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Updated: 5 min 16 sec ago Responds to Canada’s Plans for Climate Test on Pipelines

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:28

In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement that they would be implementing a climate test on pipelines,’s Canadian Tar Sands Organizer Cameron Fenton issued this response:

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Environmental Groups Urge the NEB to Reject Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 13:10

The National Energy Board (NEB) must reject Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project because of gaps and deficiencies found in its application, environmental groups say.

“The quantity of Kinder Morgan’s evidence does not make it quality evidence,” said Karen Campbell, Ecojustice lawyer. “The evidence we will present to the NEB reveals that the Kinder Morgan has downplayed environmental risk and overstated the economic benefits.  In our view, the Board has one recommendation option, to reject the Kinder Morgan project.”

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Supreme Court’s Demand Response Decision a Major Win for Consumers, Public Health, Clean Energy Economy

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:51
Sierra Club

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a key building block of America’s clean energy economy today by finding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the authority to regulate demand response payments in wholesale energy markets run by regional grid operators.

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Great News for Consumers and the Environment

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:49
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) authority to design rules and incentives that allow electricity customers to get paid for reducing consumption during periods of high energy demand. The decision keeps the door open for important clean energy resources to compete with traditional fossil plants in regional energy markets and save customers money on their electricity bills.

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Government Needs a Warrant To Get Cell Phone Location Data, ACLU Says In Brief to Appeals Court

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:12

On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Wisconsin, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, filed a friend of the court brief with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago arguing that the Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement officials to get a warrant before they may obtain information about the location of a suspect’s cell phone from the suspect’s cell phone company.

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Review One of the Most Extreme Abortion Bans in the Nation

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:54
Center for Reproductive Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to review North Dakota’s blatantly unconstitutional ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy—allowing a July 2015 ruling from an appellate court striking the measure to stand.

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Supreme Court Ruling a Win for Clean Energy

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:32

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that ensures that a critically important clean energy resource will continue to provide key benefits in our wholesale energy markets. It decided that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the authority to remove barriers to “demand response” programs, which compensates consumers for reducing their power use at certain times to help balance supply and demand on the power grid, and that FERC’s landmark demand response rule reflects reasoned decision making.

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Yemen: Health Facilities Under Attack

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:31
Doctors Without Borders

The conflict in Yemen is being waged with total disregard for the rules of war, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) declared today, following the latest attack on one of its health facilities.


MSF’s medical activities in Yemen have been bombed four times in less than three months, with two hospitals, a clinic and an ambulance coming under fire. The organization is seeking guarantees from the warring parties that medical activities will be protected according to international humanitarian law. 

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Council of Canadians Calls on Liberals to Halt Pipeline Reviews as House of Commons Resumes Sitting Today

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:03
Council of Canadians

The Energy East pipeline and the National Energy Board (NEB) process to review it could be a key issue this week as the House of Commons resumes sitting today.

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On Heels of Hottest Year On Record, Front Lines of Fight to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Identified in New Report

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 05:34

Just days after scientists named 2015 the hottest year on record, top environmental groups Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and have released a new report, Keep It In the Ground, identifying the top climate threats facing the planet.

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New Mexico Rancher to Bring Bundy Militia Terror Home

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 05:31
Center for Biological Diversity

In the wake of failed attempts to spark revolution against the federal government with its occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the Bundy-led militia in a signing ceremony today recruited another rancher, Adrian Sewell, from Silver City, N.M. 

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Earthjustice Statement on Newly Proposed Public Lands Methane Rules

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 09:22

The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled a proposal today to limit methane pollution from oil and gas operations on federally owned public lands. Methane, a fast-acting climate pollutant, traps 84 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide in the short term.

The move follows last week’s announcement by the Obama administration that it would halt new leases for coal mining on public lands as it undergoes a thorough review of its current federal leasing program.

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Doctors Group Welcomes National Debate on ‘Medicare for All'

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 09:06
Physicians for a National Health Program

The national debate on single-payer health reform, or "Medicare for All," that has emerged in the course of the presidential primaries is a welcome development. But unfortunately a number of misrepresentations about single-payer national health insurance – and the prospects for its attainment – have crept into the dialogue and are potentially misleading the public.

Most of these misrepresentations, or myths, have been decisively refuted by peer-reviewed research. They include the following:

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U.S. Government Must Release Guantánamo Force-Feeding Tapes

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 09:05
Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) denounced the U.S. government’s latest move to block the release of tapes showing force-feeding at Guantánamo, calling it a patent effort to conceal this unlawful and unethical practice from the public.

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43 Years Later, U.S. Supreme Court Called on to Defend Right Recognized in Roe v. Wade

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:03
Center for Reproductive Rights

On the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade--the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion--the Center for Reproductive Rights is calling on the court to overturn two provisions of a Texas sham law designed to cut off access to that right for millions of women by closing more than 75 percent of the state’s abortion clinics.

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Why is the Gates Foundation Funding a GMO Propaganda Campaign at Cornell?

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:02
U.S. Right to Know

A new analysis by U.S. Right to Know published today in The Ecologist documents how millions of dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are being used to run a propaganda campaign out of Cornell University that promotes GMOs and pesticides for the benefit of agrichemical corporations.

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Statement of Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger on Holtzclaw Sentencing

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:03
Ms. Foundation For Women

On January 21, 2016, Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 years in prison for the sexual assaults of eight African American women. Holtzclaw committed the attacks while he was a police officer and used his position to facilitate the crimes. Ms. Foundation President and CEO Teresa C. Younger issued the following statement:

“Today the court in Oklahoma sent a message to the rest of our country: Law enforcement officers are not above the law.

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Government Funds Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Health Care Costs: American Journal of Public Health Study

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 19:26
Physicians for a National Health Program

Tax-funded expenditures accounted for 64.3 percent of U.S. health spending – about $1.9 trillion – in 2013, according to new data published today [Thursday, Jan. 21] in the American Journal of Public Health. The Affordable Care Act will push that figure even higher by 2024, when government’s share of U.S. health spending is expected to rise to 67.3 percent.

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Health Professionals Call for Revision of EPA Fracking Study

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:38
Environment America

Citing clear evidence of water contamination linked to fracking, more than 100 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals said today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should revise the conclusion of its landmark study on the controversial drilling technique.

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