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  • Blog Post 29 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Smothering Earth's Oldest Life

    Sequoia National Park: home to Earth’s oldest organisms, and some of the country’s worst air. The California forest, which contains the renowned giant Sequoia redwoods, has the worst air pollution of any national park in the country, comparable to those in urban Los Angeles. As a result, awe-inspiring views of California’s geologic wonders are often marred by a cloud of gray smog.

    The long-term impact of the pollution on the park’s 3,000 year-old redwoods is unclear, ...More

  • Blog Post 29 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Daily Green Roundup - May 29, 2012

    Mitt Romney spoke at a rally this morning in Craig, CO – the heart of coal country – another indication of his close ties to the fossil fuel industry. [Denver Post]

    Despite Romney’s latest attacks on clean energy initiatives, the solar industry is flourishing in his home state. Solar energy capacity in Massachusetts has more than doubled in the past two years, generating enough power to power almost 16,000 homes. [Boston Globe]

    Moms Clean Air Force delivered ...More

  • Blog Post 25 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Daily Green Roundup - May 25, 2012

    A watchdog group says Mitt Romney’s term as governor saw a clampdown on the state’s ability to combat environmental crime, a record indicative of Romney’s disregard for environmental protection. [Mother Jones]

    Meanwhile, Obama gave a speech in Iowa yesterday that called for the extension of wind energy tax credits and a diverse energy plan, including fuel-efficient cars and solar power. [Los Angeles Times]

    Following recent attacks on wind power, Media Matters released a factsheet dispelling myths ...More

  • Blog Post 24 May 2012  |   Lea Brumfield

    LCV Names Rehberg and Wilson to Dirty Dozen

    Last week, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) named Montana Senate candidate Rep. Dennis Rehberg and New Mexico Senate candidate and former Rep. Heather Wilson to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list. The Dirty Dozen program targets candidates who have consistently anti-environmental voting records and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome.

    Both candidates have dismal LCV lifetime scores: Wilson earned a 15% lifetime score, and Rehberg earned ...More

  • Blog Post 24 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Daily Green Roundup - May 24, 2012

    Amazon and Scantron are the latest in a group of eighteen organizations to sever ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC, which drafts model bills undermining environmental protection and protecting corporate polluters, has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding due to the loss in corporate sponsorship. [ThinkProgress]

    Tom Laskawy of the Food & Environment Reporting Network describes how flame retardants and farm chemicals could have health consequences that persist “generations after the ...More

  • Blog Post 24 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    A Climate That Kills

    Contrary to the Heartland Institute’s callous claim, warm weather is not “good for people.” The Chicago Tribune reported earlier today that a Natural Resources Defense Council study suggests climate change will cause 150,000 deaths due to excessive heat this century.

    Scientists expect temperatures to rise 4 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, with increased heat-related deaths in 37 of 40 cities studied. Louisville, Detroit and Cleveland will be the hardest hit, though ...More

  • Blog Post 23 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Desperate Times for Deniers

    The Heartland Institute has announced that this year's climate denial conference will be its last. “At this point we have no plans to do another [International Conference on Climate Change],” said Joseph Bast, president of the Institute, in his closing remarks Wednesday.Heartland faced harsh grassroots backlash after it put up billboards comparing climate change believers to the Unabomber. The controversial advertisement prompted an exodus of board directors, key staff members, and conference speakers, as well ...More

  • Blog Post 23 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Daily Green Roundup - May 23, 2012

    Labeling carbon dioxide a pollutant is “propaganda,” said Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) at the Heartland Institute’s Seventh International Conference on Climate Change yesterday. Sensenbrenner went on to say that carbon dioxide would boost crop yields and “make it easier to feed 7 billion people,” despite substantial scientific findings to the contrary. [ThinkProgress]

    Activists staged a rally outside Heartland’s conference in Chicago yesterday to shine a light on the Institute’s corporate donors. Protesters drove around “people-powered billboards” ...More

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