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Michael Brune is executive director of the Sierra Club.
TransCanada Files NAFTA Suit Demanding More Than $15 Billion for Keystone XL Rejection
Posted on: Jun 27, 2016, Source: EcoWatch
Thanks to NAFTA’s “investor-state” system, TransCanada’s case will be heard in a private tribunal of three lawyers who are not accountable to any domestic legal system.
Donald Trump’s Pathetic Plan for the Planet: 5 Things You Need to Know
Posted on: May 27, 2016, Source: EcoWatch
"We’ll be fine with the environment," Trump said. "We can leave a little bit."
A Year Since Superstorm Sandy, Disaster Is Far From Over
Posted on: Oct 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet
No one can stop the next superstorm, mega wildfire, or 1,000-year flood. But we can get behind stopping the pollution that's disrupting our climate.
5 Critical Actions Obama Needs to Take Right Now to Avert Massive Climate Disruption
Posted on: May 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Each of these actions is within President Obama's power right now. If he's serious about addressing climate disruption, not one of them is optional.
Why Tar Sands Pipelines Guarantee Disaster
Posted on: Apr 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet
We just don't know what the exact magnitude of the disaster will be.
4 Things Every American Should Know About Tar Sands Pipelines
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet
When it comes to tar sands pipelines, what we don't know will hurt us.
Good News For Our Parks (No Thanks to Congress)
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet
It's now been four years since it passed a single bill to protect wilderness -- even though many such bills have been introduced during that time by members of both parties.
3 Reasons Why We Should Stop New Gas Drilling Before it Starts
Posted on: Mar 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Too many people -- especially politicians -- aren't paying attention to the dangers of the current "boom" in natural gas development.
The Keystone XL Pipeline Is an Eco-Threat -- Why Doesn't the State Department Think So?
Posted on: Mar 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The State Department's analysis is not only inaccurate but also incredibly cynical.
Congress Could Pass a Bill That Would Giveaway 50 Million Acres of Publicly-Owned Wildlands to Oil, Gas and Mining Companies
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet
It's time to stop the "Great American Giveaway."
It's Time to Ditch Big Oil: We Can Create Jobs While Protecting Public Health and the Environment
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011, Source: AlterNet
In the end, the whole "jobs versus environment/public health" argument is nothing but a rhetorical crutch for polluters.
Help Stop a Congressional Attack on Endangered Species
Posted on: Feb 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The Endangered Species Act simply cannot work if politicians are allowed to start cherry-picking which species they think should or should not be allowed to survive.
GOP Solution to Air Pollution: Pass a Law Declaring that Pollutants Aren't Pollutants
Posted on: Jan 15, 2011, Source: AlterNet
"Job killing" regulations are a scary myth -- but cynical, irresponsible, "people killing" bills that put all of our lives at risk are a much scarier reality.
Investigation into BP Spill Reveals Incompetence, Greed, Complacency and Cynicism -- It's Time for a New Energy Policy
Posted on: Jan 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Besides telling the American people what happened, the Commission was charged with making recommendations for what we should do about it.
Why Is the Obama Administration Stalling on Both Air Pollution and Smog Standards?
Posted on: Dec 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Deciding not to move forward on these important rules is, in fact, allowing those polluters to move us backward.
In Supporting Natural Gas Drilling, Obama Omits Any Mention of Responsibility
Posted on: Nov 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet
It's important to acknowledge that just because natural gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels -- especially coal -- does not mean we should give the industry a free pass.
A Proposed Dirty Oil Pipeline Would Put Americans at Risk for Cancer and Asthma -- Why Are Senators Pushing For Its Hasty Approval?
Posted on: Sep 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The oil it promises to provide could be recovered just by increasing our cars' fuel efficiency by about two and a half miles per gallon -- something we already know how to do.
Fertilizer Runoff Is Killing Our Waterways
Posted on: Sep 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet
To keep your lawn looking as deeply green as your neighbor's, you ladle on the nitrogen fertilizer and keep the grass watered. And that's causing big problems in some areas.
Bank of America Retreats from Financing Destructive Mountaintop-Removal Mining
Posted on: Dec 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet
The bank's new policy is a financial blow to the coal industry and a big win for enviros.
Wake Up Detroit: The Time Has Come for Plug-in Hybrids
Posted on: Sep 19, 2008, Source: Sierra Club Books
Plug-ins are cleaner and cheaper. But a new coalition is not waiting for Detroit to take notice; they've got their own plan.
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