An Interview With The Mercury Doctor

BY ON September 5, 2011
While researching my blog series on mercury, I kept reading about “mixed results” of epidemiological research on mercury, with the implication that we can’t be sure whether methylmercury exposure from eating fish is harming children. I decided to get to the bottom of this and...

TOPICS: Coal, Mercury Poisoning, Pollution

Obama, Ozone, and Political Horse-Trading

BY ON September 2, 2011
President Obama has just announced a controversial decision (because we’re all paying close attention over the Labor Day weekend, of course) not to raise the ozone standards for air pollution–in spite of pressure from environmentalists and his own head of EPA, Lisa Jackson. He is...

TOPICS: Politics, Pollution

Texas Power Plant Crisis: Pollute or Conserve?

BY ON September 1, 2011
ERCOT, or The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, is the organization responsible for managing the state’s electrical grid and assuring that most everyone in Texas has enough power. It is anticipating a power crisis as Texas continues to experience record heat and drought conditions this...

TOPICS: Coal, Economics, Pollution