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Sept. 17 News: House Republicans Push Bills This Week To Dismantle Environmental Laws

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The House is slated to vote this week on the latest GOP bill to thwart White House environmental policies that Republicans call economically burdensome. [The Hill]

The GOP bill combines a number of measures that have already passed the House to curtail policies that Republicans contend will thwart coal-mining and coal-fired power generation. It would nix the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and take aim at other air pollution rules; restrict planned EPA rules governing management and disposal of coal ash, a waste product from coal plants; and restrict potential Interior Department rules on coal-mining wastes; among other provisions.

Thousands of farmers are filing insurance claims this year after drought and triple-digit temperatures burned up crops across the nation’s Corn Belt, and some experts are predicting record insurance losses — exacerbated by changes that reduced some growers’ premiums. [Associated Press]

Drought conditions are costing homeowners bundles of money as their foundations crack, shift or crumble because of the clay-heavy Midlands earth pulling away from homes because of a lack of moisture. [Omaha World Herald]

More than 2,000 homes in Wyoming face a high or the highest possible risk from wildfires, which endanger $659 million of home value, according to an analysis firm in its inaugural wildfire risk report. [Star Tribune]

As one of the hottest summers ever recorded drew to a close, Jay Portnoy watched patients stream into Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo., coughing and wheezing with asthma, 20 admissions per day for the week that started with Labor Day, he said. [Washington Post]

The chance to save the world’s coral reefs from damage caused by climate change is dwindling as man-made greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists said in a study released on Sunday. [Reuters]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she’s hopeful of negotiating a solution to a dispute with China over solar panels, even after the European Union launched an anti-dumping probe. [Washington Post]

The hole in the ozone layer, the earth’s protective shield against ultraviolet rays, is expected to be smaller this year over the Antarctic than last, showing how a ban on harmful substances has stopped its depletion, the United Nations said on Friday. [Reuters]

A powerful typhoon passing over southwestern Japan has left tens of thousands of homes without power and brought transportation to the region by sea and air to a standstill. [Associated Press]

At the moment only 4.5 per cent of transport fuel in the UK is from biofuels, but that will rise to ten per cent by 2020. The biofuel is largely mixed in with diesel or petrol sold at the pumps. [The Telegraph]

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13 Responses to Sept. 17 News: House Republicans Push Bills This Week To Dismantle Environmental Laws

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    Those Republican Congressmen are not only poisoning nature and our democracy, they are bringing shame on their families.

    Environmental protection is very popular. The Democrats don’t capitalize on the people’s abhorrence of obvious servants of coal and other dirty industries. Obama and DNC need to change that.

  2. Leif says:

    The GOP do not fund abortion. Fine. A precedent. Why must I and others fund the ecocide of the planet via subsidies to polluting sources that profit from polluting?

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Bummer: As climate change crisis looms, presidential campaigns stay quiet

    Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2012/09/17/2176810/as-climate-change-crisis-looms.html#storylink=cpy

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    eyes wide shut….

    Climate Portals shared a link.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Climate-Portals/139434822741700

    Nuclear Meltdown Threat Cover-Up?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com
    In a letter submitted Friday afternoon to internal investigators at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a whistleblower engineer within the agency accused regulators of deliberately covering up information relating to the vulnerability of U.S. nuclear power facilities that sit downstream from large d…

  5. Paul Magnus says:

    Anyone know what the GHG emissions footprint is for switching our energy sector over to renewables?

    When Worlds Collide: Nukes vs. Climate
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com
    Japan’s weaker climate targets are not set in stone — we can and should push to accelerate the renewables revolution in Japan and elsewhere. In other words, to build the political will for a future in which our families are safe, healthy and prosperous.
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  6. ColoradoBob says:

    More bits of news from Russia -

    Over 200 areas of mass emission of methane can be observed in the Arctic Ocean discovered recently by the Russian expedition onboard Viktor Buinitsky research vessel.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_17/Methane-emissions-in-Arctic-cause-climate-change-catastrophic-effect-expert-says/

  7. David B. Benson says:

    Why is there no reporting of the three massive wildfires in Idaho
    http://lar.wsu.edu/airpact/
    which have been burning for weeks?

    • Ozonator says:

      As the song says “fire is the devil’s only friend” …

      As Coeur d’Alene is about 250 miles from monster wildfires of North Fork, “Sep 10, 2012 … A Cool-Headed Climate Conversation With Aerospace Legend – Burt Rutan … By Larry Bell, Forbes … My wife Nancy and I recently enjoyed a couple of great days with Burt Rutan and his wife Tonya at their beautiful new home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. … Burt … what got you interested in climate issues? … There’s certainly nothing alarming about the stable period we currently enjoy” (whistlesuckers perfuming the stink at icecap.us).

  8. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Coral reefs – we are carpet bombing the labour wards and child care centres of the oceans, ME