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Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil”

Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil”

Photo via Shutterstock Due to a thirty-year-old law, Exxon will not be paying into the federal fund that will pay for the cleanup of 12,000 barrels of crude oil that leaked from its Pegasus Pipeline in

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Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Photo via Shutterstock After reaching record levels of production in 2012, the world's wind power capacity is projected to grow to reach 300,000 MW by the end of 2013. With major projects announced in

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ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have long warned of the catastrophic impacts of a major spill if the infrastructure were to fail. On Friday, the nation no longer had to imagine how a tar sands

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Monsanto Rider Slips Past Congress, Allowing the Company to Avoid Litigation Involving GMOs

Monsanto Rider Slips Past Congress, Allowing the Company to Avoid Litigation Involving GMOs

The big news in Washington last week was all about the battle over marriage equality, but while that was going on, the government passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (HR

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Obama Administration to Move Forward with Regulations Requiring Cleaner-Burning Gasoline by 2017

Obama Administration to Move Forward with Regulations Requiring Cleaner-Burning Gasoline by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to push ahead with regulations that will require the production of cleaner gasoline and impose fleet-wide pollution limits

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Montana Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Harvesting Roadkill for Food

Montana Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Harvesting Roadkill for Food

We're all for finding new ways to create sustainable meals - but a recent proposal from Montana has us wondering, how far is too far? The Montana Senate passed a bill yesterday that makes it legal to

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President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

Now that the sequester is in full swing, President Obama is proposing new sources of funding to finance his clean energy ambitions. The White House is urging Congress to divert $2 billion from oil and gas

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Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Recently, the State Department released a report claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment. However, the study did not factor in the tremendous impact that

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Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Rumors have been circulating as to whether or not the President would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. On Friday, the State Department released a study suggesting that the pipeline, which is slated to

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President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

Today, President Obama announced that his nominee to replace Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA is Gina McCarthy. McCarthy, who currently manages the EPA's Air and Radiation office, has played a critical

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President Obama Appoints Nuclear Physicist Ernest Moniz to Run Department of Energy

President Obama Appoints Nuclear Physicist Ernest Moniz to Run Department of Energy

This morning, President Obama announced his nomination of MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz to head up the US Department of Energy. Renewable energy advocates were dismayed at the appointing of the

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President Obama Vows to ‘Go It Alone’ on Climate Change in State of the Union Speech

President Obama Vows to ‘Go It Alone’ on Climate Change in State of the Union Speech

During President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, he briefly touched upon his plans for combating climate change and reducing emissions, but didn't go into any meaningful detail. However during the State

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$700 Billion Investment in the Global Economy Could Curb Climate Change, Spur Economic Growth

$700 Billion Investment in the Global Economy Could Curb Climate Change, Spur Economic Growth

A new report released by the World Economic Forum shows that climate change is arguably the most pressing threat to the world economy. And with the world population set to increase from 7 billion to 9

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Japan Reverses Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Power, Pledges to Turn On Dormant Reactors

Japan Reverses Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Power, Pledges to Turn On Dormant Reactors

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, countries around the world questioned the value of nuclear power - and Japan, reeling from the impact, vowed to become nuclear-free by 2040. Now, with the tragedy

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House Passes First Stage of Hurricane Sandy Relief Package

House Passes First Stage of Hurricane Sandy Relief Package

After a tumultuous week of finger-pointing and blame-gaming, the House of Representatives voted on and passed the first stage of the Hurricane Sandy relief package today. The legislation will allow for

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Superstorm Sandy Victims Must Wait Another Month for Emergency Funds Thanks to House GOP

Superstorm Sandy Victims Must Wait Another Month for Emergency Funds Thanks to House GOP

Sandy may have hit more than two months ago, but there are still thousands of people waiting for relief from our government — and now it looks like they'll be waiting much longer. This week, Speaker

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EPA Chief and Fierce Defender of the Environment Lisa Jackson to Step Down

