President Obama sent mixed signals on his commitment to environmental protection when he announced his nominations to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.  His EPA nominee, Gina McCarthy, is a tried and true environmental advocate with a proven track record on regulating pollution that causes global warming. But Obama's nominee to run the energy department, Ernest Moniz, […]

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 […]

Your weekly news roundup on everything environmentObama Calls Tax breaks for Big Oil "Outrageous" and "Inexcusable" President Obama called on Congress to end all subsidies to the oil industry, claiming they were "outrageous" and "inexcusable." "They've been getting these subsidies for a hundred years. One hundred years. These are companies making more money than they've ever made before. And on top of […]

UPDATE: Senate defeats Keystone XL pipeline. The final vote was held in the Senate yesterday —  and we did it. We won!  While the vote came down to the wire with 11 Democrats crossing party lines to vote for the measure, it fell short of the 60 needed by four votes, two of which were Republicans who were absent for the vote.  The 11 […]

The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is down to the wire, with Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) indicating that he would allow a vote on a Republican amendment to the transportation bill, to be voted on as early as this week. The amendment was successfully stalled for three weeks after Environmental Action, along with 30 other groups, helped collect […]

Big Oil is at it again. Despite President Obama's denial of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and the massive show of public opposition to the Senate's recent attempt to circumvent that denial, the company behind the pipeline is trying to move forward anyway.On Monday, TransCanada announced it will build the southern leg of the pipeline — from Cushing, Oklahoma, […]

Congratulations! President Obama has listened to your call to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, which was planned to run from Canada’s oil sands all the way to refineries in Texas.The sticking point for the Obama administration was the route through Nebraska’s Sandhills, an ecologically sensitive region. On Wednesday, the president announced that in rejecting the pipeline application, he is leaving […]