Saturday, June 28, 2008

SCOTUS grants cert -- June 27, 2008

Coeur Alaska Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation, No. 07-984, consolidated with Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation, No. 07-990. Are process wastewater discharges from mining operations governed by the drege-and-fill permit scheme operated by the Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act or are they covered by effluent limitations under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which are within the Environmental Protection Agency's jurisdiction? 

June 28, 2008 in Governance/Management, Mining, North America, Sustainability, US, Water Quality, Water Resources | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Crude approaches $140 and is predicted at $150 by July 4th

The American economy is melting down more rapidly than anyone could have predicted.  The Dow Jones Industrials plunged almost 400 points today -- driven by skyrocketing crude prices that reached a record $139.01 and predictions of crude prices rising to $150 by July 4th; May unemployment figures jumped to 5.5%, four times as much as predicted and the largest one month jump since 1986; a weak dollar that will buy 30% fewer Euros than last year when we went to Europe; and astonishing drops in housing prices, fueled among other things by record high foreclosures and late payments on all sorts of mortgages.  If Obama is elected, he will inherit the greatest economic crises since FDR.  If ever we needed a president to inspire us and bring hope for the future, it is now.

June 6, 2008 in Climate Change, Economics, Energy, Governance/Management, International, Sustainability, US | Permalink | TrackBack (0)