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Midwest Oil Refineries Gobble Up Canadian Tar Sands, Spew Greenhouse Gasses

Midwest oil refineries are gobbling up more and more crude oil from Canadian tar sands and are set to belch out up to 40 percent more greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade. According to the Chicago Tribune, oil refineries across the Midwest...

Posted February 13, 2008    

Wall Street announces “Carbon Principles” - but what do they mean?

So, big news on Wall Street today regarding coal and our climate. Three of the largest investment banks (Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Chase) announced the formation of the “Carbon Principles” - a set of guidelines the banks will follow...

Posted February 7, 2008    

Are We Living in the Anthropocene?

The Earth's rock layers tell us stories about our natural history; most recently they are telling us stories of undeniable, human-induced global environmental change. This month, the Geologic Society of America (GSA) publication GSA Today features...

Posted February 6, 2008    

Full Funding of the Green Jobs Act has a chance on the Senate floor tomorrow!

Word from our friends at Green For All is Senator Bernie Sanders is going to offer an amendment on the floor tomorrow to the economic stimulus package, asking for them to add in full funding of the Green Jobs Act. This Green Jobs Act was included in...

Posted January 31, 2008    

Vote Now on Global Warming Solutions

You’re thinking, “If only we could get Congress to actually pass some of these policies…” We won’t stop until they do! So far Focus the Nation teams have invited more than 150 members of Congress to participate in dialogs on global warming solutions...

Posted January 22, 2008    

Americans, Congress Critize Delay in Polar Bear Decision

Today the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing: "On thin ice: the future of the polar bear." The room was full, and there was a fairly good turnout of at least eight Congressmen and women. Children were...

Posted January 17, 2008    

Ring in the New Lawsuit: Fight for Vehicle Emissions Standards Renewed

In response to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's rejection of California's application for a waiver to regulate the tailpipe emissions on vehicles, California, five environmental non-profit organizations and fifteen other states...

Posted January 2, 2008    

Political Will Needed on Global Warming

(LTE Published in The Christian Science Monitor Dec 21)Regarding the Dec. 18 book review, "Newt Gingrich explains why red staters must turn green": I am heartened to see this article (and Mr. Gingrich) touch on the need for cooperation on global-...

Posted January 2, 2008    

OLCV Victories!

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) polled it's subscribers on the top five environmental victories of 2007 for Oregon. The list includes: Measure 49Passage of SB838, the renewable Energy StandardPassage of all five Oregon Conservation...

Posted December 27, 2007    

Bush Administration Proposes $10 Billion Christmas Present From Joe Taxpayer to Big Oil

That's what it must have said on the holiday card delivered today by the White House to ExxonMobil executives along with a nice, fat, $10.3 billion check.The Bush Administration proposed a change to Interior Department leasing rules today that would...

Posted December 24, 2007    

Hilarious Video: Coal: Cheap, Abundant, Clean ... er, well, Cheap at Least

So I know this is an old video. I first saw it back in August. But in light of the "clean" coal ad blitz these days, this video spoof of a coal ad is just perfect. Clean Coal USA has bought up the top Google Ad for "global warming" keywords for a...

Posted December 20, 2007    

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: EPA Hides Behind Weakened Energy Bill to Deny California Tailpipe Standard Waiver

The weakened energy bill ultimately passed last week and signed into law by President Bush today is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season.Today, US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson denied California's...

Posted December 19, 2007