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Weekly News Roundup: January 3, 2014

1/3/2014 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? A New Year’s Resolution for Congress. Keep public lands in public hands. New England Stands Against Tar Sands. A Maine town says “no” to toxic tar sands. Christmas Tree Crisis. Four tips to recycle your […] Read more >

White-tailed deer image by N. and M.J. Mishler (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

Despite Industry Bullying, New England Stands Up to Tar Sands

12/27/2013 // By Annie Mackin

The City Council of South Portland, Maine, responded last week to wide concern among residents and passed a 180-day moratorium on any move to transport tar sands there. How did this happen? Residents learned about tar sands and the potential […] Read more >

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The Top 10 Climate Successes of 2013

12/18/2013 // By Mollie Simon

We’ll remember 2013 as a year of climate action thanks in large part to one landmark announcement: President Obama’s plan to act on climate.  National Wildlife Federation has been a key player in fights to keep pollution from fossil fuels […] Read more >

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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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Northeast Tar Sands Project Should Need U.S. Dept. of State Approval

12/11/2013 // By Annie Mackin

Some promising news in the fight to keep Vermont tar sands free recently came out of Washington, D.C. Through a FOIA request, National Wildlife Federation obtained a letter that the State Department sent in August to the Portland Pipe Line […] 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 >

Looking north on the Lamoille River. Photo credit: Annie Mackin.

Fight to Keep Vermont Tar-Sands Free

12/2/2013 // By Annie Mackin

Even as temperatures drop below freezing and we look ahead to another long winter, the fight to keep Vermont tar-sands-free is heating up. A group of volunteers, activists and community leaders from all corners of the state—as well as New Hampshire and Maine—is building momentum […] Read more >

Tar Sands protesters via Rainforest Action Network/Flickr

Canadian Bullying Should Make Saying No To Keystone XL Easy for Obama

11/14/2013 // By Jim Murphy

I have a wee confession. Despite my deep concern about climate change and the state of the world, when my Sunday New York Times arrives on my doorstep (and, yes, I still prefer real newspapers, not glowing computer screens, especially […] Read more >

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The South Portland, Maine Vote to Protect Wildlife from Dirty Oil

10/31/2013 // By Carol Oldham

Update:  The Nov. 5th initiative in South Portland, Maine was narrowly defeated. See more below.   Right now, Big Oil is trying to pump millions of gallons of dirty tar sands oil through sensitive wildlife habitat—crossing pristine lakes, rivers and […] Read more >

An old oil pipeline in Winnipeg near the  Assiniboine River. Flickr photo by Joel Penner.

Industry Giveaway Bill Seeks to Gut Public Review of Dangerous Pipeline Projects

10/28/2013 // By Jim Murphy

Now that Congress is done shuttering our National Parks and needlessly putting the world economy at risk, it’s time for them to turn to another of their favorite pastimes – trying to deny citizens the right to participate in reviewing […] Read more >