Why I Have the January Blues

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By Celia Wexler, Union of Concerned Scientists I will be very happy when the month of January is over. The blizzard that now is paralyzing the Washington, D.C. seems an apt metaphor for what is happening on Capitol Hill. In Washington, a blizzard of bad ideas threatens to cripple our...
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Making It Right in Flint

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Imagine for a moment that, starting tomorrow, water flowed from your kitchen spigot with a sickening brownish tinge and a vile odor that made you doubt it was fit for drinking. You complained to local and state officials to no avail, only to...
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The Supreme Court’s Gift to Climate and Consumers

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By Abigail Dillen, Earthjustice In a string of victories for climate progress in the U.S., the Supreme Court today preserved crucial gains for clean energy and paved the way for more progressive federal energy policies in the future. At stake in the case, FERC v. EPSA, was the future of...
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Crisis in Flint is Clean Water Wake-Up Call

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By Bob Irvin, American Rivers The ongoing health crisis in Flint, Michigan is a stark reminder of the critical importance of healthy rivers and clean water supplies to our health and our communities. And it is an urgent wake-up call that modernizing our water infrastructure and investing in...
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Climate Action Picks Up Speed as Court Rejects Bid to Halt Clean Power Plan

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s climate protection actions, got a big boost last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected bids by the coal industry and its political allies for a...
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Supreme Court Rejects Fossil Power’s Effort to Stifle the Clean Competition

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By Casey Roberts, Sierra Club In a major victory for consumers and the environment, on January 25 the Supreme Court reversed the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and held that demand response resources may continue to participate in wholesale energy markets on a level playing field with...
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U.S. Industrial Facilities Reported Fewer Toxic Releases in 2014

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By Amanda Starbuck, Center for Effective Government The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2014 is now available. The good news: total toxic releases by reporting facilities decreased by nearly six percent from 2013 levels. However, several states saw a spike in emissions, including Rhode...
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