Environmental Regulation

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 confirmed that the prime target for spending cuts is an outdated system of direct cash payments to producers that still costs taxpayers close to $5 billion a year and has long been a target for reformers.”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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Bipartisan Group of 53 Senators Sign Letter Urging President Obama to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 24, 2013

“The State Department said on Tuesday that it has delayed a decision on whether to approve the pipeline beyond the first quarter of this year. Previously, State had said it would make a decision by that time.”

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New Proposed Federal Regulations Would Limit Medical and Behavioral Research on Chimpanzees

January 23, 2013

“Just two of the 30 current federally funded chimpanzee projects would meet the proposed criteria.”

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal of Asarco’s Lawsuit Against the EPA Over Air Quality Standards

January 22, 2013

“Asarco LLC, which operates one of the three main U.S. copper smelters, was appealing a July decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s new national ambient air quality standard for sulfur dioxide.”

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Japan Will Ease Restrictions on American and French Beef Imports

January 22, 2013

“Japan, which was once the largest buyer of US beef, halted imports after a case of mad cow disease was detected in an American herd in 2003. It now imports meat only from cattle aged under 20 months.”

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President Obama, in his Inaugural Address: We Will Respond to the Threat of Climate Change

January 22, 2013

“Linking climate change to devastating weather and fires, Obama said the country could grow its economy while protecting itself from the worst effects of a phenomenon scientists say is getting worse due to man-made pollutants.”

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