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  • 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

  • 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.

    “Our ...More

  • 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

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