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June 08, 2012

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NRDC: House Passes Economic Recovery Package, Makes Down Payment on Clean Energy Economy
Wesley Warren, Director of Programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement in response to the passage of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009...
Memo to President Cites New Evidence of Climate Impacts of Proposed Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
This memo by Oil Change International, Natural Resources Defense Council, CREDO, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, 350.org, and Bold Nebraska focuses on why the Keystone XL pipeline is not a good national decision based on cost and experience.
Waste Not: Common Sense Ways to Reduce Methane Pollution from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
This report concludes that the the oil and gas industry is the nation’s largest industrial source of methane and that the EPA could reduce the nation's methane emissions in half in only a few years. The report then examines opportunities for the EPA to curb methane pollution and provides costs and benefits of these actions.
Letter: EPA Must Protect Communities Against Toxic Air Pollution from Oil Refineries   By Setting Enforceable Limits on Emissions to Safeguard Public Health  
This letter, signed by numerous environmental organizations, supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to strengthen refinery air toxics emission limits and monitor requirements to protect public health.  The signers believe that the EPA must reduce emissions of toxic chemicals and in the letter they explain how the EPA can strengthen the proposal and what issues should be addressed.
Environmental Community Letter to Appropriations Full and Subcommittee Staff
The letter spoke on behalf of a diverse community of environmental, conservation, recreation and historic preservation organizations, to encourage the Committee on Appropriations to pass a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2015 that was free of policy riders that put polluting interests ahead of air, water, lands, wildlife, public health and climate. They also urged that the bill would provide needed investments to promote a healthy environment, to support clean energy innovation, and to improve our health.
New Obama Administration Draft Report Highlights Risks of Arctic Ocean Drilling
Numerous environmental organizations - including the Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, the Natural Resource Defense Council, Earthjustice, and the Sierra Club - signed a letter to President Obama opposing a new draft analysis of the effects of oil and gas leasing in the Chukchi Sea, part of America’s Arctic Ocean. The EIS that demonstrates how risky it would be to allow drilling in this remote, irreplaceable and climate-stressed region, and these groups oppose the potential decision to drill.
NRDC’s Second Annual Energy Report, 2014
While the United States appears to be on track to meet the Obama administration's target of a 17 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2020 (relative to 2005), more can and must be done. The United States is now considering how best to reduce the power plant carbon pollution harming its citizens and environment, and this report is a testament to how much success America has already recorded in reducing these emissions while improving its economic and environmental health.
Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon
This report assembles preliminary estimates of the costs of wildfire increases from climate change to the United States and the world. Using various market and non-market damages and adaptation costs, the researchers determined a a ratio of suppression costs to total wildfire costs which could then be used to make GDP predictions. The report ultimately determined high damage estimates and suggests that these estimates be taken into account in future planning.
Tar sands operations tainting local foods according to study
A new study released by two Alberta First Nations communities in partnership with the University of Manitoba reports that certain carcinogens released in tar sands operations are being found in high levels in local wildlife. The study also reports a higher incidence of cancer among study participants, many of whom work in the tar sands industry, adding to evidence that these local communities suffer from higher rates of cancer.
Satellite Images Show Tar Sands Extraction Obliterating Boreal Forest Right Before Our Eyes
World Resources Institute (WRI) and Global Forest Watch Canada have released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest. These maps make very clear how prevalent the forest loss is in and around the tar sands operations.
Eleven Environmental Organizations Call on Senators to Reject Sen Manchin’s Export-Import Bank Reauthorization
This letter from eleven environmental organizations urges Senators to oppose the Export-Import Bank reauthorization that would extend fossil fuel financing and end existing restrictions on new coal plant finance.
8 Things We Hate About Summer that are Getting Worse with Climate Change...and What We Can Do
This Natural Resources Defense Council fact sheet provides day-to-day things that you and your family can do to tackle eight of the here-and-now effects of climate change.
Big Fuel Savings Available in New Trucks
This fact sheet from American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Natural Resources Defense Council outlines how strong federal fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks can improve our energy security and cut heat-trapping emissions while saving money for truckers and fleets.
Public Health Impacts of Climate Change, National Climate Assessment Factsheet
This fact sheet outlines the public health impacts of climate change as revealed in the May 2014 National Climate Assessment.
America Can Create 274,000 Efficiency-related Jobs, Cut Electric Bills by Billions, and Curb Carbon Pollution
This is a fact sheet from Natural Resources Defense Council highlighting the economic benefits of carbon pollution standards
The Biggest Polluter: American Electric Power
This Forbes article summarizes the May 2014 Benchmarking Air Emissions report by Ceres, Bank of America, several utilities and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report analyzes NOx, SO2, mercury, and CO2 emissions of the nation's 100 largest electric power producers, and comes a week before the EPA is expected to release new rules regulating carbon emissions from power plants.
Big Oil: Old, Rich, and Dirty (Six Essential Oil Subsidy Facts)
This fact sheet from Natural Resources Defense Council highlights six facts that "every taxpayer should know about these century-old giveaways to some of today's biggest, most lucrative, and most polluting industries."
Coalition of Clean Air Groups Says New IPCC Report a "Call to Action" for Carbon Pollution Standards
This is a statement posted on www.iwillact.us that calls for action on carbon pollution standards and other essential pollution reductions, following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 Report. The statement is signed by the Center for American Progress, Earthjustice, Environment America, Environmental Defense Fund, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club.
Cheaper and Cleaner: Using the Clean Air Act to Sharply Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
This report from the Natural Resources Defense Council discusses how the Clean Air Act should be used to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, and therefore deliver health, economic, and environmental benefits.
Omitted Damages: What's Missing From the Social Cost of Carbon
The 2013 Working Group on the Social Cost of Carbon (IWG) updated the U.S. social cost of carbon (SCC) for 2015 from a central value of $24 to $37 using three integrated assessment models. After a thorough examination of the latest scientific and economic research, this report argues that $37 is in fact a lower bound, because the SCC omits many climate impacts, effectively valuing them at zero. This paper represents the first attempt to systematically examine and document these omissions.
Letter to Senate Appropriators for Increased Climate Change Investments for Fiscal Year 2015
This resource is a letter to Senators Leahy and Graham, members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, urging robust financial support for international climate assistance in fiscal year 2015 appropriations.
Letter to House Appropriators for Increased Climate Change Investments for Fiscal Year 2015
This is a letter to House Representatives Granger and Lowey, members of the House Committee on Appropriations, urging robust support for international climate assistance in FY15 appropriations.
Letter to Representatives in Opposition of the Whitfield/Manchin Bill (HR 3826)
This resource is a sign-on letter to U.S. House of Representatives in Opposition of H.R. 3826. The letter is signed by 111 organizations.
Carbon Copy II: Six Quick Impressions from Climate Change's Latest Day in the Supreme Court
This Natural Resources Defense Council blog post includes six quick reactions to the oral arguments presented February 24, 2014, in the Supreme Court’s latest case on climate change and the Clean Air Act, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA.
Carbon Copy II: Six Quick Impressions from Climate Change's Last Day in the Supreme Court
Here are six quick reactions to the oral arguments presented February 24th in the Supreme Court’s latest case on climate change and the Clean Air Act, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA.
Warsaw Climate Negotiations Should Look Forward, Act Now (NRDC)
This blog discusses the climate negotiations happening in Warsaw, Poland and the importance of nation's looking ahead in order to figure out what they need to accomplish in the short term.
Call for Action Intensify at Climate Conference in Wake of Typhoon Haiyan (NRDC)
 
Cutting Through the Controversy: FAQs on Moving Forward with Phasing Down Climate Damaging HFCs (NRDC)
 
It's Time for Leaders in India, the US and Other Nations to Act on Climate Change in Warsaw (NRDC)
 
