Eyewitness to Progress

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council The Clean Power Plan is the most important step the United States can take to fight climate change. I was both honored and inspired to be at the White House today when President Obama unveiled our greatest national advance ever against the...
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How Does the Clean Power Plan Measure Up?

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By Robert Verchick, Center for Progressive Reform Against intense pressure from the coal industry to tie Americans to dirty fuels forever, the Obama administration has surged forward in the battle to fight climate change. The Clean Power Plan rule, released today by the EPA, promises serious...
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Three Myths Pushed by Polluters to Avoid Improving Air Quality

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Keith Rushing, Earthjustice Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution....
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The Clean Power Plan is Here: What It Means for Consumers

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By Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Consumers Union After years in the making, the Clean Power Plan came out today.   It aims to reduce carbon pollution generated by power plants in order to improve public health and promote greater energy efficiency.  This plan could change the future of our...
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U.S. Clean Power Plan: Game-Changer for Curbing Climate Change

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By Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council On August 3, President Obama announced the first national limits on carbon pollution from power plants under the Clean Air Act. Laid out in the Clean Power Plan, the new limits are a game-changer that will give a big boost to state...
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After 25 Years, is the Americans with Disabilities Act Protecting Workers?

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By Katie Weatherford, Center for Progressive Reform July 26 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the federal civil rights legislation that protects the rights of people with disabilities to participate in and contribute to society, including the right to...
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June & July 2015 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

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By Elly Pepper, Natural Resources Defense Council The last two months have not only been a whirlwind–they’ve also made it abundantly clear just how vulnerable the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) is from congressional threats, despite recent polling indicating that over...
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Americans from Coast to Coast Cheer Major Climate Action Announced Today by President Obama, EPA

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club Today President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a major step in the fight against climate disruption by releasing the Clean Power Plan. Until today, there were no limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants could dump into...
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Two Years Ago, President Obama Directed Federal Agencies to Prevent Chemical Disasters. Are We Any Safer Now?

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By Amanda Frank, Center for Effective Government In April 2013, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas killed 15 people, injured more than 200, and levelled nearby homes and schools. President Obama visited West in the aftermath and promised to improve our nation’s chemical safety...
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The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch

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By Matt Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform As soon as next week, the Obama Administration is expected to release the final version of its long-awaited Clean Power Plan, an ambitious regulatory package under the Clean Air Act’s provisions that will ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions...
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Cities Should Engage with the Clean Power Plan – Here’s How

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By Kimi Narita, Natural Resources Defense Council With the final Clean Power Plan rule coming out any day now, many states will soon begin a thorough stakeholder engagement process to build out implementation plans. And there’s a powerful leadership voice we should be paying attention to...
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Nine States Prove Cutting Carbon Saves Money, Generates Jobs

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By Elaine Lac, Earthjustice The Clean Power Plan, the EPA’s soon-to-be-finalized safeguard to rein in carbon pollution from its largest domestic source, coal-fired power plants, has taken more than its share of criticism and attacks from the courts, Congress and industry since it was unveiled...
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