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Every Breath You Take: State of the Air 2015

Harold Wimmer | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Harold Wimmer

Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn't it?

Will America's Poor Pay for Obama's Coal Plan?

Paul Alexander | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In an economic climate that's already challenging for the everyday consumer, a new problem looms: higher electricity costs, perhaps much higher. While it's often hard to pinpoint why a product or service increases in price, it's easy to identify the cause for this price hike: the Clean Power Plan.

On Franzen's Theory and Uniting Our Climate Things

Earthjustice | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

I stand by this critique of what Franzen's essay gets wrong, but I didn't credit what it implicitly gets right ⎯- that is, the climate fight is disconnected from what we individually cherish. My heart, too, rebels at the idea that tons of carbon avoided trump everything else.

The Climate Post: Court Hears Arguments Surrounding EPA Power Plant Rule

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

There was skepticism from at least two of the three-judge panel about whether they could hear a challenge before the rule is finalized. Judges Griffith and Kavanaugh both questioned whether the rule making was "extraordinary" and requiring of immediate court review.

Climate Action Is Driving Innovation and Our Economy

Gina McCarthy | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Gina McCarthy

About 2.7 million people now make a living from the clean energy economy, and that number is constantly growing. These people are developing clean energy projects, crafting more energy-efficient appliances, constructing green buildings and retrofitting existing buildings, and more -- saving consumers money and driving down the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change.

Nature's Trust (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

What would the American landscape look like if we had no legislation at all? Would it be habitable today? And why would we not take every possible step to defend against it happening again? Is there law on which such defense may depend?

Bridging the Clean Energy Divide

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Clean energy benefits all Americans, but it helps low-income families in particular. While the average U.S. household spends 2.9 percent of their income on electricity bills, low-income households spend 8.3 percent on electricity -- and more when energy prices spike.

Will the States Thwart Obama's Coal Plan?

Paul Alexander | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Obama has used his pen-and-phone strategy to deal with issues like immigration, gun control, and health care. The approach has often led to legal battles. The latest move to end up in court concerns regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, what has been billed as the centerpiece of Obama's plan to combat climate change.

Celebrating Our Great Society

Harlan Green | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

We are now celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's Great Society, enacted for the most part from 1964-66, perhaps the greatest legislative achievement of any president since FDR and the New Deal.

Sick and Tired of Pollution, Latino Kids Fight Back Armed With Courage and Wit

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.13.2015 | Green
Javier Sierra

The benefits of fighting air pollution can be enormous. A recent University of Southern California study found that a substantial improvement of the air quality allows children to develop bigger, stronger lungs.

Black Futures Must Involve Environmental Justice

Keith Rushing | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

I truly hope Obama ignores the noise and pushes the EPA to set a strong standard that will adequately protect public health based on the science, which is what the Clean Air Act requires.

How to Appreciate Progress? Go Take a Hike.

Ann Morgan | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

It was 45 years ago that the Clean Air Act passed and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, and they have both made a tremendous difference in our quality of life.

A Tale of Two Washingtons

Bob Keefe | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Bob Keefe

While Washington state lawmakers' bold pragmatism promises to help their environment and their economy, the new Congress in Washington, D.C., seems hell-bent on pushing legislation that will strip away our environmental protections, continue to ignore the threats of climate change and keep us addicted to dirty fossil fuels.

Michael McAuliff

House Tries To Stop All New Government Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government's ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety ...

Force Big Government to Kill Big Carbon

Christian Parenti | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Christian Parenti

Consider this: The federal government could, without any new laws, significantly restrict both the supply of, and demand for, fossil fuels. Only the state has the power to euthanize the fossil fuel industry. If the climate movement is serious about controlling Big Carbon it needs to get serious about Big Government.

The True Cost of Turning on the Lights

J Henry Fair | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

Coal ash is toxic as a bad marriage, but here's the irony: there are almost no regulations on its disposal, so power plants, which are generally on rivers, largely dump it in a series of giant pits, in incomprehensible quantities, where the rain leaches the toxics down into the groundwater.

Fond Farewell to Retiring Environmental Champions

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Representatives John Dingell, George Miller, and Henry Waxman are retiring. They surely deserve the rest, but -- oh! -- how the environmental community will miss having them in the House. With gratitude, we bid them a fond farewell.

Republicans Just Don't Get It, Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Instead of finding ways to increase our productive capacity and boost household incomes, which are the real wealth creators, Republicans continue to benefit the few at the top of the food chain, most of whom are only interested in enriching themselves.

Everyone Likes to Breathe

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The EPA continued to use its extensive powers under the Clean Air Act and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution. As one might expect, these rules are being described by some in the new Republican Congress as anti-business, job-killing regulation. They are in fact pro-business and job-creating rules.

Why We Shouldn't Dare Say 'Thanksgiving' Unless We Are Truly Giving

Phyllis Sues | Posted 01.27.2015 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

I can't remember a single Thanksgiving in all my 91 years, when we were at peace. Shame on us. What happened to giving thanks for peace? Giving thanks for unconditional love. Thanks for the privilege of living on this planet. And thanks for not destroying it.

Mandate: Nearly 60 Percent of Voters Worry About Climate Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

The important lesson from all of this is that leaders in Washington shouldn't start believing their own press releases. Go ahead and claim voters endorsed everything you stand for, but don't start acting like it's true. The American people did not suddenly decide they don't care about clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate.

Hyundai And Kia To Pay U.S. Government For Overstating Gas Milage

AP | By TOM KRISHER and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation into o...

Meatless Monday: Food Day Puts Real Food On The Menu

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Come join the party this Friday, October 24, the fourth annual Food Day . Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and partnering wi...

Kate Sheppard

Union Miners Rally At EPA To Protest New Emissions Standards

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United Mine Workers of America came to Washington on Tuesday with a message for the Obama administration: We will not be forgotten. ...

20 Years, Yet EPA Still Fails to Protect Us From Polluting Incinerators

Earthjustice | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

Environmental laws are enacted to protect public health, to provide clean air and water, to save endangered wildlife, and to protect our public lands for future generations. But these laws mean little if regulations based on them are not enforced or, in this case, are never created in the first place.