In today’s Senate hearing on the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) from coal- and oil-fired power plants, Senator Inhofe (R-OK) claimed, “This rule isn’t about public health.” This claim came behind public support for the standards from the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Lung Association, the American Public Health Association and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Coal- and oil-fired power plants are the largest producers of mercury pollution,
In a year of presidential candidates promising to slash funding for the EPA, or abolish it outright, the OECD has released its “Environmental Outlook to 2050,” showing the deadly consequences of our increasingly hands-off approach to clean air.
According to the OECD’s report, air pollution is expected to kill more than 6 million people per year by 2050, outstripping malaria, unsafe drinking water, and poor sanitation, even in wealthier countries like the U.S.
The EPA is
Join EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson this afternoon for a live chat on clean air and children’s health.
WHAT: United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Lisa Jackson will join MomsRising, Mocha Moms and Moms Clean Air Force for an online conversation about clean air in the midst of an asthma epidemic. WHEN: Today, March 19, 2012 TIME: 4:15-5:00 PM EST/1:15-2:00 PST WHERE: Follow this link to hear the broadcast live:
With national news focused on gas prices, President Obama again urged Congress to stop subsidizing the nation’s richest oil companies and instead invest in cleaner, more stable sources of energy.
In his weekly address to the nation, Obama challenged lawmakers to go on record on the issue of the $4 billion in oil and gas subsidies every year, saying:
“They can either stand up for oil companies, or they can stand up for the American people.”
In an energy speech in Maryland yesterday, Obama again urged the Senate to get rid of Big Oil’s $4 billion a year subsidies. His fourth energy speech in as many weeks, Obama’s speech yesterday repeated many of the themes he has made his energy platform, including a push for clean energy.
“Lately, we’ve heard a lot of professional politicians talking down these new sources of energy. They dismiss wind power and solar power… They were
After yesterday’s passage of the Senate transportation bill, the pressure is on the House. Efforts by the House to pass a transportation bill have been stalled for weeks. A statement by LCV President Gene Karpinski on the Senate bill said “We encourage the House to abandon its deeply flawed proposal and swiftly pass this bill that puts Americans back to work fixing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure."
An editorial in the New York Times today
As posted on the White House blog:
“As gas prices rise, oil companies just watch their profits increase. And yet, they're still subsidized by Congress to the tune of $4 billion a year.
That's about $7,610 every minute.”
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The White House released yesterday a progress report on President Obama’s achievements in energy security and clean energy.
A large part of President Obama’s energy plan has been simply reducing American energy use –including increasing fuel economy standards and home energy efficiency. These standards and upgrades have the added benefit of saving consumers money at the pump and their utility bills.
Additionally, Obama has placed emphasis on renewable energy investment, resulting in an increase of nearly double in American renewable energy generation.