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Obama Talks Gas

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With gas prices climbing, the President addressed a Miami crowd about energy

Late last week, President Obama spoke to a crowd of almost 1,500 at the University of Miami on gas prices and energy policy, saying that the Republican's "drill, baby, driil" ethos is not going to solve our energy crisis.  "Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth," he......read more

Come Hell or Low Water

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The indelible link between climate change and social unrest in the Arab world

It's tempting to attribute much of the recent dischord in North Africa and the Middle East to politics. And in the most direct sense, it's true. In Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria, the people have risen up against brutal and corrupt regimes. But dig a little deeper, and you find that the unrest is more broadly driven by drought and food shortages -- themselves linked to environmental shifts......read more

Court Backs EPA On Climate Rules

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Federal judges deal climate smackdown with unanimous decision to uphold emissions regs

In a finding that restores our faith in judicial common sense, a federal appeals court in Washington has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's right to regulate greenhouse gases in the name of public health.  The decision is a major victory for Obama's climate pollution policy and a decisive blow to the utilities, coal companies, Koch-funded climate deniers and states like Texas that......read more

The Big SHFT: Van Jones, Green Jobs Pioneer

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The nation's leading green jobs advocate aims to renew the American dream

Van Jones is a lawyer and activist who is America's leading advocate for green jobs. He is a co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All. Van's first book, The Green Collar Economy, is a clear-headed and optimistic discussion of the need for clean energy solutions to......read more

The Food Movement's Watershed Moment

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Why California's Proposition 37 should matter to anyone who cares about food

Over the last twenty-odd years, a new American food economy has emerged, and if you're reading this, there is a pretty good chance you are a part of it. The food shift is exemplified by the resurgence of farmers' markets and the rise of community-supported agriculture and sustainable farming. To date, however, the so-called "food movement" has yet to enter the fray of politics. That will change......read more

Will Climate Change Be Addressed at Florida Debate?

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Global warming a no-show a debates so far

What a difference four years makes. In 2008, during the second presidential debate--a town hall format similar to what we witnessed a few days ago--an audience member asked the two candidates: "I want to know what you would do within the first two years to make sure that Congress moves fast as far as environmental issues, like climate change and green jobs?" In response, John McCain and Barack......read more

Vote YES on Prop 37

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Because we have a right to know what's in our food

Our friend Mia Doi Todd, a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, put together this little clip urging Californians support Proposition 37. A yes vote on Prop 37 will require that genetically modified foods carry a label. This is the first legislative opportunity for citizens to speak out against the power of Big Food, so Californians that care about the food system (like us) are yelling "YES!" from......read more

America Elects A Cleaner Future

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NRDC President Frances Beinecke on what Obama's re-election means for the environment

Tuesday night Americans reelected a president who made clean energy and environmental protection a cornerstone of his first term. They chose the one candidate who spoke seriously about climate change on the campaign trail and used his authority to reduce America's carbon pollution. They rewarded this leadership by calling for four more years of action. This is a victory for all Americans who......read more

Oil-Rich Qatar Hosts UN Climate Talks

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Leaders face big challenges at the 2012 climate conference

As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas-rich Qatar for annual talks starting Monday on slowing global warming, one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil. Rich countries have delivered nearly $30 billion in grants and loans promised in 2009, but those commitments expire this year. And a Green Climate Fund......read more

Climate Change: Obama's FDR Moment

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The NRDC's Frances Beinecke and Michael Brune of the Sierra Club weigh in on Obama's next steps

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. As we enter 2013,......read more

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