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Updated: 21 min 14 sec ago Responds to Peabody Climate Settlement

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:12 Strategy and Communications Director Jamie Henn issued the following reaction to the news that Peabody Energy would be disclosing the financial risks climate change poses to its business model:

A Thousand Youth Take To The Streets Demanding Justice On Race, Climate And Immigration

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 08:59
Our Generation, Our Choice

One year out from the presidential election, nearly a thousand youth from across the country took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to demand that candidates and elected officials adopt an agenda that delivers racial, immigration and climate justice.

Climate Change Puts Millions at Risk of Falling into Poverty, World Bank Warns

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 07:59
Oxfam International

Oxfam commended the World Bank for connecting the need to tackle climate change with the urgent fight to end poverty. In a new report, the Bank warned that more than 100 million additional people could be pushed into poverty by crop failures, floods, hunger, and other shocks caused by climate change.

President Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 10:34
Friends of the Earth

After seven years of intense public campaigning on the Keystone XL, a pipeline that would have bisected the United States carrying the world’s dirtiest oil, President Obama has denied Canadian oil company TransCanada a presidential permit for construction. The president cited the pipeline’s projected contribution to climate change in deeming it not in the national interest.

Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica issued the following statement:

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline in Key Win for Climate, Wildlife

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 10:16
Center for Biological Diversity

In a crucial victory for the climate, wildlife and the millions who spoke against it, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL project today, saying that building the tar sands oil pipeline is not in the national interest.

Over the past four years, scientists, environmentalists, tribes, farmers, celebrities and business people joined forces to fight the pipeline, with more than 2 million comments submitted to the U.S. State Department, tens of thousands participating in rallies against Keystone in all 50 states, and thousands of citizens arrested in peaceful civil disobedience.

President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline, Greenpeace Response

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 10:08

In response to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard said: Responds to News White House Rejects Keystone XL

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 09:15

In response to the news that the White House has made the decision to deny TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, marking the first time in history a world leader has turned down a major infrastructure project because of its impact on the climate, co-founder Bill McKibben issued the following statement:  

Oil Change International Response to Keystone XL Rejection

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 09:12
Oil Change International

In response to President Obama’s announced rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Oil Change International released the following statements:

Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director, Oil Change International:

"Over two years ago, the President spoke at Georgetown University and laid out a simple but powerful criteria for evaluating policies and projects.  If it makes climate change worse, it is not in the national interest.  Obama's Presidential Climate Test is now the new gold standard for evaluating energy policy and we thank him for designing and applying it.

Keystone XL Rejection a Historic Victory for Citizens Protecting Our Land, Water and Climate

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 09:03
Bold Nebraska

Today, President Obama stood with citizens to protect our land, water and climate by rejecting the Keystone XL national permit. This is the first time a President has rejected a fossil fuel project based on climate change.

The pipeline’s rejection marks an historic victory for farmers, ranchers, Tribal Nations and the unlikely alliance that formed to fight this uphill, six-year battle that no one believed we’d ever win.

President Obama rejects Keystone XL

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 08:50
Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

President Obama today announced  his long-awaited decision on Keystone XL, rejecting TransCanada’s application for a permit to build the controversial pipeline. In response to President Obama’s decision, Rainforest Action Network Executive Director Lindsey Allen issued the following statement:    

Statement on the Official Release of the Full Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 08:41
Doctors Without Borders

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement negotiated between the U.S. and eleven other Pacific Rim nations: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. After more than five years of negotiations conducted in secret without the opportunity for public review, the agreed text, which will now be submitted to national processes for final signature and ratification, has been officially and publicly released.

Bill McKibben Responds to News White House Will Reject Keystone XL

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 08:20

In response to the news that the White House has made the decision to deny TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, marking the first time in history a world leader has turned down a major infrastructure project because of its impact on the climate, co-founder Bill McKibben issued the following statement:

TPP and China: “It’s the Geopolitics Stupid”

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:55
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Director of programs for the American Friends Service Committee in New England, Gerson recently wrote the piece “More than Economics: TPP, Empire and Common Security Alternatives.”

Pesticide Peddler Monsanto Wins 2015 Rubber Dodo Award

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:52
Center for Biological Diversity

Monsanto, producer and seller of Roundup and its toxic active ingredient glyphosate, is the recipient of the Center for Biological Diversity’s 2015 Rubber Dodo Award, given annually to those who have done the most to destroy wild places, species and biological diversity. Glyphosate is now used in more than 160 countries, and more than 1.4 billion pounds are applied each year.

ExxonMobil Under Investigation for Climate Denial: Greenpeace Response

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 14:23

In response to the news that New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena to ExxonMobil, demanding extensive records and documents to determine if the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change, Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, said:

Morocco Claims It ‘Never Gave Assurances to US’ on Treatment of Former Gitmo Prisoner

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:49

The Moroccan government has stated that it had no agreement with the US not to detain a prisoner who was recently transferred from Guantanamo Bay. The claim directly contradicts assurances provided by the US Government to the prisoner Younous Chekkouri and his lawyers at international human rights group Reprieve.

Bad Trade Deal 'Worse Than I Thought,' Sanders Says

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:44
Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement today after the text of a proposed 12-nation trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, was made public:

"Now that the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has finally been released, it is even worse than I thought.  It is clear to me that the proposed agreement is not, nor has it ever been, the gold standard of trade agreements.

Civil Rights Group Calls for NBC and SNL to cancel Donald Trump’s November 7th appearance on Saturday Night Live

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:36
Color of Change

More than 30,000 ColorOfChange members have joined the call demanding NBC cancel Donald Trump’s November 7th appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of issued the following statement:

CPC Co-chairs and Rep. Marcia L. Fudge Introduce the Stop Social Security Garnishment for Student Debt Act

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:48
Congressional Progressive Caucus

The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), along with Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Representative Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), issued the following statements after introducing the Stop Social Security Garnishment for Student Debt Act.   The bill reverses a 1996 law that permits the garnishment the Social Security benefits to pay for outstanding federal student loans.

Final TPP Text Confirms Worst Fears: Shadowy Agreement Poses a Grave Threat to the Internet and Freedom of Expression

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:00
Fight for the Future

Early this morning, the government of New Zealand released the final negotiated text of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP.)