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Political Agenda

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Obama Needs Our Help Obama Needs Our Help
by Jonathan Rowe
Jonathan Rowe: With presidents constrained by forces we can’t even see, the story of presidential achievement is in large measure the story of the movements that make action possible.
Reaping the Dividends of Reduced Emissions Reaping the Dividends of Reduced Emissions
by Mike Sandler
California residents stand to gain a lot from the state's efforts to cap greenhouse gases: less pollution, greener infrastructure, and a yearly check in the mailbox.
"Regulators Should No Longer Ignore Rigorous Science" "Regulators Should No Longer Ignore Rigorous Science"
by Sandra Diaz
In a broad new study, scientists conclude that the impacts of mountaintop removal are "pervasive and irreversible."
EPA Implements Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule EPA Implements Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule
by Rik Langendoen
An EPA rule requiring large polluters to report greenhouse gases went into effect December 29, 2009.
Debt Relief: The Results Are In Debt Relief: The Results Are In
by Hayley Hathaway
Debt relief has allowed poor nations to pay for schools and health care instead of loan interest. A new bill in the U.S. Congress would offer relief to more countries and make lending more responsible.
Lessons from the Attack on Van Jones Lessons from the Attack on Van Jones
by Rob Biko Baker
Jones is a powerful role model in or out of the White House.
Seattle's Climate Commitment Seattle's Climate Commitment
Video: When the U.S. failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the city of Seattle decided to adopt it on a municipal level. Richard Conlin, president of the Seattle City Council and a YES! board member, discusses what that has meant for the city.
Appalachia Fights for a Green Future Appalachia Fights for a Green Future
by Bob Kincaid
Appalachian residents are calling on environmental protection agencies to stand up to mountaintop removal.
Using the Clean Air Act to Cap Carbon Using the Clean Air Act to Cap Carbon
Two environmental groups petitioned the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to cap carbon dioxide at 350 parts per million.
The Story of Cap & Trade The Story of Cap & Trade
by Annie Leonard
Annie Leonard's newest video asks tough questions about who cap & trade really benefits—and what effect it would really have on climate change.
Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long
by Brooke Jarvis
By working with local businesses, Michelle Long helped make Bellingham, Washington a national leader in urban sustainability. As executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, she's taking her vision to cities around North America.
Public Attitudes, Knowledge, and Values Around the Climate Public Attitudes, Knowledge, and Values Around the Climate
"The Energy Learning Curve", a Public Agenda poll, and additional polling data show America's changing attitude to climate action.
In Defense of the Goldstone Report In Defense of the Goldstone Report
by Stephen Zunes
Stephen Zunes: By condemning the report on war crimes committed during the Gaza war, the U.S. Congress is undermining the protection of human rights.
Spokane Considers Community Bill of Rights Spokane Considers Community Bill of Rights
by Mari Margil
Thousands of people voted to protect nine basic rights, ranging from the right of the environment to exist and flourish to the rights of residents to have a locally based economy and to determine the future of their neighborhoods.
Clean Energy Works: Portland Project a Model for Green Stimulus Clean Energy Works: Portland Project a Model for Green Stimulus
by Roger Valdez
In Portland, Recovery Act funds are 'laying the foundation for long-term economic, environmental, and community health.'
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