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President Obama should focus on creating green jobs and supporting environmental regulation. Jobs and a healthy environment are not mutually exclusive

Obama Can Regulate the Environment and Create Green Jobs

As U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to unveil his jobs and economic plan, his popularity is at an all-time low. Support from the President’s base has been eroded by the two week long protest against the Keystone XL pipeline and profound disappointment about the abandonment of stricter ozone regulations. From the end of August to the beginning of September, a total of 1,252 protesters were arrested in front of the White House for opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline….

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Response to Criticism of Cooperation Between Business and Mainstream Environmentalism

Some radical environmentalists are harshly critical of the increasing levels of cooperation between environmental organizations and major corporations. These extremists believe that the only way we can address the climate change crisis is through a revolution which overthrows the entire capitalist system. This revolutionary rhetoric was reiterated in an article published on Saturday, April 23, 2011, by Cory Morningstar in…

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Blotting the Gulf: Latest Impressions from the Gulf Coast and a Look Ahead from Sierra Club’s Michael Brune

Michael Brune, the new executive director for the Sierra Club, spoke yesterday at an international gathering of renewable energy entrepreneurs, policy experts, and advocates. In his remarks, Brune spoke of his most moving image yet of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. It’s a moving and heartbreaking story, but from disaster comes opportunity. Brune message yesterday was not only…

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EPA Seeks to Block Mountaintop Removal Permit

On Friday the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intention to revoke a permit issued in 2007 for the Mingo Logan Coal Spruce #1 surface mine, a unit owned by Arch Coal Inc. of St. Louis. The move is the first time the EPA has sought to block a previously permitted project, saying it is doing so because the Spruce #1…

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Waxman-Markey Comes to Washington

A brief summary of Waxman-Markey energy and climate legislation. Now passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will it pass Congress intact this year?

Obama’s Polar Bear Action

Polar bears have been cut a tough deal but help is on its way. The Bush administration recognized them as an endangered species due to their shrinking habitat, yet did nothing to prevent the actual causes behind this. And on its way out, the previous government made matters worse, leaving their protection up to the discretion of regular federal officers…

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EPA To Begin Regulating New Coal-Fired Plant Carbon Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency has made a start with the active regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from newly built coal-fired power plants. The decision marks a U-turn from the Bush era, when the EPA had been shirking its responsibilities, saying the Clean Air Act did not apply to carbon dioxide. The change marks the beginning of the EPA’s regulation of…

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