When a Country Weakens its Climate Target Does it Make a Sound - the Japanese Precedent (NRDC)
This blog discusses how Japan formally signaled that it will renege on its climate commitments to reduce emissions at the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland.
Oppose the Whitfield-Manchin Draft Legislation
This letter on behalf of 79 organizations urges Congress to oppose Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin's Poluter Protection Act because it would allow power plants to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air, contributing to climate change, health risk, community risk, and extreme weather events.
Americans in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana and New Hampshire Back New Limits on Power Plant Carbon Pollution
According to a poll commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council, most Americans in four key senators’ states support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mission to protect health and the environment, and want the agency to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
NGO Letter to Administrator McCarthy on"Tier 3" Clean Vehicle and Fuel Standards
This letter aupplauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing strong "Tier 3" clean vehicle and fuel standards and urges them to finalize these standards as soon as possible.
Poll of Americans' Views about EPA during Government Shutdown
The polling data here shows key findings from polls of Americans' views about the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which was largely suspended by the government shutdown. Those polled represent a few key districts in the US.
Treasury Department to Stop Supporting U.S. Funding for Overseas Coal Projects
The Treasury Department has released revised “coal guidelines” on how they will vote on coal projects brought to them by the development banks. A number of controversial coal projects have been approved by these banks in recent history, including some...continued at link below.
Oppose Whitfield, Manchin Attack on Nation's Health: House
This letter urges Representatives to oppose the discussion draft being led by Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin that would effectively block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants.
Oppose Whitfield, Manchin Attack on Nation's Health: Senate
This letter urges Senators to oppose the discussion draft being led by Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin that would effectively block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants.
Environmental Community Opposes the Piecemeal Funding of Select Government Programs
This letter sent by organizations in the environmental community condemns the piecemeal funding of select government programs during the shutdown and urges members of Congress to open the government.
Environmental Community Opposes Damaging Environmental Riders to Debt Bill Sign-on Letter
This letter from various environmental groups expresses strong opposition tod amaing environmetnal policy riders being attached to legislation on the debt ceiling.
Shaheen-Portman KXL Amendment Sign-on Letter
This letter, signed by close to 30 organizations, shows civil society support for Senators to oppose any amendment to the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill (S. 1392) that would deem the Keystone XL Pipeline in the national interest.
National Park Air Quality at Risk
This fact sheet provides ifnormation related to EPA's role in protecting against regional haze and why the Enzi amendment (#1903) trying to strip EPA's regulatory powers. This amendment is for the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill (S. 1392).
Oppose - DOE Appliance Standards Exemption for Voluntary Industry Standards
This fact sheet provides information on an amendment to the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill (S. 1392) that would undermine successful energy efficient product programs by prohibiting the DOE from setting energy conservation standards if 80% of the market adopted less stringent voluntary standards.
Oppose - ANSI-Certified Standards for Federal Buildings: the Ban LEED Amendment
This fact sheet provides information on an amendment to the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill (S. 1392) that would ban the use of LEED certification for government buildings, forcing the government to adopt the less stringent ANSI certification.
Oppose the "Social Cost of Carbon" Amendment to S. 1392
This joint sign-on letter outlines why Senators should oppose any amendment offered to S. 1392 that would block the use of the "Social Cost of Carbon" (SCC), as it would allow lawmakers to turn a blind eye to the devastating impacts of climate change.
Stakeholder Letter in Support of S. 1392
This letter displays the broad spectrum of support for S. 1392, the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill, as it includes sign-ons from the National Association of Manufacturers, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Business Roundtable, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Alliance to Save Energy.
Oppose Anti-Climate Amendments to S. 1392: Derailing the President’s Plan to Protect the Next Generation Before it Gets Started isn’t Right and it isn’t Safe
This fact sheet provides reasons why the Senate should oppose anti-climate ammendments to the bipartisan bill S. 1392, the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill.
Counting the Benefits of Cutting Carbon Pollution: Questions and Answers on the “Social Cost of Carbon”
This fact sheet provides basic information and critics arguments regarding the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), the latest attempt by climate change deniers to block the President's Climate Action Plan.
Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013: A Bipartisan Energy Efficient Effort for Government, Industry, and Buildings
This issue brief describes the three areas of the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill of 2013, which include: buildings, industrial efficiency and competitiveness, and federal agency energy efficiency.
Oppose the Culberson and Murphy Amendments to HR 1582
This letter urges the members of the House to reject two amenments proposed with HR 1582 that would deny the impacts and cost of climate change by undermining the Social Cost of Carbon.
Federal Court Follows Science in Striking Down EPA's Biomass Emissions Loophole
This press release concerns a federal court ruling that confirmed the Clean Air Act's limits on carbon dioxide apply to industrial facilities that burn biomass and discusses the impacts of this ruling.
Climate Deniers' New Gambit: The Updated SCC ("Social Cost of Carbon")
This blog by Natural Resources Defense Council expert, Larie Johnson, discusses the updated Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) and the attacks that it has been receiving from climate skeptics in the government and general public.
Survey: Two in Three Americans Endorse Setting Limits on Carbon Pollution from Power Plants that Drives Climate Change
This press release discusses a recent Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) poll that states 65% of Americans endorse setting limits on carbon pollution from power plants.
HR 1582 Blocks Public Health Protections Community Letter
A joint sign on letter from various environmental groups asking that senators oppose HR 1582 because it would eliminate federal responsibility to protect public health and safety and grant the Department of Energy power to veto many Environmental Protection Agency standards
Extreme Weather Map 2012
In this website, the Natural Resources Defense Council maps out extreme weather events for the year 2012 on a map so that the viewer can see the extreme flooding, tempature, natural disasters, drought, snowfall, and wildfire events by region, state, and month.
Community Shaheen-Portman Support Letter
Joint sign on letter from various environmental groups asking that senators not vote for unrelated or controversial ammendments (which have been proposed) that attack the President's Climate Plan, promote dirty energy suorces, undermine existing energy efficiency tools, or set back carbon pollution reductions counter to the goals of the bill,.
Who Pays for Climate Change: US Taxpayers Outspend Private Insurers Three-to-One to Cover Climate Disruption Costs
Paying for climate disruption was one of the largest non-defense discretionary annual budget items in 2012, but climate change is rarely part of the defecit discussion. This report covers the amount that the average American taxpayer pays for extreme weather related to climate change and coins the term "Climate Disruption Budget".
Letter in Opposition of Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013
 
