October 9, 2013
Tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing entitled “EPA vs. American Mining Jobs: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy”.
Of course, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has had limited opportunity to assault the economy since the government shutdown. And one could ask whether the shutdown itself hurts the economy much worse than anything coming out of the EPA.
But that is beside the point. The point is that despite what we hear from the House Majority, mining companies love spending their money in the United States. Don’t take my word for it; ask the mining companies.
By Alan Septoff
September 30, 2013
Energy in Depth responded to our report on TCEQ's regulatory malfeasance: Reckless Endangerment while fracking the Eagle Ford - Government fails, public health suffers and industry profits from the shale oil boom.
Rather than respond on the substance, EID chose to attack Earthworks.
To paraphrase Isaac Asimov, ad hominem attacks are the last refuge of those without a leg to stand on.
The central revelations of the report are not in dispute:
September 30, 2013
Last Thursday, the House of Representatives at the last minute unexpectedly scrapped a scheduled floor vote on HR 687, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. This bill privatizes protected public lands, enjoyed by campers, hikers, and climbers, sacred to the Apache people and turns them over to foreign mining corporations.
This is the 12th time Congress has considered this bill. Each time a new version appears, the opposition grows. Native American tribes, local communities, and environmental groups have demonstrated near universal opposition. The fastest growing source of opposition comes from Republican members of the House whose districts serve Native American communities. Many conservative Democrats too have expressed strong reservations.
September 27, 2013
The BusinessWeek story asks Why Miners Walked Away From the Planet's Richest Undeveloped Gold Deposit and partly answers its own question.
We appreciate the shout-out. But we also want to make it clear that the Bristol Bay Protection pledge and market pressure from the No Dirty Gold campaign are just one part of a broad effort in which dozens of tribes, conservation groups, and business played a part. Credit is due to this diverse coalition of Native Alaskans, commercial and recreational fishermen, chefs, students, and many others.
September 23, 2013
While driving through eastern Ohio yesterday, I stopped for a stroll along the Cayuhoga. In the language of the First Americans, the name meant “crooked river.” For other Americans born centuries later, the name would come to mean “the river that caught on fire from pollution.”
The famous Cayuhoga fire of 1969 was blamed on heavy oil slicks, and was one of several that afflicted the river during more than a century of unregulated industrial waste dumping. The image of the river burning has been credited with a surge in the environmental movement and the political support needed to pass the Clean Water Act.
Fast-forward to September 2013, as Ohioans turn out in the hundreds to watch different images of rivers threatened and rivers defended—this time in the form of Triple Divide, a documentary about the damage caused by shale gas development.