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Virginia Is for (Planet Earth) Lovers: Congressmen Demand Climate Change Action

Virginia Is for (Planet Earth) Lovers: Congressmen Demand Climate Change Action
Environment Virginia launched a new online video campaign featuring interviews with Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran to encourage Virginians concerned about global warming to tell the EPA to act on climate change.
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EPA's New Carbon Rules for Power Plants Fall Short of Environmentalist Expectations

EPA's New Carbon Rules for Power Plants Fall Short of Environmentalist Expectations
One of the linchpins of the Obama administration’s high-stakes plan to address climate change moved one step closer to implementation this week, as the EPA officially published proposed new carbon emissions standards for power plants, drawing fire from environmentalists who say the rules for natural gas power plants are too lenient.
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Interview: Man Who Could Light Water on Fire Vindicated by Fracking Study

Interview: Man Who Could Light Water on Fire Vindicated by Fracking Study
Despite attempts by the oil and gas industry to suppress its findings, an report by the Agency's Inspector General concluded that the EPA was justified in intervening to protect drinking water from fracking in Weatherford, Texas – a place where homeowner Steven Lipsky could light his well water on fire.
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Documents Reveal ALEC's 2014 Agenda: Attacks on Environment, Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Documents Reveal ALEC's 2014 Agenda: Attacks on Environment, Greenhouse Gas Regulations
A new The Guardian expose has uncovered ALEC's 2014 agenda: a host of programs and lobbying efforts designed to promote their big oil backers, and disrupt or repeal a number of necessary, environmentally conscious policies and regulations currently in place.
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Blockturnal Emission: Supreme Court to Hear Case on EPA's Authority to Regulate Power Plants and Factories

Blockturnal Emission: Supreme Court to Hear Case on EPA's Authority to Regulate Power Plants and Factories
The Supreme Court has agreed to make a decision on President Obama's executive actions regarding emissions regulations. The high court will review a lower court's upholding of the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases in power plants and factories. The EPA's authority, granted under the Clean Air Act, is an effort to stave off climate catastrophe and its upheaval would put Congress in charge of figuring out how to curb dangerous emissions. Because they're real good at getting things done.
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Deeply Flawed Methane Leak Study 'Cherrypicked' Natural Gas Wells Suggested by Oil Industry

Deeply Flawed Methane Leak Study 'Cherrypicked' Natural Gas Wells Suggested by Oil Industry
In mid-September, researchers from the University of Texas published a study hailed by a triumphant oil and gas industry, which claimed it definitively showed that methane leaks from fracking are minimal. Major news outlets largely proclaimed that the study showed the EPA had dramatically overestimated methane leaks from the drilling boom. As the celebrations died down and more rigorous analysis of the study has begun, scientists are finding that the UT study is riddled with flaws.
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Shutdown Fulfills GOP Dream of EPA Closure, If Only Temporarily

Shutdown Fulfills GOP Dream of EPA Closure, If Only Temporarily
The GOP rejoiced as the EPA was almost completely shuttered due to the Federal shutdown. The agency will not be able to perform crucial oversight duties while Republicans hold the government, the economy, and the American people hostage.
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EPA Making It Easier for Companies to Poison You

EPA Making It Easier for Companies to Poison You
Very quietly, the EPA recently withdrew two rules that regulated chemicals. One of them was to add BPA — a chemical found in plastic bottles and linked to a number of health issues — to a list of substances that require more scrutiny. The regulatory agency is being blocked from adding regulations regarding plastics — much the way they were for fracking — once again from up above.
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EPA Rolls Back Chemical Standards Under Industry Pressure

EPA Rolls Back Chemical Standards Under Industry Pressure
In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back safety regulations for the chemical industry, while the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to take aim at the government’s ability to monitor chemicals and other safety hazards posed by fracking. Bowing to pressure by the chemical industry, the EPA withdrew a proposal that would have added numerous new substances to their database of hazardous chemicals, which they use to issue public health assessments and warnings.
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Most Pressing Matter for Republicans Returning to Congress? Attacking the EPA

Most Pressing Matter for Republicans Returning to Congress? Attacking the EPA
Fresh off the August recess, the United States Congress got back to business today. Rather than focusing on pressing issues like a potential war, looming budget deadlines, and the growing problem of student loan debt, some Republican lawmakers thought it was the perfect time to pick up where they left off before their recess – attacking the Environmental Protection Agency.
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