Framed by the State of the Union speech, signs of hope and signs of challenge emerged throughout the week for climate activists, from the closing of six dirty coal plants in Ohio to the release of a new zone map for gardeners.
The good new is that House and Senate finally passed the more than $1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill Thursday night and most of the egregious attacks on public health and the environment were left out. However, there were some notable dirty riders such as a step backward by repealing energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. Unfortunately, this bill also included provisions for exempting Arctic drilling from critical Clean Air Act standards which is not only bad for the environment but also the wrong way to legislate decisions like those.
UPDATES House: As we reported last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–Va.) announced his legislative priorities, which despite his claims won’t create jobs but will cost lives. Billed as a “jobs agenda,” this is actually a series of reckless attacks on health and environmental safeguards. All told, these assaults on our air would lead [...]
Shaking up Coal The earth moved a bit last week when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake marked the opening moments of a meeting hosted by the Sierra Club to discuss coal. Representatives from two dozen national organizations met at a meeting convened at the Sierra Club’s DC office to discuss the organization’s coal strategy and the [...]
381 And Counting… On Friday, as Hurricane Irene approached the East Coast and reminded us what a world with increased climate change and extreme weather events will look like, the Obama Administration released its final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to transport toxic tar sands oil through the middle of the [...]
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director Aug. 15, 2011 It seemed there was no escaping the ‘debt-ceiling’ fiasco and market turmoil this week and as is all too often the case, the environment seemed to bear the brunt of the loses. Clean tech stocks have been falling even faster than the market as a whole, hit by [...]
UPDATES House Interior and Environment Appropriations: The FY2012 Interior and Environment appropriations bill (H.R. 2584) was debated on the House floor last week. The base bill contained dozens of policy riders that would put our nation’s air and water at risk and during the committee mark up, the bill was further loaded down by amendments [...]
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director August 1, 2011 Takin’ the Good with the Bad Early last week, despite earlier expressions of concern on the adverse effects of climate change impacts on international peace and security, the House released an authorization bill with an amendment from Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) that would reduce the budget set aside [...]
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director July 25, 2011 Image courtesy of: Devin Dobbins-McCarthy From the delivery of more than 639,000 comments in support of strong mercury safeguards to the legislative efforts to cut climate funding and block life saving clean air standards, it was a week of contradictions as intense as the record high temperatures brought [...]
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director June 6, 2011 Source: http://ostseis.anl.gov/ Strong Voices and Influential Reports Last Tuesday, President Obama nominated John E. Bryson to head the Commerce Department as the Commerce Secretary. This announcement brought praise from both environmental groups and businesses. Notably, Mr. Bryson helped co-found the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970 and has [...]