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Floridians Should be Empowered to Help Fight Climate Change

Pamela Rivera
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Things are definitely picking up steam in Florida and on a wide variety of efforts to urge Governor Rick Scott to come up with a strong plan for reducing carbon pollution. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, there...continued | comments

Latest polling results in New York show continued growth in opposition to fracking

Kate Sinding
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In New York’s Southern Tier, the very heart of the Marcellus Shale region where natural gas lies locked in dense rock, new poll results show a strong majority of people are worried about the health and environmental impacts of the...continued | comments

A Pinch from Real Life: Carbon pollution, Asthma and How We Can Use Efficiency to #ActOnClimate

Robert Friedman
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This blog post was written by Meg McPherson, an intern in our DC office working with our Communications team. Do you ever have those moments when you suddenly realize that you aren’t watching a movie, play or TV show about...continued | comments

EPA risk assessment finds trichloroethylene (TCE) too toxic for use in dry-cleaners and hobby arts & crafts. Experts say to ban unsafe and unnecessary uses.

Jennifer Sass
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Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a highly toxic solvent commonly found in degreasing agents, spot cleaning agents in dry cleaners, and spray fixatives for arts & craft uses. It is linked to heart malformations in exposed fetuses, kidney toxicity including cancer, immunotoxicity,...continued | comments

New York's Underused Water Infrastructure Funds Can Support Climate Resiliency

Ben Chou
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Despite the nearly two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy came onshore and caused unprecedented damage across the Northeast, many communities are still in the process of rebuilding. To help communities repair facilities and prevent damages associated with future...continued | comments

EPA's Pittsburgh Hearing on the Clean Power Plan: My Comments

Jackson Morris
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EPA kicked off hearings this week in four cities on its proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation's 1500 power plants.  Hundreds of concerned citizens are turning out at each hearing to raise their voices for action.  I’m one of...continued | comments

Germany on fracking: "the dangers of this technology are too great"

Amy Mall
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The German federal environment agency just released a report on fracking. I don't speak German, and there is nothing on the agency's English language website yet, but I am going to post some key quotes from articles I have read: "Basically, we believe...continued | comments (1)

When Big Mains Break, Wasted Water is Only the Beginning

Ed Osann
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What are we to make of the incongruous images of tens of millions of gallons of water gushing skyward in Los Angeles this week in the midst of a statewide drought emergency?  And what lessons can be drawn from the...continued | comments

"Oil and gas spills surge, two a day, residents often not notified"

Amy Mall
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The Denver Post headline says it all: "Oil and gas spills surge, two a day, residents often not notified." There have been reports for years about the high number of spills in Colorado. The good news is that Colorado makes...continued | comments (1)

FERC Commissioners: Clean Power Plan Doesn't Spell Doom for Grid Reliability

Allison Clements
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All five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) agreed yesterday that acting on climate change is critical and none of them offered any indication that the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing...continued | comments

EPA's Holds Clean Power Plan Hearings In DC, Atlanta, Denver, and Pittsburgh

David Doniger
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EPA kicked off hearings this week in four cities on its proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation's 1500 power plants.  Hundreds of concerned citizens are turning out at each hearing to raise their voices for action.  A team...continued | comments

The cost of inaction: new CEA report

Laurie Johnson
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The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) just released an important analysis on the costs of delaying climate action. It follows on the heels of many other reports (e.g. click here and here) sounding the same alarm: climate change is here,...continued | comments

Guest blog: Testimony from Lance Robertson, Executive Director of NBLC

Fernando Cazares

Testimony for EPA hearing on Clean Power Plan Presented by Lance Robertson, Executive Director of National Black and Latino Council, at EPA Hearing in Atlanta July 2014 Good evening and thank you for the opportunity to provide my comments....continued | comments

EPA's Denver hearing on the Clean Power Plan: My comments

Noah Long
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This morning I attended the sold-out EPA hearing in Denver on the proposed Clean Power Plan. From what I saw, most of the crowd and speakers were overwhelmingly in favor of strong and effective standards to cut carbon pollution.  Here...continued | comments

California and Mexico - Good Neighbors Working Together for Clean Energy

Annie Notthoff
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With today’s signing of a new energy MOU, California and Mexico took another step in the march to a clean energy future.  Mexico is already committed to getting 35% of its energy from renewable sources by 2024 and California is...continued | comments

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