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Feature: The 2011 Budget

The House Republicans' reckless plan to cut $100 billion in government spending by Oct. 1, including a 30 per cent budget reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency, would inflict grave harm to our economy and to our health. NRDC's experts analyze how the cuts would affect environmental protections. 

Clean Water Under Attack - How Will Your Senator Vote?

Posted November 14, 2011 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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As early as this week, the Senate will consider a funding bill for Energy and Water Development, and will be asked to undermine safeguards for a host of water bodies under the Clean Water Act.  Senators Barrasso (R-WY) and Heller...continued

Oil and Gas Drilling Threatens Another Utah Wilderness Area

Posted September 22, 2011 by Bobby McEnaney in Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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But opposition arises from the outdoor recreation industry. In June, at the height of the budget battle, we wrote about the Obama administration’s unfortunate backtracking on a key policy to protect wild lands.  By agreeing to a Republican sponsored rider...continued

Major environmental, faith-based, development, and conservation groups call for US funding to support international global warming action

Posted September 20, 2011 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Tomorrow, the Senate Appropriations Committee is set to mark-up the 2012 fiscal year appropriations bill which outlines the amount of funding that will be invested in international action on global warming.  A new letter from 15 major environmental, faith-based, development,...continued

The President's Proposal to Lower the Deficit/Increase Employment-- A First Look from an Environmental Perspective

Posted September 20, 2011 by Scott Slesinger in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The President, as promised, made his recommendations yesterday to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction commonly called the “Super Committee” to meet its ambitious agenda. This joint committee is responsible for finding between $1.2 and $ 1.5 trillion in...continued

Doing the Right Thing with Funding the Government

Posted September 19, 2011 by Scott Slesinger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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  House Republicans’ obsession with larding must-pass funding bills with policy riders mainly aimed at rolling back environmental safeguards and stopping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing its job of protecting public health seems to have taken a short...continued

Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Will Hurt Environmental Justice Communities

Posted July 30, 2011 by Al Huang in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This past week, the full House of Representatives began consideration of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY 2012 (H.R. 2584).  As many of my colleagues have already blogged, H.R. 2584 includes many anti-environmental riders and amendments that...continued

House Committee Seeks to Gut Funding to Support International Action on Global Warming: Bad for Americans

Posted July 26, 2011 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for outlining US international global warming funding has just released their bill detailing the amount of money that will support these efforts.  This comes on the heels of a House authorization bill passed out of...continued

House Adds New Attacks on Clean Water

Posted July 26, 2011 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, I wrote about two handfuls of dirty water “riders” in the House of Representatives’ funding bill for EPA and the Department of the Interior.  This week, the bill is being considered on the House floor, and yet even...continued

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attack on Great Lakes States' Ballast Water Standards

Posted July 25, 2011 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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On Friday, we won another legal battle in the fight to bring protective ballast water standards to the Great Lakes!  The federal appeals court in Washington, DC denied a legal challenge by ports and shipping interests to U.S. EPA’s Clean...continued

Most Anti-Environment House of Representatives in History Tries to Do More Damage

Posted July 19, 2011 by Frances Beinecke in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Tea Party leaders in the House have dramatically stepped up their assault on America’s environmental and public health safeguards. Last week alone they used about 50 floor votes and more than 30 policy riders on spending bills to undermine the...continued

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