Category: Politics

By Stephen Leahy Who remembers that climate change was a top priority early in George W Bush’s first term as US president? Merchants of Doubt, a new documentary film released in US cinemas this week, reminds us that in June 2001 Bush and the Republican party were 100% committed to curbing carbon emissions causing global [...]

By Stephen Leahy BONN, Oct 27 2014 (IPS) – China and the United States are responsible for 35 percent of global carbon emissions but could do their part to keep climate change to less than two degrees C by adopting best energy efficiency standards, a new analysis shows. Although China’s energy use has skyrocketed over [...]

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 3 2014 (IPS) – “Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are higher than ever, and we’re seeing more and more extreme weather and climate events….We can’t prevent a large scale disaster if we don’t heed this kind of hard science.” Question: Is that statement about the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [...]

By Stephen Leahy Scientists have linked both the collapse of bee populations and the stunning decline in bird and bat numbers to a new generation of insecticides called neonicotinoids. It gets worse: these widely-used nerve poisons are also considered the main cause of a general collapse of insect life since the mid 1990s. Bug-spattered windshields [...]

Stephen Leahy “You can’t climb out of poverty if you have to rebuild your home every other year.” — Harjeet Singh UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) – Extreme poverty and hunger can be eliminated, but only through far greater efforts to reduce carbon emissions that are overheating the planet and producing punishing droughts, catastrophic [...]

Stephen Leahy The Keystone XL oil pipeline could put up to 110 million tons of additional climate-heating CO2 into the atmosphere every year for 50 years, according a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. If Keystone XL was a country, its 110 million tons of CO2 emissions would be comparable to those [...]

By Stephen Leahy A moratorium on any new oilsands expansion is imperative given Canada’s failure to properly assess the total environmental and climate impacts Canadian and U.S. experts say in the prestigious science journal Nature. Even with a moratorium it will be very difficult for Canada to meet its international promise to reduce CO2 emissions [...]

The Department of Transportation is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Inside of the Department of Transportation (DOT) is the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Anthony Foxx is the current head of transportation, or DOT, thus he is the current head of NHTSA. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety [...]

Can the new GM be sued for the recalls? Will sanctions against Russia hurt car companies?

How long has General Motors known there was an issue with the ignition switch? Was there a cover up May 15, 2009 when, according to the New York Times, “data in the black boxes of Chevrolet Cobalts confirmed a potentially fatal defect existed in hundreds of thousands of cars.” Is General Motors shielded by the [...]

The 84th Geneva International Motor Show was full of exotic cars, a 24 hour of Lemans hall and eco-friendly cars. In the background, in dimly lit rooms, in roundtables with executives the questions were starting to filter in. All of the car manufacturers, European, American and Asian are concerned about the economic threat to a [...]