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Mike DeWine, Ohio join 12 other states in suit aga...

Ohio joins a dozen other states in a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s new stream-protection rules affecting coal mining activity. (Cleveland Plain Dealer) COLUMBUS, Ohio – Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio joined with a dozen other states Tuesday in a lawsuit aimed at the federal government’s “Stream Protection Rule.” The rule, announced in December by the Department of the...

The Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard of Just...

Last, week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety and civil rights law on the books. The bill, called the REINS Act, requires that any future major regulation adopted by an...

Led by the Solar Industry, Grid Modernization Crea...

Wait, weren’t renewables supposed to kill jobs and destroy the economy? Grid modernization investments are creating a construction boom across America — largely driven by the deployment of solar. According to the Department of Energy’s latest report on jobs in the energy sector, employment in the electric power sector rose 13 percent in 2016 as utilities and developers built new power plants, replaced aging...

Clean Energy Is a Heartland Value

When it comes to supporting renewables, blue and red make green. Among a dwindling number of politicians at the national level, there’s a pretend debate going on. Using all the scare tactics and rhetorical tricks they can muster, some apologists for the fossil fuel status quo would have you believe that we, as a nation, are divided about whether or not to move forward aggressively with clean, renewable energy like wind and...

Big Oil Cheers as Trump Plans to Open National Par...

 America’s national parks are already under threat, but will our beloved public lands survive Donald Trump‘s incoming presidency? The president-elect plans to open up federal lands for more energy development and, according to Reuters, energy companies and industry lobbyists are already expecting a flurry of new federal drilling and mining leases with the incoming administration. “This opportunity is...

This could be the end of Canadian tar sands

The Canadian oil sands are one of the world’s largest sources of climate pollution and America’s biggest source of imported oil. And they may be about to go bust. Canada’s oil sands, also known as tar sands, are the world’s fourth-largest reserve of crude oil. Mining them unleashes massive volumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, easing the way for global warming to blow past 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F)...

Stuff that matters – China commitment to cle...

World Economic Forum China plans to create 13 million clean energy jobs by 2020. Katie Herzog Grist | The country has announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy through the end of the decade — another signal that the world’s most populous nation is serious about combating climate change. The investment, Reuters reports, will continue China’s shift away from coal and other...

Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issu...

View Slideshow Priests, pastors and ministers nationwide are spreading the gospel of climate change — as are imams and rabbis. In recent years, faith-based advocacy has emerged as a powerful tool in the environmental movement. By reframing climate change and sustainability as moral issues, religious leaders hope to advance environmentalism by elevating it above the political fray. “I believe that all...