Arcane arguments, big stakes as Supreme Court hears N.C. cleanup case
The Supreme Court grappled with abstruse legal terminology today at the heart of an electronics manufacturer's bid to torpedo a case brought by two dozen North Carolina landowners accusing the company of contaminating their groundwater with industrial solvents.
Greens wonder if a GOP star might change her tune on KXL
Environmentalists amassed in the capital this week to protest Keystone XL are eyeing one of the GOP's rising stars, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, for a possible change of heart on the project after she joined Democrats in calling for a full Obama administration review of another Canadian oil sands crude pipeline running through her home state.
Senate field hearing highlights the costly sea-level challenge facing Fla.
In southeast Florida, it is not unheard of to see people wading through floodwaters to their homes or businesses, or worrying about floating cars. During a high tide event last fall, 1 ½ feet of salt water flowed over the streets of Miami Beach. Local officials spoke of the high cost of adapting to these conditions at a congressional field hearing yesterday in South Florida about the threat of sea-level rise.`
Local leaders push for climate action as Congress 'drops the ball'
Climate action in Seattle aims to make the city carbon-neutral in less than 40 years. In Bridgeport, Conn., a former landfill is sheathed in solar panels to produce clean power. And a Republican mayor in Carmel, Ind., is seeing emissions ebb by turning sewage into fertilizer. That's happening despite a gun-shy Congress that's avoided taking federal action on rising temperatures, leaving local officials to lead the way on thorny political efforts to cut carbon from cars, buildings and electricity sources, according to municipal leaders.
Ill. still in search of solution for 'broken' renewable standard
A conflict between state laws continues to stifle renewable energy development in Illinois, a state with one of the most ambitious green power mandates that's already among the nation's largest wind energy producers.
Another Earth Day, and still no Cabinet status for leading U.S. enviro agency
President George H.W. Bush in 1990 asked Congress to send him a bill elevating the U.S. EPA chief to Cabinet level by Earth Day. Two dozen Earth Days later, it still hasn't happened.
One man's obsession with EPA and toxic waste in his neighborhood leads all the way to the Supreme Court
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- You could call congressional candidate Tate MacQueen the anti-U.S. EPA environmentalist. For nearly a decade, MacQueen has dedicated himself to getting toxic waste left by a former electroplating facility here cleaned up. Industrial solvents, including known carcinogens, are suspected to have contaminated the groundwater, and some nearby families have suffered serious illnesses including brain tumors and cancers. MacQueen isn't just angry with the former owner of the facility, CTS Corp. The main focus of his ire is EPA, which he says has criminally mismanaged the site. He is calling for investigations and prosecutions. And tomorrow, his legal efforts against CTS will be heard by the Supreme Court.