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Federal Judge tosses Trump attack on clean water rule

Environmental and Indigenous advocates on Friday cheered as a federal judge rejected a Biden administration request to temporarily keep in place a Trump-era Clean Water Act rule that one attorney said would have “devastated” states’ ability to manage their rivers. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams On Thursday, Judge William H. Alsup of the United States District […]

October 24th

House Progressives call on Biden to declare a climate emergency NOW

Echoing the demands of demonstrators who were arrested outside the White House throughout last week, Congresswoman Cori Bush led a dozen other progressive lawmakers Friday in pressuring President Joe Biden to block fossil fuel projects and immediately declare a climate emergency. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams While praising the president’s commitments to climate action and serving frontline communities, the 13 […]

October 23rd

As COP26 climate summit approaches, US actions are yet to match up with rhetoric (Thanks, Joe Manchin!)

While the search continues to uncover just how small a fraction of the Biden administration’s proposed climate funding Sen. Joe Manchin III is willing to vote to include in the Democratic reconciliation bill, there is much wondering around the planet about what exactly the United States will bring to the COP26 climate summit that begins in […]

October 21st

Carbon Pricing: Ahead of COP26, CCL urges Biden to support the strongest possible climate policies

Citizens’ Climate Lobby has sent a letter to President Biden and other key White House officials, urging them to support the strongest possible climate measures in the budget reconciliation bill. By Flannery Winchester Citizens’ Climate Lobby The President has pledged that America will reduce emissions 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. Unfortunately, recent modeling shows that current climate […]

In step toward ‘Ensuring a liveable climate,’ Haaland announces massive US offshore wind program

The Biden administration announced Wednesday an expansion of the nation’s offshore wind capacity, revealing plans for up to seven leases off the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts by 2025. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “Climate change is the challenge of our lifetime,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland tweeted Wednesday. “Stakeholders and advocates like those in the offshore wind industry […]

October 15th

Thousands join ‘People Vs. Fossil Fuels’ protest at White House

At least 155 more protesters were arrested outside the White House Tuesday as part of a weeklong action pressuring President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency and end all new fossil fuel projects. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Guided by the theme “fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis,” the latest demonstration followed over 100 arrests on […]

October 13th

Biden to restore key elements of ‘bedrock environmental law’ NEPA that Trump gutted

Environmental defenders on Wednesday applauded the Biden administration’s proposal to reinstate key elements of one of the United States’ foundational environmental laws a year after former President Donald Trump gutted the measure, while emphasizing that the proposal is just a first step toward reversing the damage done by the previous administration. By Julia Conley Common Dreams […]

October 7th

Evangelicals call on EPA to strengthen car emission standards – It’s the pro-life path!

On the final day of comments, 15,750 pro-life Christians submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of its proposed rule to strengthen the emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks. The rule, if implemented, would significantly curb greenhouse gas emissions from America’s tailpipes for all model year 2023-2026 vehicles. By the […]

DOI restores protections under the 100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act gutted under Trump

Wildlife conservationists on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. Department of the Interior’s imminent reversal of a Trump administration attempt to roll back a key law credited with saving the lives of millions of migratory birds each year. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams In a statement, the Interior Department said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take “a […]

September 30th

Biden EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay from salmon-killing Pebble Mine

Conservationists, local tribes, and commercial fishers celebrated on Thursday the Biden administration’s move to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine and similarly destructive projects. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Placing a massive mine at the headwaters of the world’s greatest, most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery has been a terrible idea […]

September 10th

Climate groups welcome Biden solar blueprint (But urge quicker energy transition)

While welcoming the Biden administration’s new blueprint showing how solar energy could produce nearly half of U.S. electricity by 2050, climate campaigners on Wednesday also pointed to damage from recent fires and floods as evidence of the need for more rapid and sweeping systemic reforms. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) […]

September 9th

Biden calls Code Red on climate – now he has to act like it!

Yesterday, President Biden warned of a “code red” on climate change, predicting that natural disasters will continue with “more frequency and ferocity.” Now he must follow through on these warning with real action, and accept that there is no future with fossil fuels. By Jessica Hamilton Climate Hawks Vote There is a better way. The clean energy transition can […]

September 8th

The EPA is banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, after 14 years of pressure from environmental and labor groups

On Aug. 18, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will end use of chlorpyrifos – a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children – on all food products nationwide. Gina Solomon, a principal investigator at the Public Health Institute, clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco […]

September 1st

Biden admin to accelerate fuel efficiency, car pollution standards

The Biden administration is set to announce strengthened emissions and fuel efficiency standards and call for half of new car sales in 2030 to be either EVs or plug-in hybrids. By Nathan Kaufmann Nexus Media News The EPA and DOE rulemakings on emissions and fuel efficiency represent the Biden administration’s biggest regulatory action so far […]

August 6th

GOP wants to defund the police! (Policing of polluters by the EPA)

For a party that claims to “Back the Blue,” Republicans have been surprisingly anti-police this year. First it was the insurrection on January 6th, where conservative hatred of democracy and lust for power overcame their supposed respect for law enforcement, leaving scores of Capitol police wounded in the course of doing their job protecting elected officials […]