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Come Heller or Clean Water: Dirty Water Rider Tries to Drown the Clean Water Act

11/17/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

There’s another nasty assault on America’s wetlands, waters and wildlife. The Dirty Water Rider, designed to handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, is creeping its way through the Senate. This misguided amendment, introduced  by Senators […] Read more >

Breath of Fresh Air in Senate: “We Are Not Just in This Chamber to Represent the Polluters”

10/20/2011 // By Miles Grant

There’s so much hot air coming out of Washington these days, many Americans have tuned out. But one speech on the Senate floor recently is worth watching in full. Read more >

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Get Outside for National Wildlife Refuge Week

10/13/2011 // By Marine Jaouen

This week (October 9-15) is National Wildlife Refuge Week, commemorated for the first time by the Senate in a historic resolution last year and officially recognized this year. First initiated under President Bill Clinton, Refuge Week is a celebration of […] Read more >

Offshore Wind is a Wise Investment

7/21/2011 // By Catherine Bowes

America’s offshore wind resources are immense, and it is time to get serious about bringing this significant, domestic clean energy source ashore.  National Wildlife Federation applauds Senators Carper (D-DE) and Snowe (R-ME) for their leadership in building a bipartisan coalition […] Read more >

Arctic drilling places endangered species like this Polar Bear in harm's way (photo: Amy Messere)

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water

7/7/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

More evidence that Congress lives in an alternate universe: they still think offshore oil rigs are no place for regulators. Basic common sense says that if you want to increase oil production, you at least need to pay for more […] Read more >

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Oil Execs Continue to Defend Billions in Tax Breaks

5/13/2011 // By Corey Shott

As record high gas prices batter consumers and anger voters, Senators on the Finance Committee hauled Big Oil’s top five executives to the Capitol for a hearing on proposals that might just lead to an end to wasteful taxpayer subsidies […] Read more >

Wednesday – House and Senate Attack Clean Air – Take Action!

4/6/2011 // By Tony Iallonardo

Today the Senate is scheduled to vote on a series of polluter-backed amendments to the Clean Air Act. While the details differ, all these amendments have one thing in common – they aim to block or eliminate parts of the […] Read more >

Cuts to Land and Water Conservation Damage the Outdoor Recreation Economy

4/4/2011 // By Bentley Johnson

There’s a lot of political theater on Capitol Hill these days.  That may not be much of a surprise to anyone who has followed the Continuing Resolution (aka the ‘CR’) budget debate over the last few weeks. But what may […] Read more >

April Fool's

It’s April Fool’s Day, and the Joke’s On Us

4/1/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

When it comes to the environment, water pollution is the issue Americans worry about the most. Unfortunately, members of Congress are making light of those fears just in time for April Fool’s Day. The amendments and riders attached to the […] Read more >

Senators Raise Concerns About Dirty Fuels Pipeline

11/3/2010 // By Tony Iallonardo

Eleven U.S. senators, led by Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling on her to respond to detailed questions about the environmental impacts of the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, designed to carry […] Read more >