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Force Big Government to Kill Big Carbon

Christian Parenti | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Christian Parenti

Consider this: The federal government could, without any new laws, significantly restrict both the supply of, and demand for, fossil fuels. Only the state has the power to euthanize the fossil fuel industry. If the climate movement is serious about controlling Big Carbon it needs to get serious about Big Government.

The True Cost of Turning on the Lights

J Henry Fair | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

Coal ash is toxic as a bad marriage, but here's the irony: there are almost no regulations on its disposal, so power plants, which are generally on rivers, largely dump it in a series of giant pits, in incomprehensible quantities, where the rain leaches the toxics down into the groundwater.

Fond Farewell to Retiring Environmental Champions

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Representatives John Dingell, George Miller, and Henry Waxman are retiring. They surely deserve the rest, but -- oh! -- how the environmental community will miss having them in the House. With gratitude, we bid them a fond farewell.

Republicans Just Don't Get It, Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Instead of finding ways to increase our productive capacity and boost household incomes, which are the real wealth creators, Republicans continue to benefit the few at the top of the food chain, most of whom are only interested in enriching themselves.

Everyone Likes to Breathe

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The EPA continued to use its extensive powers under the Clean Air Act and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution. As one might expect, these rules are being described by some in the new Republican Congress as anti-business, job-killing regulation. They are in fact pro-business and job-creating rules.

Why We Shouldn't Dare Say 'Thanksgiving' Unless We Are Truly Giving

Phyllis Sues | Posted 11.27.2014 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

I can't remember a single Thanksgiving in all my 91 years, when we were at peace. Shame on us. What happened to giving thanks for peace? Giving thanks for unconditional love. Thanks for the privilege of living on this planet. And thanks for not destroying it.

Mandate: Nearly 60 Percent of Voters Worry About Climate Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The important lesson from all of this is that leaders in Washington shouldn't start believing their own press releases. Go ahead and claim voters endorsed everything you stand for, but don't start acting like it's true. The American people did not suddenly decide they don't care about clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate.

Hyundai And Kia To Pay U.S. Government For Overstating Gas Milage

AP | By TOM KRISHER and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation into o...

Meatless Monday: Food Day Puts Real Food On The Menu

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Come join the party this Friday, October 24, the fourth annual Food Day . Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and partnering wi...

Kate Sheppard

Union Miners Rally At EPA To Protest New Emissions Standards

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United Mine Workers of America came to Washington on Tuesday with a message for the Obama administration: We will not be forgotten. ...

20 Years, Yet EPA Still Fails to Protect Us From Polluting Incinerators

Earthjustice | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

Environmental laws are enacted to protect public health, to provide clean air and water, to save endangered wildlife, and to protect our public lands for future generations. But these laws mean little if regulations based on them are not enforced or, in this case, are never created in the first place.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Head Confident That States Will Follow New Carbon Emissions Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that she believes most states will ultimately comply with her ag...

The Air We Breathe

Peter Neill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Certainly air, like water, must be free and available to everyone to breathe and drink freely, breath by breath, swallow by swallow, day by day, in the name of individual and world health and security. But that is not the case.

Learning from the Era of American Environmental Leadership

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

We learned that people will pay for a cleaner environment; just as people will spend more for a safer car with airbags, seat belts and a crash-resistant body, they will also pay for cleaner, greener air, water, lands and buildings.

Ends Up Costco Is Not Perfect

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business

Sept 3 (Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp will pay a $335,000 fine and spend about $2 million over three years to fix refrigerant leaks and make othe...

Right to Know Reader: Cancer-Causing Power Plants Might Be Closer Than You Think

Earthjustice | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

When you think about sources of toxic air pollution, one of the first things you might picture is a large power plant with huge smoke stacks belching black clouds into the sky. But the truth is that smaller power plants collectively contribute more to the cancer risk faced by Americans every day.

New Clean Energy Jobs Report Something To Celebrate This Labor Day

Bob Keefe | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

Environmental Entrepreneurs' (E2's) just-released quarterly jobs report shows that the number of new clean energy and clean transportation jobs announced in the second quarter of this year doubled from the previous quarter.

The Evolution of Rep. Leonard Lance: Environmentalist to Climate Change Denier

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

To environmental activists, their dramatically changing relationship with Congressman Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) is baffling.

Business as Usual: The US Chamber's History of Fighting Environmental Protection

Gene Karpinski | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Gene Karpinski

The EPA's new Clean Power Plan is not difficult to defend. Limiting carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's single largest polluter, will und...

The Climate Post: Supreme Court Says EPA Can Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tim Profeta | Posted 09.02.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The court narrowly defined the question to decide in the case, limiting its review to the EPA's authority to require permits for greenhouse gas emissions from new and modified sources.

'Green News Report' - July 1, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big Coal baron says Obama's 'evil', attacks wildly popular new EPA emis...

How The EPA Clean Power Rule Could Help Communities Of Color

Manuel Pastor | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Manuel Pastor

While the Black Chamber's opposition may be sincere, it also provides big business advocates with a bit of diversity cover -- striking since people of color actually stand the most to gain from the short-term public health benefits of the rule.

The Supreme Court's Latest Greenhouse-gas Ruling Is a 97 Percent Victory for the Environment

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Doug Kendall

Both industry and environmental organizations declared victory on Monday and with some justification for each position. But if industry is being honest, on the core issue in UARG, they won 3 percent of what they asked for and lost the other 97 percent.

Cleaner Air Gave Americans a $4,300 Pay Raise

Gernot Wagner | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Having to suffer from childhood asthma is no mark of distinction in support of the greater economic good. It's bad for health, and for the economy. Pollute less -- and strengthen the economy as a result.

Defenders of Dirty Power Plants Use Doublespeak to Shape Debate

Keith Gaby | Posted 08.21.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Few opponents of the federal Clean Power Plan want to stand up and say they favor unlimited carbon pollution. So they're apt to frame their arguments in more clever ways.