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Entries by Kate Sheppard from 11/2013

Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Take Proactive Approach To Climate Change

Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration quietly unveiled a new executive order on Friday laying out plans to deal with the impacts of climate change ...

Attacks On Clean Energy Failed Across The Country: Report

Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Efforts to roll back renewable energy standards in the states this year have largely failed despite the best efforts of conservative gro...

Virginia Governor Race Draws Big Spending From Environmental Groups

Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists are poised to become the second-biggest contributor to the effort to elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe as the next govern...

Four Colorado Cities Vote On Whether To Halt Fracking

Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

Voters in four Colorado cities will decide this Election Day whether or not to ban fracking within their communities, putting the state at the center ...

Ron Johnson Staffer Unsure The Senator Believes In Evolution (UPDATE: He Does)

Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As of last month, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson's (R) staff was unsure whether or not their boss believes in human evolution. But one spoke...

Shutdown Paralyzed Drilling Permits, Parks and Fishery Management, Says OMB Director

Posted 11.07.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A new report finds that the 16-day government shutdown had economic impacts on a number of energy and environmental programs that the f...

Obama Picks New Energy and Environmental Adviser

Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has tapped Dan Utech to serve as his top adviser on energy and climate change, replacing longtime adviser Heather...

World Bank To Review Delay Of Pollution Controls At South African Coal Plant

Posted 11.11.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A World Bank-backed coal plant in South Africa is seeking to delay the implementation of pollution controls, a request that is raising n...

Walmart's Sustainability Results Don't Match Promises, Report Finds

Posted 11.13.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -– Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has received positive press in recent years for its promises to go green. The company began iss...

This Senator Is Going To Keep Talking About Climate Change Until Somebody Listens

Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has been on a one-man quest to get the Senate to talk about climate change. And talking is exactly wh...

Utilities Spend Big In Arizona Solar Energy Fight As Final Decision Looms

Posted 11.14.2013 | Green

Utility commissioners in Arizona will decide the fate of rooftop solar incentives this week, in what has become the biggest fight over renewable energ...

Whatever Happened To All That Enthusiasm For 'Clean Coal?'

Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't that long ago that "clean coal" was all the rage. John McCain touted it on the campaign trail in 2008. So did Barack Obama. Th...

Duke Energy Renewables Guilty Plea Nets Big Fine For Bird-Killing Wind Turbines

Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Duke Energy's renewables division will pay $1 million in fines and restitution for unlawfully killing golden eagles and other threaten...

Can You Talk Turkey With Your Climate-Change-Denying Relatives This Thanksgiving?

Posted 11.26.2013 | Green

Thanksgiving is coming and you know what that means, folks: dinner with your climate-change-denying relatives. You know who I'm talking about. The...

Barbara Boxer Wants Her Nuclear Regulatory Records And She Wants Them Now

Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are engaged in an increasingly public feud over whether the commissi...

Peter Willcox, American Greenpeace Activist Jailed In Russia For Climate Protest, Won't Back Down

Posted 11.28.2013 | Green

After two months in a Russian jail, American Greenpeace activist Peter Willcox will spend Thanksgiving free on bail. But he's still not allowed to com...