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Hugh Grant, CEO, Monsanto Voted Biggest Biofool!

Apr. 23, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

With thousands of votes cast, this year's Biggest Biofool is Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto. Grant has been a long-time supporter of biofuels, insisting, despite evidence to the contrary, that biofuels are good for the environment. In fact, biofuels ...

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Trade and Investment

Apr. 20, 2009 / Posted by: EBast / Categories: Blog

The Friends of the Earth trade campaign draws attention to the trade and investment rules which threaten environmental protection, and works to advance policies which instead promote sustainable development, worker and human rights, and corporate ...

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Tax Day Protest Against Nukes

Apr. 16, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

While it may not have exactly been what organizers of the April 15 tax day protests had in mind, Friends of the Earth supporters took a no-taxes-for-nukes message to the “tea party” rally at the South Carolina capitol in Columbia. Dres...

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Happy Biofools Day!

Apr. 1, 2009 / Posted by: Micah Rosenoer / Categories: Blog, Climate and Energy

Congratulations to Secretary Tom Vilsack With 2,424 votes -- more than the total number cast last year -- the 2011 Biofool of the Year is Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack! There’s no doubt he deserves it; with Secretary Vilsack at the he...

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Threats to Forest Protections in RFS Continue

Mar. 31, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) is at it again, advocating for the removal of critical forest protections in the Renewable Fuels Standard. She has re-introduced her bill that would change the defintion of "Renewable Biomass" and thereby swee...

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Ship Shape: Oil Spill Prevention Victory

Mar. 27, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

We recently passed the the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. And what is there to remember from such an awful environmental disaster? Maybe the thousands of gallons of crude oil still polluting Alaska, the almost assured extinction o...

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Subprime Carbon Testimony

Mar. 27, 2009 / Posted by: MChan / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth's Michelle Chan testified before the Ways and Means Committee on March 26, 2009 about the financial aspects of reducing carbon emissions. She emphasized that existing financial regulations, as well as those in major cap-and-tr...

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Global Warming Provisions in Biofuels Policy Threatened

Mar. 18, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

The biofuels lobby is, yet again, urging the EPA to ignore emissions from indirect land use change in EPA's accounting of global warming pollution from biofuels. And corn-state Senators have sent their own plea to EPA in support of the industry, a...

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