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Peter Lehner, Former Executive Director, New York City

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Senators National Energy Policy Vision Leads to a Hopeful Future

Posted June 29, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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Forty-five senators have just sent a letter to the nation's 50 governors with forward-thinking principles about what America's energy future could look like. These senators argue that national energy policies should spur investment in our energy infrastructure to provide all...continued

Natural Gas: Promise or Peril?

Posted June 17, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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(This blog is based on a talk I gave last week at the Rethink Methane symposium in Sacramento, California.) A couple of years ago, many people in the environmental community were bullish on natural gas. Methane burns cleaner than coal,...continued

Your Food Choices Have a Powerful Impact on Climate Change

Posted June 11, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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Some of my colleagues here at NRDC have been passing around a new toy. It's a serious tool, actually, but it's kind of fun and exciting if you're the kind of person who's interested in solving climate change. It turns...continued

Three Reasons Why New Flood Protection Standards Are a Good Idea

Posted April 29, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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President Obama recently updated federal flood protection standards. These are the criteria government agencies use when building their own facilities, as well as when they decide whether to finance large public projects, such as train or bus terminals, electric transfer...continued

What's on Your Plate Affects the Planet

Posted April 27, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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The tradition of Meatless Mondays started during World War I, and was revived again during World War II, as a way to conserve resources for our troops. Recognizing the impacts of a meat-based diet is by no means a new...continued

Keeping Dangerous Chemicals Out of the Office

Posted April 2, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is considered the green building industry standard. More than 75,000 projects, from houses and schools to office space and data centers, have been built to LEED standards, saving energy, money and water...continued

The Burden: New Documentary Illustrates Impacts of Fossil Fuels on the U.S. Military

Posted March 30, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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For the men and women who serve in the military, fossil fuels are a liability. In The Burden, a 40-minute documentary that recently premiered at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., veterans and fighters from every stratum of the...continued

The Night I Ate Garbage: Dinner at Chef Dan Barber's New Restaurant, WastED

Posted March 26, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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When food is wasted--not just leftovers on plates, but edible food from farms, in grocery stores, and kitchens--it gets dumped into landfills, where it becomes a source of air pollution, water pollution, and even global warming pollution. A few nights...continued

Big Win: Oregon Moves Ahead on Clean Fuel Standard, Building Momentum for West Coast Clean Fuel Corridor

Posted March 12, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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Oregon just clinched a spot in the clean energy future by becoming the second state, after California, to reduce carbon pollution from cars, trucks and buses through a new standard for clean, low-carbon fuel. Under Oregon's clean fuels program, carbon...continued

Bad Carbon Math is Hurting our Forests

Posted February 16, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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Western Europe has already lost about 97 percent of its original forests. But European power companies, under pressure to clean up their climate pollution and switch to renewable sources of energy, are increasingly looking to burn wood fuel instead of...continued

Divestment Outperforms Conventional Portfolios for Past 5 Years

Posted February 13, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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The Independent Petroleum Association of America recently commissioned and funded a study, covered in the New York Times and elsewhere, which claimed that university endowments would suffer without fossil fuels in their portfolios. The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed...continued

Illinois Tollways to Become Flyways for Monarchs

Posted February 10, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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An unlikely hero just stepped up for monarch butterflies: the Illinois Tollway Board. The authority, which controls 286 miles of Illinois interstate, recently announced it would explore planting milkweed along three major highways to help support dwindling populations of monarchs,...continued

Fast Food Trash Nation? Time to Cut Down on Packaging Waste.

Posted February 6, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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Every spring, my wife and I pick up garbage along the road near the house where she grew up. We aim to do this after the snow melts and before the poison ivy comes out. It's not clean or fun...continued

Protecting Workers and Communities During the Clean Energy Transition

Posted February 5, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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When I worked at the New York Attorney General's Office, we sued coal-fired power plants because their air pollution was making people sick. But in some towns, I saw that the reliance on coal really had people in a bind....continued

New Drilling Plan Puts Jersey Shore to Miami Beach and Wild Arctic at Risk

Posted January 27, 2015 by Peter Lehner

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The Obama administration just released its draft proposal for a five-year offshore oil and gas drilling plan. The plan would open, for the first time since 1983, the southeast Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Georgia to offshore oil and gas...continued

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