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Clean Power is for Montanans, Wildlife

Amanda Jahshan
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(Photo of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout courtesy of the National Park Service) Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, which will soon put in place the first-ever carbon pollution limits for the nation's existing power plants....continued | comments

Wacky weather wears on farmers

Claire O'Connor
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Farmers have always been at the mercy of the skies. You can plan and prepare, give your crops the tender loving care they need to thrive, and follow the advice of countless experts, but if the weather doesn't cooperate, all...continued | comments

Guest Blog: Report Card Highlights Canada's 'Hesitant' Support for Cleantech Deployment

Danielle Droitsch
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Guest blog by Mitchell Beer Today's Pembina Institute report card on Canada's hesitant support for clean energy deployment fills in an important piece of the puzzle for anyone who follows the continuing energy relationship between Canada and the United States....continued | comments

Last Chance for Public Comments on the Tongue River Railroad (the worst idea ever)

Amanda Jahshan
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(Photo of Otter Creek Valley courtesty of Alexis Bonogofsky/East of Billings) The Tongue River Railroad is pretty much the worst idea ever. Seriously. Hear me out. So, Arch Coal wants to build a massive coal mine in the Otter Creek...continued | comments

We Made DC Water's Green Infrastructure Proposal Better - But There's Still Room for Improvement

Becky Hammer
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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded the public comment period on DC Water's most recent proposal to change course in its efforts to stop raw sewage from contaminating the waters of our nation's capital. NRDC submitted comments...continued | comments

Trying to Stop Another Nanosilver Pesticide

Mae Wu
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Yogi Berra said it best: It's like déjà vu, all over again. The Environmental Protection Agency is again giving a nanosilver pesticide product a conditional registration, despite not having all the toxicity data it needs to assess its potential harm...continued | comments (1)

Court of Appeals Upholds California Shark Fin Ban

Seth Atkinson
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Big news! Sharks will continue to receive protection under California state law. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals just released an opinion upholding California's shark fin ban as constitutional and not preempted by federal law. This is the first...continued | comments

New scorecard reveals polluter attacks against renewable energy

Aliya Haq
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ALEC. The Heartland Institute. The Texas Public Policy Foundation. Sometimes, it's hard to keep these anti-clean-energy front groups straight without a scorecard. Thanks to our friends at the Energy & Policy Institute, you've got one, titled Attacks on Renewable Energy...continued | comments (1)

Groups appeal for right to intervene in NJ pollution case, argue against settlement between ExxonMobil & Christie at this week's hearing

Margaret Brown
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Joseph DiGiorgio, now a senior citizen, has lived in Bayonne most of his life. On June 3, he testified before the New Jersey General Assembly Judiciary Committee on the damage that decades of oil and chemical pollution from ExxonMobil has...continued | comments

The Persistence of Change: Coal Gets Pushed Off the Podium

Sierra Martinez
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Government figures out today show that for the single month of April, history was made in the electric sector: For the first time, the amount of electricity generated from coal resources in one month was less than the amount generated...continued

New document streamlines negotiating text for Paris, as groundswell of climate action continues

Han Chen
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As the Paris Climate agreement approaches, we are seeing signs of a far different process from the last-minute confusion in Copenhagen - where negotiators had to work with an unwieldy negotiating text of more than 200 pages. The latest sign...continued | comments

Murkowski's Big Oil Giveaway: Profits Over People

Franz Matzner
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This week the Senate Energy Committee will consider a bill that would simultaneously lift the decades old crude-oil-export ban and mandate drilling across a vast swath of the nation's publicly owned ocean waters from the Arctic to the Atlantic coast,...continued | comments (7)

NRDC and Allies Sue Mendocino County AGAIN

Elly Pepper
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(C) Lisa Whiteman Every year, California's Mendocino County kills hundreds of coyotes, bobcats, bears, cougars, foxes, and other animals on behest of the private livestock industry without ANY consideration of its impacts on the animals themselves, other species, and...continued | comments

Achingly Slow Talks on HFC Super-Pollutants -- NRDC Offers IMPACT Tool to Jumpstart Progress

David Doniger
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Countries made achingly slow progress towards curbs on the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at Montreal Protocol talks in Paris this week. In an effort to jumpstart progress, NRDC launched a new analytical tool to compare competing HFC phase-down...continued | comments (2)

Making the Impossible Possible? The Senate Moves the DRIVE Act

Deron Lovaas
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"Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast." ~ Alice Analyzing federal transportation bills such as the newly minted Senate DRIVE Act (pdf here) is an interesting exercise, like following a trail left by various...continued | comments

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