Energy & Environment

Americans want a shark fin ban

Earlier this summer, headlines across the country blasted the news that the federal government was moving to ban sales of any products containing elephant ivory within the United States —strengthening an already-in-place ban on the import of...

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Chemical disasters: EPA plan would keep us in the dark

Last month's chemical leak in Baytown, Texas is a stark reminder that many of us live perilously close to extremely hazardous chemical facilities. On Sunday, July 17, an unknown amount of explosive gas was released from a refinery pipeline...

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Coal leasing reform benefits wildlife and ranchers

Right now the United States Department of Interior is conducting a nationwide programmatic review of the coal leasing program. There’s been a lot of conversation about ensuring that taxpayers receive fair market value from leasing royalties and...

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Shut down America’s bird death traps

More than a century ago, one of the greatest threats to America’s birds was the fashion industry, which slaughtered as many as 200 million birds every single year.

Times have changed. And so have the threats to birds. Tens of millions of...

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Open the toolbox to give fuel economy rules a chance

As Washington goes in to somewhat of a sleep mode for the August recess, a critical issue may be slipping under the radar of everyone from environmentalists to fuel providers.  Government regulators and the auto industry agreed when they set...

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Will Obama protect the Atlantic’s Grand Canyons?

I was on an expedition off New England with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on 9/11. We were too far offshore to see the attack on TV though we were able to follow it on the radio. That night I watched some of the video taken by cameras...

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