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Why I'm an Attorney on the Clean Power Plan's Side

Earthjustice | Posted 08.01.2016 | Green
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(US Capitol/US Government Work) Written by Howard Fox, Earthjustice Counsel Washington, D.C., isn’t just the seat of our national government; it’...

Lawsuit Targets U.S. Military Plan To Bomb The Hell Out Of Tiny Pacific Islands

Civil Beat | Chris DAngelo | Posted 07.27.2016 | Green

Several community groups and national environmental nonprofits have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy to prevent bombing and other live-fire train...

Two Political Trainwrecks in the Making

Earthjustice | Posted 07.06.2016 | Green
Earthjustice

(Konstantin L/Shutterstock) Written by Martin Hayden, Earthjustice Vice President, Policy & Legislation And they’re off! Last week, the House and S...

We Disrupted the Energy System -- Let's Tackle the Food System, Too

Peter Lehner | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
Peter Lehner

The challenges of cleaning up our food system are not insignificant. But nor are they insurmountable. Through improved efficiency, better infrastructure and policies that support cleaner alternatives, we can make an impact.

Congress Begins Pushing 'Poison-Pill' Riders Once Again

Earthjustice | Posted 04.28.2016 | Green
Earthjustice

(Barbara Ferhat/Shutterstock) Written by Martin Hayden, Earthjustice Vice President, Policy & Legislation Spring has come to Washington and the Congr...

Senate Democrats Show LEADership On Lead

Earthjustice | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Earthjustice

Earlier this year, the nation woke up to the serious problem of lead in our drinking water when news broke that the town of Flint, Michigan had been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water.

Senators Put Politics Above People in Obstructing Supreme Court Nominee

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Trip Van Noppen

The Senate should not play political games with an institution as vital and important as the U.S. Supreme Court. Nowhere does the Constitution say a duly elected president loses the right to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in the last year of his term.

Senate Passed Bill Expediting Fossil Fuel Extraction on Native American Land Two Days Before Paris Agreement

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogPhoto Credit: Indigenous Environmental Network Indigenous peoples' rights nearly did not make it into the global deal sign...

Congress Can't Shake Our Nation's Resolve on Climate Change

Earthjustice | Posted 12.07.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

Earthjustice will remain on the lookout for Congressional attempts to reverse the progress that has been made during the Obama administration to combat climate change, both for sake of Americans affected by pollution and global warming and for those impacted around the globe.

Congress Seeks to Strip Protections From Gray Wolves and Other Endangered Species

Earthjustice | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

The current U.S. Congress is a minefield for all of our core environmental protection laws, including the Endangered Species Act. More than 80 bills and amendments have already been introduced this year in the U.S. House and Senate to weaken this vital law.

Obama Administration Releases Final Ozone Rule, Pleasing No One

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency released a contentious and long-awaited new limit on ozone pollution Thursday, and it's not likely t...

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Time to Celebrate and Agitate

Earthjustice | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

Latinos are a growing influence in American society and bring an important and diverse perspective to issues we all care about, including keeping our air and water clean and protecting communities and our planet for future generations.

Navy Agrees To Limit Pacific Trainings To Protect Marine Life

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

The U.S. Navy estimates it inadvertently kills 155 whales and dolphins off the coasts of Hawaii and Southern California in five years. Its training ex...

The Incredible Shrinking Mineral: How It Went from King Coal to Coal Kills

Javier Sierra | Posted 08.27.2016 | Green
Javier Sierra

Coal is a dead man walking because of two fundamental reasons: the revelation of the true cost of its deadly pollution and the booming clean energy economy. Both reasons disproportionately impact the Latino community.

EPA's Common-Sense Climate Measure: Fix Methane Leaks

Earthjustice | Posted 08.25.2016 | Green
Earthjustice

Getting our own house in order by creating a common-sense solution to fix preventable methane leaks should make it easier to build a convincing case for other countries to take meaningful action on climate.

A Climate Solution Within Reach

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 08.03.2016 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

We will wield this power at the state and federal levels to spur even more clean energy solutions, such as solar panels and windmills that are becoming commonplace across our country.

Kate Sheppard

Groups Call On Congress To Bar Permits For Controversial Coal Mining Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several environmental groups are petitioning Congress to take up legislation that would ban any further mountaintop removal coal mining ...

This Is What Asthma Feels Like for Marylanders

Earthjustice | Posted 06.22.2016 | Green
Earthjustice

While the governor drags his heels, Marylanders across the state struggle to survive during bad ozone days.

Kauai Official in Switzerland Urges Syngenta to Drop Lawsuit Blocking Enforcement of GMO Pesticide Law; Syngenta Replies, 'There Is No Lawsuit'

Judah Freed | Posted 05.22.2016 | Green
Judah Freed

At the annual shareholders meeting of the Syngenta Corporation in Basel, Switzerland, Kauai County Council member Gary Hooser urged the transnational chemical giant to withdraw from its lawsuit against the Hawaiian island county.

Big Coal's Dirty Playbook to Block the Clean Power Plan

Earthjustice | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Earthjustice

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., recently joined with other longtime climate deniers to introduce a bill that would derail the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The plan when finalized this summer would set the first-ever federal limits on the biggest source of carbon pollution: existing power plants.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Sue Over Oil Train Rules, Cite Amtrak Crash

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups are suing the Obama administration over recently announced rules for transporting oil by rail, arguing they allow u...

What Congress Is Really Doing To The First-Ever Federal Protections Against Toxic Coal Ash

Earthjustice | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

Since 2008, three major coal ash disasters have threatened lives, livelihoods and water quality in Virginia, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Tennessee, including the largest toxic waste spill in U.S. history. Communities across our country near leaking coal ash ponds and landfills can wait no longer.

Why You Should Care About Flame Retardants

Earthjustice | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

We fear trace amounts of pesticides on our food, while sitting on sofas containing pounds of similarly toxic chemicals. These chemicals migrate out of our sofas and other household products and are released into the air in our homes.

Environmental Groups Challenge Tongass Timber Sale, Seek Injunction

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

Environmental groups announced Thursday that they were appealing the Big Thorne timber sale, the U.S. Forest Service's biggest Tongass National Forest sale in years. The agency said it was disappointed that the sale it had spent years preparing was again being challenged.

A Word to States: Question Senator McConnell's Climate Advice

Earthjustice | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

If states choose to follow Senator McConnell's bad advice, it is more likely that electricity rates will continue to rise. However, the sooner a state chooses to embark on the path toward energy efficiency and renewable energy, the better for the ratepayer.