Updates: news releases and updates

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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Cruise Ship Safety Bill

Mar. 12, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Senator John Kerry (D-MA) today introduced the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2009. Nearly 10 million passengers took cruises from the United States in 2007 and that figure is expected to grow to mor...

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Obama Budget Repeals $30 Billion in Oil and Gas Giveaways

Mar. 11, 2009 / Posted by: NBerning / Categories: Blog

President Obama’s first budget did away with over $30 billion in giveaways to oil and gas companies. Friends of the Earth has been working for years to end these give aways to multi-national companies that are earning record profits. Congres...

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Obama's Budget Makes Commitment to Clean Transportation

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

President Obama’s budget proposal for the Department of Transportation begins the process of transitioning to a more efficient, lower-carbon transportation system. The President’s budget increases funding for public transit which will ...

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Changing the Course of Biofuels Policy

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

Friends of the Earth has been working with a small coalition of fellow environmental organizations to change the direction that biofuels policy is going. Our biofuels policy platform provides specific policy recommendations that would incentivise ...

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New Roads = New Pollution

Feb. 10, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Transportation in the U.S. is responsible for 30 percent of our global warming pollution and 70 percent of our oil consumption. We cannot solve the energy and climate challenge without making our transportation system far cleaner and more efficient.

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World Social Forum IV comes to a close

Feb. 1, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today we saw the World Social Forum IV come to a close under rainy skies. The rain united with many tears from the public and from the assembly groups who said their goodbyes and who once more lifted their hopes for change in the world.

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Nanotechnology, Public Engagement and Human Intent

Jan. 31, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today we held our final workshop on nantechnology. This workshop was dedicated to the issue of nanotechnology and public engagement. We talked about how important it is for the public to discuss and have decision making power in the development of...

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