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The Watchdogs Have Become Lapdogs

December 30th, 2008 No comments

EPA not the only one caving to the chemical industry
Under a blaring boldfaced banner “Watchdog Reports”, in a fine example of investigative journalism we seem to have lost the ability to produce here in NJ, the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal reports:
EPA veils hazardous substances
By Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 20, 2008
http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/36514449.html

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Environment and Media – The Year in Review

December 27th, 2008 1 comment

It is a sad fact that New Jersey newspapers continue to downsize and fail to cover important environmental news, especially policy stories out of Trenton. The few issues they do cover reflect constraints imposed by news deadlines or space limits that prevent in depth substantive coverage. Complex topics or policy issues are avoided in favor of human interest puff pieces. Coverage often is inaccurate, or reflects the self serving spin of government officials or vapid political soundbites from friendly lobbyists.
These trends do not bode well for the health of our democracy or the environment: for example, witness the dearth of substantive coverage of the record of NJ DEP Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson after she was nominated by President Elect Obama to be EPA Administrator.
Despite persistent failures of the media to hold polluters and government accountable, we had quite a year in 2008 writing important environmental stories in New Jersey. http://www.peer.org/state/state_info.php?sid=nj
I am taking nominations on your favorites from the long list below! Vote in the comments section. Each story comes with extensive links to supporting documents, provided for the inquiring reader, blogger, intrepid journalist and citizen activist:
February 6, 2008 NEW JERSEY CUTS DEEPLY INTO PROTECTED STREAM BUFFERS — Commissioner Revokes Her Year-Old Order, Leaving Buffers at Mercy of Politics
http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=986

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“Lilies of the Failed”

December 27th, 2008 4 comments

Bush Unveils White House Portrait of Worst. President. Ever.

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Audit finds Energy Star Program Flawed

December 25th, 2008 4 comments

Adverse Findings Call Into Question Half of EPA Global Warming Reductions – Similar Questions Raised About NJ’s Programs
In yet another illustration of failed voluntary market based environmental programs, the Office of Inspector General (IG) of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released a critical audit of the “Energy Star” Program. See:
http://www.epa.gov/oig/reports/2009/20081217-09-P-0061.pdf
The Energy Star audit comes in the wake of a July 2008 IG Audit, that made similar negative findings regarding the performance of voluntary market based programs as alternatives to regulation. The July Audit was titled:
Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs Have Limited Potential:

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How Many More Christmas’ at War?

December 24th, 2008 3 comments
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