Posts Tagged with "EPA"

The EPA Can, And Should, End the Construction of New Coal Plants

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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The EPA Can, And Should, End the Construction of New Coal Plants

Are you as fed up as I am about the coal industry’s license to pollute? On January 9, coal cleaning chemicals leaked into West Virginia’s Elk River and poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 people. Since February 2, millions of gallons of toxic coal ash have leaked from a Duke Energy coal plant into North Carolina’s [...]

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Investor Summit: Bank of America puts our Climate at Risk

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Investor Summit: Bank of America puts our Climate at Risk

This post is by Yann Louvel, BankTrack Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator. Earlier this month, Bank of America participated in the 2014 Investor Summit on Climate Risk as the “convening sponsor” of the event. While there was a lot of talk about the urgency of the problem of tackling climate change, there were a few things the [...]

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Banking on Coal: New BankTrack Report Highlights Bank Complicity in Global Coal Mining Boom

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Banking on Coal: New BankTrack Report Highlights Bank Complicity in Global Coal Mining Boom

“Most innovative investment bank for climate change.” – Citigroup “Mak(ing) your life greener and help(ing) tackle climate change.” – Morgan Stanley “Financing a low carbon economy.” – Bank of America When banks tout slogans such as these, you might expect them to mean that they plan to phase out financing for coal, the single largest [...]

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Dump Now, Pay Later: Coal Risk Update on Coal Ash

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Dump Now, Pay Later: Coal Risk Update on Coal Ash

Each year, the U.S. coal-fired power plant fleet produces over 130 million tons of coal ash. And while this ash frequently contains arsenic, lead, mercury, and other toxic chemicals that threaten human health, it is less regulated than your household trash. For decades, power plants have disposed of coal ash in over 2,000 landfills and [...]

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Is Dr. Oz Shilling for the Malaysian Palm Oil Mafia?

Monday, February 4, 2013

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Is Dr. Oz Shilling for the Malaysian Palm Oil Mafia?

The public controversy around “America’s Doctor” is heating up. You may have noticed, for instance, the feature article in the most recent issue of New Yorker magazine titled “The Operator: is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good?” As we recently reported, Dr. Oz, a TV personality who advocates healthy living [...]

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The Clean Water Act Turns 40 This Week

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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The Clean Water Act Turns 40 This Week

Happy Birthday to the Clean Water Act! Forty years ago this week a ground-breaking environmental protection was passed into federal law, enshrining a human right to clean water. Many of our allies have marked the occasion by celebrating some of the major improvements that this legislation has meant for waterways across the U.S., for example [...]

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A Legal Setback for Clean Air and a New Chance to Fight Soot Pollution

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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A Legal Setback for Clean Air and a New Chance to Fight Soot Pollution

Bad news for American hearts and lungs: Last week, a federal circuit court struck down a proposed EPA clean air standard that would have reduced dangerous emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources. In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that the EPA’s proposed Cross State Air Pollution Rule, or “Transport Rule” (PDF), exceeded [...]

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Scientists or Lobbyists: Who do You Trust to Act in the Best Interests of our World’s Rainforests?

Monday, June 4, 2012

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Scientists or Lobbyists: Who do You Trust to Act in the Best Interests of our World’s Rainforests?

In what has been called the biggest climate decision of the year for the Obama Administration, the Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil industries are flexing their lobbying muscle to overturn a crucial, science-based decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In January of this year, the EPA issued an initial finding that biofuels made [...]

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DC Judge Restricts The EPA’s Ability To Protect Our Water and Ecosystems

Friday, March 23, 2012

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DC Judge Restricts The EPA’s Ability To Protect Our Water and Ecosystems

I’m outraged by today’s news from DC. Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ruled that the EPA exceeded its authority in revoking permits for what could now become West Virginia’s largest mountaintop removal (MTR) mine. Back in January 2011, the EPA vetoed Arch Coal’s permit to mine at the Spruce site,  as it would cause [...]

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EPA Rejects Palm Oil: Good News for Indonesian Rainforests

Thursday, February 2, 2012

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EPA Rejects Palm Oil: Good News for Indonesian Rainforests

Before I started doing environmental work, I’d assumed that biofuel use would have a positive effect on the climate. It turns out the truth about biofuels is much more complex than I’d originally thought. Not every biofuel on the market today has a positive impact on the environment, and some actually pose a major threat. [...]

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