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Area Votes in Congress 23.11.2014 Philly.com News
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Science and the environment. Voting 237-190, the House on Wednesday passed a Republican bill (HR 4012) that would negate specific rulemakings by the Environmental Protection Agency unless all data from underlying scientific studies - including any confide
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Ebola also affects soccer's Africa Cup of Nations 23.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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ERROR: Missing Story Title 23.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
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The ACA-Gruber Connection Explained 21.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role. We find both sides are stretching the facts. Pelosi, in a blog post, said the White House “sometimes consulted” with Gruber, who “testified at one Senate hearing.” He actually testified at three. Obama called him “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Sure, he wasn’t on the White House staff, but he was a paid consultant on health care, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a year. Meanwhile, conservatives, including Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, have overstated Gruber’s role, claiming he was “the architect” of the law. Those who worked closely on the law say he ran economic models to determine the outcome of certain proposals. Gruber’s ‘Stupidity’ Comment Earlier this month, video began circulating ...
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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Lawsuit Calls on EPA to Clean Up Lead Air Pollution Across United States 21.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Waste Not: A Blueprint to Cut Dangerous Heat-Trapping Methane Leakage from the Nation's Oil and Gas Industry 20.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: This post co-written with Meleah Geertsma.  A new report co-authored by NRDC shows how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can strike a major blow against climate change by cutting leaks and other losses of methane from the oil and gas...
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EPA Can Quickly Cut Dangerous Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas Industry in Half, According to New Report 20.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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REPORT: EPA Can Quickly Cut Dangerous Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas Industry in Half 20.11.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (November 20, 2014) — A new report from leading climate advocates today shows how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can cut climate warming methane pollution in half, while dramatically reducing harmful, wasteful air pollution from the oil and gas industry at the same time, by issuing federal standards for methane pollution based on available, low-cost technologies and ...
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Vermont Will Stop Paying Jonathan Gruber For Health Care Work 20.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Vermont officials said Wednesday they would stop paying Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber for consulting on the state health care system after videos surfaced recently of him suggesting that the ”stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the Affordable Care Act. Gruber, who helped the White House draft what has become known as Obamacare, had been paid $160,000 of a $400,000 Vermont contract to run economic models for a proposed health insurance system, the Burlington Free Press reported on Wednesday. Lawrence Miller, the chief of health care reform in Vermont, said in a statement that he expects Gruber to finish his work for the state, but would stop paying for his work. Miller added that the state would continue to issue paychecks to the graduate students working with Gruber. Gruber declined to comment, the Free Press reported. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on Tuesday sought to distance himself from Gruber's videotaped remarks, but said the state needed the economist’s ...
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EU Court Rules Against UK For Failure to Tackle Air Pollution 19.11.2014 Environmental News Network
A landmark judgment by the European Court of Justice compels the UK Government to act as soon as possible to reduce air pollution in British cities, writes Keith Taylor - and a good thing too for our health, safety and wellbeing. But it's not just the UK that benefits: every EU country must also comply with the ruling.
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Amending Colorado's Constitution: Do Communities Have Right to Clean Air and Water? 19.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
As voters last week  banned fracking in regions from Ohio to Texas to California , Colorado citizens are meanwhile attempting to reclaim their own right to a safe, healthy environment by enacting the  Colorado Community Rights amendment  to the Colorado Constitution. The amendment declares that "the people have an inherent and inalienable right to local self-government." The push to amend the Colorado Constitution grew out of attempts by municipalities to ban fracking in their communities but was expanded to include any laws that attempt to protect the health, safety, and welfare of people in communities. The amendment is being proposed by the  Colorado Community Rights Network (CCRN) . When some Colorado communities  previously attempted to pass laws to regulate industry practices  such as fracking in their communities, they were promptly  sued  by pro-fracking interests in the oil and gas industry, which argued that regulatory authority lies with the state, not local governments. Translation: Oil and ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Fenceline Communities Face an Ongoing Invisible Assault of Toxics Emanating from Refineries 18.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist, San Francisco: Drive past the other-worldly refinery landscape in Deer Park, Texas and you have to lunge for the recirc button to avoid the sickeningly-sweet chemical odors. That’s not an option for the more than 200,000 people living along the petrochemical complex...
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The Clean Air Act and Climate Change: Where We've Been and Where We're Going 18.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: On November 14th I had the honor of delivering the annual Fedder Lecture on Environmental Law at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law in Baltimore.  Here are my remarks: It’s a great pleasure to speak with you today...
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Pierce, Snohomish counties under Stage 2 burn bans 18.11.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for Pierce County.
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New Ad For Obamacare Is Genuinely Hilarious: 'You'll Be Okay, Probably' 18.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Let’s face it: Whoever has been attempting to market President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and its associated health insurance plans to a younger generation has had a pretty rough go of it . But a genuinely funny new ad from Get Covered Illinois , the state's health insurance marketplace, might just be the best attempt yet at catching the eye of younger, uninsured types. (At the very least, it’s better than a solid chunk of this season's “Saturday Night Live” sketches.) Outlining a tongue-in-cheek health care plan " based entirely on luck ," the ad shows 20- and 30-somethings galavanting around Chicago, wearing homemade neck braces, eyepatches and casts made of bubble wrap, cardboard and duct tape. “I just cross my fingers and hope for the best!” one of the characters in the ad says. "You'll be OK, probably," quips ...
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David Axelrod Slams Jonathan Gruber Over Obamacare Comments 16.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A former top adviser to President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Sunday to criticize an MIT professor who suggested that “the stupidity of the American voter” was one of the reasons why Obamacare was passed into law. Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who the White House consulted on the bill back in 2009, said during an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania in October 2013 that a lack of transparency around the Affordable Care Act was politically advantageous. "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the 'stupidity of the American voter' or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass," Gruber said. Though the comments are from last year, footage documenting them was picked by several press outlets this week. Axelrod responded to the comments on Sunday: As one who worked hard to make ACA and its benefits clear, let me say: if you looked up "stupid" in dictionary, you'd find Gruber's picture. — David Axelrod ...
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Malaysian air bag victim was in final week of pregnancy 15.11.2014 Yahoo: Business
By Trinna Leong SIBU Malaysia (Reuters) - The death of a heavily pregnant Malaysian woman in a car crash on Borneo island in July opens a new front in a widening U.S. investigation into defective air bags that has triggered one of the biggest safety recalls in automotive history. Law Suk Leh, 43, was driving her 11-year-old Honda City car in twilight on Sunday, July 27 when it collided with another vehicle making a turn across her lane at an intersection in a quiet industrial zone on the outskirts of Sibu, a town in the Malaysian-ruled northwest of Borneo. ...
Why China might be ready to clear the air 15.11.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
It's easy to throw cold water on the U.S. climate change agreement with China and, for spite, chill your glass in an energy-guzzling refrigerator: These are nonbinding goals for the far-off future, tossed out at a summit to make two leaders look ...
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