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Nationwide energy reform should be part of any Gulf spill legislation

By Cathy Carlson

July 21, 2010

Last week, the House Natural Resources Committee approved the CLEAR Act, a bill that would vastly improve our current energy policies affecting federal lands and ocean areas. 

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Tagged with: clear act, nancy pelosi, hr 3534, gulf spill


Are you using "Blood Gold"? Congress may have just helped us figure out.

By Scott Cardiff

July 16, 2010

Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act yesterday with some important provisions for the effort to clean up mining. This includes provisions we pushed that should help allow consumers to know if their gold jewelry is tainted with human rights violations and atrocities in the Congo basin.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, human rights, transparency, congo, blood gold, coltan, conflict


Yep, World Bank Still Approving Destructive Mines

By Scott Cardiff

July 14, 2010

One might think that while reviewing some of its environmental and social safeguard policies, the World Bank might hesitate to approve support for controversial mining projects that civil society groups express tremendous concern about. Well, guess again. Just yesterday, the Bank approved a guarantee for a new destructive mining project in Indonesia.

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Tagged with: indigenous, world bank, indonesia, nickel, weda bay, miga, tropical forest, ocean


Weda Bay Nickel to be a bad Bank mine?

By Scott Cardiff

July 12, 2010

The World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) is considering providing a guarantee for support of a nickel mine in Indonesia that would destroy vast areas of tropical rain forest in the buffer zone of a National Park -- in an area that was previously nominated to be part of the National Park. And it would pollute rivers with large quantities of sediment and probably toxic waste drainage. And dump the processing waste water into the ocean at only 15m below the surface. In an area with coral reefs.

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Tagged with: indigenous, world bank, nickel, weda bay, miga, coral reef, performance standards, protected area


Chairman Waxman Opposes Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

By Lauren Pagel

July 8, 2010

Earlier this week, Congressman Waxman, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of State Keystone XL Project Manager Elizabeth Orlando opposing the approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The State Department is charged with determining whether the pipeline is in the national interest and will issue, or not issue, a permit accordingly.

If built, the pipeline will transport tar sands oil from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast. Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest fuels out there -- emitting high volumes of greenhouse gases during development, which contribute to global warming.

In his letters to the State Department, Chairman Waxman stated that permitting the Keystone XL pipeline would be a step in the wrong direction , undermining President Obama s efforts to move this country away from oil and towards a clean energy economy. We applaud Chairman Waxman for his strong stance against increasing our reliance on dirty fuels and hope that other politicians will join him in opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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Tagged with: climate change, tar sands, keystone xl, waxman


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