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Environmental Groups Denounce Fast Track Trade Process

Environmental Groups Denounce Fast Track Trade Process
The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the League of Conservation Voters and 41 other environmental groups sent a letter to Congress this week, asking them to oppose fast track trade promotion authority for upcoming trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). They asked Congress to instead set up an open, transparent trade negotiating system that gives stakeholders, other than just corporate representatives, input in the process.
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Low Prices Driving Record U.S. Crude Oil Exports Despite Export Ban

Low Prices Driving Record U.S. Crude Oil Exports Despite Export Ban
Lifting a 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil due to a short-term dip in prices opens the door to plenty of bad behavior and makes fracking for oil in the U.S. more profitable. But apparently that is the least we can do to help oil companies now that they are poor and desperate.
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Social Cost of Carbon Drastically Underestimated: Report

Social Cost of Carbon Drastically Underestimated: Report
The U.S. government could be drastically underestimating how much climate change is going to cost us, according to a study published by Stanford researchers in the journal "Nature Climate Change".
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Eggs and Ethics: On Grocery Shopping, Vanity and Identity

Eggs and Ethics: On Grocery Shopping, Vanity and Identity
A personal journey into the culture and realities of a niche super-market in search of the surly Socially Conscious Egg.
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Report: Offshore Wind Equals 3x More Jobs and 9x More Energy than Drilling Offshore South Carolina

Report: Offshore Wind Equals 3x More Jobs and 9x More Energy than Drilling Offshore South Carolina
Oceana released a new report today that finds offshore wind would produce over three times more jobs and nearly nine times as much energy as offshore drilling off South Carolina’s Atlantic coast.
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The Ebb and Flow of Pro-Active Solutions for Virginia Coastal Flooding

In 2008, former Governor Tim Kaine's Climate Change Commission laid out more than 100 recommendations to mitigate and adapt to climate change and sea level rise. So far the state has failed to adopt a plan to execute them. To his credit, Governor Terry McAuliffe recently launched a similar commission.
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CA Governor a Good Lead for Virginia to Follow on Energy, Climate Policy

The other day, I highlighted California Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address as a model for state-level energy and climate policy. In Gov. Brown's speech, he set ambitious goals: increasing "from one-third to 50 percent our electricity derived from renewable sources;" reducing "petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent;" doubling the efficiency of buildings in the state.
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Westlands Water Tunnel Critics Respond to Secret Settlement as Native Smelt Nears Extinction

Westlands Water Tunnel Critics Respond to Secret Settlement as Native Smelt Nears Extinction
Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown's rush to build massive Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to the prospect of a secret settlement of the debt Westlands Water District owes to US taxpayers and the near extinction presently of Delta Smelt.
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Calls for Media to Accurately Label Climate Deniers Growing Louder

Calls for Media to Accurately Label Climate Deniers Growing Louder
The public debate over how to address climate change has been hindered in no small part by the media's refusal to properly identify climate deniers, according to an open letter penned by fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry titled; Deniers are not Skeptics.
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Does Donald Norcross Support Dirty Energy?

Does Donald Norcross Support Dirty Energy?
I actually like Donald Norcross. I've had a chance to have a couple of one-on-one conversations with him, and he's a really pleasant individual. But as a Congressman, he has a lot of room for improvement.
Recently, he granted C-SPAN an extended interview on their call-in program. You can listen to the whole thing below the fold. I'll admit that I only listened to a small part of it. But that was enough.
Norcross was proud to respond to the moderator's question about one of his first votes in Congress - a vote to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline. Norcross claims it is about jobs, bu
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