Frances Beinecke

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

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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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Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 12:55pm
Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Won't Ease Gas Prices; Senate Must Reject It
This week the Senate is likely to vote on an amendment that would force approval for the Keystone XL pipeline .
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 3:21pm
Keep the Tax Bill Clean: Republicans Should Not Permit the Keystone XL Pipeline
House Republicans are once again talking about weighing down the tax relief bill with riders designed to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and block clean air standards. But, even these lawmakers seem to recognize the public won’t like their political maneuverings.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 2:16pm
One More Reason to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline: Questions about State Department Handling of Review
On Friday, I joined several environmental leaders in calling for the State Department to conduct an investigation into the department’s handling of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 3:34pm
Obama Administration Delays Life-Saving Smog Standards
Today the Obama Administration made a decision that will endanger the health of tens of thousands of Americans. Its choice to delay stronger standards for smog lets polluters off the hook and leaves Americans with sicker family members and higher medical costs.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 2:50pm
GOP Repackages Old Attacks on Environmental Safeguards and Calls It a Jobs Plan
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s memo outlining the GOP jobs plan was certainly timely. Our economy is facing towering challenges that call for bold, constructive ideas. Too bad Cantor’s proposed solutions are nothing more than a repackaged anti-government screed that seeks to help the pollution industry by repealing environmental and public health standards.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 2:53pm
Vote "No" on House Bill to Fast-Track Keystone Pipeline Review
As early as today, the House will decide whether to rush a ruling over Big Oil's plan to run a pipeline through the American heartland to deliver the dirtiest oil on the planet from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 8:12am
How Many Lives Will American Electric Power Shorten to Get Weaker Clean Air Rules?
American Electric Power is shopping a bill around Capitol Hill that would weaken and delay federal clean air standards. These safeguards are designed to protect Americans from pollutants that endanger our health, but AEP wants to block the rules. The company drafted the language in the bill and now it is trying to get lawmakers to sign on. NRDC and other environmental groups have launched a campaign to ask members of Congress -- and additional utilities -- who support the bill:
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