Climate Analysis: Less Carbon, More Jobs, Lower Bills
According to a new analysis released by the Natural Resources Defense Council and business and labor groups, the nation can significantly cut carbon pollution from power plants, the centerpiece of President Obama’s climate action plan, while adding thousands of new jobs and saving families money on their electric bills.
Joint Statement: President Obama Outlines Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution from Power Plants and Address Climate Change
On Tuesday, June 25,2013, leaders from several top civic, progressive, environmental and public health organizations released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s plan of action to address climate change.
Cooling India with Less Warming: The Business Case for Phasing Down HFCs in Room and Vehicle Air Conditioners
This issue paper explores the business case for Indian room air conditioning companies to “leapfrog” and phase down unsustainable technologies based on chemicals with high global warming potential (GWP) called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and move to a future based on climate-friendly refrigerants and energy-efficient equipment designs
Breaking the Link between Commodities and Climate Change
This report outlines recommendations and US leadership opportunities regarding sustainable methods of sourcing raw materials and commodities to combat deforestation and how the government can best work with large companies on these issues
Aviation Industry to Governments: We Want a Global Cap on Aviation Climate Pollution Adopted This Year
This blog discusses the aviation industry's recent call to government's for a global market-based measure to control the industry's carbon pollution by 2020. In the meantime, they call for the European Union law to be put back in effect.
Testimony Opposing Harmful, Anti-Enforcement Legislation
This blog post provides the text of the author's testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee against legislation that would obstruct law enforcement of important health, environmental, food and medical safety and investor protections
Coalition letter re: International Air Transportation Association emissions reduction efforts
This letter from a coalition of environmental groups urges the International Air Transportation Association to adopt the strongest possible industry standards and regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft
Letter to Senate re: EPA funding
This letter is from a coalition of environmental organizations to Sen. Mikulski, Reed, Shelby, and Murkowski urges them to support and vote for full funding for the EPA and outlines the positive impacts that EPA regulations have and how these efforts are undermined by budget cuts
A Five-Part Strategy to Cap and Cut China's Coal Consumption
This blog describes the devastating effects that coal-fired air pollution are having on China and how both current and potential polices could slow the growth of Chinese coal consumption
Benchmarking Air Emissions
This report documents the nation's 100 largest power producers and the gains that they have make in reducing SO2 NOx and CO2 emissions.
Letter opposing H.R. 271
This letter states the position of the sign-on organizations that HR 271, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2013, is too broad in its scoop, ignores already-existing legal mechanisms and will create harmful outcomes.
National Groups Condemn GOP Senators for Walking Out on McCarthy Confirmation Vote, Call for End of Political Games and Swift Confirmation of Well Qualified Nominee
This joint statement expresses these organizations' continued support for Gina McCarthy to head the EPA in response to the GOP boycott of her conformation vote.
Letter to State Department reguarding presidential permit for Northeast tar sands pipeline
This coalition letter to the State Department Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) asks that they not grant a request from Portland Pipe Line Corporation to use one of its pipelines to transport tar sands oil.
Letter opposing Terry bill (H.R. 3) on Keystone XL
A form letter from a coalition of organizations to Congressional representatives urging them to vote against a measure that would grant approval to the Keystone XL pipeline without any decision from the Executive agencies.
EPA Proposes Stronger Standards on Gasoline and Cars to Reduce Smog
A summary of the key benefits of and strong support for the proposed Tier 3 fuel standards
Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action
A report that provides information for state governments, water managers and other stakeholders about the challenges and best practices of combating water management issues in light of climate change impacts.
America needs clean transportation, not just clean cars
A blog post about the potential for expanded public mass transit to have an even greater impact on reducing oil consumption than higher fuel efficiency standards
Oil Industry Inflates Cleaner Gasoline Cost Claims with Windfall Profits
A blog post refuting a number of claims made by the API that the proposed new Tier 3 fuel standards would raise gasoline prices and oil refining costs.
Environmental groups pressure U.N. body for carbon aviation deal
A news article about a group of environmental organizations that urged the United States to back a global deal to curb carbon emissions produced by planes...The groups, alarmed at scant progress toward an agreement within a United Nations aviation body, presented a petition with more than 60,000 signatures on Monday to a representative of the U.S. State Department.
Keystone XL SEIS Comment Period Extension Letter
A letter from a coalition of groups requesting a comment period extension for the draft supplemental environmental impact statement for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Coalition Letter in support of Gina McCarthy for EPA Administrator, 4.10.2013
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we write to strongly support President Obama's Nomination of Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy to head the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. McCarthy has a solid, bipartisan record of successfully working to protect our air and water. We believe that she is execptionally well-qualified to fill this critical position.
Cross-State Air Rule Writ of Certiorari Petition
U.S. EPA and environmental groups today will ask the Supreme Court to review a federal court's ruling from last year that tossed out the agency's rule for air pollution that drifts across state lines. In a petition filed this morning for writ of certiorari, the American Lung Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and the Clean Air Council asked the Supreme Court to reconsider the case.
Setting the Record Straight on the Obama EPA's Clean Air Act Track Record in Court
The next time you hear political rhetoric and changes tossed around about an out-of-control Obama EPA being rebuked in court for overreaching, remember these statistics. EPA's clean air standards have fared well in court against industry challengers, and that should continue to be the case so long as the administration upholds the law's promise of clean air and strong safeguards for all Americans.
Obama EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy an Excellent Choice
Today, a coalition of national organizations that support federal clean air and climate change safeguards announced their support for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
FY14 International Climate Finance Letter to OMB
15 humanitarian, faith-based and environmental organizations sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget OMB) to urge continued support for bilateral and multilateral climate change finance investments.
Survey: Latinos Reject Rubio Approach to Climate Change, Clean Energy
About three out of four Latinos believe that climate change is a serious problem and a substantial majority support President Obama using his authority to reduce its main cause: dangerous carbon pollution, according to a national poll of 1,218 registered voters.
NRDC State of the Union Polling Results
NRDC conducted a national survey which revealed the majority of Americans support Presidential action to fight climate change.
Majority of Americans Support Presidential Action to Fight Climate Change
The National Resource Defense Council's polling immediately after the State of the Union made clear that Americans consider climate change a serious problem and want the President to take action.
GOP Science Subcommittee Kicks Off 113th Congress with Promise of More Outlier Attacks
The House Science Subcommittee on Environment held its first hearing of the 113th Congress entitled, "The State of the Environment: Evaluating Progress and Priorities." With their two announced witnesses, the Republican majority signaled that the session of Congress will feature more sharp attacks on health and environmental safeguards.
Climate Letter to Secretary Kerry
Letter to Secretary Kerry urging climate leadership signed by multiple USCAN members.
Carbon Pollution Data Put Power Plants Front and Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released plant-by-plant data on 2011 emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping air pollutants. The data show once again that power plants are the number one source of the carbon pollution that drives climate change, churning out more than 2.2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in 2011.
Confirmation of John Kerry as New Secretary of State Important for Action on Climate Change
The Senate confirmed Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State. Senator Kerry understands that the impacts of climate change are severe and that taking action now is in the U.S. interest. He understands that deploying clean energy, reducing deforestation emissions, helping communities adapt to climate change, and action at home are critical components to U.S. engagement around the world.
Confirmation of John Kerry as new Secretary of State heralds in new decision-maker on Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
The U.S. Senate has now confirmed Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State. One of the highest profile climate decisions he will face is whether to permit the northern segment of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada to the United States.
Whitehouse-Waxman Task Force Will Help Nation Address Climate Change
Building on President Obama's inaugural commitment to address climate change, key congressional leaders announced a new Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that will be co-chaired by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Henry Waxman. The goal is to provide a Congressional forum for discussions on solutions and actions to try to solve the climate crisis.
Letter from 69 Groups to Obama on Key Climate Actions
69 environmental, civic, labor and healthcare groups signed this letter calling for President Obama to take three specific climate actions: 1) Raise his voice; 2) Use his executive authority under the Clean Air Act; and 3) Reject dirty fuels.
EPA Finally Comes Clean on Dirty Soot Politics
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency admitted that the former political head of EPA under the Bush administration had adopted health standards for soot pollution that agency staff believe now and believed then to be insupportable and illegitimate.
Climate Change: Obama's FDR Moment
2012 was a historic year for climate disasters. Between a devastating drought, raging wildfires and the superstorm Hurricane Sandy, millions of Americans saw the very real toll that climate disruption is having on our country. But it's not just extreme weather events - according to data from NOAA, 2012 is on track to be the hottest year ever for the contiguous United States.
New EPA Boiler Standards Will Save Up to 8,000 Americans’ Lives Every Year, But Incinerator & Cement Standards Raise Concerns
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-overdue health protections against mercury, toxic metals, acid gases and other harmful pollution emitted by industrial boilers and incinerators present a mixed blessing. The standards will save thousands of lives every year, but the earlier provisions affecting cement manufacturers and incinerators have been loosened, and that is going in the wrong direction.
Closing the Power Plant Carbon Pollution Loophole: Smart Ways the Clean Air Act Can Clean Up America's Biggest Climate Polluters
Power plants in the United States released almost 2.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2011, more than any other source of this dangerous heat-trapping pollutant. This report describes and analyzes a flexible and highly cost-effective approach to setting power plant carbon pollution standards that would clean up and modernize America's aging electric power system.
Countries Acting At Home to Address Global Warming: The Key Fight Ahead
Last year global emissions of carbon pollution rose to record levels, with declines in some key countries but with rising emissions elsewhere offsetting those declines. These are depressing statistics, especially in light of the significant signs of global warming that are already emerging. Some new actions are emerging that will hopefully reduce this growing pollution and set the stage for even stronger action in the very near future. This movement will be supported by progress at the climate negotiations, but real progress will only occur if we win the fights in the capitals, boardrooms, and courtrooms of the key countries.
Global Warming Negotations in Doha End with a Focus on Action at Home
Global Warming Negotations in Doha End with a Focus on Action at Home
The United Nations climate talks in Doha, Qatar ended Saturday with key countries agreeing to guidelines on how to track progress toward meeting their commitments and set a path toward a stronger legal agreement in 2015.
The United Nations climate talks in Doha, Qatar ended Saturday with key countries agreeing to guidelines on how to track progress toward meeting their commitments and set a path toward a stronger legal agreement in 2015.
Countries Acting At Home to Address Global Warming:
Last year global emissions of carbon pollution rose to record levels, with declines in some key countries but with rising emissions elsewhere offsetting those declines. These are depressing statistics, especially in light of the significant signs of global warming that are already emerging. Some new actions are emerging that will hopefully reduce this growing pollution and set the stage for even stronger action in the very near future. This movement will be supported by progress at the climate negotiations, but real progress will only occur if we win the fights in the capitals, boardrooms, and courtrooms of the key countries. Some of these battles have been won this year, but more confronts us. Here are some examples of actions by key countries and why it is critical that we succeed on these efforts in the next few years.
Waiting for it to all come together at global warming negotiations in Doha: Get it done
Today we begin the final day (hopefully) of the global warming negotiations in Doha. A lot of delegates are talking about it going into Saturday as the meeting is being poorly handled by the host country Qatar. Unfortunately the leadership of the host country plays a critical role as we witnessed with the excellent leadership of Mexico that helped deliver a solid agreement in Cancun. It can all come together in Doha as this meeting is supposed to set the stage for stronger international action in the years to come (not finalize those details). Will it? The key issues are coming down to crunch time. How will these issues get resolved in the final hours?
Setting the Stage for Stronger International Action on Global Warming: Climate Negotiations in Doha
The climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar can begin the long-hard process of building a stronger international effort to address global warming. It won’t finalize that agreement, but it will begin the effort (hopefully). Here is how.
It's Time to Cut Carbon Pollution from Power Plants, Here's How We Do It
NRDC experts unveiled a proposal that will confront the threat of climate change and make our air safer to breathe. The proposal calls for cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants—our nation’s largest source of global warming pollution—and giving each state broad flexibility to meet the standards.
China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change
To fulfill the country’s objectives and tasks in addressing climate change during the Five-Year Plan period and promote green and low-carbon development, the State Council has issued a number of important policy documents, including the Comprehensive Work Plan for Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction During the 12th Five-Year Plan Period, to strengthen planning and guidance in addressing climate change.
Countries Take a Step or Two Out of the Starting Blocks on HFCs at Montreal Treaty Meeting
The 25th anniversary meeting of the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that has saved the ozone layer and slowed the pace of climate change, winds up today in Geneva with small signs of progress on proposals to phase down the “super greenhouse gases” known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
President Obama is Right: It's Time to Finish the Job
“President Obama already has done more to combat climate change than his 43 predecessors combined. He’s determined to do more, and we’re ready to help him finish the job. The next step is to go after the biggest sources of carbon pollution—power plants.’’
Voters Strongly Support Accelerated Action on Smart Infrastructure, Clean Energy Investments
On the day that California launched its cap and trade program, a new poll of voters in California, Oregon and Washington shows strong support for maintaining and expanding efforts across the region to account for the costs of climate pollution and invest in clean energy sources by ensuring polluters pay when they contribute to climate change.
NGO Opposition Letter to Thune Aviation Bill
NGO opposition to the Thune aviation bill (S.1956) in the House of Representatives.This bill would set a disturbing precedent by undermining the international rule of law. It would authorize the Secretary of Transportation to prohibit an operator of a civil aircraft of the United States from complying with this European aviation law.
Climate Change and Water Resource Management: Adaptation Strategies for Protecting People and the Environment
From urban and agricultural water supplies to flood management and aquatic ecosystem protection, global warming is affecting all aspects of water resource management in the United States. Reducing emissions that cause climate change is a critical step we must take, but water resource managers and elected officials must act now to adapt to the effects of the warming that have already occurred or are unavoidable.
Ready or Not: How Water-Ready is Your State or City?
As climate change affects communities across the U.S., some states and cities are leading the way in preparing for the impacts on water resources.
Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities
Cities across the United States should anticipate significant water-related vulnerabilities based on current carbon emission trends because of climate change, ranging from water shortages to more intense storms and floods to sea-level rise. NRDC compiled local and regional research on the water-related impacts facing 12 U.S. cities due to climate change.
Climate Change, Water, and Risk
Climate change will have a significant impact on the sustainability of water supplies in the coming decades. A new analysis examined the effects of global warming on water supply and demand in the contiguous United States. This page links to the fact sheet as well as overviews by state.
Letter in Opposition to H.R. 6213, the No More Solyndras Act
On behalf of our members and activists across the country we are writing to express our strong opposition to H.R. 6213, the No More Solyndras Act, which is scheduled for the floor Friday, September 14, 2012. H.R. 6213 would do nothing to protect U.S. taxpayers from underwriting the numerous high-risk, capital-intensive fossil and nuclear energy projects already in line to receive billions of dollars in federal financial support through the Title XVII DOE Energy Loan Guarantee Program.
Senate sends a signal that US & other countries need to get a global solution to aviation's global warming pollution
The U.S. Senate passed a bill that would send a signal that it is way past time for aviation to reduce its global warming pollution. The bill – sponsored by Sen. Thune (R-ND) and Sen. McCaskill (D-MO) – has been significantly changed since it passed the U.S. House of Representatives and since it was first introduced in the Senate.
Letter Opposing H.R. 6172
H.R. 6172 would rewrite the Clean Air Act and indefinitely block action to clean up America’s largest source of carbon pollution. Congress must reject this latest attempt to keep EPA from doing its job to protect public health and our children’s future. Read this group sign-on letter to learn more.
Oppose HR 3409 Sign-on Letter
On behalf of our millions of members and activists, we urge you to reject H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012. This bill purports to address coal, but in fact takes aim at a staggering array of basic laws that keep the American public safe; it fundamentally weakens the Clean Air Act and eviscerates the protections of the Clean Water Act.
NRDC: Senate Passes Recovery Package, Makes Down Payment on Clean Energy Future
In response to Senate passage of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” Wesley Warren, Director of Programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement...
Environmental Risks with Proposed Offshore Oil and Gas Development off Alaska’s North Slope
As the Interior Department prepares to grant a final permit allowing Shell Oil to start drilling in the Arctic, the Natural Resources Defense Council has just released a new report detailing the dangers of drilling there and the inadequacy of our nation’s oil spill response plans.
In a Kansas Corn Field, Drought Points to the Need for Climate Solutions
Rocky Kistner blogs for the Natural Resources Defense Council about the ongoing historic drought. Scientists say farmers in America’s breadbasket are indeed on the front lines of a human-induced changing climate—a world that will make drought, fire and extreme weather more of the norm in coming decades.
Climate Change, Water, and Risk
Climate change will have a significant impact on the sustainability of water supplies in the coming decades. A new analysis, performed by consulting firm Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), examined the effects of global warming on water supply and demand in the contiguous United States.
2011 Extreme Weather Map
This interactive map from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows the extreme weather events that occurred across the country in 2011. Climate change increases the risk of record-breaking extreme weather events that threaten communities across the country. In 2011, there were 3,251 monthly weather records broken by extreme events that struck communities in the US.
Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning
Across the United States, climate change is affecting water resources in many ways, including putting water supplies at risk, increasing flooding and erosion, and threatening fish and aquatic species. This report from the Natural Resources Defense Council explains which states are leading the way, and which states are lagging when it comes to consideration of potential climate change impacts -- or have yet to formally address climate change preparedness at all.
Water-Ready Map: How Water-Ready is Your State or City?
This online interactive map created by the Natural Resources Defense Council explains the risks communities there may face and what each state or city is doing to prepare.
Which "Toxic 20" States Would Get Olympic Medals for Pollution?
Pete Altman blogs for the Natural Resource Defense Council about findings from their new report, "Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States." The top three worst toxic polluting states are Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States
In the second edition of “Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States,” Natural Resources Defense Council found that coal- and oil-fired power plants still contribute nearly half (44 percent) of all the toxic air pollution reported to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The report also ranks the states by the amount of their toxic air pollution levels.
Extreme Weather: Impacts of Climate Change
When it comes to connecting the dots between climate change, extreme weather and health, the lines are clear. The earth is saying something with record heat, drought, storms and fire. Scientists are telling us this is what global warming looks like.
Letter Opposing Olsen Bill HR 4273
H.R. 4273 takes the unprecedented step of authorizing total civil and criminal amnesty from all federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations for electric power producers under special orders from the Department of Energy.
Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States
The latest data on top 100 power producers show declining SO2, NOx and CO2 emissions and increasing use of energy efficiency and renewables. The 2012 Benchmarking report is the eighth report in a series highlighting environmental performance and progress in the nation’s electric power sector. The report is based on 2010 generation and emissions data from the Energy Information Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, and also includes analysis of preliminary 2011 emissions data. The previous edition reported on 2008 data.
Clean Air Act Forums Joint Letter to Chairman Whitfield
Public health and environmental organizations requested, in a letter, that any policy or legislation emerging from the Clean Air Act forums, announced for the Subcommittee on Energy and Power forums, will clean the air more and faster than current law. They asked Chairman Whitfield and subcommittee members to commit to making air quality and public health better, not worse than the status quo.
Smoking Causes Cancer. Carbon Pollution Causes Extreme Weather.
In his blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Dan Lashof writes, "Smoking Causes Cancer. Carbon Pollution Causes Extreme Weather. It really doesn’t have to be more complicated than that." We dump billions of tons of carbon pollution into the atmosphere each year. As a result, the concentration of carbon dioxide has increased by 40%. Excess carbon dioxide traps excess heat in the atmosphere. Excess heat causes extreme heat waves, droughts, and storms.
House Leadership Plans to Freeze Regulations...Even Though They Benefit from Them Every Day
The House Republican leadership doesn’t like regulations, despite the fact that they benefit from them every single day.
U.S. House Bill Increases Oil Dependence, Pollution and Pain at the Gas Pump
The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing to vote next week on measures that would stop progress on new automobile efficiency and pollution standards. Under standards that are scheduled to be finalized this summer, new cars would get double the efficiency, consume half and much fuel and emit half as much carbon pollution as automobiles on the road today. If supporters of the House bill have their way, however, consumers, the environment, our energy security and our economy would suffer.
Reckless House Legislation Would Impose Moratorium on Clean Air & Health Protections
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote next week on the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act" (H.R. 4078) – a bill that, among other things, imposes a moratorium on issuing virtually any new regulations as long as unemployment remains above 6%, regardless of the value of such regulations or support for them. Life-saving clean air standards for smog and soot are just a few examples of standards that would be blocked by this bill – with disastrous consequences for public health.
Keystone XL SEIS Email Action Alert Template
 
