Category: Environment

#ScienceResistance — Scientists from air quality panel disbanded by Trump’s EPA: Screw you, we’re meeting anyway

#ScienceResistance — Scientists from air quality panel disbanded by Trump’s EPA: Screw you, we’re meeting anyway

The Clean Air Act requires U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for pollutants that are considered harmful to the public and environment. In order to do this, the EPA has a long history of including the advice of independent groups of scientists. However, in October of 2018, Trump’s EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, appointed a […]

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Trump isn’t a climate change denier, he’s a climate change cheerleader and champion

Trump isn’t a climate change denier, he’s a climate change cheerleader and champion

As I have been saying on this site and on our podcast for over two years, all of the chaff created by Donald Trump’s reckless chaos is masking the long-term damage he’s doing to our country and our planet. While we worry he’s violating the Emoluments Clause or being the Racist in Chief, his administration is inexorably undoing nearly every […]

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Trump is making George W. Bush’s attacks on science look quaint, doing things you’re probably not even aware of

Trump is making George W. Bush’s attacks on science look quaint, doing things you’re probably not even aware of

What’s become painfully clear over the past two and half years is the Donald Trump is the master of creating chaos, in part to create a distraction from the things he doesn’t want people to know about. Many of these things he wants to keep in the shadows relate to reversing any progress made on reversing global warming, loosening environmental […]

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Big Oil AstroTurf group comes to the rescue of Enbridge Energy and its ticking time bomb, the 66-year old Line 5 pipeline

Big Oil AstroTurf group comes to the rescue of Enbridge Energy and its ticking time bomb, the 66-year old Line 5 pipeline

If you worried that poor, maligned Enbridge Energy was alone in its fight against the monstrous power of Michigan citizens who are desperate to save our Great Lakes from an unimaginable environmental catastrophe, you may now rest easy. A new corporate front group, an “AstroTurf” group as they are frequently called, has come to their aid, posing as, in their […]

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Making Our Voices Heard to Support Strong Fuel Economy Standards

Making Our Voices Heard to Support Strong Fuel Economy Standards

The following post was contributed by my good friend Frank Houston. Frank is the Michigan Regional Program Manager of the BlueGreen Alliance, a group that encompasses a variety of progressive values: labor, environmental, and political action. For this reason, it’s a group that I’m happy to share this platform with. Enjoy. I was born and raised in Michigan. As a […]

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Michigan Republicans, led by irresponsible gun owner and desperate candidate Rep. Lee Chatfield, play politics with Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, a catastrophe waiting to happen

Michigan Republicans, led by irresponsible gun owner and desperate candidate Rep. Lee Chatfield, play politics with Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, a catastrophe waiting to happen

The following guest post was provided by Clean Water Action in Michigan, our state’s top environmental watchdog and advocate for clean water. If you’re not familiar with State Rep. Lee Chatfield, I urge you to read the piece I wrote about him last week titled “Northern Michigan Republican Lee Chatfield can’t control his guns or his campaign“. If you’re unfamiliar […]

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TAKE ACTION: Michigan needs science-driven standards for PFAS in drinking water

TAKE ACTION: Michigan needs science-driven standards for PFAS in drinking water

The following post is cross-posted from our good friends at Michigan Clear Water Action. In mid-June, after months of pressure from Clean Water Action members and public health advocates, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) finally released their study on the health effects of PFAS contamination. Emails between Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials, the White House, and […]

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Why are *you* angry? Are you Red or Blue?

Why are *you* angry? Are you Red or Blue?

Everyone is angry. I get it. Our country is as divided as I can remember it being in my lifetime. Friends are divided. Institutions are divided. Families are divided. People that never seemed to be “political” are suddenly, and surprisingly, strident defenders of a particular belief or position–or equally vocal about being against that position. Everywhere you go these days […]

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When labor unions and environmentalists work together, we ALL win with more & better jobs and a cleaner planet

When labor unions and environmentalists work together, we ALL win with more & better jobs and a cleaner planet

The following post was contributed by my good friend Frank Houston. Frank is the Michigan Regional Program Manager of the BlueGreen Alliance, a group that encompasses a variety of progressive values: labor, environmental, and political action. For this reason, it’s a group that I’m happy to share this platform with. The gains made in federal environmental policy under the Obama […]

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