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  • Blog Post 25 Mar 2014  |   Kristin Brown

    The Coal Ash Spill That Hits Too Close To Home

    Avoid the water, and don’t eat the fish. That’s what many people in my home state of North Carolina are being told after over 30,000 tons of toxic coal ash spilled into the Dan River last month. This hits close to home for me, literally.

    As a child, I remember canoeing down the Dan River with my dad and sister, taking in the remarkable water and wildlife. It makes me sick that the Dirty Coal ...More

  • Blog Post 24 Mar 2014  |   Jennifer Allen

    As Cesar Chavez Film Opens, Monuments Like His Under Threat

    As audiences flock this week to 600 screens across the country to see the new movie based on Hispanic labor leader Cesar Chavez and the struggle he led for the rights of farm workers, there’s something they should know. Ironically, the U.S. House of Representatives plans on voting this same week, on Wednesday, on a bill that would gut the President’s authority under the Antiquities Act to designate national monuments like the one he designated ...More

  • Blog Post 21 Mar 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

    Raising Awareness about the Climate Crisis

    The Obama Administration launched a new website on Wednesday that compiles a wide variety of tools and data sets to help communities understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change. This is one piece of the president’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan that he announced in June that puts the local impacts of climate change front and center.

    This website, climate.data.gov, will ensure that key government data surrounding the issue of climate change will be ...More

  • Blog Post 13 Mar 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

    Congress Got a Climate Wake-Up Call

    Congress got the wake-up call they desperately needed. On Monday night, nearly one third of the Senate pulled an unprecedented all-nighter to demand action on climate change.

    For 14 hours and 27 minutes, one after another, these senators gave impassioned speeches about how climate change is affecting their states and their constituents right now. They told powerful stories to make it clear what is at stake and they challenged every member of Congress to fight ...More

  • Blog Post 11 Mar 2014  |   Mark Sheridan

    President Obama Protects Public Lands As Part of His “Year of Action”

    Following up on his pledge in his State of the Union Address to “use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations” during this “year of action,” President Obama today designated Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The 1,665-acre nature preserve is located in Northern California along the scenic Mendocino County coast. This designation, which came in response to the local community’s desire to ...More

  • Blog Post 07 Mar 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

    Ed Schultz Takes a Stand Against Keystone XL

    Although he initially supported the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, MSNBC host Ed Schultz has spent the past several weeks talking to climate change experts and landowners in Nebraska about what it would mean for our country. He delighted opponents of the dangerous pipeline this week when he announced that he has changed his mind, and now believes that it should not be approved.

    LCV’s own Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld was ...More

  • Blog Post 05 Mar 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

    Renewable Energy: Moving America Forward

    There has been some exciting buzz swirling around recently about the future of renewable energy. We continue to see an increase in the amount of wind, solar and geothermal capabilities that we have at our disposal. This is great news as we attempt to break our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and move towards the clean energy economy of the future.

    In January, renewable energy accounted for nearly 99 percent of all new electric capacity, ...More

  • Blog Post 25 Feb 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

    A Blatant Attack on the EPA

    Next week, the House will likely take up the so-called Electricity Security and Affordability Act, which aims to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to place commonsense limits on carbon pollution from power plants. This is yet another sweeping attack on the environment from the radial leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. It would also be a big win for corporate polluters and a loss for the American people by preventing President Obama ...More

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