Frances Beinecke

Frances Beinecke is the President of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 2:33pm
ALEC and Big Polluters Try to Attack Limits on Climate Change Pollution One State at a Time
Last week the Kentucky legislature passed a bill to undermine national standards to reduce climate change pollution.
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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 2:20pm
Cleaning Up Climate Change Polluting Is Cheaper and Easier than We Thought
This week another group of esteemed scientists said that climate change poses a dire threat to our communities. New evidence also confirmed that one of the best tools for defusing this threat is within reach.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 1:36pm
New NOAA Report Confirms Climate Change Is Intensifying Extreme Heat and Storms
When an extreme heat wave blasted the country last summer, I grew concerned about my father’s health. Medical experts say hot weather takes the heaviest toll on senior citizens, and I knew my father would have a hard time managing the spike in temperature. He wasn’t alone. Young children and people with heart and lung illnesses are also vulnerable during heat waves. Diabetics, the obese, and people using common medications also face a greater risk when the heat rises.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 3:14pm
As Arctic Council Gathers, We Must Push for Ocean Conservation
Just two decades ago, most of the Arctic Ocean was covered in ice all year long. But climate change has caused the Arctic to heat up twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and the region is rapidly losing its natural protective layer of ice. Oil, gas, fishing and shipping interests are targeting these newly exposed waters. The Arctic’s polar bears, beluga whales, narwhals and other rare creatures are caught in the crosshairs.
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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 1:03pm
After Shell Fiasco, It's Clear: No One Should Drill in the Arctic
Shell Oil announced it will suspend its Arctic Ocean drilling program until at least 2014. But it turns out that after you ground a drilling rig, leak oil into the water, and crush your emergency response equipment, you don’t get to decide when you return. Then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently said, “Shell will not be allowed to move forward into the Arctic to do any kind of exploration unless they have this integrated plan in place that’s satisfactory to the Department of the Interior.”
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Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 2:53pm
To End Violence Against Women, We Must Also Confront Climate Change
Today is International Women’s Day, a time for celebrating women’s achievements and calling for greater equality. The United Nations has focused this year’s events on ending violence against women—not with more pledges and promises but with real, concrete action. We have made some recent strides. Just yesterday President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Yet far too many women continue to suffer at the hands of others: 70 percent of women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime according to the UN.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 8:27am
Ready for President Obama to Lead on Climate Change
As New England digs out from a storm that left record-breaking snow and ice in its wake, people along the Mississippi River are dealing with the opposite problem: drought. Months of parched conditions have left the river at historically low levels, and the sharp drop in river transit has hit the region’s economy hard.
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Friday, September 21, 2012 - 1:19pm
When Fracking Comes to Town, Local Residents Have Little Recourse
I recently traveled to western Pennsylvania to talk with people living on the frontlines of natural gas development. I met one man who brought a jug of water from his kitchen sink that was the color of rust. Another man’s water smelled so awful you couldn’t image doing your dishes in it, never mind drinking it. And yet another presented a gallon of water from his home, took out a match, and lit it on fire. Imagine seeing your tap water burst into flames. Would you serve it to your family?
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Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 2:21pm
Stop the Frack Attack
All around the country, people are telling the story of what it’s like to live next door to fracking . Many of them never imagined that polluting drill pads or massive water trucks would come to dominate their small towns or suburban subdivisions. Yet over the last few years, tens of thousands of natural gas wells have been drilled in America.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 8:18am
Obama Administration Must Say No to Industry Loopholes in Natural Gas Fracking Standards
Natural gas development is spreading like wildfire across the country. Energy companies have drilled more than 75,000 wells in the past five years, many of them on farmlands, near public schools, and in people’s backyards. These wells release benzene and other chemicals known to cause cancer. Yet energy companies aren’t obligated to clean up any of the pollution they put into the air we breathe.
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