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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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Duke Energy Abandons Plutonium Fuel (MOX) Testing Program in South Carolina Reactor
Friends of the Earth has learned that Duke Energy has taken a decisive step which signals its complete withdrawal from the Department of Energy's controversial program to test the potential use of surplus military plutonium as fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
Statement on Climate Bill Action in Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica responded to today's vote to report an energy and climate change bill out of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee: "It is extremely disconcerting to hear scientists speak about the level of action needed to prevent radical and dangerous climate destabilization, and then to see how far short even one of the most environmentally friendly committees in Congress has fallen.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Congress Begins Push to Stop Cruise Industry From Dumping Sewage
Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today that would prevent cruise ships from dumping sewage and other waste into coastal waters.
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Friday, October 09, 2009
Statement on President Obama's Nobel Prize
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following statement on today's announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to President Barack Obama, in part because of his work on climate change:
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Thursday, October 08, 2009
Controversial Pizarchik Surface Mining Nomination Advances Out of Committee; Key Democrats Voice Opposition
The nomination of Joseph Pizarchik to the head the federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement advanced out of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee today by voice vote.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Updated: Statement on the Kerry-Boxer Draft Climate Bill
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following statement in response to the Kerry-Boxer draft climate bill: "We commend Senators Boxer and Kerry for their dedication to combating the important problem of climate change but we cannot support a bill that fails to solve the problem. Overall the draft is riddled with loopholes and does not go far enough to protect the planet. Areas of concern include:
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Global Civil Society Calls for Greater U.S. Leadership in Solving the Climate Crisis
As world leaders gather today at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, more than 125 groups representing constituents in over 100 countries delivered an urgent letter to President Obama requesting bold action to fight climate change. The letter asks President Obama to set ‘a vastly higher level of ambition for the United States’ contribution to both greenhouse gas emission cuts and a package of finance and technology for developing countries.’
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Report Warns That Carbon Derivatives Markets Pose Threats Congress Has Not Addressed
The carbon trading system that would be created by the energy bill that passed the House of Representatives in June would be complex, volatile and prone to gaming. That’s the conclusion of a new report released today by Friends of the Earth.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Coalition Asks EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gases and Other Toxic Air Pollutants From Factory Farms
The Humane Society of the United States and a coalition of environmental and public health organizations filed a legal petition with the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to regulate air pollution from factory farms.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Cruise Lines Graded on Environmental Impacts
Today Friends of the Earth issued the first-ever Cruise Ship Environmental Report Card , an assessment of the environmental and human health footprint of cruise lines and ships operating in the United States. Millions of Americans take cruise vacations every year. Travelers may not realize that taking a cruise is more harmful to the environment and human health than many other forms of travel.
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