IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: California wins one for a change; Where's the beef? Recalled!; Did EPA suppress study from global warming skeptic?... PLUS: Wingnuts lose it over cap-and-trade...All that and more in today's 'End of the World' Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (links below): Exxon Mobil will pay $400 million in interest on damages from Exxon Valdez oil spill; EPA releases list of "high hazard" coal waste impoundment sites; Some gray wolves to receive 'protected' status again... PLUS: Judge reverses Bush Administration's creative forest "management" rules...
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- Conservative Ire Rains on 8 Republicans Who Voted for House Climate Bill (NY Times)
- Lobbying cash paved Waxman-Markey's road to House floor (Greenwire)
- Southern Company Dominates the Climate Lobbying Scene
- As House bill passes, GOP parties like it's 1993 (Greenwire)
- Ailing Henry Waxman said to be improving (LA Times)
- EPA ‘suppression’ story grows, despite shoddy science in report (Grist.org)
- Shock: Hobby Report Deep-Sixed at EPA! (Talking Points Memo)
- Climate Skeptic: "I Was Hoping People At EPA Would Pay Attention" To My Work (TPMMuckraker.com)
- NASA Climate Scientist Gavin Schmidt - a real climate scientist (RealClimate.org):
So in summary, what we have is a ragbag collection of un-peer reviewed web pages, an unhealthy dose of sunstroke, a dash of astrology and more cherries than you can poke a cocktail stick at. Seriously, if that’s the best they can do, the EPA’s ruling is on pretty safe ground.
- EPA approves California auto emissions standard (Reuters)
- EPA gives California emissions waiver --- The state can develop its own standards on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks, though it agrees not to toughen the standards before 2017. Automakers agree to drop lawsuits. (LA Times)
- California Finally Gets the OK to Set Its Own Auto Emissions Standard (Treehugger.com) [emphasis added]:
The ruling sets a precedent that allows California to tighten restrictions in the future, well after 2016 and the emission standard-sympathetic Obama have come and gone. So even if some future president were to repeal the emissions standard, or elect not to continue it after 2017, California would still be able to tackle the issue itself.
- Kroger, others recall beef in more than a dozen states (USA Today)
- 12 hospitalized in connection with E. coli in beef (AP)
- Kroger seasoning recall follows ground beef alert (Indystar.com)
- E. Coli Confirmed In Nestlé Samples; Cookie Dough Ingredient May Be Source (Washington Post)
- OPINION: When Our Brains Short-Circuit (NY Times) [emphasis added]:
Evidence is accumulating that the human brain systematically misjudges certain kinds of risks.
If you come across a garter snake, nearly all of your brain will light up with activity as you process the “threat.” Yet if somebody tells you that carbon emissions will eventually destroy Earth as we know it, only the small part of the brain that focuses on the future — a portion of the prefrontal cortex — will glimmer.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report... See below!
- Exxon to pay $500 million in interest to spill victims
- EPA reveals 44 higher risk coal ash sites (AP)
- Is Your Town on the List?: EPA's Coal Impoundment Location & Information System
- Gray wolves get federal protection again (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- Judge Tosses Bush-Era Forest Management Regulations (Greenwire)