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Kate Sheppard

Vermont Governor To Mitch McConnell: Climate Change Is Real And We Should Deal With It

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has undertaken a personal campaign to get the governors of all 50 states to refuse to ab...

Shahien Nasiripour

California Governor Says Mitch McConnell's Pro-Coal Effort 'Borders On The Immoral'

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday that it is a "disgrace" that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to thwart the Obama administrati...

Kate Sheppard

McConnell Crusades For States To Ignore EPA Rules, But Kentucky's Not Listening

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is personally appealing to governors across the country to help thwart the Obama administ...

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

Earthjustice | Posted 03.19.2015 | 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.

The EPA Should Strengthen the Clean Power Plan

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

We've seen speculation in the press over the past weeks that the EPA might relax its proposed standards and timetable for states to reduce dangerous carbon pollution from power plants. That would be heading in the wrong direction.

McConnell's Latest Pro-Coal Salvo Gets It Wrong -- Again

Elliott Negin | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign to convince governors to reject the EPA's Clean Power Plan ignores the facts.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Bill Would Overhaul U.S. Chemical Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would overhaul U.S. chemical regulations. The bill, from Sens. D...

Kentucky Officials Wary Of Mitch McConnell Warning

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - Officials in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home state of Kentucky reje...

How to Appreciate Progress? Go Take a Hike.

Ann Morgan | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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.

Kate Sheppard

Scientists Bash EPA's Take On Burning Wood For Power

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A group of 78 scientists is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency memo they say may dramatically undermine President Barack Oba...

Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Scott Edwards | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Scott Edwards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) walked into court in Minnesota last week and asked a judge to issue an order to stop the federal agency from sharing information about some of the biggest polluters of our nation's waterways with the American public.

'Fighting for Our Right to Breathe'

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.06.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

"None of us should have to be here right now fighting for our right to breathe." That's what a young woman told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a hearing this week about smog pollution, after boarding a bus with 100 high school students before dawn and traveling for hours to deliver her three minutes of testimony.

Mitch McConnell's Misguided Coal Crusade

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Flush from victory last November, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell threw down the gauntlet. "What the administration has done to the coal industry is a true outrage," he said, referring to the loss of mining jobs in his home state of Kentucky.

Michael McAuliff

Republican Wants Gun Control For Federal Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The first legislative act by Alaska's new senator, Dan Sullivan (R), turns out to be a gun control measure -- but one that will only aff...

Kate Sheppard

Keystone, Meet The Grouse Wars

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is about to become a fight over the lesser prairie chicken as well. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan...

Climate Scientist and Mom Will be First Lady's Guest at the State of the Union

Dominique Browning | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Dominique Browning

Nicole Hernandez Hammer will be sitting in the First Lady's box as President Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address. To me, this signals the president's commitment to doing all he can to tackle the dangerous problem of climate pollution. And so I am celebrating.

Kate Sheppard

White House Unveils Plan to Cut Methane Emissions 40-45 Percent In Next Decade

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House announced on Wednesday that it is setting new goals for reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector, aiming to ...

Updated Smog Standards Are Needed to Protect Little Lungs

Molly Rauch | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Molly Rauch

We don't have to choose between clean air and a strong economy. We do have a right to clean, healthy air -- and our children have the right to skip, run, and play outside without breathing dangerous levels of smog.

How the League Was Busy Making Democracy Work in 2014

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

We're excited to celebrate our 95th anniversary in 2015 building on our accomplishments from 2014 -- and setting ambitious goals for the coming year.

Preventing the Next Coal Ash Disaster

Frank Holleman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Frank Holleman

This week is the sixth anniversary of the devastating coal ash spill at Kingston, Tennessee. A dam fell apart at one of TVA's coal ash lagoons, dumping over one billion gallons of coal ash and wreaking havoc that cost over $1 billion to clean up.

Lynne Peeples

Toxic Treads: Scrap Tire Playgrounds Lighten Landfills, But Raise Cancer Fears

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green

The fire burned for nine months, billowing toxic black smoke thousands of feet above its Appalachian valley source and across five states. It would ta...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Releases Long-Anticipated Rules For Disposal Of Coal Ash

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency released new rules Friday for the disposal of coal ash, the first national guidelines for dealing wi...

Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

Steve Horn | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S. -- cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained via fracking.

Like Canada's Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

Steve Horn | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

In recent years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under fire for disallowing scientists working for the Canadian government to speak directly to the press.

Super Pollutants to Face Bipartisan Battle in Congress

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We already have many of the technologies needed to fight super pollutants. Given how harmful these super pollutants are on our environment, it only makes sense to use these existing technologies to reduce our emissions and slow climate change before it is too late.