Editorial Page Roundup: Debunking the "War On Coal"
The familiar saying is that “in war, the first casualty is truth.” But you could say exactly the same thing about the misguided assault on the common-sense efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update clean air standards that protect our health.
Groups Challenge Decision to Ignore Risks to Wildlife, Environment in Gulf Oil Drilling Expansion
Conservation groups today filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., that challenges the Obama administration’s plans to increase offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without fully addressing the risks to wildlife and the environment. According to the suit, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management dismissed the lessons learned during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and failed to obtain essential information about the status of species and resources still suffering from the 2010 oil spill.
Climate Smack-Down: Court Upholds EPA's Carbon Pollution Standards In Triumph of Science and Law
On Tuesday the federal appeals court in Washington delivered a resounding victory for science, the rule of law, and common sense by upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark actions to start curbing the dangerous carbon pollution driving climate change.
Meet the Senators Who Voted Themselves Into the Mercury & Toxic Air Pollution Hall of Shame or Fame
Today, 248 members of the House of Representatives voted to take away your right to breathe clean, healthy air. They voted to pass legislation misleadingly called the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act (DEJA), which includes another bill dubbed the “GASP Act” by the American Lung Association.
Shooting with Blanks at the OK Corral-Background on the cases against EPA decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals
The federal appeals court in Washington today delivered a resounding victory for science, the rule of law, and common sense by upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark actions to curb the dangerous carbon pollution driving climate change. David Doniger's previous blog post for the Natural Resources Defense Council provides additional background information on these cases.
U.S. Appeals Court Upholds EPA Carbon Pollution Limits
In an unanimous opinion issued today covering four cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld EPA’s “endangerment” determination, its clean car standards, and its pollution permit requirements for big new industrial facilities. The three-judge panel also upheld the Obama administration’s first set of clean car and fuel economy standards, issued jointly by EPA and the Transportation Department in 2009.
Meet the Members of Congress Who Voted to Take Away Your Right to Breathe Clean, Healthy Air
Today, 248 members of the House of Representatives voted to take away your right to breathe clean, healthy air. They voted to pass legislation misleadingly called the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act (DEJA), which includes another bill dubbed the “GASP Act” by the American Lung Association.
Polluted Politics: Even the GASP Act's Republican Sponsors Know the Bill Is About Dirty Air
Rep. Whitfield and others have sought to portray the GASP Act as one that will lower gasoline prices, but here’s what Rep. Whitfield actually said in the committee markup of the bill: “And I will admit once again that we do not see that this legislation is going to reduce gasoline prices tomorrow.”
Senate Rejects Clean Air Rollback; But House Continues Assault on Environment
“Today’s bipartisan Senate vote is a victory for health, clean air and common sense,” said John Walke, clean air director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Despite fear mongering by the coal industry, some utilities and their allies, the Senate has rejected an irresponsible effort to repeal mercury and air toxics protections that are backed by science and required by law. The House Republican Leadership should take note and cease its efforts to undermine the Clean Air Act; efforts the public does not support.”
House GOP Chairman Calls on EPA to Take Actions That Disregard Law, Defy Supreme Court
John Walke's blog discusses the latest attack on clean air from Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chair of the House subcommittee on energy and power. In two different public settings, Rep. Whitfield has encouraged EPA (through his press release) and Congress (with the GASP Act) to ignore the plain language of the Clean Air Act and to overturn a unanimous Supreme Court decision. Rep. Whitfield would have EPA define healthy air based equally on the “feasibility and cost” to polluting industries, which would compel EPA to accept air quality standards that do not protect public health.
Hyperbole & Histrionics: 4 Senators Say Mercury & Toxics Standards Will Cause Depression-Era Deprivation
John Walke blogs that four more conservative Republican Senators have announced they will vote to abolish Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Their justification is that allowing the health standards to take effect will produce a "result for public health [that] will be disastrous in ways not seen since the Great Depression." Comparing the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards to the Great Depression is over-the-top and preposterous even by deteriorated Washington rhetorical standards.
EPA Proposes More Protective Health Standards For Soot Pollution
EPA deserves thanks for following the science and the law, and standing their ground against relentless attacks by Big Oil and their friends in Congress. John Walke blogs about Today the proposed updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter. "Today’s proposed standards go a long way towards strengthening health protections that were woefully inadequate. All Americans can breathe easier knowing that they will be exposed to less deadly particle pollution that can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and even premature death."
EPA Soot Standard Improves Health Protections
A press release from the Natural Resources Defense Council states that the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality proposal will dramatically reduce health problems caused by dangerous air pollution. “Updating these standards will protect us from the tiniest particles that can cause the biggest health problems. By limiting the smoke, soot, metals and other pollution our lungs and hearts absorb, EPA is protecting all of us from asthma attacks, lung cancer, heart disease and premature deaths."
Incredible Quotes by Critics Attacking Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants
In his blog, John Walke compiles a list of statements by congressional and industry naysayers that reveal a startling degree of disdain for life-saving limits on air pollution and health standards to protect Americans, including vulnerable children and the unborn.
We Need New Action on Renewable Electricity at Rio+20
The Natural Resources Defense Council blogs: Twenty years after the first Earth Summit in Rio, it is time that world leaders return to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Rio+20 Earth Summit and step up their game on renewable electricity. Countries, companies, cities, and individuals need to commit to increasing the amount of electricity production from these sources so that they account for 15 percent of total electricity produced in 2020.
Delivering On Renewable Energy Around The World: How Do Key Countries Stack Up?
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report that shows the progress of each of the G20 countries since 2002. The report concludes that significant progress has been made since 2002 – when countries last met for an Earth Summit – but much more needs to be done. When leaders meet in Rio they can help unleash the potential of renewable electricity.
Industry Urges Killing Mercury & Air Toxics Standards With False Arguments to Resurrect Mercury-Only Standards
In his blog, John Walke explains the fundamental fallacies inherent in the dirty power companies' argument that a successful vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution to eliminate the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards would still allow EPA to issue mercury-only standards for power plants.
Poisoning the Great Lakes
Mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants in the Great Lakes region.
Poisoning the Great Lakes
This article summarizes a new NRDC report that analyzes pollution data to determine the top 25 mercury emitting power plants in the Great Lakes states, and the top three in each state.
Christie Administration Sued for Illegally Leaving Regional Clean Energy Pact
Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection failed to follow legal due process and safeguard the economic and health interests of New Jersey citizens when pulling the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to a lawsuit filed today by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environment New Jersey.
Oil and Gas Industry Among America's Top Climate Polluters, Industry Study Confirms
Recent estimates and studies by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others have shown that methane leakage may be much higher than previously recognized.
Thanks to Stronger Standards, Consumers Have More Fuel-Efficient Choices
 
