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House Democrats Blast Anti-Obamacare Tactics: 'Don't We Have Anything Better To Do?' 29.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A trio of Democratic congressmen blasted their Republican colleagues on Monday for reviving attacks against the Affordable Care Act. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on "Protecting Americans From Illegal Bailouts and Plan Cancellations Under the President's Health Care Law." Committee members Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Gene Green (D-Texas) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) gave little credence to that title, railing against the GOP lawmakers' intentions from the get-go. "Today's hearing is nothing more than another episode in a series of Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and this time it's even harder to take seriously," Pallone said. Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Texas) saw the matter otherwise, panning the White House for ignoring "the harsh realities of this law." Pallone hit back, arguing that such attacks are election-driven and that GOP has presented no true health care alternative. Among the GOP-driven suggestions is a bill introduced by Rep. Bill ...
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Rule aims to help clear air around Grand Canyon 29.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand ...
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"Refinery Pollution Affects ME!" 28.7.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
This commentary originally appeared in Air Alliance Houston's  newsletter . Isn't it time you said that to the EPA? By: Adrian Shelley, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston There are 149 oil refineries in the United States. Of those, 5 are located in Houston, with an additional 3 in both Port Arthur and Texas City. The refining industry is more than 100 years old, and some people might be surprised to learn that there is equipment operating in some of our refineries that is a century old as well. As you can imagine, a lot has changed in that century. Regulations governing the refining industry have not kept up. You've probably heard by now about the Environmental Protection Agency's new  Refinery Air Toxics Rule . You may even have seen announcements lately about a hearing on the rule to be held in Houston on August 5. The hearing is a unique opportunity to influence a landmark rule in the fight against refinery pollution. Air Alliance Houston has been promoting the hearing since it was announced. ...
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Clean Air Leaders Hail EPA Public Hearings On Climate Action to Protect Health, Wildlife, And the Environment 28.7.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (July 28, 2014) — With climate change a present danger to the American people’s health, environment and the nation’s wildlife, clean air leaders today hailed the Environmental Protection Agency’s historic public hearings this week on its Clean Power Plan to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants, a key driver of climate ...
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Government Has an Essential Role in Oil Refinery Safety and the Environment 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a chemical engineer who worked for 37 years in the oil industry, I believe we need stronger federal regulation of hazardous air pollutants to insure the health and safety of workers and citizens in the vicinity of all U.S. refining facilities. While some refiners have instituted best practices, many are not yet creating an environmental-awareness culture, and they need the prodding of the new hazardous air-pollution standards that were proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May. The oil industry has pushed back, claiming that the standards are unnecessary and too expensive, even though EPA analysts have determined that the costs of petroleum products would not rise if the proposed standards were finalized as they are. EPA scientists have determined that more than one million Americans who live near the 143 operating refineries in the U.S. would have a significantly lower risk of cancer from the air pollution coming from refineries -- so the health benefits of the proposed rule are ...
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US Air Force Prepares to Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of Fundamentalist Christians Proselytizing War 26.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The USAF Prepares to Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of Fundamentalist Christian Proselytizing War 26.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Business as Usual: The US Chamber's History of Fighting Environmental Protection 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The EPA's new Clean Power Plan is not difficult to defend. Limiting carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's single largest polluter, will undeniably protect the public health and welfare of millions of Americans, not to mention that it is a crucial step towards protecting our land and water from the adverse effects of climate change. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants us to believe otherwise . The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a long history of anti-environmental extremism and false predictions about public health safeguards. The most recent of these claims is an alarmist "study" the Chamber released declaring that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would cause devastation in the U.S. economy, kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, and skyrocket electricity bills. Fortunately, there is little truth to these claims; the Chamber's "study" was conjured up before the EPA's proposal was even released, and is thus based on flawed assumptions that are meaningfully different from the EPA's actual ...
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MH17: Cold War Replay? 25.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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President Obama's law 25.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
John Nagle says Obama's argument on the health care law conflicts with his move to regulate carbon emissions
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The Climate Post: Rule for Regulating Existing Power Plants under Fire 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on "EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants." Debate about the proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants has swirled since the rule's release last month. Coal-heavy states and others have criticized both the substance of the rule and the EPA's authority to issue it. Throughout the hearing McCarthy faced questions about whether the agency had stretched the parameters of the Clean Air Act. The proposed rule uses an infrequently exercised provision of the act to set state-specific emissions targets and provide states a wide range of flexibility when choosing how to meet those targets. "EPA goes beyond the plain reading of the Clean Air Act Section 111 [by] directing states to achieve questionable emission reduction targets from a limited menu of economically damaging and legally questionable ...
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Koch brothers' petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules 25.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Company seeks to delay storage sheds until 2018, raise height limits on piles Escalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four ...
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Cookouts and Other Crimes in Asia 25.7.2014 Wall St. Journal: Asia
In densely populated Asian cities, strict guidelines govern everything from cooking to pet ownership to elevator use—a bewildering tangle of laws for expats and other new arrivals.
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MSNBC's Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Goverment Bias at Network and in US Media 24.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster 24.7.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.
Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster 24.7.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
GENEVA (AP) — Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering ...
Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster 24.7.2014 AP Top News
GENEVA (AP) -- Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts....
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HUFFPOST HILL - Senator Caught Having Unoriginal Ideas 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Politicos were shocked to learn that John Walsh plagiarized his masters thesis — just as soon as they found out who John Walsh was. David Gregory is rumored to be on the outs at “Meet the Press,” disappointing people who wake up early on Sunday to watch programming they saw on CNN all week. And Ted Cruz accused President Obama of launching an indirect boycott of Israel by halting flights to Tel Aviv. On a totally unrelated note, Air Canada did the same thing. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014: HOUSE REPUBLICANS BRAVELY PROPOSE TO INVADE AMERICA - We wish our fighting men and women luck as they establish a beachhead in the Mesa, Arizona A&W. Elise Foley and Sabrina Siddiqui: "House Republicans are considering a roughly $1.5 billion package that would help deal with the nation's ongoing border crisis, but there will be strings attached that could threaten the bill's support from Democrats and the chance for resolution before members leave town in August. Key to the plan are changes to a ...
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EPA: No comment on fracking air pollution 23.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
No one at the Environmental Protection Agency has been willing to talk on the record about air pollution associated with fracking in Texas.
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Crippled cruise liner Costa Concordia towed away from Italian shore 23.7.2014 L.A. Times - World News
The Costa Concordia, the cruise liner that capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Jan. 12, 2012, began its final voyage Wednesday as tugboats pulled it away from the accident site.
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