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  • Blog Post 28 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    NYT: A Court Rules for the Planet

    Today's New York Times editorial lauded the federal court decision to uphold EPA clean regulations:

    [The] federal court decision...vindicated the administration’s strategy of controlling emissions through regulation and showed good sense at a time when both the agency and the science of global warming are under relentless Congressional attack.

    The most important of these — the bedrock from which the other rules flowed — was the agency’s “endangerment finding” in 2009 that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse ...More

  • Blog Post 27 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Sustaining Wind Energy's Success

    On the National Journal’s Energy Experts Blog, LCV President Gene Karpinski stresses the need to renew the production tax credit:

    Wind power is a resounding victory of American manufacturing.

    Its rise is directly tied to the production tax credit, the industry’s biggest source of federal financial support. By incentivizing investment in wind energy, the PTC encourages innovation in clean, sustainable technologies and creates localized jobs that cannot be outsourced. For this reason, the tax credit has strong ...More

  • Blog Post 26 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms Climate Science

    Today, the federal appeals court unanimously ruled in favor of clean air protections in four major cases, marking a resounding victory for the EPA’s efforts to protect public health and stop unabated climate change.

    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there is “substantial scientific evidence” that climate change threatens public health, determining that extreme weather, changes in air quality and increased temperatures are likely to have adverse health effects.

    The ...More

  • Blog Post 22 Jun 2012  |   Allison Donnelly

    Correcting the Math on Renewables and Jobs

    Yesterday several news sources incorrectly reported that stimulus dollars for the renewable energy sector had created under 1,000 jobs. stated that only 910 “direct” jobs had been created for the $9 billion in stimulus, “meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.” Meanwhile, the Washington Free Beacon ran a headline declaring, “Obama Administration Program Spent $10B to Create 355 Jobs Per Year.” They cited a National Renewable Energy ...More

  • Blog Post 21 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Green Roundup: June 21, 2012

    The House of Representatives holds the title of the most anti-environment House in congressional history, having voted against the environment 247 times in the last 18 months. That’s an average of one anti-environmental vote for every day the House has been in session, with one of every five votes rolling back protections for public lands, clean air, clean water, or enriching the oil industry. [ThinkProgress]

    Computer technology giant Dell has decided to drop its membership in ...More

  • Blog Post 21 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Romney Against Clean Air

    Mitt Romney has once again taken a stand against clean air and public health. The GOP nominee released a statement yesterday slamming the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, landmark legislation that would limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

    The rule came under fire from Sen. James Inhofe, whose measure to derail the safeguards failed yesterday. The defeat was a significant environmental accomplishment and a clear sign of bipartisan support ...More

  • Blog Post 20 Jun 2012  |   Allison Donnelly

    Attacking Our Air

    The Senate defeated today the latest attempt to attack the EPA and stop it from doing its job to protect public health.

    Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe’s resolution (S.J. Res 37) would have overturned EPA’s finalized Mercury and Air Toxics standard, which puts long overdue (set in motion by Congress in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments) pollution controls on power plants – the largest U.S. emitters of mercury, a potent neurotoxin. According to the EPA, the ...More

  • Blog Post 18 Jun 2012  |   Allison Donnelly

    Pillaging Our Public Lands

    This week the House of Representatives will vote on a broad assault on America's lands and wildlife. The Conservation and Economic Growth Act, a package of fourteen bills, includes provisions that would block or roll back key conservation laws on federal lands, gut environmental review, and privatize public lands in Alaska.

    A key part of the bill is the Natural Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, known as the “border bill,” which would gut environmental safeguards ...More

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