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EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

Posted April 15, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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This post written with Meleah Geertsma and Vignesh Gowrishankar Today the Environmental Protection Agency took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month.  EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big...continued

Paperwork Reductions or Life-Saving Standards?

Posted April 15, 2014 by Scott Slesinger in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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EPA priorities: Does this make sense to anyone? Appropriators and the Administration need to decide what is more important -- health and the environment or paperwork reduction. The hazardous waste industry has been working over a decade to replace its...continued

Study: Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

Posted April 15, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick...continued

Let's Avoid Living Dangerously

Posted April 14, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The Showtime documentary series that began airing last night, “Years of Living Dangerously,” is a powerful reminder of why we need to act now to address climate change. More hurricanes, floods, droughts, intense storms, food scarcity—it’s all there in detail. ...continued

"Healthy 'Hoods, Not Toxic Hotspots" in L.A.

Posted April 14, 2014 by Ramya Sivasubramanian in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Calling for justice and no more toxic pollution, people from across L.A. rallied outside the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, CA today to support "healthy ‘hoods, not toxic hotspots" in the communities where they live, work, learn, and play. ...continued

Oil and gas industry must stop silencing victims

Posted April 14, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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What is the fracking industry trying to sell us in Marcellus? Certainly not logical consistency. In one notorious case, now described at length by Jonathan H. Marks in The Hastings Center Report, we get a stark look at the contradictory...continued

Minnesota Leading the Charge on Valuing the Climate Benefits of Rooftop Solar

Posted April 11, 2014 by Laurie Johnson in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Guest blogger-Denise Grab, Legal Fellow, Institute for Policy Integrity (Twitter: @denisegrab) Rooftop solar electricity generation helps homeowners save money on their electricity bills. It can help support the rest of the electrical grid during times of high usage or outages....continued

Fracking in the Bakken threatens Missouri River watershed health

Posted April 9, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Science continues to point to the risks of groundwater contamination from oil and gas development, not just from oil, but from the salty liquid waste called brine. The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a study highlighting groundwater contamination from oil...continued

Setting the Record Straight on CEA's Letter to the Secretary of Energy

Posted April 8, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has long opposed minimum energy efficiency standards for their products and has launched numerous campaigns over the years to support their position. Their most recent effort includes a letter to Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest...continued

Building A Climate "Wall of Sound"

Posted April 8, 2014 by Robert Friedman in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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People often ask me what I think is the single most important thing they could be doing to solve the climate crisis. Yes, exercising your right to vote is really important, as is living sustainably. But on an issue as...continued

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