Adding Faces and Voices to the Fight to Cut Carbon Pollution
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago about their proposed new standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. For those of us who don’t live near a power plant this may seem like a lower priority issue, but the truth is it affects us all, and each person’s voice in support of this issue and the proposed carbon standard is critical right now.
Adding Faces and Voices to the Fight to Cut Carbon Pollution
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago about their proposed new standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. For those of us who don’t live near a power plant this may seem like a lower priority issue, but the truth is it affects us all, and each person’s voice in support of this issue and the proposed carbon standard is critical right now.
Killer Summer Heat: Projected Death Toll from Rising Temperatures in America Due to Climate Change
This report analyzes the results of independent peer-reviewed scientific papers and presents the findings of increasing heat-related mortality due to global warming for the 40 largest U.S. cities. The conclusions were reached by determining the sensitivity of the populations of each city to extreme heat events and then applying that sensitivity to a projection for midcentury and end-of-century climate conditions.
Heat-Related U.S. Deaths Projected to Rise 150,000 by Century's End Due to Climate Change
Natural Resources Defense Council’s "Killer Summer Heat" Report Estimates Heat Death in Top 40 Cities.
Keystone XL: A Tar Sands Pipeline to Increase Oil Prices
Keystone XL pipeline supporters cite high gasoline prices as a reason to build the project. The truth is that Keystone XL is likely to both decrease the amount of gasoline produced in U.S. refineries for domestic markets, and increase the cost of producing it, leading to even higher prices at the pump.
What Lies Ahead for International Action on Global Warming for the Rest of 2012? (Part 2)
Four key themes are critical to watch the remainder of this year that are essential ingredients for progress on international global warming action. Part 2 of 4: considers the actions at Rio+20 that are essential for moving forward on global warming action.
The World is Watching: Will G20 Countries Lead this June at the Earth Summit?
Three years ago, the Group of 20 countries pledged to phase out environmentally-harmful and ineffective subsidies. The leaders of these twenty influential countries have since made many other promises to deal with climate change and the range of global sustainability challenges. As countries meet this week in Bonn to set the agenda for 2012, they should commit to showing leadership where it counts. There is opportunity to turn pledges into real actions this June at the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico and at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.
Clean Energy Investments Continue to Soar: Time to "Triple Down" on Renewable Electricity
In 2011, new clean energy investments rose to a record $263 billion – a 6.5 percent increase from last year. The United States rose to the top in 2011 after having fallen behind China and Germany last year. But the 27 countries that make up the European Union (EU-27) as a whole were still head and shoulders above the rest. As countries go into the Rio+20 Earth Summit they should build upon this trend an commit to new policies and incentives to triple the amount of wind, solar, geothermal, and tidal power in their energy mix. Read more at link below.
Oppose Using the Congressional Review Act to Void Life-Saving Standards on Toxic Air Pollution
Senator Inhofe has announced his intent to file a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to void health standards reducing mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants and permanently block EPA from re-issuing similar safeguards. This resolution would be a disastrous and unprecedented attack on our children’s health and America’s air quality.
Oppose S.1392: Gutting the Clean Air Act to Allow More Toxic Air Pollution, More Deaths, More Asthma Attacks, National Resources Defense Council Fact Sheet
S. 1392 significantly delays and weakens clean-up of toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators. These facilities are the nation's second largest industrial source of mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin that harms children's developing brains.
High-level Panel Urges Phase-out of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Commitment to Low-carbon Energy: Recommendations of the Global Sustainability Panel
NRDC Blog, Jake Schmidt -- Twenty-two high level representatives have just released their report – Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing—which sets out specific recommendations to “put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy as quickly as possible.”
Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Fact Sheet
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would carry the dirtiest oil on the planet strip-mined and drilled from under the forests of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration has said it will take another year to conduct a thorough review of the economic, national security and environmental facets of this project. This is especially true since the path for a critical part of the pipeline through Nebraska is not even determined yet. However, Congress passed a bill requiring the Administration to make a decision on the pipeline by February 21, 2012.
Health and Climate Change: Accounting for Costs
Climate change endangers human health, and costs us money in both lost and interrupted lives and increased health care. In a study published in the journal Health Affairs, a team of scientists from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) partnered with university economists to investigate the health costs of six climate change-related events, and found the estimated costs totaled more than $14 billion (in 2008 U.S. dollars).
Keystone XL Pipeline: Undermining U.S. Energy Security and Sending Tar Sands Overseas
A report by Oil Change International and Natural Resources Defense Council. The national debate surrounding the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has obscured the fact that a key purpose of the pipeline is to export Canadian oil to the world market via the U.S. Gulf Coast—a plan that would threaten the farmlands and water of America’s heartland. Canada isn’t even producing enough oil to fill its existing pipelines, which are running half-empty. So why is Keystone XL such a priority for the oil industry? Because Keystone XL is actually a pipeline that bypasses America in order to maximize Big Oil’s profits.
“No Anti-Environmental Riders on the Omnibus”
Why Are House Leaders Making A Bad Situation Worse? As 2011 comes to a close, Congress is trying to tackle government spending and tax bills in a single week.
Cap 2.0: Policy Solutions for Curbing Global Warming and Building the Clean Energy Economy
NRDC's synthesis of the Cap 2.0 policy and their allowance allocation recommendations.
Letter Supporting Amendments that Protect Children from Mercury Exposure
Group sign-on letter urging Representative support of amendments offered to H.R. 2250 which recognize the need to protect our children from harmful toxic air pollution such as mercury.
Say No to Tar Sands Pipeline: Proposed Keystone XL Project Would Deliver Dirty Fuel at a High Cost
NRDC Fuel Facts
NRDC Report: A Clean Energy Economy for Missouri
This NRDC issue paper provides an analysis of the potential for renewable energy resource development in Missouri and its benefits to rural communities.
Clean Energy Innovation: A Clean Energy Deployment Administration Will Spur Domestic Clean Energy Production
NRDC CEDA Fact Sheet
Dirty Air Act Action Alert
House of Representatives voted on Rep. Upton's "Dirty Air Act" -- legislation that would permanently allow our nation’s biggest polluters to dump unlimited amounts of dangerous carbon pollution into our air. The bill passed out of the House 255-172. Take this opportunity to let your representative know how you feel about their vote. Sample letters included.
Environmental and Other Organizations Oppose Amendments to S.493
Letter to the Senate opposing all amendments to S.493, the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011, that would block the EPA's ability to protect public health - including Senator McConnell’s amendment (# 183), Senator Rockefeller’s amendment (# 215), Senator Baucus’s Amendment (# 236), and Senator Stabenow’s amendment (#265).
NRDC: Letter in Support of ACES
A letter to Representatives in Congress from Natural Resources Defense Council in support of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
NRDC Reacts to Passage of ACES Through House
On June 26, NRDC reacts to the passage of the American Clean Energy & Security Act through the House.
Climate and Your Health Fact Sheet
Addressing the Most Serious Health Effects of Climate Change
Senate Action Alert for Digest
 
