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Monsanto’s rider would keep regulators, and the Constitution, at bay

March 14th, 2013

The Monsanto “rider” is a noxious attachment to the Continuing Resolution budget bill pending in Congress, and not just because it would accelerate the adoption of controversial GE foods. Lawmakers and groups opposed to the rider say it’s an affront to due process.

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Wheeze, baby, wheeze: Sierra Club and others respond to Rick Perry’s fossil fuel-heavy energy plan

October 17th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports

Many reports are taking Gov. Rick Perry’s energy plan to task for focusing on dirty fossil fuels and promoting jobs numbers for oil and gas development that crumble upon examination.

The New York Times says Perry’s plan to extend drilling on public lands, in the arctic and the Gulf of Mexico resembles “a wish list for the oil and gas industry” and appears to have been drawn from a study by Wood Mackenzie consultants paid for by the American Petroleum Institute.

The Atlantic reports that Perry is far off the mark when he claims that expanding oil and gas drilling and rolling back EPA regulations would create 1.2 million jobs.

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Tests show how toxic substances turn up in Americans’ blood

May 1st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We hear every day about dangerous chemicals in household products that are linked to cancer, infertility, autism and other diseases – yet many Americans may not realize just how many of these harmful substances they’ve actually ingested in the course of everyday living.

The answer? About 48. That’s according a study by the Environmental Working Group and Rachel’s Network, in which five leading minority women environmentalists from different parts of the country volunteered to have their blood tested for toxins. The results, say EWG experts, show that regulation of chemicals in the U.S. is weak and “antiquated” and needs a major overhaul.

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The sky is blue and greenhouse gases are bad for us

April 17th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

All week we kept getting these alerts from the EPA. First they wanted to tell us about the accelerated clean up of some Superfund sites. Next, they were trumpeting how they are (finally) going to test a bunch of common pesticides to see if they are endocrine disruptors. (Actually, they’re ordering the makers of these compounds to get them tested…but we’ll deal with that fox/hen house issue another time.)

I started to think, geez, would they ever leave us alone? Who do these EPA folks think they are anyway, government regulators?

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