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Eight Energy-Saving Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Posted April 16, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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With Earth Day 2014 fast approaching (Tuesday, April 22), the 44th birthday of the modern environmental movement provides a great opportunity to take small, easy steps to shrink your carbon footprint at home and put money back into your pocket...continued

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates urge Obama to make the right choice and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 16, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline nears the end of its national interest determination process, ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Obama to deny the project, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most...continued

DOE Poised to Hit a Home Run with Its New Proposed Efficiency Standards for Linear Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Posted April 11, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The Department of Energy has just hit a home run with today’s proposed minimum energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent light bulbs, the tube lamps that are located in virtually every office, hospital, school and airport in the country. According...continued

Driving Into an Age of Increasing Oil Freedom

Posted April 9, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Photo by Nayu Kim, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons We are living in exciting times when it comes to the nation’s oil and energy dependence. You could call this era the age of increasing oil freedom. From the mid-1980s to...continued

Biomass: Not Carbon Neutral and Often Not Clean

Posted April 8, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Power companies, facing pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels like coal, often consider turning to biomass – an umbrella term for fuel that is newly derived from plant matter.  Until recently, most people including policy makers assumed all biomass...continued

More than 100 scientists and economists call for rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, more than 100 scientists and economists called on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would bring some of the world’s dirtiest fuel from under Canada’s Boreal forest to...continued

The State Department's stunningly bad poster child pick

Posted April 4, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Buried in the State Department’s final environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline issued in January is an argument that switchovers to tar sands refining are A-ok because they actually reduce pollution.  This is just wrong, as we have...continued

When the Oil and Rail Industries Work Together to Put Profits Over Public Safety

Posted April 4, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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One thing about these industries - when the oil and rail barons get together, tidy profits are sure to be made.  But at whose expense?  And if the latest mile long oil by rail collaboration has nothing to hide, why...continued

Solar Schools: It's a Movement

Posted April 4, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The National Solar Schools Consortium launched yesterday at the opening of the widely-attended National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference. Still in its infancy, the goal of the Consortium is to act as a unified voice for the growing solar schools...continued

Ukraine doesn't bolster case for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 3, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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After their argument that Keystone XL would be a national job creator has been widely debunked, promoters of the embattled tar sands pipeline are now turning to the international crisis in the Ukraine for a reason to build the project....continued

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