Last November, Obama used the Antiquities Act to protect Virginia's Fort Monroe, an important and symbolic Civil War site. It was an admirable choice, but so far it has been his only choice. If I were president for a day, I'd start with these three.
While the U.S. has stopped building new coal plants and has rejected 166 proposed coal plants in the past decade, some of our government institutions are, inexplicably, trying to force new coal plants on other countries.
Every family has the right to breathe clean air, free from the toxic pollution. By establishing carbon pollution protections, the EPA is moving forward to clean up and modernize the way we power our country.
In Michigan, not only is the state's renewable energy standard creating jobs and generating millions of dollars of investment, but the ongoing movement for clean energy has also meant that some renewable sources of energy -- particularly wind power -- are now cheaper than coal.
The good news about diversity in the outdoors is that there already a number of outstanding groups and organizations doing a lot of great work to get everyone outside. All of us though, need to do a better job telling the story and more people need to get involved.
Shell is suing 12 environmental organizations to preempt legal challenges to exploration in the Arctic Ocean. It's a bully image that can only hurt, and Shell should know better because it's happened to them over and over again.
Shell wants a judge to block challenges to its drilling plans that no one's even made yet. The real message to anyone who believes America's Polar Bear Seas just might not be the smartest place to start drilling oil wells: get out of the way, there's money to be made.
Still, if we forgo natural gas, what are our alternatives? And that was my stance too until I read McKibben's article. Now I'm fiercely on the environmental side. How did he persuade me? His masterful command of language.
Now, by retiring existing coal plants, we are saving lives, saving mountains, and saving the planet -- all while clearing a path for clean energy. Take a moment to celebrate this milestone for public health and the environment today.
Today's 100th coal plant retirement is an important milestone, but we still have a lot of road ahead. Our goal is to retire one-third of the country's dirty coal plants by 2020 -- and replace them with clean-energy alternatives.
When I was a kid, my parents took my siblings and me camping up and down the eastern seaboard. They tell me that I even learned to walk at a campground in Maine. Each time Mary and I take our own kids camping, I can feel their connection to nature get a little stronger.
No matter how you slice it, mainstream cheese is inefficient fare: Almost 10 pounds of milk are needed to make a typical 1-pound wheel. But you need not forsake your favorite Gouda. Just choose a brand that takes sustainability into account. I asked five experts to name their favorites.
It's time to stop thinking of natural gas as a "kinder, gentler" energy source. What's more, we do not have an effective regulatory system in this country to address the risks that gas drilling poses on our health and communities.
This is where the urgency and solidarity and audacious determination of national organizations -- and residents across the country -- are desperately needed, on a par with the tar sands movement. If we can stop the proposed Keystone pipeline, we can stop mountaintop removal.
A New Orleans open house held by Louisiana's coastal restoration authority last week on a draft of the state's 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast drew mixed, earnest and sometimes vehement comments.