The President’s nominee to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, has shown an ability to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans, Democrats, industry leaders, automakers and public health advocates alike to develop pragmatic and cost effective safeguards...continued→
Pete Altman, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director, Washington, D.C.
Our biggest challenge is what kind of potential future we leave behind for our children. We can make our air and water cleaner than they are now, develop more sustainable economies and job opportunities, and greater global security. The same actions that create this future will protecting our earth's natural wonders and the environment that we all depend on.
Today President Obama's pick to lead the EPA comes before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to answer questions and persaude the committee members she's fit to lead the EPA. As Politico's Morning Energy puts it, "EPA is the...continued→
A few days ago, the New York Times ran a lengthy story about the low snowfall in western states this winter, and what impacts that may have on wildfires and drought this coming summer. Tonight, PBS' http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ will examine the effects...continued→
For years now, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental/health groups have known that Americans want tough action to curb carbon pollution, based on a long record of polls. Just last week, we released another poll showing just that, measuring reaction...continued→
Talk of action on climate change has been prominent since President Obama delivered his second Inaugural Address. Yesterday morning, Politico Pro (subscription required) examined the individuals who might be instrumental in helping the President fulfill what the President himself calls "an obligation to future...continued→
It was thrilling to hear President Obama put climate change front and center in his Inaugural Address. In case you missed what he said, here it is: The good news is that the President has the means to make good...continued→
In his first post-election news conference, President Obama made an important statement: I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior, and carbon emissions … And as a consequence, I think we've...continued→
Maybe I’ve been watching way too much TV from London over the last few days, but it occurs to me that if they held a power plant pollution Olympics and states “won” medals for being home to the most toxic...continued→
The familiar saying is that “in war, the first casualty is truth.” But you could say exactly the same thing about the misguided assault on the common-sense efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update clean air standards that...continued→
There are some things we like to think of as sacrosanct…mom, apple pie…the right of kids to be born and grown up without being exposed to dangerous amounts of brain poison. Fortunately, a majority of the US Senate agreed with...continued→
A handful of companies are spending millions to finance an assault on clean air—lobbying and litigating to block, weaken and delay clean air standards that would save lives and protect Americans’ health from the power sector’s dangerous and deadly air...continued→
Between now and June 18, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a proposal to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's recently-issued safeguards to protect kids and their families from the mercury and dozens of other toxins spewed by U.S....continued→
At last week's public hearings on carbon pollution, hundreds of Americans showed up in Washington DC and Chicago to speak out for clean air - but the coal industry sent a message, too. Apparently unable to get enough real supporters...continued→
It takes a special arrogance to come to a city that suffered a catastrophic heat wave in 1995, resulting in over 700 deaths in just 5 days, and say that “Warm is good for people, and it's particularly good for...continued→
AEP’s new President Nick Akins slammed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday in a speech before the US Chamber of Commerce, taking aim at the EPA's life-saving standards which will save tens of thousands of lives. As The Hill reports, Akins...continued→
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