Washington, D.C. – Today is the deadline to submit public comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in response to their highly controversial study about fracking’s impact on drinking water. Food & Water Watch, Environmental Action, Breast Cancer Action and other advocacy groups delivered nearly 100,000 comments asking the EPA to redo their study with a higher level of scrutiny and […]
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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 […]

What a roller coaster. Yesterday, the news coming out of the Senate was just flat out scary for the climate. Mitch McConnell, soon to be the Senate majority leader, announced his plans to make building the Keystone Pipeline and dismantling the EPA cornerstones of the Republican agenda. Then, just last night, news broke that President Obama has negotiated the first ever […]

This is some undeniably good news: As EPA chief and top-climate-cop Gina McCarthy announced today, the EPA is finally releasing final rules to clean up carbon pollution from new power plants in the U.S. I'll get to the caveats in a moment, but let's be clear about what this means right up front: the end of new coal fired power plants in the […]

Philadelphia, PA – Dimock-area residents and activists personally harmed by the hazards of fracking gathered on Monday at the EPA Region 3 office in Philadelphia to call for the reopening of the investigation into drinking water contamination in Dimock, PA. A recent report in the Los Angeles Times revealed that EPA officials in Washington chose to close an […]

When thousands of us supported Gina McCarthy to head the EPA, it was because she was a proven and tough advocate for the planet. When confronted with members of Congress who denied global warming is real, or industry tycoons who claim they couldn't afford to protect the planet and make a profit, we've always been able to count on McCarthy […]

It's official. Thanks in part to the tens of thousands of us who signed petitions, and called and wrote our Senators Gina McCarthy is the new head of the EPA after surviving a more than 150-day filibuster. McCarthy was one of several executive branch appointees have been held up by a series of stalling tactics for the last few months. This is […]

I read with mixed feelings the news that the Senate had decided not to "nuke' itself by enacting the completely reasonable position that a president should have the right to pick his own cabinet free from partisan interference or the general craziness we've come to call "Congress". Why? Because I think the Senate is broken—truly broken—and no amount of reasonable people […]

A damning new report from the EPA's Inspector General has found that the agency in charge of monitoring air pollution doesn't have enough data to know WHAT pollution is being released by many sources. According to the report released Thursday, the EPA isn't measuring emissions from some sources at all — most especially from hydraulic fracturing, the dangerous and unnecessary drilling process […]

Your weekly news roundup on everything environment Arctic Sea Ice Levels to Break Record Within Days Over the weekend, Arctic sea ice is set to reach a new record low since data collection began in 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).  Often called the world’s air conditioner, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic is important because […]