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Scientist urges USDA to rescind approval of Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa

By Rady Ananda Food Freedom A plant pathologist experienced in protecting against biological warfare recently warned the USDA of a new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn. Dr. Don M. Huber, who coordinates the Emergent […]

February 21st

Secretary Chu: Clean Energy Future Looks Bright

By Steven Chu The current head of the Department of Energy in the Obama Administration, Dr. Steven Chu is a winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics. He was formerly a Stanford University professor and the head of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Sometimes when one gets so focused on the daily tasks at hand, […]

January 20th

Guess what Big Coal Has in Their Stockings This Year?

By  Mary Anne Hitt and Bruce Nilles Some may describe 2010 as a tough year for those of us working to protect clean air, create clean energy jobs, and combat global warming. Some will say that the coal industry still has a headlock on our political system in Washington, evidenced by the Senate’s failure to […]

December 22nd

Bill McKibben: Nature Doesn’t Negotiate

By Bill McKibben Crossposted with TomDispatch.com. The UN’s big climate conference ended Saturday in Cancún, with claims of modest victory. “The UN climate talks are off the life-support machine,” said Tim Gore of Oxfam. “Not as rancorous as last year’s train wreck in Copenhagen,” wrote the Guardian. Patricia Espinosa, the Mexican foreign minister who brokered the final compromise, […]

December 16th

NRDC: Climate Progress in Cancun Points the Way for America

By Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council In Cancun, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement on how to confront climate change both as individual nations and as a global community. This achievement brings greater definition to the Copenhagen accord and provides a practical framework for all countries to forge ahead with climate solutions. […]

December 15th

Interior Department on the right track on fracking, but some Members of Congress get it wrong

By Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Counsel Last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar held a public forum to discuss the best practices for hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas production. The forum included discussion by federal and state officials as well as representatives from industry and from environmental and sportsmen’s organizations. […]

December 14th

Yes, Cold Weather in Europe STILL Means Global Warming

With record cold temperatures in Europe, we’re once again hearing the guffaws of the deniers: “If it’s supposed to be global warming, how come it’s so cold?” The answer is complicated, but the following is a summary of research that shows how cold anomalies can form regionally, even when the planet as a whole is […]

December 12th

Voters Support EPA, Oppose Coddling Polluters

[This post is written by NRDC Action Fund’s Peter Lehner, who is the Executive Director of NRDC] As Congress starts filling leadership positions and charting its new legislative agenda, there is something Members should keep in mind. NRDC Action Fund stands ready to work with anyone interested in creative ways to safeguard the environment and […]

November 5th

Energy and the Election, Part 2: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

By Wesley Warren, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund Congress is considering clean energy legislation that would increase our security by cutting dependence on oil, reduce pollution that contributes to global warming, and create millions of new jobs. Yet this legislation, passed by the House and supported by President Obama, is stalled in the Senate. […]

October 21st

Energy and the Election, Part 1: The Name Game

By Wesley Warren, the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund A new energy proposal by the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the Breakthrough Institute has declared “Cap-and-Trade” dead. They may well be right about the use of this term as a policy label, but does this also mean the demise of clean energy policies […]

October 20th

A call for direct action in the climate movement: we need your ideas

BY Bill McKibben, Philip Radford, Rebecca Tarbotton (Cross-posted from Grist) Dear Friends, God, what a summer. Federal scientists have concluded that we’ve just come through the warmest six months, the warmest year, and the warmest decade in human history. Nineteen nations have set new all-time temperature records; the mercury in Pakistan reached 129 degrees, the […]

September 7th