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Common Sense Prevails in Senate, as Anti-Environment Extremists Fail to Undo Methane Pollution Measure

Preserving limits on wasteful methane pollution will combat climate change, protect public health

In a win for oil and gas-patch communities and taxpayers, a procedural vote failed in the Senate, preventing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from nullifying the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane Waste Rule. The vote to proceed to debate on the resolution failed, 49-51. This rule is a common sense standard to limit wasteful methane pollution from oil and gas operations on public lands.

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Arctic Council Advances Black Carbon Emission Reductions, Sidelines Paris Agreement

Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen: “Council’s declaration ignores the urgency of implementing the Paris Agreement”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson turned over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council from the U.S. to Finland today. Culminating two years of productive work under the Obama administration’s leadership, the Council issued the Fairbanks Declaration – the statement by the Council’s eight member states that sets the direction for cooperative Arctic work over the next two years. The declaration recognized the grave impacts of climate change on the Arctic and adopted the first Pan-Arctic report on reducing black carbon and methane emissions. However, it also included disappointingly weak language on the Paris Agreement.

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National Business Groups Send U.S. Dept. of Energy Analyses Showing Diverse Energy Sources Protect Electric Reliability

Four national business groups representing the range of advanced and renewable energy companies in the United States submitted materials to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to inform the energy market study he called for last month. The four groups developed separate analyses, based on existing sources and industry experience, showing that changing energy sources – more use of natural gas, renewable energy, and energy management sources in addition to resources like coal and nuclear power – far from threatening electric system reliability, increase it in important ways while saving consumers money.

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DOE Recognizes Achievements of Better Buildings Initiative Partners, Results of Technology Campaigns and Accelerators

This year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) welcomed 240 organizations as partners into the Better Buildings Alliance, Better Plants, Better Communities Alliance, and Better Buildings Accelerators—collaborative efforts designed to help public sector organizations and private sector companies to save money and improve energy efficiency. Today, DOE is releasing new tools and resources developed in collaboration with Accelerator partners and announcing important results from its technology campaigns. Part of the Better Buildings Initiative, these efforts target specific barriers to energy efficiency and encourage the discovery and demonstration of innovative technologies and best practices for saving energy.

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More Companies Reporting Progress toward Deforestation-free Supply Chains

Third annual Supply Change report finds growing transparency in corporate deforestation commitments

Third annual Supply Change report finds growing transparency in corporate deforestation commitments

Recent years have witnessed a groundswell of private sector commitments to reducing deforestation linked to the agricultural commodities that underpin vast corporate supply chains. A growing number of companies have been sharing their progress toward those pledges, according to the latest annual report from Forest Trends’ Supply Change initiative.

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