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Time to Decide: Protect Kids, or Polluters?

Posted August 29, 2011 | 17:01:04 (EST)

NRDC is launching ads targeting policymakers and polluters urging them to make a simple commitment: protect kids from dangerous air pollution. It’s a simple request that boils a complex issue down to its essential question when it comes to the millions of tons of dangerous toxic, smog, soot and carbon...

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EPA to Cut Toxic Pollution Across the U.S.

Posted March 16, 2011 | 18:43:42 (EST)

As my colleague John Walke eloquently explains, the EPA is taking action today that -- if polluters and their cohorts in Congress don't get in the way -- will save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of cases of respiratory illness.

Today, the EPA...

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Choosing Polluters Over Children's Health

Posted January 28, 2011 | 15:05:00 (EST)

Let's get straight to the point: When members of Congress choose to support bills that would prevent the EPA from updating Clean Air Act standards, they are making a choice to support polluters over the health of children and adults in America. Some of these bills will increase the amount...

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Who is Standing Against Polluters and For Clean Air?

Posted January 7, 2011 | 11:57:28 (EST)

Yesterday I noted that several polluter-supported members of Congress are introducing legislation to “throttle” the Environmental Protection Agency, which would sacrifice much-needed safeguards by putting the profits of corporate polluters at the top of their agenda.

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogFortunately,...

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Why Is Fred Upton Lending His Name To The Koch Brothers' War On EPA And Americans' Health?

Posted January 5, 2011 | 20:07:45 (EST)

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is all over the news these days with his calls to block steps by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to curb dangerous pollution from dirty power plants and other big polluters.  

In fact, since last...

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Clean Air: Just What the Dr. Ordered

Posted December 8, 2010 | 20:05:26 (EST)

Public health and medical organizations are urging Congress to support the experts at the US Environmental Protection Agency who are working to update the safeguards that protect public health from pollution, and to resist pressure from polluters trying to stop them.

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Scholastic Steps Into the Chamber of Hypocrisy

Posted October 21, 2010 | 11:00:52 (EST)

Politico reports that the Scholastic company – producer and distributor of a wide range of educational products to our nation’s school systems – has teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on an “educational” program about US energy consumption.

In the article, entitled “Chamber: Worry about energy...

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Small Businesses Support Clean Energy and Climate Legislation

Posted June 9, 2010 | 17:26:42 (EST)

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It’s time for a little reality check for those who claim to be speaking on behalf on small business in thwarting needed Congressional action on clean energy and climate change

Just out today: A new bi-partisan poll conducted...

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Every Day We Delay...

Posted May 27, 2010 | 10:51:12 (EST)

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As the Gulf Coast oil disaster shows, America has a failed national energy policy. We need a new clean energy policy to break our addiction to oil, enhance our national security, limit carbon pollution and lead us to clean American...

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The US Chamber's Chronic Reliance on Biased Policy Analysis

Posted November 20, 2009 | 13:34:55 (EST)

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The US Chamber's recently exposed interest in commissioning a study to put health reform in a bad light isn't the first time the federation has shown its willingness to trumpet questionable analyses about proposals it doesn't like.

Heck,...

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ACCCE Forges Claim of Vet Groups Support for Coal

Posted November 10, 2009 | 12:24:20 (EST)

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It is hard to beat the US Chamber's tin ear when it comes to climate change, but I have to hand it to ACCCE - they have managed, once again, to put themselves at the head of the "blundering...

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Is the U.S. Chamber Changing its Tune, or Just its Tone?

Posted November 4, 2009 | 15:58:58 (EST)

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Yesterday the US Chamber sent a letter to Senators Boxer and Inhofe about the climate bill. It seemed to be singing a new tune on climate policy, leading Senator Kerry to wonder whether the letter reflects...

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More Questions About the US Chamber's Membership Number Claim

Posted October 23, 2009 | 16:06:29 (EST)

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With more voices saying clearly that US Chamber of Commerce does not represent them, the Chamber's membership numbers are looking more and more questionable.

Businesses in Colorado and Wisconsin are speaking up to say the US Chamber...

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Climate Denier Defends the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Posted October 21, 2009 | 16:48:52 (EST)

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You know the US Chamber of Coal (sorry, "Commerce") must be getting desperate for good-will ambassadors when it has to deploy Don "I'll Shoot You" Blankenship to defend its extremist rhetoric on climate change and policy.

Yes, this is...

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US Chamber's Influence and Credibility on the Decline

Posted October 20, 2009 | 14:55:43 (EST)

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The US Chamber's Credibility Crisis deepened Monday as the federation's extremist position on climate change further eroded its credibility and influence, made it the object of a prank news event and highlighted the US Chamber's hypocrisy on the climate...

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US Chamber Quadruples Lobbying Activities; Sets Single-Quarter Record for Lobbying Congress

Posted October 20, 2009 | 11:25:32 (EST)

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Third quarter lobby disclosure reports are in and the US Chamber of Commerce reports spending $34,690,000 during the 3rd quarter of 2009. That's more than quadruple its 2nd quarter lobbying spending and more than triple its 1st quarter lobbying spending.

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ACCCE: the American Chamber of Connected Coal Executives

Posted October 15, 2009 | 16:00:05 (EST)

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What with all the companies bailing out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its extremist views on climate legislation and clean energy jobs - and new pressure mounting for even more defections - we'd almost...

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The US Chamber's Continuing Climate Credibility Crisis

Posted October 14, 2009 | 15:47:29 (EST)

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogIf the media briefing late last week before Columbus Day was supposed to make things better for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the face of an onslaught of major defections over its climate extremism, well, let's put it...

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Climate Controversy Damages Chamber's Reputation

Posted October 9, 2009 | 13:20:46 (EST)

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The high-profile departures from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of its extremist stance on climate, the strong criticism from its own former members and the Chamber's tone-deaf response to the situation are contributing to reputation damage that is...

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Climate Bill Scams: Exposing Bonner's Blame-the-Temp Forgery Lie

Posted July 31, 2009 | 18:58:53 (EST)

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Remember that you heard it here first:  We warned you in mid July about the right-wing nut groups trying to phony up a backlash against climate legislation pending in Congress.

Now, Bonner & Associates - an Astroturf...

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