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A Strong EPA Delivers Protection, Justice, And Pathways To A Cleaner Future

Gina McCarthy | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Gina McCarthy

In one of the most creative and ambitious environmental enforcement settlements in U.S. history, we are addressing the immediate pollution issue VW caused and, at the same time, setting a new precedent for long term benefits that can be achieved under the Clean Air Act.

A Better Pipeline to America's Future

Margo T. Oge | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Margo T. Oge

The debate over Keystone shouldn't end in a standoff between the environment and jobs. It is about the kind of future we want to embrace.

To Boost Clean Cars and Fight Global Warming, Let's See Ads That Reflect Mileage Reality

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The ads tell consumers only part of the gas mileage story, sowing confusion about which cars are clean and which are not -- and leaving buyers at risk of driving off in vehicles that get worse mileage than they expected.

8 U.S. States Band Together To Promote Clean Cars

Reuters | Rory Carroll | Posted 12.24.2013 | Green

Oct 24 (Reuters) - The governors of California, New York and six other states have agreed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road with...

Five Reasons to Support Gina McCarthy's Nomination to Lead the EPA

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Gina McCarthy has been tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, and given her track record of protecting America's families from toxic pollution, her confirmation will help us all breathe easier.

Climate Change Solutions That Advance Illinois' Economy and Environment Together

Howard Learner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Howard Learner

Saving energy saves consumers money. Less pollution means better public health and cleaner lakes and rivers for all. Why would anyone argue that it's somehow smart to waste energy and money?

The Climate Post: Hurricane Isaac Disrupts Energy Production, Stirs Old Wounds

Tim Profeta | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Kirk became the Atlantic's 11th named storm of 2012, a feat typically not reached until closer to the end of hurricane season in November.

Obama Administration Makes History by Raising Fuel Standards to 54.5 MPG

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Today ushers in a new era for American drivers. Soon we will save thousands of dollars every year at the gas pump. Car buyers will be able to choose from hundreds of models that combine fuel-efficiency, high performance and safety. And workers will find half a million new jobs building the cars of future.

Connecting the Dots on Climate Change

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

If we couldn't figure it out ourselves from the freak derecho storm that crippled the Washington area; from the devastating wildfires in Colorado; from the hottest January-June in U.S. history or one of the worst U.S. droughts ever, science once again has shown us the connections.

"All of the Above" Can't Deliver All the Benefits the Clean Energy Economy Can

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.23.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Instead of offering targeted policies, many leaders are suggesting an "all of the above" approach to energy development. The idea is that we should throw everything we have at the problem and see what sticks. It's a misguided strategy that would do more harm than good.

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Won't Ease Gas Prices; Senate Must Reject It

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Pipeline supporters and their allies in Congress are trying to capitalize on rising gas prices by claiming the pipeline would lower prices at the pump. That is patently false.

Historic Progress on the Environment Under President Obama

Frances Beinecke | Posted 04.17.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Even in the face of a year of unprecedented and unrelenting congressional assault on the environment, President Obama has proven that prosperity fits hand-in-hand with clean air and clean water, and strong public health protections.

EPA Detroit Hearing: Less Oil Means a More Secure America

Alex Cornell du Houx | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Alex Cornell du Houx

This is not just a lesson for our military. Not only does cutting our dependence on oil make us more secure, it invests hard earned American money back in to our economy.

GOP Leadership Holds Tax Relief for American Families Hostage to Keystone Pipeline

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.17.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

At the insistence of Republican lawmakers, the tax bill moving through Congress includes a provision requiring the president to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days. This is political opportunism at its most cynical.

In the Wake of Durban and the Hottest Decade on Record: The Way Forward on Global Warming

Margie Alt | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Margie Alt

Our national leaders will only act after much of the groundwork for shifting the economy away from fossil fuels has already been done.

Obama's 54.5 MPG Standards Will Curb Dangerous Pollution and Put Americans to Work

Frances Beinecke | Posted 01.16.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

President Obama has delivered another victory for clean energy innovation. Today his administration moved forward with new standards for cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks that will almost double vehicle miles per gallon to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

Global Phase-out of Lead in Gasoline Succeeds: Major Victory for Kids' Health

Peter Lehner | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Peter Lehner

Even small amounts of lead can lower a child's IQ level and shorten attention span. Children with lead in their blood are also more likely to become aggressive, violent and delinquent.

Car Dealers Want to Block Standards that Will Save Drivers Money and Cut Oil Use

Peter Lehner | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

The lobbying group for car dealers wants to block new fuel efficiency standards that will save drivers $80 billion a year at the pump, saying clean car standards are a sign of "over regulation."

An Environmental Record Worth Talking About

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

As the head of the EPA, I have been called to testify before Congress more than any other cabinet member. The simple fact is, I would not be making so many trips to the Hill if the EPA was not doing its job.

Even as American Families Struggle, Oil Companies Triumph at the Pump and in Congress

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.18.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The oil industry's influence on the political process is holding America hostage. Rather than giving handouts to wealthy companies that endanger our coastal communities, we should be investing in the clean, 21st century technologies.

New Drilling Bills Won't Help With Gas Prices, Will Make Rules Weaker Than Pre-BP Spill

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.04.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

It is cynical for politicians to claim that more drilling will relieve high gas prices. More drilling only means more profits for the oil industry -- not lower costs at the pump

Obama Lays Out Ambitious Clean Energy Plan, Now We Need to Make It a Reality

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.31.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The nation can meet the president's proposed target through an increased combination of energy efficiency, renewable power, and better use of natural gas.

Japan, Libya and BP Blowout Make the Case for Energy Change

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Postcards from the ragged edge of our global energy system highlight the costs we pay, the risks we bear and the toll we submit to every day for the power and fuel we use. The choice before us could not be more clear.

Amping Up the Drive to Reduce Gasoline Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Cars and Trucks

Mark Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Cooper

Ten years ago, California stuck with the Clean Cars program and led the nation to lower emissions of pollutants. They'll have the opportunity to lead the nation again next year.

Six Months After the Spill, What We Still Need to Do to Prevent Another Disaster

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

We can't keep doing nearly everything the same and expect different results. We know what it takes to protect coastal communities and marine life from devastating oil spills. We need to start now, and this is how we begin.