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Obama Brings On Anti-Keystone Advisor, But Doesn’t Seem to Want His Advice

12/12/2013 // By Mollie Simon

An anonymous White House aide is assuring reporters this morning that President Obama’s new special adviser, Keystone XL opponent John Podesta, will “recuse himself” from the Keystone XL decision. The question for conservationists is: Uh, why? This isn’t a Supreme […] Read more >

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Can Keystone Pass the President’s Climate Test?

12/3/2013 // By Mollie Simon

In June, President Obama stood at Georgetown University and defined the conditions under which he would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, saying he would, “only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” So, can Keystone […] Read more >

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Coal Exports Travel Too Close to Our Wildlife and Iconic Places

11/8/2013 // By Mollie Simon

Coal, once a keystone to the American identity, is having trouble staying competitive. With natural gas prices low and the demand for responsible energy options high, coal no longer has a solid place in the American market. So now coal […] Read more >

Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen).

The Costs of Climate Change and Extreme Weather like Hurricane Sandy

10/28/2013 // By Mollie Simon

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy, the second costliest hurricane in American history, made landfall on the East Coast. Twelve months later, the images of demolished landscapes and neighborhoods are still fresh in our minds. Hurricane Sandy brought extreme costs to our […] Read more >

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The Government Shutdown Puts D.C.’s Environmental Education on Hold

10/9/2013 // By Mollie Simon

When I moved to D.C. two weeks ago, I brought with me a pretty large to-do list. Unfortunately, almost as soon as I got here, that was all put on hold. With the government shutdown in full force, the Smithsonian […] Read more >

A coal fired power plant in WY. Flickr photo by gvgoebel

Speak Up On Climate Action with the Environmental Protection Agency

10/7/2013 // By Mollie Simon

In the United States, power plants emit up to 2 billion metric tons of carbon pollution a year. This huge amount of carbon is causing climate change, dramatically altering wildlife habitat, and causing more extreme weather. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking […] Read more >