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EPA Updates Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under the mercury and air toxics standards on Friday, based on new information and analysis that became available to the agency after the rule was finalized. The updates are largely technical in nature and will have no impact on the “sensible,…

President Obama Nominates Tom Perez for Secretary of Labor

By Glynn Wilson – President Barack Obama nominated Tom Perez, a Hispanic who has served as the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for civil rights for the past four years, to join his cabinet on Monday as the new Secretary of Labor. Perez, Maryland’s former labor secretary, has attracted a fair amount of media attention…

Senators Question Sally Jewell, Obama’s Choice for Secretary of the Interior

By Michael Brune – Sierra Club Executive Director – Watching the members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources question Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, brought to mind John McPhee’s classic Encounters with the Archdruid. To write that book, McPhee spent a year with David Brower (the “archdruid”…

Climate of Uncertainty: Planning for the Hoax Apocalypse

By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Deniers and doubters of global warming, frequent bedfellows with haters of the government, have the government to thank for opportunities to make money off global warming. The accursed feds concluded years ago that the earth really is running a temperature and that the main cause is human activity…

Transocean Pleads Guilty in Gulf Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Sentenced to Pay $400 Million in Criminal Penalties, the Second-Largest Criminal Clean Water Act Fine in U.S. History – BP’s oil still pollutes Gulf Shores beaches – By Glynn Wilson – Transocean Deepwater Inc. pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act Thursday for its illegal conduct leading to the BP Gulf Oil…

Alabama Senate Business, Labor Committee Considers Open Carry Gun Law

Watch the video to see the debate about the difference between a concealed pistol permit and the current policy on gun possession in the state. By Glynn Wilson – MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Senate Business and Labor Committee debated an open carry gun law this week sponsored by far right conservative Senator Scott Beason, the…

EPA Finalizes Revisions to Clean Air Standards for Stationary Engines

Updated Rule Protects Public Health, Lowers Cost of Compliance – Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized revisions to Clean Air Act standards reducing air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural, oil and gas…

Unsuitable Conduct: Separate Messages at Gulf Restoration Council Meeting

Don’t believe everything you see on Teevee – By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Feeding frenzy of suits. That could have been the caption on a picture from a downtown Mobile hotel where the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council staged its first meeting on December 11. Federal law created this council to preside over…