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

Earthjustice | Posted 08.25.2015 | 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.

The Animas River Spill and the Myth of Mine Safety

Joel Reynolds | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

This month the industry's biggest lie -- that it can be trusted with our water -- is once again on display as another mining disaster has spilled millions of gallons of toxic mining waste and chemicals into our streams, rivers and lakes.

Obama's New Methane Rules Underestimate the Threat

Jesse Coleman | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Jesse Coleman

While regulation of methane is a necessity, these rules are much too weak to accomplish the administration's goals of meaningful greenhouse gas reduction.

Obama Administration Releases New Rules For Methane Emissions

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed new standards limiting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations, a sign...

EPA Spilled, but Didn't Dump, the Toxics That Ended up in Colorado's River

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.17.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Unlike the climate issue that Inhofe famously asserts does not exist, yellow and poisoned rivers are a bit harder to wish away. Blaming the problem on EPA's competence is more posturing than policy.

Friday Talking Points -- The Rehabilitation of Golf in the GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we're going to start with Donald Trump.

EPA Chief Apologizes For Huge Colorado Mine Spill

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency was remorseful Tuesday after an EPA safety team accidentally caused 3 million gallons o...

9 College Courses That Will Have You Geeking Out And Rethinking Your Major

Posted 08.04.2015 | Technology

Colleges across the country are getting creative with their curriculum. Each year, universities are inspiring new generations of students to debate th...

Coal Interests Prepare To Challenge Obama's Power Plant Rules

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

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Obama To Announce The 'Biggest, Most Important Step' So Far On Climate

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

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Most States Can Easily Comply With the EPA's Clean Power Plan, So Why Are Some Trying to Kill It?

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.02.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce what may be the Obama administration's most far-reaching climate change initiative: its final rule for cleaning up existing electric power plants. Dubbed the Clean Power Plan, it will require each state to submit its own individual strategy for cutting emissions.

Leaked Details Of Obama Power Plant Plan Include Later Deadlines For States

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaked details of the Obama administration's forthcoming final rule for power plant emissions indicate that the deadline for states to ...

Rob Portman, the Pope and the Need for Bold Democrats

P.G. Sittenfeld | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
P.G. Sittenfeld

Seizing the moment demands facing hard realities, as Pope Francis is calling for. It demands putting our focus on the future. It demands bold leadership.

Ecological Restoration Is a $25 Billion Industry That Generates 220,000 Jobs

Forest Trends | Posted 07.10.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Critics like to portray environmental regulation as a job killer, but the restoration economy now provides more jobs than mining, logging, or steel production -- all while actually fixing the environment instead of destroying it

The EPA Will Not Regulate Your Barbecue

FactCheck.org | Dave Levitan | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. A Republican congressman says the Environmental Protection Agency wants “to stop you and I ...

Kate Sheppard

At Least Someone's Enjoying This House Confederate Flag Debacle

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Here's one group that's not very disappointed that a major House appropriations bill has gotten bogged down in a fight over the Confeder...

Kate Sheppard

Obama Administration Comes Out Swinging Against GOP Environmental Spending Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday strongly criticized a Republican budget proposal that would undermine regulatory work at the Environ...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Chief Says She's Not Worried About Supreme Court Mercury Ruling

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday that she's not worried about last week's Supreme Court ruling a...

Kate Sheppard

Environmentalists Remain Hopeful After Supreme Court Emissions Ruling

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the Supreme Court's Monday ruling on mercury standards was a setback for the Obama administration's drive to regulate emissions fr...

Kate Sheppard

Supreme Court Rejects Obama's Drive To Cut Mercury Emissions From Power Plants

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from ...

Revising the Toxic Substances Out-of-Control Act

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Our regulation of toxic substances is based largely on ignorance and is inadequate and idiotic. The costs of testing for harm are not negligible, but are far lower than the cost of paying for toxic clean-up or for the cost of health care for those exposed to poison.

As EPA Hands Down New Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard, Critics Say 'Blend Wall' a Fiction Created by Big Oil

Paul Alexander | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Paul Alexander

The idea that there is some reason why ethanol should be capped at 10 percent has led oil industry critics to charge that the blend wall is a fiction made up by Big Oil to protect its self-interest -- and its profits.

Kate Sheppard

House Passes Bill To Undermine Obama's Climate Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed legislation Wednesday evening allowing states to opt out of the Obama administration's plan to regulate emissions from ...

Kate Sheppard

House Advances Chemical Safety Reform Bill, Teeing Up Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday evening that would reform the country's principal chemical safety law, moving Co...

Saying Goodbye to Bobby Andrew, Defender of Bristol Bay

Joel Reynolds | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Over 70 years old, and he was always willing to make the trip -- whatever the trip, wherever it took him -- to talk, to testify, to tell the terrible story of the uniquely reckless scheme by international mining giants to poison the communities and wild salmon fisheries of Alaska's Bristol Bay with a gigantic copper and gold mine.