. No matter who you support the only. . .
For the first time the European Union (EU) is proposing to test pharmaceutical products in EU waters. The Commission is proposing to add 15 chemicals to the list of 33 pollutants that are currently monitored and controlled in EU surface waters. The popular pain-relieving drug Diclofenac is one of three. . .
The federal gasoline tax funds highways and mass transit. At a current tax rate of 18.4 percent it is one of the lowest gas taxes in the world. The tax was created in 1956 to finance highway construction, and in 1982, Congress expanded its scope to fund mass transit as. . .
The NASA Earth Observatory, in conjunction with Woods Hole Research Center’s (WHRC) National Biomass and Carbon Database, released an image showcasing where the greatest concentrations of trees are in the U.S. The newly released map was a byproduct of computer models, space-based radar, satellite sensors, and ground-based data. It took. . .
In a rare gesture by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a flock of rare whooping cranes has been given the go-ahead to complete its inaugural winter migration after a U.S. agency lifted restrictions on the pilots, who will guide them wearing bird costumes. The whooping cranes, part of North America’s. . .
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the U.S. would enact a twenty-year ban on uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon. The ban affects one million acres by the Grand Canyon. The current administration had been issuing temporary bans since entering office, but today marks a significant departure from past. . .
In a good news legal decision for the grizzlies of Yellowstone National Park, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for the bears. The issue of keeping the bears on the Endangered Species Act has been battled in the courts since 2007,. . .
Despite having all previous signatory country’s agreeing to extend the Kyoto protocol on climate change at the Durban climate talks, Canada’s Environmental Minister Peter Kent on his return from the talks, announced that Canada is withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol. Canada will be the first country to do so. Canada,. . .
By the year 2040 there is a one in two chance that you will be driving a hybrid vehicle. Global demand for oil to power the world’s cars will demand that every other car put into production be a hybrid, in order to keep oil consumption in check. By 2040. . .
Who really won at the Durban, South Africa climate talks, the planet, or the governments involved? Despite the politically correct theme of, “Working Together, Saving Tomorrow Today”, the climate talks may not have really helped out the planet. But, it may have averted a politically embarrassing episode for the 194. . .
The practice of hydraulic fracturing, known as ”fracking” is about to get a little more controversial. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has acknowledged that fracking is causing groundwater pollution. The practice of fracking involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to open fissures and improve. . .
A recently published article in the journal Nature Climate Change highlighted a new analysis by the Global Carbon Project, that shows fossil fuel emissions increased by 5.9 percent in 2010 and by 49 percent since 1990. Ironically 1990 was the first year of the Kyoto protocol. On average, fossil fuel. . .
According to recent NASA satellite data sulfur dioxide levels in the vicinity of eastern seaboard coal power plants has halved since 2005. Scientists from NASA using the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA’s Aura satellite confirmed major reductions in the levels of a key air pollutant generated by coal power. . .