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EPA Retains Power to Regulate Emissions

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Senate decision gives boost to President Obama's plans for broader climate legislation.

The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposed measure to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The rejected measure, tabled by oil-friendly Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, would have rescinded the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Nicknamed "the Dirty Air Act," the resolution would have passed......read more

Obama Orders Freeze on Offshore Drilling

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President concedes neither oil companies nor government were prepared for worst-case scenario.

In Washington on Thursday, President Obama addressed widening public anger over the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ordering a moratorium on offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The announcement reverses a previous decision to expand offshore drilling off American coastlines. At the White House press conference, the President also said there was too much complacency in goverment prior......read more

Gulf Coast Braces For 'Massive Environmental Disaster'

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President Obama arrives in Gulf region as giant oil slick begins lapping at vulnerable shores.

With bad weather hampering efforts to hold back the massive oil slick growing off the Gulf Coast, U.S. President Barack Obama called the situation a "massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster," promising that his administration will do everything it can to stop it and clean it up. President Obama made his remarks from Venice, La., where he arrived yesterday to survey......read more

Bike Share Launches in Denver

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European-style 'B-cycle' program offers residents and tourists convenient, low-cost access to clean transportation.

With the Earth Day launch of B-cycle, Denver, Colorado adds itself to the growing list of U.S. cities taking bike sharing for a ride. Touted as the country's first citywide bike share program, B-cycle opens with 500 bikes and 50 stations dotted around the city. A collaboration between Humana Insurance, Trek Bicycle, and ad house Cripsin Porter + Bogusky, B-cycle adds a green alternative to......read more

Leaked Document Exposes Obama's Climate Strategy

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Confidential memo outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey at UN climate talks in Mexico in November.

The Guardian has published the text a leaked document revealing the US government's increasingly controversial strategy in the global UN climate talks. The document was left on a European hotel computer and passed to the British newspaper. The text unveils the Obama's administration's hardline, "take it or leave it" approach to the agreement, signaling that the US intends......read more

Crisis Mismanagement

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Beleagured Toyota president faces the music...sort of.

In Washington Wednesday, embattled Toyota president Akio Toyoda testified to Congress, saying he was "deeply sorry" for the carnage caused by faulty brakes and accelerators in his cars. “We pursued growth over the speed at which we were able to develop our people and our organization, and we should sincerely be mindful of that," Toyoda said, "I regret that this has resulted......read more

Obama Vents in Copenhagen

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US President pulls no punches in speech to COP15 delegates.

At a speech given in Copenhagen earlier today, US President Barack Obama made no secret of his frustration with the lack of consensus at the climate summit. "I think our ability to take collective action is in doubt," he said, adding that it is "in our mutual interest to achieve a global accord in which we agree to steps, and to hold each other accountable for certain......read more

Obama Hot For Retrofitting

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President gets hot and bothered over improving energy efficiency in your home.

On a visit to Home Depot in Alexandria, VA yesterday, President Obama said retrofitting homes to improve energy efficiency is "sexy". What's sexy about it, he said, is "saving money". Ohhkayyy. We can think of a few sexier things than saving money - like, for example, grilled cheese sandwiches, or clipping our nails - but anyway. Whatever floats your boat, Mr. President.......read more

Pulse Energy

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Web software tracks buildings’ energy use, enabling instant identification of energy wastage and automatic creation of environmental reports.

Pulse Energy’s flagship product makes finding out who left the lights on as easy as checking your iPhone. The Vancouver, BC company’s easy-to-use software gives building owners, managers and occupants real-time access to energy information on the web. Meanwhile, energy efficiency consultants are wondering all their work went. ...read more

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