If we are serious about public health and environmental protection for all, we have to be serious about reducing the harmful carbon pollution that fuels climate change and we must work to prepare cities to be more resilient in the face of climate risks.
That 600-mile long, 600,000 barrels per day proposed line runs from Flanagan, Illinois - located in the north central part of the state -- down to Cushing, Oklahoma, dubbed the "pipeline crossroads of the world."
Parents know carbon pollution fuels climate change. Parents know carbon pollution leads to more asthma attacks and increases the frequency and intensity of extreme weather. Parents know their families need protection from dangerous carbon pollution.
A year has passed since Sandy, the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, slammed into the Eastern Seaboard, causing $65 billion in damage. On the day of this unhappy anniversary, though, we can't really say the disaster is behind us.
As taxpayers, we are all counting on the government to do its job by funding the key agencies that protect us from poor air quality, ensures our families have clean water to drink, and healthy communities.
This decision raises no plausible question about EPA's authority to do so. Quite to the contrary, the agency has now overcome the last remaining hurdle -- the upholding of the endangerment finding -- on its way to robustly regulated greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.
California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations, described as the first of its kind in the country, allows the state to publish a list of potentially threatening chemicals -- and then, by next April, target up to five priority products containing them.