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 Dirty energy industry looks green with envy 

Dirty energy industry looks green with envy
We are in the midst of an epidemic of devastating oil and coal spills. In recent weeks, we have witnessed oil spills in the Mississippi River, on the Galveston, TX, coast and in Lake Michigan, among others. We have also seen terrible toxic coal spills in the Dan River, NC, and the Elk River, WV. I....

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House bill stops EPA action on polluters
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Polluter Protection Act (H.R. 3826). This bill stops the EPA from setting modest, sensible limits for climate change pollution and allows big polluters to continue to freely dump unlimited carbon pollution at the expense of public health. Whe....
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EPA moves forward to protect farm workers
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard in order to protect the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. I am proud that this administration has taken another step forward in prot....
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The three musketeers fighting climate change
In the battle against climate change, Latinos are in the line of fire. And our musketeers are our scientists. We Latinos disproportionately suffer the effects of climate change because of our professional activities —we are much more likely to work outdoors— and the parts of the country where we ....
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The three musketeers fighting climate change
In the battle against climate change, Latinos are in the line of fire. And our musketeers are our scientists. We Latinos disproportionately suffer the effects of climate change because of our professional activities —we are much more likely to work outdoors— and the parts of the country where we ....
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A gale of wind energy is good news for all
A gale of good news is hitting both the wind industry and the future of the planet. The new year started out with two world records. Spain became the first country ever to get more energy from wind than any other source during a complete year in 2013, with a 21.1-percent share at 55 gigawatts (GW....
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Dr. King’s lessons, climate justice movement
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. One of the most striking aspects of his acceptance speech is the hope he expressed in humanity’s ability to overcome war. This was no mere idealism on his part. Less than five years earlier, the world had come to the brink of ther....
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'Reform' in México paves road for fracking
In México, as in many countries, information on amounts of recoverable shale gas reserves is uncertain. In 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration placed México in fourth place worldwide. In 2013, we slipped to sixth place. Pemex, the Mexican state petroleum company, estimates the quantit....
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Groups applaud national monument legislation
Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico introduced legislation to permanently protect Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks. The “Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks Conservation Act” comes in response to longstanding and widespread local desire to see the area preserved for future generations. “....
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A monument to human decency
During 22 days, four social justice heroes fasted in Washington, DC, to support immigration reform including a path to citizenship, in the shadow of the very same Congress that refuses to vote on it. Their names are Cristián Avila, Dae Joong Yoon, Eliseo Medina and Lisa Sharon —the vanguard of a ....
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Feasting, fasting and climate change
On the first day of the UN climate summit in Warsaw, Yeb Saño wept in his chair. Four days after Supertyphoon Haiyan had smashed into the Philippines—killing an estimated 4,000 people—the lead climate negotiator for the Philippines at the U.N. tearfully announced he would fast until meaningful agr....
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Taking control of America’s energy future President Barack Obama
Last week, I visited a steel plant in Cleveland, Ohio to talk about what we’re doing to rebuild our economy on a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. One area where we’ve made great progress is American energy. After years of talk about reducing our dependence on foreign o....
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Latinos favor EPA policies that protect environment
During the 16 days House Republicans held the federal government hostage to their radical agenda, they put our environment and health at risk, and most Americans didn’t like it. Almost two-thirds of Americans say they opposed the near shut-down of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and ....
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Not a drop to drink, frack, or grow with
Colorado’s southeast plains have turned into a swirling dustbowl. Nevada is relocating herds of wild horses and cattle off parched federal rangelands. The Wyoming Weather Modification Pilot Program is regularly seeding clouds to make rain, and all of New Mexico is in drought, with the Rio Grande....
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Sometimes, all that glitters is indeed gold
When it comes to the sun, for Rosa Mayorga and her family, everything that glitters is indeed gold. A few months ago, this Irvine, California, resident had solar panels installed on her rooftop, and ever since then, the sun shines on her home with special intensity. “This is fabulous. Since I ha....
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