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Everything you think you know about Republicans and climate change is wrong 2.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Here's what we know about climate change: 97 percent of climate scientists are convinced, based upon the evidence, that human-caused global warming is happening. The popular narrative in the media these days, however, is that Republicans in Congress don't accept this fact and that the GOP is in denial about the science around climate change. Well, I have some surprising news: Everything you think you know about Republicans and climate change is a myth that I will now explode. CCL volunteers converge at the Capitol for lobby day to meet with congressional offices. Our organization, Citizens' Climate Lobby, recently sent 800 volunteers to meet with more than 500 House and Senate offices in Washington. This was our opening in those meetings: "We're here to talk about a policy that can grow the economy, add jobs, increase our competitiveness with China, and make our air and water cleaner." That policy, our volunteers would go on to explain, is to place a gradually-rising fee on carbon and return the revenue ...
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After Marriage Equality & Obamacare, Mixed Results from SCOTUS on Abortion, Pollution, Executions 1.7.2015 Democracy Now!
After historic rulings that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, this week the Supreme Court handed down its final rulings for the current term, dealing with abortion access, air pollution, executions and elections. We examine the decisions and look at pending rulings on affirmative action and union dues with Ian Millhiser, editor of ThinkProgress Justice and author of "Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted."
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ESA Policy News July 1: White House voices concern with Senate CJS funding bill, Supreme Court rebuffs air pollution rule, ESA commends pope for climate emphasis 1.7.2015 EcoTone
ESA Policy News July 1: White House voices concern with Senate CJS funding bill, Supreme Court rebuffs air pollution rule, ESA commends pope for climate emphasis
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China Says Retired Officials Can Be Punished For Pollution 1.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BEIJING (Reuters) - Even officials who have retired will be held accountable and punished for pollution which occurred under their watch, state media said on Wednesday after a government meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping. Facing mounting public pressure, leaders in Beijing have declared a war on pollution, vowing to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of China's water, skies and soil. But forcing growth-obsessed local governments and powerful state-owned enterprises to comply with the new laws and standards has become one of its biggest challenges. Beijing has repeatedly promised to strengthen monitoring and law enforcement, and a new environmental law in force since Jan. 1 gives it the clout to impose unlimited fines and jail sentences on repeat offenders. Under new guidelines on environmental monitoring, it is officials in senior positions who will be held accountable for whether or not the environment is being protected, state television said on its ...
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How the EPA Puts a Price Tag on Pollution 1.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
What’s a healthy baby worth? A pristine lake? How about the market value of a life without ...
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Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends 1.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Indonesia's air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ...
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U.S. wary of ISIS on July 4th 1.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
U.S. law enforcement officials are boosting security measures ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, authorities said Tuesday.
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Indiana Doctors, Public Health Experts Rally For EPA Clean Power Plan 1.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Supreme Court Tosses EPA Rules That Would Prevent Thousands of Asthma Cases 30.6.2015 Truthout.com
The Environmental Protection Agency's rules limiting the amount of toxic pollution power plants can spew into the air would prevent thousands of cases of asthma, birth defects and other health problems, especially in marginalized communities - but the Supreme Court has stopped the rules' implementation. EPA rules limiting toxic air pollution emissions would have prevented thousands of cases of asthma, birth defects and other health problems. (Image: Air pollution via Shutterstock) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to throw out the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rules limiting dangerous pollutants from power plants was a big win for the energy industry - and a big loss for just about everybody else, especially anyone living near one of the nation's 600 power plants. Power plants are the No. 1 source of the toxic mercury pollution that can be found in waterways and ...
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After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows 30.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama’s climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren’t afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency. The high court’s ruling undermined Obama administration regulations targeting […]
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Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air 30.6.2015 Health
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power ...
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After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules 30.6.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection ...
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High court sets back mercury rules 30.6.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power-plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may be only a temporary setback for regulators.The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not...
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Supreme Court blocks EPA's air pollution rules for power plants 30.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move? 30.6.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
Monday's decision from the high court technically only applies to the Clean Air Act's standards on mercury emissions from power plants. But it could affect future EPA regulations, legal experts say.
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Environmentalists Remain Hopeful After Supreme Court Emissions Ruling 30.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- While the Supreme Court's Monday ruling on mercury standards was a setback for the Obama administration's drive to regulate emissions from power plants, it's not necessarily a death blow for the rules. Environmental advocates say they have two reasons to be hopeful: The lower court could still allow the rules for mercury and air toxics to go forward while the Environmental Protection Agency readjusts them in response to the Supreme Court's decision, and the decision doesn't necessarily have negative implications for the rest of the administration's sweeping power plant standards. "We could have gotten hosed, and we didn't," said John Walke, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "This decision was just about as narrow as it could be." The Supreme Court's decision found that the EPA had failed to properly consider the costs of compliance when it issued regulations on the emission of mercury and air toxics from power plants. The court's liberal justices, in their dissent, ...
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Take Action: Supreme Court Rules Against Clean Air Protections 30.6.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
This decision is a setback, but the EPA has ample information to swiftly address the Court's concerns. Tell them you stand with them in this ...
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US Supreme Court Backs Coal Profits Over Public Health 29.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Supreme Court Decision Threatens Public Health, Won’t Revive Big Coal 29.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The Supreme Court Just Stopped the EPA From Making the Earth a Safer Place 29.6.2015 Mother Jones
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down sweeping regulations that would limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power plants, extending a debate that has started and sputtered for nearly 20 years. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the EPA's refusal to consider costs to energy companies in its decision to regulate emissions was an unreasonable interpretation of the Clean Air Act. "The agency gave cost no thought at all," wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, who penned the majority opinion joined by the Court's more conservative justices, adding that the EPA had strayed far beyond its bounds to interpret the language of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The ruling reversed a 2-1 decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit and remanded the cases for further legal proceedings. The high court heard Michigan v. EPA with two related cases that pit the EPA against a group of 21 states and trade groups representing the power plant and coal-mining industries. The plaintiffs charged that the EPA had ...
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