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Map-gate: The Newest Strange Claims About the Clean Water Protection Rule

Posted August 29, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Over the last couple days, there has been a barrage of stories about a set of maps that the Environmental Protection Agency had produced, from long-public data maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey, indicating the location of various types of...continued

Million Electric Vehicle Bill Sent to Governor Brown

Posted August 28, 2014 by Max Baumhefner in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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California is poised to open a portal to America’s future, shoving Big Oil off the highways to make room for cleaner transportation alternatives that will improve the nation’s health and provide drivers with much-needed relief from pain at the pump....continued

Charge Ahead California Initiative Passes Overwhelmingly

Posted August 25, 2014 by Max Baumhefner in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A child’s drawing posted on the door of Assembly Member Christina Garcia of Southeast Los Angeles, outlines a vision of placing 1 million electric cars, trucks, and buses on California’s streets within 10 years – a vision that  moved...continued

Report finds illegal use of diesel in fracking fluid, highlights problems with FracFocus

Posted August 22, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) released a report which found that companies had disclosed using diesel fuel in fracking in 12 states.  The use of diesel fuel as a component of fracking fluid is illegal without a permit under...continued

Burning through Habitat: The Impacts of Coal Mining on the Future of Sage Grouse

Posted August 20, 2014 by Amanda Jahshan in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Here is a guest blog from our amazing summer intern, Hilary Yu: A 1979 U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) publication stated that “the future of the sage grouse, which occurs throughout most of the sagebrush-covered lands of the West,...continued

VIDEO: Pebble Mine and the Death Star Mine at Mount Polley

Posted August 18, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In the wake of the devastating Mt. Polley Mine disaster, and even as the latest tests confirmed elevated levels of toxic copper and lead in aquatic life, a predictable progression is already underway. Within days, the mine owner, the...continued

From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses and Consumers

Posted August 18, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently compared the climate crisis to the 2008 financial crisis. He said: We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble. Case in point: Florida, where I...continued

8 Questions for Every Water Utility after the UCLA Water Main Break

Posted August 14, 2014 by Ed Osann in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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The water and mud from the big water main break that flooded the UCLA campus in Los Angeles in late July left behind several questions that could be asked of every water supplier in the country.  Find out for yourself how...continued

EPA must step in after WV's repeated failure to protect drinking water from oil and gas waste

Posted August 14, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today NRDC sent a letter to U.S. EPA calling on them to crack down on the state of West Virginia’s lax oversight of oil and gas and fracking wastewater disposal wells—that is putting drinking water at risk of contamination, and...continued

Now It's Official: EPA Proposes Limits on Super-Pollutant HFCs

Posted August 13, 2014 by Benjamin Longstreth in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Environmental Protection Agency has now formally proposed to limit certain super-potent greenhouse gases from use in air conditioners, refrigerators, aerosols and foams in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives. EPA’s action last week follows through on a commitment it...continued

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