Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
On President Obama's Oval Office Speech
Friends of the Earth’s president, Erich Pica, had the following response to President Obama’s speech from the Oval Office this evening: "President Obama said some of the right things tonight when he promised to hold BP accountable, to reform the agency that regulates offshore drilling, and to move our nation away from the oil dependence that led to this spill.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Senate’s Rejection of Murkowski Attack on Clean Air Act Is a Major Victory for the Climate
The Senate voted by a margin of 47 to 53 today to reject a resolution sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that sought to roll back the Clean Air Act's protections against pollution that destabilizes our climate. Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following response:
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Even Without Handouts for Liquid Coal, Tax Package Pending in Senate Could Subsidize Dirty Energy
Friends of the Earth dirty fuels campaigner Alex Moore had the following statement regarding the “American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010” (HR 4213), which includes a variety of tax breaks for polluting industries and may soon come up for a vote in the Senate. The bill passed the House of Representatives Friday, May 28.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
President Obama Misses Opportunity to Shut Door on More Drilling Disasters
Friends of the Earth's president, Erich Pica, had the following response to President Obama's remarks at this afternoon's press conference: "President Obama missed an opportunity to lead the nation toward an oil-free future today. His decision to delay and cancel some offshore drilling plans tinkers around the edges of the problem. Nothing less than a permanent ban on offshore drilling will protect U.S. waters and the people who depend on them.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Firing of MMS Head Is Damage Control, Not Real Reform
Friends of the Earth's president, Erich Pica, had the following response to an Associated Press report that President Obama has fired Elizabeth Birnbaum, the head of the U.S. Minerals Management Service:
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
New Bill Would Slash Wasteful Tax Breaks that Pad Big Oil’s Profits
Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) announced Monday that he is introducing legislation to end a variety of loopholes that let big oil corporations skirt paying billions in taxes each year. His bill, called the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, is co-sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). Friends of the Earth’s president, Erich Pica, had this statement in support of the bill:
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Monday, May 24, 2010
Sen. Murkowski, Pawn of Special Interests, Poised to Bring Clean Air Act Rollback Measure to a Vote
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has indicated that she could bring a measure to roll back the Clean Air Act to the Senate floor this week. Sen. Murkowski’s measure, called a “disapproval resolution,” would effectively destroy the Clean Air Act as a tool to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate disruption. Friends of the Earth’s president, Erich Pica, had the following statement:
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Venter Takes Genetic Engineering to 'Extreme New Level'
Today, the J. Craig Venter Institute announced the creation of the first living organism with an entirely synthetic genome. Friends of the Earth's genetic technology policy campaigner, Eric Hoffman, responded: "Craig Venter's lab has taken genetic engineering to an extreme new level. These new synthetic chromosomes mimic billions of years of evolution.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Biodiversity Lost at Unprecedented Rate
On May 22, the Day of Biological Diversity, during the International Year of Biodiversity, 2010, Friends of the Earth International warned that biodiversity continues to be lost at an unprecedented rate and that forest-dependent peoples, fishing communities and the poor are suffering the consequences the most.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Carbon Fraud Guide Details Dangers of Carbon Markets That Are Contaminated By Offsets
A new “guide” for would-be carbon crooks and schemers released today by Friends of the Earth serves as a warning about the fraud, corruption and gaming abuses that are inherent to carbon trading systems contaminated with offset credits. The “American Power Act” proposed by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) last week would create just such a system. The guide, Ten Ways to Game the Carbon Market, outlines ten different ways in which fraudsters can game carbon trading systems.
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