Peter Dykstra joins Host Bobby Bascomb to discuss how a coal plant that transformed Paradise, Kentucky into a ghost town is now being shut down. Then, they look at a study from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, which confirms that recent spikes in atmospheric methane are linked to oil and gas fracking.
Every 45 minutes or so on Election Day, I was treated to the televised strains of "Come Fly With Me," a 1957 crooners' standard made famous by Frank Sinatra.
Now THAT's what I call redistricting<p>Both major parties have engaged in the noxious practice of gerrymandering – creating Congressional districts that look like they were drawn by Picasso in order to capture as many seats as possible.</p><p>But the GOP and Dems have nothing on Mother Nature, who is poised to re-shape coastal districts from Corpus Christi to Cape Cod.</p><p>Republican Carlos Curbelo's south Florida district could completely disappear under rising seas. Curbelo helped found the Congressional Climate Caucus. But as environmental leaders lamented at a post-election briefing on Wednesday, the bipartisan caucus has accomplished little. He lost his job on Tuesday to Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.</p><p>Remember the push to get scientists to become politicians?</p><p><a href="https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/elections/ct-met-illinois-6th-district-peter-roskam-sean-casten-20181106-story.html" target="_blank">Sean Casten</a> has postgraduate credentials in molecular biology and engineering, and he's the new Congressman from Illinois. Casten is also a clean energy entrepreneur, and talks a big game on climate. He defeated six-term Congressman Peter Roskam, who was criticized for ignoring pollution from a local factory.</p>
Fond farewells<p>Retiring House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith had turned his hearing room into an inquisition chamber for climate scientists. Also quitting is fellow Texan "Smokey Joe" Barton, so christened by enviros for his teenage crush on petroleum; in 2010, Barton demanded that President Obama apologize to BP for his harsh words over the Gulf oil spill.</p><p>Term-limited Maine governor Paul LePage dismissed BPA risks by saying the worst case would be <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXt4mYbFY7s" target="_blank">"women with little beards."</a></p><p>Rep. Darrel Issa, who pushed to investigate climate scientists, retired and was replaced by Mike Harkey, a Dem with strong environmental and clean energy credentials.</p>
Final rant: Negative ads, but not on environment<p>For all of the vile, truth-stomping attack ads that oozed from our TV's this year, I could only find one specific to the environment. The aforementioned, soon-to-be-ex Congressman Carlos Curbelo used third-party ads to attack the woman who defeated him, Debbie Mucarsel Powell for allegedly taking coal money. You see, her supporter, Tom Steyer once worked for a firm that invested in coal, so there you go.</p><p>Here in Georgia we were buried with non-environment attack ads in which both parties tried to make their opponents look like thugs, playing voters for fools while enriching campaign consultants and the broadcasters that sell them airtime. Prominently featured were slo-mo, black-and-white images of the puppetmasters, Pelosi and McConnell, designed to add 20 years to the mid-septuagenarians and make them look as ghastly as possible.</p><p>We'll know environmental issues have hit the political bigtime when politicians routinely use these ads to pollute the environmental discussion. </p><p>Boy oh boy, I can't wait.</p>
Wildfires in Colorado cost $130 million in 2018. Here are the details, down to the $40 daily rate on portable toilets.
Depending on what assumptions are made in its computer models, the risks of catastrophically low levels at Mead by 2026 have jumped three to six times since 2007, Bureau of Reclamation officials say.
If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.
Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.