Environmental Regulation

Monsanto Protection Act Protects GMO Companies From Litigation Even If At-Fault

March 28, 2013

“The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.”

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U.S. Senate Rejects Budget Resolution Carbon Tax Amendment

March 25, 2013

“The big tent notwithstanding, the Senate rejected the amendment handily, 58 to 41. All 45 of the chamber’s Republicans voted against it, as did 13 Democrats from energy-producing or swing states.”

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House of Representatives Approves Deregulation of GMO Crops

March 25, 2013

“The controversial “biotech rider” was slipped into House legislation Thursday during discussion of unrelated legislation designed to avoid a government shutdown March 27.”

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British Health Minister Advises Banning Use of Preventative Antibiotics in Livestock

March 21, 2013

“Livestock are often given antibiotics whether or not they are unwell as a preventative measure to stop diseases spreading, but the bugs are increasingly developing resistance to the drugs.”

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reverses

March 15, 2013

“Podesta — the sister-in-law of John Podesta, who co-chaired President Obama’s transition team – appealed directly to the EPA’s second in command, Bob Perciasepe, pressing the agency’s highest-level administrators to get directly involved.”

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State Department Report on Keystone XL Pipeline: No Significant Impact to Most Resources Along Route

March 1, 2013

“Environmentalists were left sputtering Friday while pro-pipeline forces in Congress and industry insisted that this should leave no doubt that the pipeline can be built safely and provide for jobs and a fresh source of North American energy.”

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Report: United Kingdom Government Warned of Illegal Horsemeat as Early as 2011

February 19, 2013

“The Government was last night urgently investigating allegations that ministers were alerted as long ago as 2011 that illegal horse meat was entering the food chain.”

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Nestle Recalls Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini Sold in Spain and Italy Due to Horsemeat Presence

February 19, 2013

“Nestlé, which is based in Switzerland, said it had increased testing after the discoveries of horse meat in British foods and “traces” of horse DNA in two products made with beef supplied by a German company, H. J. Schypke.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Threatens Executive Action to Combat the Effects of Climate Change

February 13, 2013

“Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America.”

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Senate Democrats Propose Ending Farm Subsidies to Avoid Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 7, 2013

“Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) confirmed that the prime target for spending cuts is an outdated system of direct cash payments to producers that still costs taxpayers close to $5 billion a year and has long been a target for reformers.”

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TransCanada CEO Urges the U.S. State Department to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline Permits

February 7, 2013

“During a visit to Washington, TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling also said that his company was exploring other routes to get the Canadian oil to world markets, including a possible retrofit of a natural gas pipeline to eastern Canada.”

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ignores Court Ruling Eliminating the Cellulosic Biofuels Mandate

February 3, 2013

“The Environmental Protection Agency just ramped up the standards even higher, from 8.7 million gallon mandates for 2012 to 14 million gallons by the end of this year.”

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Pennsylvania Govenrnor Tom Corbett (R) Proposes Privatizing State-Run Liquor Stores to Fund Public Education

January 31, 2013

“The Republican governor said his plan would not impact state revenues. The money it would sacrifice from liquor sales would be offset in part by increased fines and fees and heightened regulation, he said.”

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Federal Appeals Court Throws Out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mandates for Cellulosic Biofuels

January 28, 2013

“EPA sets renewable fuel projections every year that establish the volumes that refiners, importers and blenders must use. For what they don’t — or can’t — buy, industry must purchase credits. But EPA’s projections for cellulosic biofuels have been wildly off course for several years.”

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White House Spokesman: President Obama Opposes a Carbon Pollution Tax Regulation

January 24, 2013

“White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday confirmed that Mr. Obama would pursue stricter carbon-pollution regulations through the Environmental Protection Agency, expanding rules on carbon-emitting plants so they cover existing power plants, as well as newly built ones.”

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