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Everything's Bigger in Texas

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Texans are proud of a lot of things, but the state's air quality isn't one of them. That makes it doubly bizarre that Governor Rick Perry is so determ...

Clean Air Act: Wrong Tool for Controlling Global Warming

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gary Liberson, PhD

Congress must amend the Clean Air Act now. Otherwise, problems of ecology, sustainability, and economics will be solved with tools meant to control toxic pollutants

You Can Do Better, Senator Brown

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Senator Sherrod Brown is floating the idea of halting the EPA's work on reducing carbon dioxide pollution for at least one year. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement.

In an Energy-Scarce World, Is Energy Efficiency Finally King?

Christopher Mims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christopher Mims

Historically, the better we get at efficiently using a resource, the more of that resource we use. But perhaps it's time to lay this "rule" to rest,

Who is Standing Against Polluters and For Clean Air?

Pete Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pete Altman

Yesterday I noted that several polluter-supported members of Congress are introducing legislation to “throttle” the Environmental Protecti...

We Can All Learn a Lesson From the EPA

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gary Liberson, PhD

On December 23, 2010, the Thursday before Christmas, EPA gave utilities and refineries a special Christmas gift. EPA announced it was going forward w...

Congress and the Coming Fact-Free Climate Policy Debate

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

EPA is a serious regulator, but its strategy has always been gradualism and accommodation -- probably to a fault. The idea that the EPA's regulatory decisions are made by environmental zealots is absolutely ludicrous.

Defending EPA Against the Coming Right Wing Attack

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

The cynical right wing strategy of "starving the beast" by cutting funding could pose a grave threat to this chronically underfunded agency.

EPA Goes After Texas

AP | JEFF CARLTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

DALLAS — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it is taking the unprecedented step of directly issuing air permits to indu...

EPA Takes On Texas And Big Polluters In Unprecedented Move

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Obama administration announced landmark plans Thursday to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Unites States. A press release from the U...

Getting Rich by Doing Good

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Fifteen years ago, the government decided to clean up a large fraction of the sulfur and nitrogen pollution belching into our skies and acidifying the lakes of the Northeast. Yesterday the EPA released the results.

Washington Lobbyists and Prophets of Doom

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

Over and over, doomsayers have claimed the Clean Air Act is about to kill the economy. But remember, Texas, when you make claims like that in court, you have to prove them.

Time to Keep Fighting, Mr. President

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

This week, the EPA asked for a one-year delay on new rules for air pollution and announced they want to wait six months before setting new standards for ozone smog. Has someone discovered a way to travel back in time to the Bush administration?

Fighting to Improve Mother's Air Quality

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

We want Congress to reject any measure that would block or delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing its job to protect all Americans from life-threatening air pollution.

Clean Air: Just What the Dr. Ordered

Pete Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pete Altman

Public health and medical organizations are urging Congress to support the experts at the US Environmental Protection Agency who are working to update...

Happy 40th Anniversary EPA!

Gene Karpinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gene Karpinski

While much has been accomplished in the EPA's forty year history, there is still much more work to be done. It is paramount that the EPA be allowed to continue to do its job.

Religious Rhapsody: The National Council of Churches

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The National Council of Churches is right that we are ethically bound to be stewards of the Earth. If the exercise of that religious-driven principle permeates the operation of government, so be it.

The EPA and Lisa Jackson: What Stands Between You and Polluters

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

If the EPA doesn't stand up for our health and set limits on the pollution that causes asthma, heart disease, and cancer, who will? Do you think BP is protecting you?

EPA: Three Letters to Be Thankful for

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

The Environmental Protection Agency celebrates its 40th anniversary next week, but I think it's worth taking a moment this week to be thankful for what the EPA has accomplished during four decades.

When Truth Is Scarier Than Fiction

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Ruffalo

The only way we're going to defeat the gas industry and protect our water is if people become informed about its dangerous ongoing practices on a massive scale.

Putting It All on the Line for the Environment

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with and Patricia Adams, the founders of NRDC, came to Duke this week. In the late 1960s, the American environme...

EPA Issues First-Ever Federal Guidelines For Reducing Industrial Emissions

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO — Increasing energy efficiency is the focus of the first-ever federal guidelines for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from indust...

Energy Industry Verklempt Over EPA Regs

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with The energy industry is pulling out the stops against proposed government regulations. Remember when the enactm...

Taking on Karl Rove

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Ruffalo

2010-11-01-frackingflame.jpg Congressman Maurice Hinchey is right to ask questions of gas companies that want to begin using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from deep underground.

Keep Maine Energized: Vote Eliot Cutler

Ben Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Carmichael

The state of Maine is in a state of gubernatorial uncertainty: a recent poll shows Paul LePage (R) faltering, with Eliot Cutler (I) rising. Candidates...