“No” to Fast Track – Secret, Undemocratic Trade Deals Are Not About Trade

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By Scott Klinger, Center for Effective Government These Deals Are About Giving Big Corporations New Tools to Circumvent National, State, and Local Protections A decade ago, U.S. trade negotiators began to discuss a sweeping international agreement between the United States, China, Japan, and...
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4 Ways “Fast Track” Is a Bad Deal for Science

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By Celia Wexler, Union of Concerned Scientists Soon, members of the House of Representatives will cast a vote that could affect every American family for years to come. The vote is on Trade Promotion Authority, or fast-track, legislation that would give not only the current President but also a...
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USTR Won’t Let Public View TPP Text!

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By Teamster Power Teamster members and some 200 other fast track opponents were denied entry to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington Tuesday after they demanded to see the text of the still-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Union members were joined by House...
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Senator Portman’s Extreme Approach on Public Health and the Environment

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By Pete Altman, Natural Resources Defense Council Balance. That’s the word Senator Portman’s recent op-ed uses several times in its attempt to present his actions on public health and the environment as reasonable and moderate. But in order to sound balanced, the op-ed cherry-picks...
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States Sue the EPA Over Clean Power Plan, Disprove Their Own Argument with Existing Efforts to Reduce Carbon Emissions

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By Jeff Deyette, Union of Concerned Scientists The near-term timeline and trajectory for states to make cuts in power plant emissions under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) is achievable, according to a new UCS analysis released today. In fact, a majority of states (31) have already...
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Department of the Interior Unlawfully Sells Arctic Ocean Lease to Oil Companies…Again

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By Marissa Knodel, Friends of the Earth In February 2008, the Department of the Interior offered nearly 30 million acres of pristine, sensitive Arctic ecosystem in the Chukchi Sea for oil and gas leasing, known as Lease Sale 193. The agency’s environmental impact analysis failed to properly...
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Republican Senators Push 3 Bills to Weaken Clean Air Health Protections

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By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing today on three Republican bills bent on weakening basic Clean Air Act protections and making the air less safe to breathe. Each bill takes us backwards by forcing...
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The Surprising Facts About the Clean Power Plan: Most States Are Already on Track to Meet 2020 Benchmarks for Reducing Carbon Emissions

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By Jeremy Richardson, Union of Concerned Scientists A new analysis released today by UCS shows that most states are already making progress toward cutting carbon emissions from power plants by shifting from coal-fired power to cleaner generation sources like renewable energy, energy efficiency,...
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Alaska Beware: Shell Oil Is on Its Way, and It’s Larger, Louder and Dirtier Than Ever

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By Marissa Knodel, Friends of the Earth Shell Oil has spent many years and billions of dollars in the reckless pursuit of oil in the American Arctic Ocean. All that is standing in their way from starting exploratory drilling this summer is a few remaining permits from the federal government.......
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DOE Proposes First Efficiency Performance Standards for America’s Ovens

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By Elizabeth Noll, Natural Resources Defense Council The Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed the first energy efficiency performance standards for America’s electric and gas ovens, which will help ensure we aren’t needlessly wasting energy while cooking and baking and keep more...
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Can a Proposed EPA Rule Save the Bees?

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By Katie Vann, Center for Effective Government For the past ten years, honeybees have been dying off at astonishing rates, drawing the attention of environmentalists and even the federal government. Bees are critical to a healthy environment because they transfer pollen and seeds between...
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