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Weekly Mulch: House Republicans Push for Renewed Offshore Drilling – May 6, 2011

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger

Ed. note: This is the final edition of the Mulch. To keep up with the best environmental coverage the progressive media has to offer, follow The Media Consortium on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.

House Republicans passed a bill yesterday afternoon that would require the Obama administration to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. As oil prices shoot up, Republicans have pushing for more domestic drilling, even as oil companies report record profits.

Photo by Ken Doerr

As Mother Jones' Kate Sheppard reports, oil companies have used those profits in record buybacks of company stock. "This spending spree comes… more

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Weekly Mulch: Greening the Royal Wedding is the Least of Our Worries – April 29, 2011

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger

The biggest news for the environment this week might just be that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took pains to add a couple of green touches to this morning's Royal Wedding. The flowers were seasonal, the food locally grown, and the emissions offset.

Photo by Craig Beames

At Care2, Laura Bailey has a few more ideas for couples inclined to green a wedding: Wear a vintage wedding dress. Exchange heirloom rings. Give guests environmentally friendly wedding gifts. Ask them to donate to a charity instead of stocking your household with kitchen appliances.

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Those of us who don't live in the fantasy land of… more

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Weekly Mulch: One Year After the BP Oil Spill, None the Wiser – April 22, 2011

By Megan Hagist, Media Consortium blogger

One year after the worst oil spill in U.S. history began, key questions about its environmental impact remain unanswered. The 4.9 million barrels of BP oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico continue to threaten marine wildlife and other vile surprises have surfaced along the way. Mother Jones’ Kate Sheppard lists 10 reasonswhy we should not let the BP spill fade into the background. Perhaps the most important is the spill’s effect on locals’ health, about which Sheppard reports:

Photo by Todd SandersBP oil spill graffiti in Key West

Of the 954 residents in seven coastal communities, almost half said they had… more

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Weekly Mulch: Cost-Cutting at the Environment’s Peril – April 15, 2011

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger

In Washington, the environment is under attack. The cost-cutting deal that the House passed yesterday stripped the Environmental Protection Agency of $1.6 billion, which made up 16% of the agency's budget. Funds for clean energy were cut. Republicans put in a provision that would keep the Department of the Interior from putting aside public lands for conservation and one that killed the nascent climate center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Photo by Lisa Sorensen

These choices represent a deeper antipathy toward nature and environmental health than the run-of-the-mill climate denialism that's become au courant among congressional Republicans. They show… more

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Weekly Mulch: The EPA Can Regulate Carbon, For Now – April 8, 2011

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger

This week, the House voted to shut down the carbon regulation program at the Environmental Protection Agency, but the Senate rejected four different measures that would have stopped or delayed EPA action. The EPA, as mandated by the Supreme Court, has been moving forward with regulations that would require carbon polluters to apply for EPA permits and to use the best available method to start limiting carbon emissions.

Solar Panels Photo by Winam on Flickr

The Office of Management and Budget has promised that if Congress does vote to end the regulation program, "senior advisors… more

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