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American Bird Conservancy responds to EPA Risk Assessments for Neonicotinoid Pesticides

While American Bird Conservancy is pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its preliminary risk assessments for four neonicotinoids—imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran—we are very disappointed that EPA has again pushed back any plans for reviewing the threat of these pesticides to birds. As a 2013 ABC report concluded, a single seed coated with aneonic is enough to kill a songbird.

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Heartland Institute Experts React to New EPA Fuel Standards

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Friday finalized a new rule to require automakers to double their average fleet-wide fuel efficiency to more than 50 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. The rule was not scheduled to be finalized until 2018, well into the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, who could be expected not to support such a large hike. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for 2017 models of cars and trucks is 35 mpg.

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Earthjustice Statement on Obama Admin’s Findings on Climate Impacts From Federal Coal Mining

‘Coal mining on our public lands poses serious risks that we simply cannot afford’

One year after the Obama administration announced it would halt new leases for coal mining on public lands as it underwent a thorough review of its current federal leasing program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its initial findings of this review. The report acknowledges that CO2 emissions attributable to federal coal account for 11 percent of total US greenhouse gasses, states unequivocally that “climate change impacts touch nearly every aspect of public welfare,” and commits to evaluating options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the federal coal program. 

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