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Conservative Supreme Court Justices Affirm Climate Science

6/20/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court in American Electric Power v. Connecticut may have foreclosed (for now) the possibility of states using federal common law to seek carbon pollution limits on some of our country’s dirtiest coal power plants, but […] Read more >

Mercury Air Pollution

A Letter from the Mercury Frontline

6/7/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Nearly all of our exposure to mercury occurs through eating fish and shellfish. Mercury pollution spewing from power plants settles in our lakes and rivers where microscopic organisms convert the inorganic mercury into methylmercury. This form of mercury accumulates up the […] Read more >

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Adventures with Mercury Manchin and His Sidekick Electric Portman

5/2/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

The polluter parade of attacks on the Clean Air Act just keeps marching in Washington, DC.  This week, it is expected that Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Rob Portman (R-OH) will introduce a new omnibus air polluter bill.  The legislation is designed to delay […] Read more >

Coal-fired power plant on Potomac River in Alexandria, VA (by NWF's Miles Grant)

Government Shutdown = Polluter Holiday?

4/8/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

As the budget battle continues, little attention is being paid to what a federal government shutdown might mean for safety of our air, water and land if government employees are forced home. Read more >

Save the Clean Air Act: Dozens of Editorials

4/7/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Newspapers from every corner of the nation are calling on Congress to keep their hands off of the Clean Air Act.  The bipartisan 40-year old legislation enjoys broad support in public polls but that hasn’t held back polluters from demanding […] Read more >

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Polluters Lose in Clean Air Act Attack

4/6/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Today, attempts to rollback parts of the Clean Air Act that direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address carbon pollution failed in the Senate. In a game of political hide-and-seek, varying polluter interests attempted to highjack a bill (S. 493) […] Read more >

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New EPA Action on Mercury is a Game Changer

3/16/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Today,  the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new proposed limits on the mercury, arsenic, dioxin, and other toxic air pollutants spewing from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. (See EPA’s press release and rule here). The release of these hazardous pollutants into […] Read more >

Air Pollution

Investing in Clean Air: Great Returns

3/1/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

If I told you about an investment opportunity where you could receive 30 times the amount invested each year over the course of thirty years, I bet you would jump at it.  Such an investment return would blow away virtually […] Read more >

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House Seeks to Gag, Handcuff, and Eliminate Action on Climate Change

2/22/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Last week, the House of Representatives completed work on a bill known as a H.R. 1, a Continuing Resolution (CR) designed to make sure the U.S. government stays open for business for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year.  Instead […] Read more >

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A “Tex-Extremist” Approach to the Clean Air Act

1/12/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

 A “Tex-tremist” Approach to the Clean Air Act Texans enjoy better air quality like the rest of Americans thanks to a strong Clean Air Act. Unfortunately, some Texas politicians are making a play for their polluter friends at the expense […] Read more >