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Congressional Republicans Put Bigoted Ideology Over Energy and Water Legislation

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:41
Sierra Club

Today, Congressional Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives blocked passage of the Energy and Water spending bill due to the inclusion of an amendment from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on LGBT protections.

The base legislation would have slashed energy funding and was weighed down with provisions that undermine drinking water by blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule and freezing rules that encourage mountaintop removal coal mining by permitting companies to bury streams under mining waste.

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Strange Bedfellows Push Moniz to Drop CCS Plant Ahead of Key Deadline

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:04
Friends of the Earth

Green Scissors -- a coalition of free-market, taxpayer and environmental groups -- today sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz calling on the U.S. Department of Energy to withdraw support permanently from the Texas Clean Energy Project, a proposed carbon-capture-and-sequestration facility in Penwell, Texas.

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AFL-CIO Challenges Navient Corporation to Disclose Its Lobbying Spending

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:46

Today the AFL-CIO demanded that student loan debt servicer Navient disclose its corporate spending on lobbying activity. The labor federation delivered a proposal during Navient’s annual shareholder meeting calling on the company to disclose all of its lobbying efforts and expenditures.  

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Congressional Republicans Usher Through Dangerous and Destructive Energy Bill

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:42
Sierra Club

Following last night’s passage of the energy bill, which fell on largely party lines, leadership from both Parties in the House announced its designees to conference the Senate and House energy packages.

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Tennessee Community Groups Call for Plan to End Federal Coal Leasing Program

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:39
Sierra Club

On Thursday, mothers, children, doctors, community leaders, and public health advocates rallied at the Tennessee Historical Society in downtown Knoxville to call on the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to reform its federal coal leasing program, which is broken, outdated, and does not consider the threat of climate change in American communities.

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Unanimously Approves Legislation That Helps Individuals Fight Warrantless Asset Forfeiture Seizures

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:35
Drug Policy Alliance

Yesterday, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary unanimously approved asset forfeiture reform legislation. Known as the DUE PROCESS Act (H.R. 5283) and sponsored by Crime Subcommittee Chairman Rep. F.

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ACLU Files to Join Microsoft Lawsuit Against U.S. on Secret Surveillance Requests

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:57

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion today seeking to join Microsoft’s lawsuit challenging gag orders that prevent the company from telling its customers when the government has ordered it to turn over their data.

The ACLU filed a motion in federal district court to intervene in the case brought last month by Microsoft, which said it supports the ACLU’s intervention. The ACLU seeks to join the case on its own behalf as an organization that relies on Microsoft’s products.

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Greenpeace Calls Out Obama’s Double Standards for a Nuclear-Free World at Hiroshima Visit

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 05:35

Greenpeace welcomes President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima just after the G7 meeting - the first ever visit by a sitting U.S. president -  but condemns his double-standards as his administration work to expand the U.S.’ own nuclear capabilities.

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Chevron CEO and Board Confronted for Lying To Shareholders, SEC and Public at Annual Shareholder Meeting

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:29
Amazon Watch

After six years as Chevron CEO and Chair of the Board John Watson has been unable to resolve major shareholder unrest over his leadership. In one of its strongest rebukes to date, thirty percent of Chevron shareholders representing $57.6 billion of assets under management sent a clear message to Watson and his team on the Ecuador issue: your leadership has failed.

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EU: Halt Arms Transfers to Egypt to Stop Fuelling Killings and Torture

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:17
Amnesty International

Almost half of European Union (EU) member states have flouted an EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Egypt, risking complicity in a wave of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and torture, Amnesty International said today.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Wildlife and San Pedro River from Sprawling Development

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:07

A lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was filed today in federal court in Arizona to protect the San Pedro River, and the wildlife and millions of migratory birds that depend on it.

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Oil Giant Total Acknowledges Changes Necessary to Meet Global Climate Agreement

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:02
Sierra Club

French oil giant Total released a report yesterday recognizing the need to change its strategy to meet the global climate agreement set in Paris last year and remain consistent with the International Energy Agency’s two degree celsius scenario.

Included in Total’s plan is reducing its exposure to tar sands oil development, refusing oil exploration and development in the Arctic, and applying an internal cost of carbon when evaluating investments.

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McDonald’s and Global Seafood Providers in Landmark Move for Arctic Protection

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:00

Today, some of the world’s largest seafood and fishing companies committed not to expand their search for cod into a large, previously ice-covered area of the northern Barents Sea (1).

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Exxon’s Board Recommends Rejection of all Climate Resolutions, Reinvigorating the Call to Divest from Exxon’s Deception

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:37

Today, at Exxon’s annual general meeting, the company’s Board of Directors recommended rejection of all nine non-binding climate resolutions brought to the meeting by shareholders. The rejection of all climate resolutions reaffirms that financially prudent investors must cut ties from Exxon and divest from the rogue corporation. 

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10,000 Underpaid Workers to Flood McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting Demanding $15, Union Rights

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 09:11
Fight for $15

Fast-food, home care, child care, and other underpaid workers from across the country who are fighting for $15/hour and union rights will flood McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. this week, waging the biggest-ever series of strikes and protests to hit the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

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ACLU Urges Speaker Ryan to Disband Select Panel Attacking Women’s Healthcare

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:07

The American Civil Liberties Union joined more than 175 Democratic members of Congress in calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to disband an investigative panel that has been issuing subpoenas to health care providers and medical researchers around the country.

Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director, had the following reaction:

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NARAL Stands With House Democrats' Call to Disband Select Panel

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:20
NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America is proud to stand with House Democrats today as they call on Speaker Paul Ryan to disband the Select Panel. Since its inception, the Select Panel has been conducting a taxpayer funded witch hunt that has not only wasted government time and money, but also put the safety of students, researchers, and health care providers at risk with subpoenas that could open them up to violence and harassment.

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Legal Action to Shut Down Indian Point

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:18
Friends of the Earth

The disappearance and disintegration of more than 1 in 4 critical bolts holding the Indian Point nuclear reactor cooling system together is far more serious than owner Entergy admits. On Tuesday, May 24th Friends of the Earth filed an emergency petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission calling for immediate action by the agency. The filing demands keeping reactor 2 offline until the NRC certifies that the problem is fully diagnosed and fixed, and that the reactor is safe to operate.

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Chemical Reform Law Falls Short in Protecting Public Health, Environment

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:11
Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Environmental Working Group issued the following statement ahead of expected passage today by the House on H.R.3576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2016.

EWG President Ken Cook:

Passage of the first legislation to regulate toxic industrial chemicals in 40 years ought to be cause for celebration, and it is—for the companies that make those toxic chemicals.

As for the rest of us, we should be mad as hell.

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Protesters to Urge Federal Officials Not to OK Offshore Fracking in California

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:08
Center for Biological Diversity

Coastal residents and members of three conservation organizations will rally today outside the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management office in Camarillo against a federal proposal to let oil companies resume offshore fracking near the California coast.

The protest — organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, and the Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter — starts at 11 a.m. at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management office, 760 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo.

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