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Scalia Chooses Industry Costs Over Public Health

Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a 5-4 decision against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA’s first-ever limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal-fired power plants, known as mercury and air toxics (MATS).  SCOTUS determined that the EPA did not properly consider the costs of complying with their  MATS rule. In his majority […]

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An Un BEAR able Decision In Florida

Yesterday the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) in a 5-1 decision, voted to lift the 40 year Florida Black Bear hunting ban. They did this despite the fact that a majority of Floridians (75 percent) oppose the hunt after a massive public education campaign by Environmental Action members and our allies — including running ads like the on on the right […]

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Taking TSCA To Task

Today, around 6:30 PM EST, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 2576, “To Modernize the Toxic Substances and Control Act and For Other Purposes.”  The goal of the bill is to update the very outdated Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. On the one hand I totally agree that TSCA needs to be updated to best […]

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Save the Bobcats!

Illinois lawmakers rammed through a bill (H.B. 352) to open a hunting and trapping season on bobcats for the first time in over four decades despite opposition from 75 percent of Illinoisans. These small, shy creatures were over hunted to the brink of extinction, and their populations are only starting to make a recovery. Bobcats aren’t hunted for food or to […]

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If this Bomb Train weren’t carrying oil, we’d call it terrorism

Every day a bomb is rolling through America. It shudders past schools. It clatters by parks and wildlife. It’s a bomb on rails, and we’ve seen what happens when it explodes: Two years ago a bomb train killed 47 people in a small town in Canada. Only luck has prevented the same thing from happening here in America – where bomb […]

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Kick climate deniers out of science museums!

Demonstrators braved the heat wave to send a clear message to the Smithsonian: cut all ties to fossil fuels. We delivered 430,000 petition signatures calling on the museum to kick oil mogul David Koch off its board, and to fire Willie Soon, a staff scientist who took $1.25 million from the Koch brothers, ExxonMobil Corporation and other fossil fuel interest […]

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Free Trade, Superfluous Acronyms and The Environment

Today was a dizzying day in the House of Representatives as they voted on a package of bills associated with trade legislation. The package included the so-called “Fast Track” authority, which would give President Obama authority to negotiate free trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) without Congressional input. Sensing how close the vote would be, the president made […]

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Last Summer of the Bomb Trains

From July 6-12 we’ll honor the anniversary of the bomb-train disaster in Lac-Megantic, Canada, with a massive series of national rallies and vigils. Together, our voices can help stop the bomb trains, and keep extreme oil like the tar sands and Bakken crude in the ground where it belongs. But I need your help: If you’re willing to host a local event […]

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You Can’t Trust the EPA on fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finally released their study on how fracking impacts drinking water. You’ll doubtless see headlines repeating the study’s main finding that fracking poses no “widespread” risk to drinking water.  But even that summary is a lie, or at least a very misleading falsehood, and we’ll tell you why: The first, and most important reason not to trust this study on fracking’s […]

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