The Current


Scientists say EPA must do more to protect human health


Recent news suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t been doing much protecting of the earth (as evidenced by this this and this). In fact, the federal agency has successfully exploited the land and its resources while simultaneously failing to regulate toxic chemicals and pollution while also letting industry lobbyists pretty much make their own rules in some instances. Way to fail, guys.

But the EPA wants to improve—really, it does. It’s poor rep of late is more due to the administration it’s overseen by than it’s own failures. In fact, once Bush took office, some EPA employees quit in protest of the administration’s environmental policies.

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Obama’s uphill battle in improving the EPA


This week could be a big one for greens. Obama is likely to announce his energy and environment team very soon, which could include his nominees for Energy Secretary, Interior Secretary, and head of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to sources close to the transition team. And with the Bush Administration doing everything in its power to undermine US environmental policy (see Plenty's coverage of this issue here, here, and here), the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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An update on UN climate negotiations in Poznan


We’ve reached the halfway point of this year’s UN climate negotiations in Poznan, which conclude this Friday. This conference’s discussions are supposed to lay the groundwork for a 2009 climate pact in Copenhagen, a deal which will take effect once the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. Environmentalists hope that the new Copenhagen deal will result in drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from developed and some developing nations.

And now for some bad news: Some delegates in Poznan are now saying that due to recession and the change of US administration, it’s unlikely that the world will meet its 2009 deadline for a new climate treaty.

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Obama’s green stimulus package takes shape


Last week, we brought you news of Obama’s goal of creating 2.5 million jobs through green investments. Today, a few hazy details from the president elect’s plan were revealed.

From today’s New York Times:

The details and cost of the so-called green-jobs program are still unclear, but a senior Obama aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a work in progress, said it would probably include the weatherizing of hundreds of thousands of homes, the installation of “smart meters” to monitor and reduce home energy use, and billions of dollars in grants to state and local governments for mass transit and infrastructure projects.

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Bush allows coal companies to dump waste in waterways


Bush is certainly burning the midnight oil lately. In his latest effort to please those dearest to him (i.e. polluting companies), Bush approved a final rule on Tuesday that basically makes it easier for coal mining companies to dump mining waste like dirt and rocks into nearby waterways.

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