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Obama Kills New EPA Smog Standards - Pros and Cons
On September 2, 2011, President Obama killed proposed new national smog standards, overruling the EPA’s plan to require states and regions nationwide to reduce air pollution or face substantial federal fines.

President Obama's Energy, Environmental "Guiding Principles"
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for energy and environmental policies and plans under his administration.

Obama's Speech at U.N. Climate Change Conference
Full text of President Obama's succinct speech on climate change at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on December 18, 2009.

Obama Campaign Promises: Energy & the Environment
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies on energy and the environment.

US Refuses to Sign Pact to Stem Global Warming
The Kyoto Protocol became effective on Feb 16, 2005 when it was signed by 141 industrialized countries, including all of Europe. This pact is the first world agreement to fight global warming. VP Al Gore was an architect of it and President Clinton signed it in 1997. Despite campaign promises, George Bush withdrew US support for it in 2001, citing that compliance was too costly for US businesses.

Bill Richardson's Plan to Make America a Clean Energy Nation
Gov. Bill Richardson, U.S. Secretary of Energy (1998-01, proposed a comprehensive energy program in recent speeches to the New America Foundation and on the 2008 campaign stump. What I admire about Gov. Richardson's energy agenda is that it's thoughtful, aggressive, and based on his extensive experience and knowledge.

Liberalism 101: Democratic Party Agenda on the Environment
The Democratc Party Agenda on the environment expresses the belief that a healthy environment and health economy are not mutually exclusive, and that a sensible energy policy is key to both a strong economy and a clean environment.

Liberalism 101: The Democratic Party Agenda on Energy Independence
The following is the Democratic Party agenda on energy independence. "We will create a cleaner, greener and stronger America by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, eliminating billions in subsidies for oil and gas companies... "

Democratic Senators Ask Bush for Cooperation on Global Warming
On November 15, 2006 Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) sent the following letter to President George W. Bush, asking him to commit to working with the new Congress to pass meaningful climate change legislation in 2007...

Senate Committee-Environment & Public Works , 2007-08
On November 16, 2006, Sen. Barbara Boxer, incoming Chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment & Public Works announced subcommittee chairs for the 110th Congress, which is in session from January 2007 to December 2008. Subcommittee Chairs and areas of authority and responsibility are...

Bush Strips Logging & Drilling Protections from US Forests
In a move dubbed Leave No Tree Behind, President Bush opened 60 million acres of forest land to logging, drilling and destructive road building, one-third of US forests. Among them are some of the most beloved, beautiful and oldest US wilderness areas. In doing so, Bush overturned a centerpiece of the Clinton presidency that took 600 public meetings and received 4 million public comments.

Bush Budget Aims to Close All Amtrak Rail Services
The Bush budget for 2006 proposes ending federal support of Amtrak, which will force the rail service into bankruptcy and likely cause the demise of national rail transportation. This idea would push more riders into gas-guzzling cars and planes. Senator Biden(D-NJ) called it "absolutely bizarre." Even Bush-supporter Senator Santorum(R-PA) says "It's not acceptable to me."

Sierra Club Watch on Environmental Issues
The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. It takes political stances and monitors legislation & policies on clean air and water, energy, forests, population, urban sprawl, toxics, protection of national wildlands and more. This site is their Washington Watch monitoring of politics & elections.

National Wildlife Federation Action Center
National Wildlife Federation is thenation's largest and oldest protector of wildlife. With more than 4 million memebers, NWF works to educate and empower people to protect wildlife and habitat for future generations. The NWF can help you understand and get involved in the issues.

Audubon Society
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Its national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, educational programs, and advocacy for areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people in positive conservation experiences.

US Global Warming Info Center
This is the Global Warming Information Center for the US, presented by Environmental Defense, a 400,000-member nonpartisan, nonprofit ogranization dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people. This site describes global warming, tells how it affects us, and separates myth from fact.

Congressional Members Environmental Scorecard
Find out how US Senators and Representatives scored on environmental issues. Maintained by the League of Conservation Voters (LVC), a major political voice of the national environmental movement and the only organization devoted fulltime to shaping a pro-environment Congress and White House.

Help Save the Planet with the Natural Resources Defense Council
The 1-million member Natural Resources Defense Council is an environmental action organization that uses science and the law to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places. Action and info areas include clear air & energy; global warming; clean water & oceans; wildlife & fish; parks, forests & wildlands; toxic chemicals & health; nuclear weapons & waste and more.

Earth Justice
Earthjustice is the nonprofit law firm for the environment, representing—without charge—hundreds of public interest clients, large and small. Earthjustice works through the courts to safeguard public lands, national forests, parks, and wilderness areas; to reduce air and water pollution; to prevent toxic contamination; and to preserve endangered species and wildlife habitat.

The Nature Conservancy
The mission of The Nature Conservancy, an international organization, is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Greenpeace
Greenpeace is an an international organization with more than 2.5 million members in 30 countries , dedicated to saving our planet. It actively works to deter the threat of global warming, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, the threat of a nuclear disaster and other threats.

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