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Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

EPA Petitioned to Update Sewage Standards for Ships

Apr. 28, 2009 / Posted by: MKeever / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth issued a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging the EPA to update standards governing sewage dumping from large ships. The current, outdated standards, adopted in 1976, allow the use of 30-year-old treatme...

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Forests On the Chopping Block In Energy Policy

Apr. 24, 2009 / Posted by: KMcmahon / Categories: Blog

As Congress debates how to build a clean energy future, one policy proposal threatens our nation's forests: The Renewable Electricity Standard. While a Renewable Electricity Standard -- which would require a set percentage of U.S.

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Safe Kids campaign gets boost in California Senate

Apr. 24, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warned against the use of fire retardant chemicals in baby products and furniture. This is because scientists around the world have linked these chemicals to hormone disruption, neurological and de...

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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 / Tags: Michal rosenoer

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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