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Describing the Devastation of Mountaintop Mining

As a lawyer, I've written about environmental harms quite often. Yet as I recently flew over several of the larger mountaintop mines in eastern Kentucky, I struggled to find the words to describe the devastation.

Public Transportation Investment Recovered!

The amendment I wrote about just a few hours ago was just passed by voice vote! That means little or no opposition against it. This is a good augury for public transportation, as I imply in the statement we just sent out:

California's Water Problems Weren't Caused By a Fish: We Need a 21st Century Water Policy for Fish and People

Today, we expect that the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will announce water pumping restrictions in the Bay-Delta to protect longfin smelt from being sucked into the export pumps of the state and federal water projects.

A Recovery for Transportation Investment?

As I’ve written about on these pages and in the Huffington Post, the transportation provisions in the recovery bill need to tilt more towards saving oil and cutting global warming po

Peabody Profits While the World Burns

Move over Big Oil, and make room for America's new profiteers: Big Coal.  Hey you, Exxon, why not take a breather and let Peabody enjoy the spotlight for a while?