Tell Congress to Let EPA Do Its Job and Protect Public Health
Sample letter to urge your member of the House of Representatives to oppose Chairman Upton’s Dirty Air Act (H.R. 910) and your Senator to oppose Senator McConnell’s amendment to the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011.
Letter from Various Groups Opposing Rockefeller's Amendment to S. 493
Organizations urge the Senate to oppose Senator Rockefeller’s amendment to S.493 because a stop-work to the EPA would allow more hazardous pollution and guarantee that U.S. companies fall further behind in global competition for clean energy markets.
President Obama is Right: We Can't Drill Our Way Out
 
Environmental Community Opposes H.R. 910
Letter urging the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to oppose H.R. 910 introduced by Representative Upton (R-MI). H.R. 910 proposes to jeopardize America’s health, prosperity, and national security by gutting the Clean Air Act, overturning a decision of the Supreme Court, and dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to address life-threatening carbon dioxide and other pollution.
Letter in Opposition to H R 910
 
NRDC Polls on Public Opinion About the EPA
Twenty polls of 784 voters from February 18-20 by the Natural Resources Defense Council gauge how Americans across the states and in 19 Congressional districts perceive votes on the Hill to block the EPA’s work to protect public health. Nationwide, nearly six out of 10 Americans – including 55% of Independents and about 48% of Republicans – oppose the U.S. House vote to “block the EPA from limiting carbon dioxide pollution”. The district polling took place in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Choosing Polluters Over Children's Health, NRDC
More than 24 million Americans with asthma, including over 7 million children, are at increased risk of adverse health consequences if 123 U.S. House members in 35 states are successful in preventing the US EPA from updating the Clean Air Act, according to data compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council and released with Health Care Without Harm. The lawmakers collectively have received over $27,292,000 from polluters, many of which have made stopping the EPA a high priority.
Action Alert:Hold Congress Accountable for Vote to Strip Public Health Protections
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Oppose Poe 466: Amendment to H.R.1 Promises Sweeping Impact to Health and Economy
Representative Poe’s amendment would have sweeping impact to the nation’s health and economy. Issuing a “stop-work” order to the EPA for any regulation of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride, hydrofluorocarbons, or perfluorocarbons would tie the EPA’s hands to address these pollutants FOR ANY REASON, including their impacts on ozone, climate change, or any other public health threat.
Spending Bills Action Alert
Sample action alert for constituents to tell their Congressmen to oppose attacks on the Clean Air Act in the Continuing Resolution.
The Greening of US-India Relations: A Review of Cooperation between the United States and India on Climate Change and Energy
NRDC's February report “The Greening of US-India Relations: A Review of Cooperation between the United States and India on Climate Change and Energy” puts a spotlights on one of the positive signs of the U.S. commitment to reducing climate change. The joint U.S. and India Green Partnership aims to address climate change and promote clean energy. The report discusses the progress made in the brief amount of time since the cooperation was announced by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November 2009.
Two-Thirds of Upton's Constituents Oppose His Bill to Block EPA from Updating Health Protections
Sixty-two percent of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton’s constituents oppose a bill he is sponsoring to dismantle the EPA’s ability to reduce carbon dioxide and other pollutants, a new poll reveals. The Public Policy Polling survey, conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council, turned up similar findings in the home districts of eight other key committee members.
Americans Want the EPA to Do More, Not Less
According to a national survey by ORC International for the Natural Resources Defense Council, over three quarters of Americans (77%) – and an obvious majority of Republicans (61%) – oppose the efforts in Congress to limit EPA’s authority to update the Clean Air Act with respect to smog, carbon, and other pollutants.
Upton-Inhofe’s Proposal Threatens Public Health, NRDC
 
