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  • Blog Post 23 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Rolling Out Against Toxic Chemicals

    Activists for public and environmental health descended upon the Capitol to demand safer chemical laws for American families at yesterday’s National Stroller Brigade. Hundreds of mothers, children and coalition representatives from over 30 states gathered in support of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. The Act, introduced by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), would shift the burden of proof for chemical safety to manufacturers, ensuring that dangerous toxins stay out of household products and furnishings.

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  • Blog Post 23 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Daily Green Roundup: May 22, 2012

    Support for the Heartland Institute and its conference is falling rapidly following its controversial billboard campaign comparing climate change believers to Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Heartland has lost at least $825,000 in expected funds for 2012, more than 35 percent of the funds it planned to raise from corporate donors. As a result, the organization has taken its first publicly acknowledged donations from the coal industry, relying on the main Illinois coal lobby for sponsorship of ...More

  • Blog Post 21 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Stroller Brigade Hits the Capitol

    Tomorrow, LCV will join a national event in speaking out against dangerous and unregulated chemicals that threaten the health of American households. A National Stroller Brigade, held at the U.S. Capitol at 10 AM, will demand action on the Safe Chemicals Act to protect public health and the environment instead of Big Chem’s profits.

    Last week, the Chicago Tribune published a series revealing how chemical manufacturers have misled the public about the health risks posed ...More

  • Blog Post 21 May 2012  |   Lea Brumfield

    Heartland Institute's Uncertain Future

    As the Heartland Institute’s “skeptic’s” climate change conference opens today, the climate-denying organization is scrambling for donors to keep its budget on life support. Following the launch of Heartland’s offensive billboard campaign comparing those who believe in climate change to Ted Kaczynski, Charles Manson, and Fidel Castro, corporate sponsors have begun jumping ship and distancing themselves from the organization. This trend continued over the past weekend.

    Over the last few weeks, Heartland has lost ...More

  • Blog Post 18 May 2012  |   Lea Brumfield

    Vermont Bans Fracking

    Even as new fracking-related legislation advances in other states, Vermont’s governor has signed into law the nation’s first ban on the controversial natural gas drilling method.

    Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin signed the law yesterday, citing concerns about groundwater contamination. In the coming generations, “drinking water will be more valuable than natural gas,” Shumlin said. “We have an abundance of [clean, drinkable water] in Vermont. We’re going to protect it at all costs.”

    The dangerous gas drilling process ...More

  • Blog Post 18 May 2012  |   Lea Brumfield

    More Than 1 Million Comments in Favor of Carbon Pollution Standards

    More than one million people have spoken out in favor of reducing industrial carbon pollution by submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of the proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for power plants. Though there is still over one month left for the public to comment, these one million comments are already record-breaking, representing the most comments the EPA has ever received on a proposed rule.

    The League of Conservation Voters is part of ...More

  • Blog Post 16 May 2012  |   Lea Brumfield

    Our Future Under ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’

    America’s current trajectory takes us on a path with disproportionately increasing energy consumption, and skyrocketing carbon pollution emissions, reports The Center for American Progress. Big Oil’s profits are soaring while taxpayers continue to shell out billions each year in subsidies to those multi-billion dollar oil companies, and yet anti-environment lawmakers continue to push for open up our national lands and protected offshore waters to gas and oil drilling and to weaken the health and ...More

  • Blog Post 15 May 2012  |   Lea Brumfield

    NYT: Confronting Keystone Again

    Today, the New York Times published an editorial on TransCanada’s new application for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline:

    It is far from clear whether one of the new routes proposed by TransCanada would involve less potential damage in the case of a pipeline spill. And a route change does not alter other fundamental concerns. There has never been any doubt that extracting oil from tar sands is a dirty, energy-intensive process that damages landscapes, ...More

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