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Activists block tar sands mining operation.
by Conservation Law Foundation

Pop quiz: Which country is the biggest exporter of oil to the United States? Venezuela? Mexico? Saudi Arabia? None of the above. The correct answer is America’s neighbor to the north, Canada. In a story that will almost certainly not make headlines in mainstream American news outlets, a group of activists blocked tar sands mining…

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Admiral Obama sets course for an ocean policy
by Sean Cosgrove

New England’s ocean and coastal waters have long suffered from management that only allows a single-sector approach. One agency is in charge of energy, one agency in charge of commercial fishing and another is in charge of water quality. This leads to a situation in both state and fedaral waters where no one is watching out for…

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Bad plans for coal plants give me gas . . .
by Seth Kaplan

The Boston Globe today presents an excellent editorial on the misguided proposal for the power plant in Somerset Massachusetts: ONE OF THE state’s “Filthy Five’’ coal-burning power plants is trying to turn itself into a Cinderella of clean-burning electricity generation. Since the makeover includes a first-in-the-nation commercial use of a certain technology to reduce dirty…

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The latest scary climate science . . .
by Seth Kaplan

I always say that mantra number two for a climate advocate is “Yeah, we have to do that too.”  As in, “We need to be more efficient AND we need to build wind farms AND we need to build transmission lines to support the wind farms AND we need to build sidewalks and transit so…

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Verizon Wireless responds!
by Seth Kaplan

CLF staff writing on this blog, smart commentators and allied climate advocates have taken issue with Verizon Wireless appearing on the sponsor list for a Labor Day rally and concert that includes gathering of signatures for petitions against, and statements opposing, climate legislation. A telephone conversation with Verizon Wireless Vice President Corporate Communications Jim Gerace…

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Call Verizon Wireless on its Support for Environmental Destruction and Dirty Coal
by Anthony Iarrapino

It’s no surprise that Fox News’ dunderhead commentator and global warming denier Sean Hannity is attending a Labor Day rally supporting the destructive coal mining practice of mountaintop removal.  It’s no surprise that gun-toting, washed-up 80’s rocker Ted Nugent will be there too, spewing his crass, foul-mouthed brand of conservative hatred (warning–adult language on linked content).  What is surprising…

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My garbage went to South Carolina and all I got was…
by Walker Larsen

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time thinking about where your garbage goes once it gets picked up from your curb. What’s that? You don’t wonder about the final resting place or you trash and recyclables? Well you should, and now, thanks to the MIT SENSEable City lab, you don’t have to…

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Conservation Law Foundation Statement On Senator Ted Kennedy’s Passing
by Seth Kaplan

(BOSTON, MA) AUGUST 26, 2009 — “Today, we mourn the loss of Ted Kennedy, an incomparable leader for our region and country, and a decades-long champion of forward-thinking environmental policy,” said CLF President John Kassel.  “He was a powerful voice and vote in the Senate during the development, debate and passage of every major piece…

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Make the water cleaner before the mosquitoes get meaner!
by Anthony Iarrapino

Warning: Bigger, faster, and more abundant mosquitoes may be breeding in a river or stream near you.   A new scientific study presented at this month’s meeting of the Ecological Society of America reaches the scary conclusion that mosquitoes–carriers of the West Nile Virus and other diseases–thrive in waterways contaminated by sewage.  As if we needed even more…