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Citizens United Decision Profoundly Affects Political Landscape
Unprecedented political spending. Secret donors. New ways for unions and corporations to spend money on politics. An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling of January 2010 has profoundly affected the nation...
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Nil, Baby, Nil: Congress Fails To Pass A Single Oil Spill Law
NEW YORK -- Soon after his son Gordon died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion last April, Keith Jones made eight trips to Washington D.C. to push for stronger safety measures in offshore oil drilling and to increase the compensation paid to victims of the tragic accident. He met with President...
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Barack Obama's on Thin Green Ice
President Barack Obama's relationship with environmentalists sits on thin ice after a major league meltdown over whether he will really defend their biggest demand: EPA climate change rules. Tensions have crossed into the danger zone between the two camps after a year of cross-ups, including the...
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Youth Across North America Are Fighting for Their Future Climate
I recently urged young people to start a climate revolution in a post titled "Letter to Young Americans." Here are some of the comments that were posted in the blogosphere 1 | 2 in response to that post: "Your letter will be thrown into the marginalized bin and be lost forever. You're asking for...
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Guarding the Coast: Locals Join 'Hands' Against Oil Drilling
RYE - The message was a strong one as hundreds of locals locked hands Saturday, joining thousands across the nation, in the Hands Across the Sand demonstration against off-shore oil drilling. "We gotta clean up the trash. We gotta keep the water clean or the fish will die," said Riley Pearson, 5,...
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Obama Officials Still Approving Flawed Gulf Drilling Plans
WASHINGTON - Despite President Barack Obama's promises of better safeguards for offshore drilling, federal regulators continue to approve plans for oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico with minimal or no environmental analysis. The Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service has...
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A 'Nightmare Well' Now Everyone's Nightmare
WASHINGTON - Six days before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that broke the wellhead still gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a BP drilling engineer called it a "nightmare well." On April 14, drilling engineer Brian Morel e-mailed a colleague about the BP's options for securing the well with...
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Dispersant 'May Make Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill More Toxic'
Scientists fear chemicals used in oil clean-up can cause genetic mutations and cancer, and threaten sea turtles and tuna
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Big Oil Fought Off New Safety Rules Before Rig Explosion
As families mourn the 11 workers thrown overboard in the worst oil rig disaster in decades and as the resulting spill continues to spread through the Gulf of Mexico, new questions are being raised about the training of the drill operators and about the oil company's commitment to safety. Deepwater...
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The Manufactured Doubt Industry and the Hacked Email Controversy
In 1954, the tobacco industry realized it had a serious problem. Thirteen scientific studies had been published over the preceding five years linking smoking to lung cancer. With the public growing increasingly alarmed about the health effects of smoking, the tobacco industry had to move quickly to...
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