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House Republicans kill climate change committee

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes in the House of Representatives said Wednesday they were disbanding the chamber’s committee on battling global warming, calling it a waste of money. Democrats immediately assailed what they branded the “very disappointing” decision to dismantle the Select Committee on Global Warming, which…

Stimulus waste panel cancels Ritz-Carlton meeting

Dumb and dumber: at least that’s what it looks like. An advisory panel charged with rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the federal stimulus package canceled a planned meeting at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix after an onslaught of bad press. The Recovery Independent Advisory Panel’s chairman, Chris Sale, said…

Revealed: BP rates 148 of its own Alaska pipelines ‘F’ for safety

by Abrahm Lustgarten / Propublica The extensive pipeline system that moves oil, gas and waste throughout BP’s operations in Alaska is plagued by severe corrosion, according to an internal maintenance report generated four weeks ago. The document, obtained by ProPublica, shows that as of Oct. 1, 2010 at least 148…

Conservative editor: WikiLeaks founder should have been murdered with radioactive waste

One of the editors at The National Review, a magazine most closely identified with Bush-era neoconservative thought, sure has a potent imagination. Perhaps potent isn’t quite the right word. Poisonous, on the other hand, just might be. Writing for the magazine’s website on Friday, online editor Jonah Goldberg drummed up…

Md. judge: Military contractors can be sued

Md. judge says soldiers’ lawsuit over burn pits against military contractors can continue. A federal judge says military contractors can be sued by soldiers and others who allege they were harmed by improper waste disposal while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus ruled last week…

AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq

AP IMPACT: Hundreds of abandoned, incomplete projects as US hands off to Iraqis. A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children’s hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than…

Gulf waste heads to landfills, some with problems

Oily boom, trash from Gulf spill heads to landfills, some with state environmental issues The cleanup of history’s worst peacetime oil spill is generating thousands of tons of oil-soaked debris that is ending up in local landfills, some of which were already dealing with environmental concerns. The soft, absorbent boom…

US officials push back at ‘troubling’ spy agency report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US officials pushed back Monday at a lengthy Washington Post report critical of the bloated and sometimes inefficient US intelligence network, which one called a “roadmap” for US foes. The second segment of the three-part Post series on the intelligence bureaucracy comes out Tuesday, the same day…

Residents outraged: BP dumping oily waste in Gulf landfills

The Gulf area may have to live with oil long after the beaches have been cleaned. Some residents are outraged that BP has been dumping oily waste in landfills in their areas. After BP crews scoop up the oil off Gulf beaches, the waste is transported to Mississippi’s Pecan Grove…

‘Out of Afghanistan Caucus’ pledges to keep voting ‘no, no, no’ on war funds

A group of US lawmakers allied with the White House called Thursday for an end to the Afghan war, labeling it an unwinnable drain on US “blood and treasure” and comparing it to Vietnam. “Every dollar spent and every life wasted in Vietnam was just that: A waste,” said Democratic…

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