Politics

Biden’s EPA to Restore Power of States and Tribes to Block Pipelines

Biden’s EPA to Restore Power of States and Tribes to Block Pipelines

In a move that will reverse a rule from the former Trump administration, the Biden administration is prepared to again allow states and Tribes to block energy projects, like pipelines and coal terminals, that could pollute local waterways. Since 1972, the Clean Water Act has allowed states and Tribes to review federal project permits and […]

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    Massachusetts Sues 15 Companies Over PFAS Contamination

    Massachusetts Sues 15 Companies Over PFAS Contamination

    Toxic forever chemicals known as poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have polluted drinking water throughout the U.S. Now, one state is fighting back.  Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit Wednesday against 13 PFAS manufacturers that had knowingly polluted drinking water, groundwater and other natural resources in the state, leading to millions of dollars […]

    Australian Election Reflects Broad Support for Climate Action

    Australian Election Reflects Broad Support for Climate Action

    Three years ago, Australia was supposed to have its “climate change election.” Polls had predicted a win for Labor, which had promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030, and nearly two-thirds of Australians agreed that the climate crisis was a major problem that required action. Despite this, the conservative Liberal-National coalition […]

    FDA Denies Petitions to Ban Phthlates in Food Packaging

    FDA Denies Petitions to Ban Phthlates in Food Packaging

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has chosen not to ban chemicals from food packaging that have been linked to serious health impacts including breast cancer, diabetes, asthma and brain development in children.  The FDA’s decision, announced Thursday, came in response to two petitions sent by environmental and public health groups in 2016 asking […]

    EU Plans to Shun Russian Fossil Fuels and Speed Renewable Energy Transition

    EU Plans to Shun Russian Fossil Fuels and Speed Renewable Energy Transition

    As the world seeks to respond to an energy crisis prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and increasingly dire warnings about runaway climate change, the EU has announced a new plan to get off Russian fossil fuels and speed the transition to renewable energy. The European Commission on Wednesday announced the REPowerEU Plan that would, […]

    Buffalo Shooter Is the Latest Mass Killer to Use Eco-Fascist Rhetoric

    Buffalo Shooter Is the Latest Mass Killer to Use Eco-Fascist Rhetoric

    The 18-year-old who allegedly opened fire on the parking lot of a Buffalo, New York supermarket on Saturday may be the latest mass shooter to be motivated, at least in part, by eco-fascism.  The shooter, Payton Gendron, left behind a 180-page manifesto in which he blames minorities and immigrants for problems like plastic pollution, air […]