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Senate Votes Down Effort to Rubber Stamp Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Frances Beinecke
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We had a victory for climate action and clean water this week.  The Senate rejected an attempt to approve the Keystone XL pipeline for tar sands oil on Tuesday night. Keystone XL has sweeping implications for our health, our...continued

DRIPE: A Funny Word That Could Mean Serious Savings for Illinoisans

Patrick Kenneally
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Energy efficiency programs save all Illinois ratepayers, even those not doing anything to reduce their energy consumption, $150 million annually by reducing the price of electricity in Illinois. Bear in mind, this is in addition to the approximately $1 billion...continued

Clean Power Plan Protects Iowans' Health in the Hawkeye State

Juan Declet-Barreto
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This week, my colleague (and Senior Scientist) Kim Knowlton was honored to address Iowa’s professional public health community in a webinar about public health threats in the state associated with climate change—and to share some things that can be done...continued

Ready for Prime Time? Arctic Resource Developers Slow Their Push as Regulators Begin to Ask Tough Questions

Danielle Droitsch
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Written by Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project One hundred and seventy-five kilometers north of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, an ExxonMobil subsidiary—Canada’s Imperial Oil—is spearheading the oil industry’s latest effort to explore deep water...continued

CTBT ratification still uncertain after 15 years of advancement in nuclear test monitoring

Bemnet Alemayehu
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There is still no timetable for when the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) will appear before the US Senate for ratification, according to Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control. This was mentioned at a special event under the...continued

This Week in Whales Focus: NGOs Petition the Mexican President to Save the Vaquita in Advance of Major Decision

Zak Smith
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For years, people have been working furiously to save the vaquita—a small porpoise species found only in the northernmost part of the Gulf of California. Today, fewer than 100 individuals remain and they are declining at a rate of 18.5...continued

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

Anjali Jaiswal
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This post is written with Bhaskar Deol at the Montreal Protocol Meeting of the Parties in Paris. After six years of gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with...continued

California's Appliance Efficiency Standards Get Extra Teeth, Bringing Greater Utility Bill Savings for Californians

Christa Heavey
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The California Energy Commission has approved a much-needed regulation that will allow it to enforce its appliance efficiency standards by fining violators. This good news will help ensure California consumers get the energy savings (and lower utility bills) they expect...continued

Fact Checking the WaPo Fact Checker on Keystone XL and exports

Anthony Swift
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Written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International   The President recently took on claims that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would help American consumers, noting that the carbon-intensive project is designed primarily as a route for...continued

Leading Multifamily Buildings are Recognized by EPA ENERGY STAR Program

Melissa Wright
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Last Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of the first multifamily and condo buildings to earn an ENERGY STAR certification. These multifamily properties were the first in the nation to receive the certification which shows that...continued

Fossil Fuel-Backed Lobbying Group Is Up to Its Old Tricks, This Time Duping Wisconsin's Utility Customers

Samantha Williams
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Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a fossil fuel industry group that claims to advocate for “fair” electric rates for all consumers, was caught red-handed this month falsifying a customer petition to support a handful of hotly-contested electric rate restructuring proposals from...continued

US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

Jake Schmidt
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The U.S. and other countries have pledged initial resources to help the Green Climate Fund (GCF) spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3...continued

Reducing natural gas leakage to protect the environment is easy to do, saves money, and creates jobs

Vignesh Gowrishankar
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The summary of our report Waste Not was released today. The report discusses common sense ways to cut in half the methane pollution from the oil and natural gas industry, and the standards that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can...continued

Waste Not: A Blueprint to Cut Dangerous Heat-Trapping Methane Leakage from the Nation's Oil and Gas Industry

David Doniger
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This post co-written with Meleah Geertsma.  A new report co-authored by NRDC shows how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can strike a major blow against climate change by cutting leaks and other losses of methane from the oil and gas...continued

Manufactured housing: A strong consensus for energy savings and affordability

Robin Roy
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Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are within reach for new manufactured homes in America following a strong consensus agreement reached by the Manufactured Housing Working Group.  (The U.S. Department of Energy established the Working Group earlier this...continued

Buying “Green” on Black Friday and Beyond: NRDC's 2014 Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide

Noah Horowitz
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There are a whopping 3.8 billion consumer electronics installed in our homes and many are purchased during the holiday season, beginning with Black Friday. Collectively these devices consume more than $22 billion and 67 large power plants’ worth of electricity...continued

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