The land of Steinbeck has more to it than fertile soil from which the nation's spinach and strawberries sprout: The country's biggest supply of shale oil lies below the central California turf.The Monterey Shale extends through most of central California and has as much as 15.4 million barrels of oi ... More >>
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) must reassess how its planned road-expansion project along Highway 101 could truly harm the surrounding redwood trees, a judge ruled.Environmental groups filed a lawsuit last week in San Francisco, hoping to stop Caltrans from widening the two- ... More >>
Perhaps not the best recyclableThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Sims Metal Management, a company that claims to be the largest recycler of metal and electronics in the world, to stop polluting San Francisco Bay with toxic chemicals.The EPA announced today that Sims was found d ... More >>
Sparing PollutersIt's Spare the Air Day, and here is why we should refrain from air-polluting behaviors. The San Francisco-based Sierra Club has joined WildEarth Guardians in a legal battle to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold more than two dozen states accountable for protec ... More >>
Matt SmithHere's what we'll do, y'see: We'll put out crazy-assed think-tank reports, and see if people believe 'em.The Pacific Research Institute bills itself as a think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility by advancing free-market policy solutions. But judging fr ... More >>
Trouble in paradise?Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court in San Francisco, asserting the EPA did not adequately enforce provisions of the Clean Air Act.The lawsuit, filed yesterday by the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardian ... More >>
Look! Green! Green!But Some Consumers May Be Better Off Looking Elsewhere To Fund Green Home Improvements, Program's Architect AcknowledgesMayor Gavin Newsom this evening will hold an "Internet town hall" to tout a new program helping property owners pay for energy-saving improvements. Dubbed Gre ... More >>
This week's Matt Smith column notes that Sims Metal Management dumps into municipal landfills tens of thousands of tons of waste California Department of Toxic Substances Control scientists say is hazardous. Yet the company somehow received a San Francisco "Green Business Award." The column a ... More >>
San Francisco has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle an EPA lawsuit demanding that the city prevent a repeat of a 2005 Muni diesel fuel spill.SF Weekly obtained a copy of the consent decree between San Francisco and U.S. officials just after posting an item about an Oct. 27 EPA lawsuit chargi ... More >>
Smoke 'em if you got 'em...It was the Roman satirist Juvenal who pondered quis custodiet ipsos custodes? -- Who watches the watchmen? If we gave him the answer "The WildEarth Guardians" we don't think it'd satisfy his query (and, honestly, the man's been dead 1,800 years) -- but it wouldn't be wrong ... More >>
The city's politicos made the enviros happy by banning plastic bags, but left us with more pollution and cost
"The Weather Channel had great promise, and that's all gone now because they've made every mistake in the book," John Coleman told the attendees of the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change on Monday, according to businessandmedia.org. Coleman is the channel's founder and the only man aliv ... More >>
A company is dumping questionable materials into the ocean so that you can buy forgiveness in the form of carbon credits
One local busybody collects letters from serial killers. Another attacks environmentalists. Guess which one's misguided.
On many fronts, the spiteful are doing harmful things that you should know about
"Environmentalists" make bad transit worse by insisting Muni buy alt-fuel buses
The Sanitary Fill Co.
Ring Master; Salt in the Wound; S.F.: 237, N.Y.: 1
Ecologists are still trying to spin their phony save the whale campaign
International environmentalists claim they stopped a Mexican salt plant that endangered the gray whale. Actually, though, the Mexican government canceled the plant for reasons of its own.
The road to Punta Abreojos is paved with hollow intentions
Environmental groups sent out a worldwide call to save the gray whale from a Mexican salt plant. They got millions of dollars and thousands of new members. But scientists found no threat to the whales.
Large numbers of Northern Californians really, truly believe that the government, the environmentalists, and the U.N. have joined forces in a plot so obvious, yet so subtle, so seemingly benevolent and fundamentally evil, that it can only be called ...
Detroit automakers have spent millions attempting to unplug California's effort to put electric cars on the road. And so far, Detroit's succeeding.
Even if radioactivity were ignored, Hunters Point Shipyard would be one of the planet's most polluted properties
A lawsuit over a proposed Hayward country club promises to be more than just another environmentalists-vs.-developers fight
Environmental activists adopt a new strategy -- playing the race card
The Giants' new stadium site is almost certainly seeping a stew of toxic chemicals into the bay. Why doesn't the government care?
How buying and selling pollutants could help clean up the Bay Area's air
Taking the Sierra Club's helm, boy wonder Adam Werbach confronts more than his own inexperience
If you're good at pushing a shopping cart - really good - and establish a lucrative route, you too can make minimum wage by heisting bottles, cans, and newspapers from the blue recycling bins. And incur the wrath of the cops in the process.