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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

US Role Defined in Natural Disasters

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Is the Pentagon’s Haiti mission a model for a new security role?

In tonnage, the United States Navy says its battle fleet is larger than those of the world’s next 13 biggest navies combined. One of the largest vessels, the Carl Vinson, seen above, is in its first deployment in nearly five years — to the earthquake zone in Haiti instead of a war zone. I predict you’ll see a lot more scenes like this in years to come, as the developed world......read more

Deepwater Horizon: The First 36 Hours

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Jaw-dropping photos of the infernal early moments.

From Neatorama: On April 20, 2010, a mayday call from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico reporting an explosion aboard signaled the beginning of one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in the United States. Today, the environmental, economic, and political repercussions of the oil spill are just being felt – but what happened the day the rig went ablaze,......read more

Benga, "I Will Never Change"

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Dubstep soundwaves visualized in stunning vinyl animation

UK director duo Us comes through with this amazingly creative animated vid Benga's "I Will Never Change." Created using 960 custom-cut pieces of vinyl, the team use stop-motion to create a living soundwave form that builds in response to the track. The bit is so good that it's almost (but not quite) enough to make us like dubstep. "To animate the wave form, we built it and then carefully removed......read more

Behind the Label

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The everyday guide to eco food labels

From biodynamic to dolphin-safe, free range to grass fed, there are enough food labels out there to make your head spin. Any product can slap on a label with an environmental claim, but not all labels are created equal. Audobon Magazine cooked up a nice and simple breakdown of what labels have a leg to stand on, and which aren't much more than pasture-raised B.S. Third-party labels are the most......read more

Tea Party Threatens Climate Legislation

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Climate change doubt is an essential element of the Tea Party program.

The 2010 midterm election campaigns are in full swing, and Democrats are in jeopardy of losing many seats in both the House and Senate. Many of these positions could be won by candidates supported by the Tea Party, which wants less government and views climate legislation as just another federal power grab. In Indiana, where Democratic Representative Baron P. Hill spoke in defense of his......read more

N.Y. Declares Moratorium on Fracking

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Temporary ban will give the state time to address environmental concerns.

This week, the New York State Assembly approved a temporary moratorium on the controversial natural gas exploration technique known as "fracking." Combining hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, fracking uses large quantities of water and chemicals to blast through the earth's surface and uncover natural gas reserves. The moratorium is aimed at the Marcellus Shale field,......read more

Upton Flip Flops on Climate

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GOP Energy Chairman vows to block emissions regs. Great.

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said he will fight Obama's plan for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Republican Congressman Fred Upton told Wallace that the new GOP-led House won't "let this administration regulate what they've been unable to legislate."   On the one hand, we shouldn't be......read more

Koch Zero

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Billionaire oil tycoons wield heavy hand in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

President Obama pledged last week to pull back oil and gas subsidies in order to direct more dollars toward renewable energy. But can he pull it off? This will be Obama's third attempt at eliminating the subsidies; previous efforts have fallen victim to partisan politics in Congress and the overwhelming influence of fossil fuel lobbyists. So who exactly are these lobbyists?A simultaneously......read more

House Panel Votes to Strip EPA of Power to Regulate Emissions

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Partisan bill to kill climate regulations passes first hurdle.

A GOP-led effort to block Obama administration climate change rules passed a crucial first step Thursday, when a House subcommittee voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill, tabled by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman (and climate change turncoat) Fred Upton, would prohibit consideration of CO2 and other......read more

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