The oil rig spilling oil in the Gulf of Mexico has further undermined the chances a climate bill will pass the Senate. One part of the bill would permit offshore oil drilling. Without more safeguards, this provision could now scuttle the bill. Some senators want bigger buffers, others more study.
In the wake of reactionary rulings by the Supreme Court that seized a woman’s right to abortion after the Justices had unleashed potentially lethal freedoms to gun owners, one can only shudder at the prospect of the court’s upcoming decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).