NRDC's Cap 2.0 Policy Briefs
A series of NRDC policy briefs on their vision of a cap-and-trade system, "cap-and-invest."
Sample Dirty Air Bills Action Alert
Updated 2.2.11 Congress hasn’t been back for a month and we have already seen a slew of attacks on clean air. Senators and Representatives have introduced a barrage of bills that would rollback urgent updates to Clean Air Act safeguards. These safeguards are already saving lives and improving the health of millions of Americans. Congress must not issue a stop work order to halt EPA’s work in its tracks. But a handful of Congressmen backed by big polluters, including Representatives Upton (R-MI), Carter (R-TX), Senators Inhofe (R-OK), Barrasso (R-WY) and Rockefeller (D-WV), have introduced a series of plans that would put our children at risk.
Sample Dirty Air Act Letter
Updated 2.2.11
Mural Dyslexia II: Barrasso Bill Intentionally Blind To Dangers of Carbon Pollution
Mural Dyslexia II: Barrasso Bill Intentionally Blind To Dangers of Carbon Pollution, David Doniger's Blog (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Choosing Polluters Over Children's Health, NRDC
More than 24 million Americans with asthma, including over 7 million children, are at increased risk of adverse health consequences if 123 U.S. House members in 35 states are successful in preventing the US EPA from updating the Clean Air Act, according to data compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council and released with Health Care Without Harm. The lawmakers collectively have received over $27,292,000 from polluters, many of which have made stopping the EPA a high priority.
NRDC's Blog on 2011 State of the Union
 
Uphold the Clean Air Act Support Letter Text
On behalf of American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, we hope you will consider joining a sign-on letter urging Congress to promote protective clean air standards and to oppose any measures to weaken protections for public health. This is letter expresses support for standards to protect public health from all kinds of air pollution - toxic, conventional and global warming. The letter will be sent to every member of the U.S. Senate and U.S House of Representatives as well as to President Obama.
Map: Climate Bill Cuts Electricity Bills
A June 24, 2009 map by NRDC of how HR 2454 will affect average American's electricity bills.
NRDC: Committee Passage Clears Path for Historic Energy and Climate Bill
Natural Resources Defense Council reacts of the passage of the American Clean Energy & Security Act through the House Energy & Commerce Committee on May 21, 2009.
NRDC: EPA Takes Big Step to Reduce Carbon Pollution
Press release from the Natural Resources Defense Council in response to the EPA's announcement on Friday, April 17 that it considers carbon pollution to be a threat to America's public health and welfare.
NRDC Industrial Boiler Fact Sheet
Clean Air Standards Will Cut Toxic Air Pollution from Industrial Plants and Save More Than 5,000 Lives Each Year
EPA’s Ozone Standards: What’s in the numbers?
 
Economists Review Boiler Economic Analysis. Industry
WASHINGTON (October 28, 2010) -- Recent industry reports purporting to evaluate the economic impacts of policies to keep America’s air clean received unsatisfactory grades from leading economists. Economists from Dartmouth, the University of Wyoming and the University of California at Santa Barbara gave reports from the Manufacturers’ Alliance, IHS Global Insight and Fisher International an Incomplete, D and F respectively. “These industry groups are attempting to shape vital public health policies with work that wouldn't pass muster in a college economics class,” said John Walke, senior attorney and director of NRDC’s Clean Air Program. “Industry lobbyists are resorting to shoddy economics and outright deception to block EPA rules that could reduce toxic air pollution from industrial plants and save nearly 5,000 lives a year and prevent thousands of cases of respiratory and heart disease. These lobbyists are going further and opposing more protective national smog standards that could save up to 12,000 lives each year.” For the full reviews go to: http://docs.nrdc.org/legislation/files/leg_10102801a.pdf
The Clean Air Act – 40 Years of Science-Based Public Health Protection, NRDC Fact Sheet
 
Cancun Tar Sands Fact Sheet
 
KEY OUTCOMES OF CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS IN CANCUN, MEXICO
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR UNFCCC COP16
NRDC Side Event Flier:Key Countries Taking Action to Reduce Emissions
Countries taking real actions to reduce their emissions and providing clear information on their progress toward their commitments are critical elements of the international response to climate change. NRDC will be discussing recent progress on efficiency and renewables in China, India, and Mexico, and releasing new reports analyzing China’s carbon intensity target, its efforts to strengthen its renewable energy legal framework, and the carbon emission reductions possible through smart grid development in the U.S. and China.
US ReducingCarbonEmissions: NRDC Fact Sheet Sep 2010
The Senate’s failure to pass a clean energy and climate bill means we must continue to press for comprehensive legislation and find more effective ways to influence our elected leaders going forward. At the same time, we ought to recognize we have been effective in advancing the climate agenda on the administrative track, with much to show for it.
NRDC House Briefing Int'l Climate Negotiations & China Action Power Point
Power Point from Sep 27th 2010 House Briefing.
Worst Summer Ever Report: 'Dark Side of Climate Change' Seen in Record Setting Night-time Temperatures
Summer 2010 set temperature records across the country and around the world. NRDC's analysis of June, July, and August 2010 US temperature data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Historic Climatology Network reveal that this summer set heat records in many parts of the country. In fact, of the 1,218 weather stations in the contiguous United States, with data going back to 1895, 153 locations recorded their hottest summer on record and nearly one in three stations recorded average temperatures among their five hottest on record.
The Clean Air Act 40 Years of Science-Based Public Health Protection
The Clean Air Act was designed to curb air pollutants and address new dangers as they are identified by modern science. Some critics claim that EPA needs direction from Congress before responding to new pollution threats, like the gases that contribute to global warming. But as the Supreme Court affirmed in Massachusetts v. EPA, Congress directed EPA to act on the science without waiting for legislators to pass new laws. By acting on global warming pollutants, EPA is following the law and the science just as Congress intended. The Clean Air Act was always intended to cover a wide variety of dangerous air pollutants. In the beginning, clean air standards covered only five pollutants. But EPA has been doing its job for the last 40 years and based on the science, now protects the public from dozens of additional dangerous pollutants. Now is not the time to stop. The Clean Air Act has covered “climate” from the beginning. Since 1970 the Clean Air Act has curbed pollutants that harm public welfare, a term that specifically includes harm to the “climate.”
The Clean Air Act 40 Years of Science-Based Public Health Protection
The Clean Air Act was designed to curb air pollutants and address new dangers as they are identified by modern science. Some critics claim that EPA needs direction from Congress before responding to new pollution threats, like the gases that contribute to global warming. But as the Supreme Court affirmed in Massachusetts v. EPA, Congress directed EPA to act on the science without waiting for legislators to pass new laws. By acting on global warming pollutants, EPA is following the law and the science just as Congress intended. The Clean Air Act was always intended to cover a wide variety of dangerous air pollutants. In the beginning, clean air standards covered only five pollutants. But EPA has been doing its job for the last 40 years and based on the science, now protects the public from dozens of additional dangerous pollutants. Now is not the time to stop. The Clean Air Act has covered “climate” from the beginning. Since 1970 the Clean Air Act has curbed pollutants that harm public welfare, a term that specifically includes harm to the “climate.”
The Clean Air Act 40 Years of Science-Based Public Health Protection
The Clean Air Act was designed to curb air pollutants and address new dangers as they are identified by modern science. Some critics claim that EPA needs direction from Congress before responding to new pollution threats, like the gases that contribute to global warming. But as the Supreme Court affirmed in Massachusetts v. EPA, Congress directed EPA to act on the science without waiting for legislators to pass new laws. By acting on global warming pollutants, EPA is following the law and the science just as Congress intended. The Clean Air Act was always intended to cover a wide variety of dangerous air pollutants. In the beginning, clean air standards covered only five pollutants. But EPA has been doing its job for the last 40 years and based on the science, now protects the public from dozens of additional dangerous pollutants. Now is not the time to stop. The Clean Air Act has covered “climate” from the beginning. Since 1970 the Clean Air Act has curbed pollutants that harm public welfare, a term that specifically includes harm to the “climate.”
NRDC Statement on Senate Climate Bill Delay
NRDC to Senate Climate Obstructionists: Stop Blocking Our Future Following is a statement from David Hawkins, Director of Climate Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today delivered very bad news to the American people. Continuing obstructionism by the Senate Republican leadership, joined by a handful of Democratic senators, is still blocking the way forward on essential clean energy and climate legislation. “It is time for all of us to make our voices heard. Over the recess we must deliver a message to senators: ‘Do your job! We face a triple threat of a stagnant economy, ballooning energy insecurity, and a climate that is coming apart. Don’t fail us. Don’t fail our children. Don’t come home again without having tackled these real and present dangers.’”
NRDC Statement on Senate Climate Bill Delay
NRDC to Senate Climate Obstructionists: Stop Blocking Our Future Following is a statement from David Hawkins, Director of Climate Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today delivered very bad news to the American people. Continuing obstructionism by the Senate Republican leadership, joined by a handful of Democratic senators, is still blocking the way forward on essential clean energy and climate legislation. “It is time for all of us to make our voices heard. Over the recess we must deliver a message to senators: ‘Do your job! We face a triple threat of a stagnant economy, ballooning energy insecurity, and a climate that is coming apart. Don’t fail us. Don’t fail our children. Don’t come home again without having tackled these real and present dangers.’”
NRDC: Responds to Obama's Announcement on National Fuel Economy Standards for Vehicles
Natural Resources Defense Council's response to President Obama's announcement on May 19, 2009 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation will establish a uniform federal standard to reduce global warming pollution from cars and light trucks and improve vehicle efficiency.
The American Power Act: “First Read” of the Kerry-Lieberman Climate and Energy Legislation
Natural Resources Defense Council analysis of the American Power Act
Clean energy and climate legislation released, statement from Frances Beinecke, NRDC President
 
