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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

Senate Receives Climate and Energy Bill

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Plan includes retooled section on offshore drilling.

Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman finally released their 987-page climate bill, which they hope will be passed as a means to slow down pollution and global warming. The bill was amended in light of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, greatly scaling back the planned expansion of new offshore drilling sites. Despite the support of some utilities and energy companies, it seems unlikely that......read more

Climate Bill Fail

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Thomas Friedman laments a missed opportunity.

Well, it's all but official. According to every major news outlet, the attempt to pass federal climate and energy legislation has failed. Democrats announced Friday they were abandoning the bill, effectively snuffing out any possibility of it passing. But why? After so much hope early in Obama's term, how did the effort to address global warming and reduce our oil addiction die before......read more

California Bummer

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Statewide plastic bag ban voted down by California lawmakers.

Well, that sucks. The Democratic bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags across California — a measure we at SHFT adamantly supported — failed in the state Senate late Tuesday night. It would have been the country's first statewide ban, although a few California cities already prohibit their use. With the bill's downfall, the state misses an opportunity to be at the......read more

Climate Bill Autopsy

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In The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza dissects the failed attempt to legislate carbon emissions.

In a widely distributed article in The New Yorker this week, Ryan Lizza documents the rise and fall of the climate bill introduced in the Senate by the “tripartisan” trio of John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham ("KLG"). In it, Lizza provides a fascinating and troubling account of the messy legislative process that killed the bill. Entitled "As the World......read more

Overhaul of Clean Energy Tax Credits Proposed

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Senate Finance Committee proposal draws split reaction from wind, solar industry groups

The Senate Finance Committee proposed on Wednesday an overhaul of clean energy tax credits, many of them set to expire at the end of the year. The draft, presented by Committee Chair Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), calls for simplifying and extending the messy patchwork of incentives while cutting their $150 billion price tag over the next decade by more than half. The plan would create two broader......read more

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