Energy, Mining & Utilities
For nearly five years George Bush has infuriated much of the world by refusing to take action on global warming. Instead, he has called for more study. In a way, he got what he wanted with Hurricane Katrina.
The residents of Mecosta County and the surrounding areas in central Michigan regard water as central to their identity. They fish for trout and watch ospreys and eagles feeding in the streams. They spend warm days by the ponds and small lakes that dot the woodlands. And of course the Great Lakes, which hold a fifth of the world's fresh water, are a constant presence. So when a huge multinational bottled water company decided to move in and start pumping over half a million gallons of water a day out of the springs that feed their lakes and streams, the residents took it personally.
Seeking to protect San Francisco Bay and people who fish it for food from toxic pollution, Communities for a Better Environment and San Francisco BayKeeper filed suit in federal court in San Francisco today alleging severe, ongoing dioxin pollution violations by the Tosco refinery near Martinez.