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Green News Roundup: Week of July 19, 2013

19 Jul 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

The Senate has finally confirmed Gina McCarthy to head the EPA. “It’s about time. Now it’s time for her to roll up her sleeves and get to work, and get the job done,” said LCV president Gene Karpinski. [Washington Post]

The Senate also got a whole lot greener this week following environmental champion Ed Markey’s swearing in as the newest U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. Senator Markey has pledged to lead a ‘green energy revolution,’ to combat the climate crisis, and decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil. [Mass Live]

The green movement has also taken to the streets – literally. LCV joins a coalition of businesses and environmental activists in hosting the “I Will Act on Climate” 27 state bus tour to encourage local support for climate action. LCV sponsored the tour’s stop in Greensboro, North Carolina this week, and met an enthusiastic Greensboro crowd who heard from prominent environmental activists. [News and Record]

Senators Mark Kirk and Jack Reed and Representatives John Sarbanes and Mike Fitzpatrick are also trying to green the classroom. They have introduced legislation to strengthen environmental education in U.S. classrooms with the “No Child Left Inside” Act (NCLI). [eNews Park Forest]

We need immediate climate action to avoid teaching a grim biology lesson. According to a study in the journal Ecology Letters, there are amphibians, reptiles, birds and even some mammals that may be unable to evolve fast enough to keep up with the changes associated with climate change. Mother Jones says “Climate Change has Darwin Down for the Count.”  

For Congressman Jared Huffman every week is shark week. Huffman took a stand for animals recently by leading a bipartisan letter to NOAA urging the administration to revise a rule that would interfere with state laws banning shark finning, which is largely responsible for the decline in global shark populations in U.S. waters. [Redwood Times]

Do you know what doesn’t belong in our water? Toxic chemicals. Representative’s Matt Cartwright and Jared Polis have introduced strong protections that will protect our water from the pollution caused by fracking. [Matt Cartwright]

As if we didn’t already know the Keystone XL pipeline was all risk and no reward, a report by Consumer Watchdog stated that the dirty-energy project could boost gas prices by as much as 40 cents more per gallon. Keystone XL hurts our climate, our planet and even your pocket book. [Grist] 

In his insightful blog, the NRDC’s climate center Director Dan Lashof poses the question: ‘Is the Season for Climate Change Denial Finally Over?’ We hope so – “We are already paying a high price for failing to confront the climate change threat. The longer we delay taking action, the more these expenses will rise, and the more our children and our grandchildren will suffer the impacts,” says Lashof. [Huffington Post]

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