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.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, March 26, 2010
Landmark Clean Air Rules Set for Ships, Thousands of Lives Expected to Be Saved
Today, the international body governing the shipping industry approved rules to limit air pollution from ships in most U.S. and Canadian waters. The rules are expected to prevent millions of illnesses and 14,000 premature deaths by 2020. Friends of the Earth has spent ten years working to put these protections in place, beginning with a legal challenge initiated in 2000 to a U.S. EPA rule that ultimately contributed to today's action. The environmental group praised today's move, calling it a major victory.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Senate Votes to Undermine Obama Effort to Cut Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Yesterday, the Senate passed a bill (H.R. 4213) that would retroactively extend many harmful subsidies for polluting corporations if it becomes law. The Senate bill differs significantly from a similar bill that passed the House of Representatives late last year in that the Senate version would extend tax breaks for liquid coal, refined coal, bioelectricity and other dirty energy. President Barack Obama has joined with the G20 group of major industrialized countries in calling for an end to such polluter giveaways.
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
US Export-Import Bank to Vote on “Carbon Increase Plan” Ahead of Obama's Visit
As the Board of the United States Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) prepares to vote on the Ex-Im Bank’s proposed new Carbon Policy Implementation Plan , environmental groups urged them to reject the plan in a letter sent to the Board.
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Friday, March 05, 2010
Obama Administration Files Request to Revoke Yucca Mountain License
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following statement in response to the request filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday by the Department of Energy to revoke the license application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository: “I am pleased that President Obama is following through on his pledge to close Yucca Mountain. The revocation of Yucca Mountain’s license application will finally end over twenty years of bad policy and wasted spending on a project that was doomed to fail from the start. “
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Thursday, March 04, 2010
Sen. Rockefeller Attacks Clean Air Act
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following statement in response to today's introduction by Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.V.) of a bill that would freeze enforcement of global warming pollution through the Clean Air Act for at least two years: "The bill introduced by Sen. Rockefeller would allow climate-warming pollution from the country's biggest industrial emitters to continue unchecked. It is yet another example of the overwhelming power polluting corporate interests have in Washington.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Friends of the Earth Launches TV Ads Opposing Obama Administration's Nuclear Bailout
Friends of the Earth launched two television ads today against the $55 billion in loan guarantees the Obama Administration has proposed to hand out for the construction of the first new nuclear reactors in the United States in thirty years.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
GM Crops Failing to Tackle Climate Change
On the day of the release of annual industry-sponsored figures, a new report from Friends of the Earth International reveals that claims made by the biotech industry that genetically modified (GM) crops can combat climate change are both exaggerated and premature.[1]
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Monday, February 22, 2010
On Heels of Obama Nuclear Bailout, Challenge to Controversial South Carolina Nuclear Project to Be Heard by State’s Supreme Court on March 4
In a case that could have far-reaching implications for efforts to build new nuclear reactors in the U.S., the South Carolina Supreme Court has set a hearing date on a challenge against a new reactor project planned in the state. The March 4 hearing at the state Supreme Court in Columbia will consider the appeal by the environmental organization Friends of the Earth of a decision by the South Carolina Public Service Commission allowing South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) to proceed with a costly two-reactor nuclear project and to begin collecting rates to pay for it.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Ad Contest Holds Sen. Lincoln Accountable for Attacking Clean Air Act
Online voting has opened in a contest to determine the content of a billboard that will hold Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) accountable for attempting to roll back the Clean Air Act. The contest, hosted at www.SaveTheCleanAirAct.com , is sponsored by Friends of the Earth and CREDO Action.
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Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Federal Biofuels Mandate Remains in Full Force After EPA Rulemaking
The Environmental Protection Agency today released its final rule for implementation of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandates a massive increase in domestic biofuels consumption by 2022. A key part of the EPA's final rule is a model the agency has built to calculate the total greenhouse gas emissions that are generated over the full course of the biofuels production and consumption life cycle.
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