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Standing Up with Those Who Stand for Justice

Posted December 12, 2014 by Rhea Suh in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Working on environmental issues, I’ve seen firsthand the ways that communities of color too often suffer first, and suffer most, from pollution that poisons our waters and air, our communities, and our food. For people consigned to living on the...continued

New Proposed Standards for Dishwashers Would Cut Wasted Water and Energy

Posted December 12, 2014 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong updated standards for dishwashers this week that would lead to big reductions in energy and water use if finalized. The proposed standards would save more than 1 quadrillion Btus of energy and 240...continued

Sound and Fury: NRDC E-Mails Show Advocacy, not Collusion

Posted December 10, 2014 by David Goldston in U.S. Law and Policy

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On November 24th, NRDC turned over to Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) about 450 e-mails they had sought in their investigation into interactions between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NRDC.  In launching their investigation in...continued

DIRTY ENERGY INDUSTRY'S SOOTY PALM PRINTS ALL OVER MICHIGAN'S HB 5205

Posted December 10, 2014 by Patrick Kenneally in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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You know the quiet satisfaction you take when driving by a wind farm.  The awe at encountering human ingenuity and goodwill in the form of perfectly sculpted and pitched blades of over 100 feet garnering wind’s immense power with each...continued

New York Utilities to Get a Clean Energy Makeover

Posted December 10, 2014 by Raya Salter in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Over 130 years after Edison’s incandescent light bulb, the way New York state gets its energy is fundamentally changing. And much of that change is centered around reforming the way the electric utilities—like Con Ed and LIPA—do business here. On...continued

Shedding Efficient Light on DOE Appliance Standards Program

Posted December 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Noll in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Part 3 of a 3-Part Series Whether in a home, business, or factory, energy that is burned without benefit is a waste. Efficiency standards, such as those set for appliances and equipment by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), prevent...continued

Peabody Energy Hires a Well-Known Gun, but Still Shoots with Blanks

Posted December 6, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Professor Laurence H. Tribe has had a long and distinguished career as a progressive legal thinker and a tireless advocate for such worthy causes as freedom of speech and LGBT rights. He won a 1982 Supreme Court victory for California...continued

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted December 5, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Here’s some exciting news from the number crunchers here at NRDC: Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. As we wrote in...continued

NRDC's Public Comments on the Clean Power Plan: How EPA Can Make Its Good Plan Even Better

Posted December 2, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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NRDC submitted our public comments yesterday on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut the climate-disrupting carbon pollution from the nation’s electric power plants.  NRDC supports EPA’s action under the Clean Air Act to clean up our...continued

Illinois signals strong support for EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan

Posted December 1, 2014 by Nick Magrisso in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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In a letter to the EPA, fifty-three members of the Illinois General Assembly joined together to signal their support for the Clean Power Plan, the historic effort to attack climate change by cutting carbon pollution. As the legislators make clear...continued

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