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Green News Roundup: Week of June 28, 2013

28 Jun 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

President Obama laid out a plan to address climate change on Wednesday, which includes directing the EPA to cut carbon pollution from new and existing power plants -- the nation’s largest source of climate change-inducing pollution -- for the first time ever. [Technology Review] 

If you didn’t catch the historic climate speech, you can watch it here.

Later that evening, Rachel Maddow interviewed Bill Burton, Senior Advisor to the League of Conservation Voters, about President Obama’s climate plan. Watch the full interview:

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In his speech President Obama also noted his lack of patience for climate deniers, saying, “We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat earth society.” [NBC News]

President Obama outlined several ambitious strategies for combating the climate crisis, and LCV is very encouraged that he tied approval of Keystone XL to the pipeline’s impacts on climate. [The Hill]

 Senator Tim Kaine chose to speak up on the issue of Keystone this week. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Senator Kaine showed true leadership by discussing how damaging the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be and encouraging the President to reject it.  He called Keystone XL a “backslide” in a country with “too many cleaner alternatives.” [NBC News]

 Ed Markey joins Senator Kaine in the ranks of environmental allies in the Senate after being elected Senator of Massachusetts on the night of the president’s big climate change speech. “Ed Markey’s victory is proof that the momentum for action on climate change has passed a tipping point,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. [Grist]

 Momentum for action on climate is materializing on the west coast, where the city of Los Angeles is launching the nation’s largest solar rooftop program. Get this – the city’s Department of Water and Power will pay residents for solar energy they generate that exceeds their own needs. [Grist]

 The Supreme Court also set to re-examine the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which mandates reductions in soot and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross statelines. The EPA estimated that the rule would prevent up to 34,000 premature deaths; 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks and 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis annually. [The Hill]

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