United States

Obama’s fracking rules draw underwhelming response

The Obama administration announced the first federal rules for fracking in nearly 30 years on Friday. The new rules make an effort to bolster transparency by requiring frackers to disclose the chemicals they inject into the ground—i...

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Projections show American wind power is driving job creation and fighting climate change

New findings from the federal government show that wind energy in the United States continues to be a job creator, a solution to climate change, and a money maker for communities from coast to coast. The American wind sector has alr...

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Clean energy, transportation drive green job growth

Jobs, jobs, and more jobs. That’s the news from the American renewable energy sector after another finding reveals that clean power is driving the American economy forward. Nearly 47,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs we...

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The pipeline stops here: Obama vetoes Keystone XL

Just hours after receiving legislation forcing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, President Barack Obama made good on his promises to veto the bill. Obama’s veto was grounded in procedural wrangling, not climate concerns,...

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Fossil-free investments outperform conventional stocks, quashing divestment doubts

The case for divestment is now stronger than ever, with new information showing that fossil-free indexes have outperformed conventional indexes over the last five years. The data, from the London-based FTSE Group, reveal that FTSE&#...

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Leaked documents reveal American for coal projects abroad

Leaked numbers show that countries like the United States poured nearly $15 billion into exporting coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology from 2003 to 2013. Despite commitments by American and European leaders to take urg...

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EPA: Keystone XL would have a ‘significant’ impact on climate

The arguments for rejecting the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline just got stronger: this time its about carbon emissions. On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenged the State Department to revi...

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Mixed climate message: Obama protects Arctic but exposes Atlantic to offshore drilling

On Tuesday, the White House caved to oil industry pressure and announced plans to open much of the Atlantic coast to drilling. The administration’s extreme energy gamble opens a large stretch of the southeastern coastline—from Virgi...

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President Obama underscores climate progress in State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama emphasized American climate progress during his sixth State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. The President touted the United States’s position as the world’s number top wind energy producer, underscored ...

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Yellowstone River oil spill shows there’s no safe way to transport Canadian crude

Canadian crude is once again in Montana’s Yellowstone River, highlighting concerns on both sides of the border that there is no safe way to transport tar sands oil. Bridger Pipeline LLC reported Monday it has shut the 42,000 barrel ...

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Clean jobs continue to power American recovery

America’s solar industry is continuing to grow at a breathtaking rate—outpacing the oil and gas sector and adding jobs 10 times faster than the overall economy. According to a new report from the Solar Foundation, about 174,000 peop...

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US to crack down on methane leaks as part of climate commitment

The United States announcement that it aims to reduce dangerous emissions by as much as 45% over the next decade is another signal the US is getting serious about tackling climate change. Methane is the second biggest driver of clim...

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GOP’s Keystone XL obsession continues to ignore economic and climate realities

Those obsessed with forcing the construction of of the Keystone XL pipeline continue to ignore the cold hard facts about the proposed project’s consequences  for the American economy, global oil markets and the safety of the planet....

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Health concerns prompt landmark fracking ban in New York State

Citing concerns over contamination of water and air, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a statewide ban on fracking. The decision comes amid continued calls from activists to halt the controversial practice, which involves...

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ALEC renews assault on climate protections after midterm elections

As Congress prepares to close up shop for the year, the shadowy American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is preparing a new round of attacks on environmental regulations. The group held a private policy summit last week in Washi...

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Wind energy under siege as Congress refuses long-term tax credits

The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would only extend the wind production tax credit (PTC) and other energy incentives through the end of 2014. If the bill proceeds through the Senate and is signed by Pres...

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Big business says Clean Power Plan good for environment and economy

Support for a new plan to slash carbon pollution from power plants is surging as major voices in the business and faith communities speak out on climate change. On Tuesday, upwards of 200 businesses—including corporate giants like N...

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Monday is the last chance to support EPA carbon pollution rules

Only a few days remain to support the Clean Power Plan and to push for stronger carbon pollution rules by submitting a comment to the EPA. In June, the first-ever plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants was unveile...

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Keystone fails in the Senate despite bogus job claims and ignored climate impacts

The Keystone pipeline failed to get the support needed to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, following increased scrutiny about the project’s ability to create long-term, sustainable jobs. Those who voted to keep the pipeline fr...

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False jobs numbers resurface as Keystone XL vote approaches

The Keystone pipeline won’t create the jobs its supporters claim it will, but that isn’t stopping politicians and leaders from trying to justify building the risky oil project through the middle of the American heartland. A vote on ...

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