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  • Blog Post 18 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    A (Twitter)Storm is Brewing

    People around the world are calling on their leaders to end fossil fuel subsidies – and here’s how you can take part.

    Today, advocacy groups and activists will participate in a worldwide 24-hour Twitterstorm, posting tweets and Facebook posts to demand that world leaders end fossil fuel subsidies at the upcoming Rio+20 summit.

    Despite the G20 pledge in 2009 to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, countries continue to give a total of $1 trillion to fossil fuel companies ...More

  • Blog Post 15 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Green Roundup: June 15, 2012

    The EPA has proposed new national air quality standards that would reduce levels of fine-particle soot by about 17 percent, a move that could help deliver major health benefits by the end of the decade. [Washington Post]

    The Big Oil billionaire Koch brothers are increasingly resembling their own political party, with millions invested in conservative races and bids to take over groups like the Cato Institute and Americans for Limited Government. Their upcoming convention in San ...More

  • Blog Post 14 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    The Great Energy Divide

    Republicans and Democrats are overwhelmingly divided on energy issues, according to a new survey.

    Majorities in both parties say energy is an important issue, but are divided on the causes of the country’s energy problems and possible solutions. While Republicans tend to push for more oil drilling, Democrats are more inclined to back conservation and alternative energy sources like wind and solar power.

    75 percent of Democrats feel that industry does not do enough to support clean ...More

  • Blog Post 14 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Green Roundup: June 14, 2012

    As wildfires rage in Colorado and New Mexico, scientists say climate change may spark more frequent and intense wildfires in the future. [NPR]

    The Western Energy Alliance, a trade association of oil and gas companies, released a report yesterday slamming the new BLM fracking rules. But the report is based on unsubstantiated assumptions and junk science that often relies on anecdotes from unidentified industry employees and contractors. [NRDC]

    Oil companies benefit from taxpayers’ money, profits from products ...More

  • Blog Post 13 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Green Roundup: June 13, 2012

    Thanks to falling prices and federal policies, U.S. solar grew 85 percent in the first quarter, and the domestic market for solar panels is likely to double in 2012. [Bloomberg]

    The world’s economies are forecasted to spend two trillion dollars on renewables between now and 2020, says a new Pew study. As the global race toward clean energy accelerates, it’s important that the U.S. not get left behind. [NRDC]

    America is shoveling coal to the sidelines: the ...More

  • Blog Post 13 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Koch Fighting Kite-Flyers

    America’s newest economic concern isn’t debt, the Eurozone or a student loan crisis. It’s kids – specifically kite-flying kids, who are flying kites along the beaches of New Jersey in celebration of Global Wind Day. At least according to Americans for Prosperity.

    The anti-environment organization backed by the Koch brothers has slammed these families for promoting the “utter lunacy” that is offshore wind energy and subverting the U.S. economy with their extremist environmental agenda. In an ...More

  • Blog Post 12 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Romney: Cozy With Big Oil

    Mitt Romney’s top energy advisor – and billionaire oil baron – Harold Hamm fought to protect Big Oil’s interests by arguing for billions of dollars of subsidies before the Senate Finance Committee today. He claimed that the White House proposal to eliminate the tax breaks would deal a blow to American oil companies and decimate the supply of American oil.

    Hamm didn’t discuss, however, the fact that 74% of Americans are in favor of ending subsidies ...More

  • Blog Post 12 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    EPA: Ramp Up Renewables

    Renewable energy is a key part of America’s energy future, says EPA head Lisa Jackson:

    “The future for our country is around clean energy, renewables, and getting that technology perfected and ready at a commercial scale here so we can sell it abroad. That will make our country stronger and create jobs as well. We should not put all our eggs in any one basket. And we should not, just because we have it, assume that ...More

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