NRDC poll: Voters react to explosion and oil spill in Gulf of Mexico
Poll commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that voters clearly want and support Congress to fast-track climate and clean energy legislation, want a moratorium on offshore drilling until an investigation can be completed, and are very concerned about the oil spill in the Gulf.
Protecting our ocean and coastal economies: Avoid unnecessary risks from offshore drilling
 
Protecting our ocean and coastal economies: Avoid unnecessary risks from offshore drilling
 
NRDC: Obama Calls on U.S. and Canada to Move to Clean Energy and Tackle Climate Crisis
President Obama completed his first international trip to Canada today with a plan for cooperation to address global warming and move our economies to cleaner energy sources.
NRDC: Congress Gets it Right: Recovery Deal to Spur Clean Energy Economy
Wesley Warren, Director of Programs at NRDC, responds to Congress passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Job Opportunities in a Green Economy: States
An NRDC study on the types of jobs that are needed to create a clean-energy economy with fact sheets outlining potential green job opportunities in the following states: FL, IN, MN, MO, NE, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, VA, WI
NRDC: House "Dirty Air Act" Factsheet
A factsheet for the House attempts to amend the Clean Air Act from the NRDC.
NRDC: Senate "Dirty Air Act" Fact sheet
A factsheet for the Senate attempts to amend the Clean Air Act from the NRDC.
NRDC Putting America First in the Clean Energy Jobs Race
A blog post from NRDC's Andy Stevenson on the future of clean energy jobs in America.
NRDC 3 reasons to Vote No on the DAA
NRDC blog post from David Doniger discussing the "Dirty Air Acts."
The Cost of Climate Change
A May 2008 NRDC report on how we will pay if global warming continues unchecked.
Top 10 Reasons the Senate Should Strengthen and Pass ACES
NRDC fact sheet detailing why comprehensive energy and climate legislation is vitally needed this year to help deliver economic, energy, and climate security.
Strip Mining for Oil in Endangered Forests
A June 2006 NRDC fact sheet on the effects of tar sand oil extraction on Canadian Boreal forests.
Investing in Our Recovery: Repowering America with a “Cap and Invest” Climate Plan
NRDC policy breif on how passing comprehensive cap-and-trade legislation to cap global warming pollution can spur investment, create millions of jobs, and help pull our lagging economy forward by providing the opportunity to borrow against the value of future pollution allowances and creating the market signals needed to trigger a surge of clean energy investments.
Green Prosperity and Poverty Reduction: Indiana
PERI, NRDC, Green For All fact sheet on employment, building retrofits, and public transportation benefits from clean technology investment in Indiana.
President Obama to Attend International Climate Conference in Copenhagen
The White House announced today that President Obama will travel to Copenhagen on December 9 to participate in the United Nations climate change conference. His presence will help the international community as it works toward a comprehensive and effective agreement to reduce global warming pollution, according to policy experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A Clean Energy Bargain
A policy breifing released in September 2009 by NRDC. Economic analysis that shows ACES will be affordable for American households while creating jobs and increasing security.
A Heritage of Shame: The Heritage Foundation's Economic Analysis of the Waxman-Markey Bill
NRDC Switchboard blog post by Chief Economist Laurie Johnson reacts to the Heritage Foundation's analysis of ACES bill.
A Clean Energy Bargain: More Jobs, Less Global Warming Pollution, and Greater Security for Less Than the cost of a Postage Stamp
Report released by Natural Resources Defense Council in November 2009. Conducted an independent analysis of the House passed American Clean Energy and Security bill using two national energy models to determine economic and environmental impacts. Finds ACES is affordable and will boost the economy.
National Parks in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption
Fact sheet from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and NRDC on the threat to national parks from various climate change impacts.
How China is Addressing Climate Change and Positioning Itself to be a Leader in Clean Energy
Fact sheet from NRDC detailing the ways in which China is taking action on renewable energy and other methods to develop clean energy.
76 Days Until Copenhagen
Blog post from NRDC's Switchboard. Discusses the statement made by Chinese President Hu Jintao at the UN Summit on Climate Change and how China can reduce emissions and what impact this would have on global negotiations in the future.
NRDC President Responds to Deal Reached in Copenhagen
Press release from Natural Resources Defense Council on Decmeber 18, 2009 in reaction to conclusion of Copenhagen summit with statement from President Frances Beinecke, "The world has said enough is enough. We have taken a vital first step toward curbing climate change for the sake of our planet, our country and our children."
Putting Biofuels on the Right Track
A four-page NRDC fact sheet on how Renewable Fuels Standard safeguards are essential to ensuring biofuels don't do more harm than good.
NRDC Letter to Chairwoman Boxer on Clean Air Act Authority
A July 10, 2009 letter from David Hawkins, Climate Programs at NRDC, to Chairman Barbara Boxer of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee. Hawkins discusses what provisions of the current Clean Air Act provide authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, as well as estimating the budget impacts of allowance allocation provisions.
From Crisis to Opportunity: How China is addressing climate change and positioning itself to be a leader in clean energy
NRDC fact sheet highlights China's efforts retool itself as a leader in the clean energy technologies.
Green Prosperity and Poverty Reduction: North Dakota
PERI, NRDC, Green For All fact sheet on employment, building retrofits, and public transportation benefits from clean technology investment in North Dakota
Green Prosperity and Poverty Reduction: Montana
PERI, NRDC, Green For All fact sheet on employment, building retrofits, and public transportation benefits from clean technology investment in Montana.
NRDC: The Cost of Global Warming
A May 2008 NRDC report the explains how a failure to act on climate change would be more costly than action to reduce emissions and change behaviors that cause global warming.
DOs and DON’Ts for Creating Carbon Price Safeguards
NRDC fact sheet breaks down means to provide additional allowances to the market without breaking the law’s emissions cap, and a robust set of market regulation safeguards against market abuse.
Clean, Low-Emission, Affordable, New Transportation Efficiency Act (CLEAN-TEA)
An April 2009 fact sheet by NRDC on HR 1329, a bill that would lower emissions from the transportation sector by setting aside 10 percent of funds generated from the auction of carbon emissions allowances from a future cap and trade bill.
Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem
Fact sheet from NRDC in August 2009 on the causes and impacts of ocean acidification.
NRDC Reacts to Introduction of Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act
Press release from Natural Resources Defense Council on the Senate introduction of energy and climate legislation, with statements from NRDC president Frances Beinecke.
NRDC Analysis of Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act
An analysis of the Senate climate bill by David Doniger, Policy Director, NRDC Climate Center.
Quick Survey of Changes from the ACES Discussion Draft
David Doniger from NRDC lays out the evolution of the ACES bill from draft stages to its release from Congressmen Waxman and Markey on May 15, 2009/
NRDC: House Leaders Present a New Vision for America's Clean Energy Future
Press release on the Waxman-Markey discussion draft, the first move by congress towards a new clean energy future and comprehensive climate legislation. NRDC's President Frances Beinecke states that we must act now to boost our economy and fight global warming with clean energy jobs.
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