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Environmental News Wrap: April 20-25

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: There have been many oil spills highlighted recently; a pipeline rupture in Louisiana, a rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico and a Chinese tanker crashing into the Great Barrier Reef. The Christian Science Monitor highlights oil spills, asking “Why Do So Many Spills Happen?”…

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: The Clock is Ticking on Climate Change Legislation

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) Seven months out from the midterms, electoral anxieties are hampering potential climate change legislation. Election years are a time to pass easy, politically popular policies, and climate change legislation does not fit that bill. For the Senate’s climate change legislation to have a chance, Congress has to sweep through the financial…

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Climate Bill Bogs Down in Senate

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen should have cleared a path for the U.S. Congress move forward again on climate change legislation, but Senate Democrats already are saying the bill might not come in 2010. After fights over the stimulus and health care, legislators are less willing to stomach compromises on climate…

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A Breakthrough in the Senate Could Lead to Passage of Climate Bill

The Kerry-Boxer climate bill has received a boost over the weekend when Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined bill co-sponsor John Kerry (D-Mass.) in defining a broad bipartisan agreement that they believe can pass the Senate. Graham does not support the legislation as it stands now, but has indicated a willingness to sign-off on the compromise tentatively worked…

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John Podesta: “The Deal is There” on Climate Change

John Podesta speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” about the role of the EPA and Congress in addressing climate change.