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Clean Water Rule Is a Victory for All Americans

Chris Espinosa | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Chris Espinosa

The Clean Water Act was enacted in the 1970s - more than a decade before I was born. A lot has changed since then, and like many things, the devastation that precipitated this historic and significant environmental law is a distant memory for most.

This Is The Biggest Step For Clean Water In A Decade

Margie Alt | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Margie Alt

While safeguards for our drinking water have now been signed and sealed, they won't get delivered if polluters and their allies in Congress stand in the way.

Obama Saying So Long to Green Biofuels?

Paul Alexander | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist.

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

Earthjustice | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green

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.

The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.

Dimock, Penn. Lawsuit Trial-Bound as Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination in Neighboring County

Steve Horn | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A recent peer-reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has confirmed what many fracking critics have argued for years: hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can contaminate groundwater.

Fast and Furious to a Warming Planet

Earthjustice | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green

The risks to the health of our communities, families and environment are too great for the well-funded opposition to lack a plan for addressing climate change and for solutions to not be honestly and openly discussed.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Committee Advances Chemical Safety Reforms | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would update the nation's 39-year-old law governi...

Kate Sheppard

Stonger Smog Rules May Be Controversial, But They're Necessary, Says EPA Chief | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New rules limiting smog may be "controversial," but they are among the administration's top priorities, according to Environmental Prote...

Kate Sheppard

Environment 'Has Never Been A Partisan Issue' For EPA Administrator | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before joining the Obama administration, Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy was a high-ranking official for two Republic...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Chief Defends Forthcoming Fracking Study, Says It Will 'Add To' Dialogue | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a much-anticipated draft study this spring that will examine whether hydrauli...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Head McCarthy Pledges To Get Climate Rules 'Over The Finish Line' In Obama's Term | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says the final rules for reducing U.S. power plant emissions will be done by mid-summer,...

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

This Wednesday is Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection.

Rick Santorum's False Claims Explored | Dave Levitan | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a n...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Democrats Flip Script On McConnell, Tell All 50 Governors To Comply With EPA Rule | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of Senate Democrats are pushing back against a letter Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent to all 50 governors ...

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?

Walker Appointee Suggests Volcanoes Might Be Real Cause Of Global Warming

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin, which has been in the news this week for voting to bar staff of the state public lands board from talking about climate change, is getting ...

Amid Honey Bee Decline, EPA Nixes Expanded Use Of Some Insecticides

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it was unlikely to approve new or expanded uses of certain pesticides whil...

Will the States Thwart Obama's Coal Plan?

Paul Alexander | Posted 06.02.2015 | 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.

Kate Sheppard

It's Almost Impossible To Find Data On Oil And Gas Spills In Most States | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.02.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A new report from the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council has analyzed the data on spills and other violations at oil ...

Kate Sheppard

Vermont Governor To Mitch McConnell: Climate Change Is Real And We Should Deal With It | 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' | 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 | 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 05.19.2015 | Green

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 05.18.2015 | 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.