EPA Chief and Fierce Defender of the Environment Lisa Jackson to Step Down

One of the most strident defenders of the environment in President Obama’s administration, Lisa Jackson, announced yesterday that she will be resigning from her post as chief of the Environmental

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Arctic Ice Larger than the US Melted in 2012 but Delegates Can’t Reach Emissions Agreement at Doha

Arctic Ice Larger than the US Melted in 2012 but Delegates Can’t Reach Emissions Agreement at Doha

From March to September this year a staggering 4.47 million square miles of Arctic ice melted - that's an area bigger than the United States. The U.N. World Meteorological Organization said this Arctic

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Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Photo: Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star The city of Toronto clearly underestimated the passion of cyclists when it decided to remove the popular Jarvis Street bike lane. When large street scrubbing trucks

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Obama Calls for Climate Action After Winning 2012 Presidential Election – Here’s What’s Next for the Environment

Obama Calls for Climate Action After Winning 2012 Presidential Election – Here’s What’s Next for the Environment

President Obama photo from Shutterstock President Obama won the 2012 US election last night, and in a powerful victory speech he called for climate action to address a nation that is "threatened by the

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President Obama’s Re-Election is a Victory for Clean Air and Clean Energy

President Obama’s Re-Election is a Victory for Clean Air and Clean Energy

Sky photo from Shutterstock Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, declared Tuesday’s re-election of President Barack Obama a major victory for the environment.

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Three Green Ballot Measures That Won Big On Election Night

Three Green Ballot Measures That Won Big On Election Night

Photo by Shutterstock By now, most of America has started to shake the Election Night hangover. While it was the wee hours of the morning before President Obama delivered his victory speech, many other

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After Hurricane Sandy and the Election, Will Climate Change Cease To Be a Political Taboo?

After Hurricane Sandy and the Election, Will Climate Change Cease To Be a Political Taboo?

Many people were frustrated with the lack of discussion about the environment before and during the 2012 election - there wasn't a single mention of climate change during the presidential debates (a first

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Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

For the past several months, the American wind energy industry has been at a near standstill, as political uncertainty clouded the industry's future. On December 31, a federal tax credit that makes wind

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California’s “Right to Know” Proposition 37 Mandating GMO Labeling Defeated

California’s “Right to Know” Proposition 37 Mandating GMO Labeling Defeated

Although the biggest issue on the ballot this election was the question of the next president, many environmentally-minded Americans eagerly awaited the results of California’s Proposition 37. Dubbed

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How Sustainable is Mitt Romney’s Vision for America and the Environment?

How Sustainable is Mitt Romney’s Vision for America and the Environment?

The 2012 Presidential Election is tomorrow, and critical decisions regarding how the United States should tackle climate change and energy security will need to be made in the near future. Therefore, it

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The Loudest Internet Voice on Hurricane Sandy Doesn’t Believe in Climate Change

The Loudest Internet Voice on Hurricane Sandy Doesn’t Believe in Climate Change

The Wikipedia page for Hurricane Sandy received over half a million views in the past week, and one Floridian man named Ken Mampel has dedicated great time and effort to maintaining the page himself. The

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Hurricane Sandy Forces Mitt Romney To Eat His Words About Rising Oceans

Hurricane Sandy Forces Mitt Romney To Eat His Words About Rising Oceans

Remember that patronizing remark Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made about climate change and rising ocean levels? It was at the 2012 Republican National Convention, where Romney probably felt

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How Hurricane Sandy Could Impact the 2012 Election

How Hurricane Sandy Could Impact the 2012 Election

The mass destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy will almost certainly have an impact on the presidential election -- the question is, how? And to what extent? First, there's the logistical challenge of

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Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election

Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election

When it comes to climate change, everyone knows that the US is a deeply divided country -- particularly with respect to the science behind the theory. Despite evidence from multiple independent,

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