Environmental Roundup: July 6, 2009
Flawed Climate and Energy Bill Moving Through Congress
Ship Shape: Cleaner Ships Save Lives
On June 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the deeply flawed American Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as the Waxman-Markey bill. The bill is so corrupted by polluting special interests, including Shell Oil and Duke Energy, as well as corporate agribusiness and Wall Street, that we can't celebrate what could have been a major turning point for climate action.
Instead of bringing about the transition to clean energy President Obama spoke of during his campaign, this bill is actually counterproductive, gutting the EPA's authority to fight global warming.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where we have a real chance to improve it by persuading progressive senators to stand strong and demand a better bill -- a bill that does what scientists say we must and preserves existing EPA authority. If you have not yet made a financial contribution to this campaign and wish to, you can do so by clicking here today. Learn more about our work on the Waxman-Markey bill.
Saving the Rivers of the Nation's Capital
Friends of the Earth's DC Environmental Network celebrated a victory when the District of Columbia Council successfully passed the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009, which will attach a small 5-cent fee on disposable shopping bags to help clean up the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek.
According to a recent report by the DC Department of the Environment, plastic bags, bottles, wrappers and Styrofoam make up 85 percent of the trash in the Anacostia River. Placing a small fee on "free" bags could eliminate up to 47 percent of the trash in the tributaries and 21 percent from the river's main stem. Learn more...
Nine years and two court battles after Friends of the Earth first demanded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency craft more protective air pollution limits for large ships, the agency announced proposed cleaner air pollution standards for ocean-going vessels last week. The rules would reduce harmful pollutants by 80 percent or more by 2030, preventing between 13,000 and 33,000 premature deaths. Read more...
Our Friends in Honduras
The Friends of the Earth International Network is deeply worried about the current situation in Honduras. Friends of the Earth U.S. is working with the network to demand the restoration of the Honduran president and unconditional respect for democracy. We express our solidarity with Friends of the Earth Honduras / Movimiento Madre Tierra and all the forces struggling for democracy in Honduras.
Read the Friends of the Earth International Statement.
Report Exposes Dangerous Nano-Silver in Consumer Products
Friends of the Earth released a report in June, which exposes how potentially harmful nano-silver particles are being put into a wide variety of consumer products in the U.S. To learn more, please visit www.foe.org/healthy-people/nanosilver.
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