New National Academies Study Says EPA and NHTSA Got it Right

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By David Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists A new report from the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC) was released yesterday. The overarching message of the report reiterates what we have said repeatedly:  Automakers are well on their way to meeting 2025 standards, and they...
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National Research Council Study Shows 2025 Fuel Economy Standards on Course

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By Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council A new National Research Council (NRC) study on fuel economy released today is a early indication that automakers can meet 2025 clean car standards on time, using known technologies, and at reasonable cost. The dramatic reductions from the...
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House GOP Goes After NLRB Again, While Defending Right-to-Work

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By Mark Gruenberg, United Steelworkers The right wing GOP majority on the House Education and the Workforce Committee is going after the National Labor Relations Board – again.  This time, they’re defending so-called state right-to-work laws. The laws, a key cause of big business, the radical...
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New NAS Report Finds Automakers on Target to Meet 2025 CAFE Target

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By Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Consumers Union Today the National Academies released a study on the feasibility of federal CAFE (fuel economy) and greenhouse gas emission standards for vehicles.  Overall, the study indicates that automakers are on track to meet 2025 standards on time and at...
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Holding the Government Hostage to Force Environmental Rollbacks

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By Scott Slesinger, Natural Resources Defense Council The House and Senate Republican leadership are using must-pass spending bills to launch a sweeping attack on environmental progress. They are trying to block every significant move to improve protection of our health and environment, and...
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Power Plants Continue to Pollute Our Water; EPA Must Act

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By Mary Annr Hitt, Sierra Club Arsenic. Hexavalent chromium. Lead. Mercury.  Do these sound like things you want in the glass of water you are about to drink? I’m guessing no, but power plants are discharging more than 5.5 billion pounds of these pollutants into our waterways every year....
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Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality Picks Up Steam in the House

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press “Maybe every so often we can be on the side of the American people,” Rep. Jose Serrano said, “and not corporations.” Those are fighting words — but unfortunately the House majority doesn’t seem to be heeding them. Not when it comes to Net Neutrality. This...
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What’s at Stake if Congress Blocks the Clean Water Rule

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By Ken Neubecker, American Rivers “In the West, when you touch water, you touch everything” -Wayne Aspinall You could also add that in the west, water touches everything. Water is the single most important facet for life in the arid west. Water is essential for agriculture, modern cities and...
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Time for Three Strikes and You’re Out for Banks?

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Katherine McFate, Center for Effective Government On May 20, five of the biggest banks in the world pleaded guilty to charges of interest rate manipulation and agreed to pay $2.8 billion in fines for the felonies they committed. Two of the banks, J.P. Morgan Chase and Citigroup, are U.S.-based....
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