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Calif. considers low-carbon fuel standard for cars

SACRAMENTO—California air regulators are taking another step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, considering first-in-the nation standards to require the use of so-called low-carbon fuels.

The California Air Resources Board, which will debate the standards Thursday, considers the regulation a framework for a potential national policy advocated by President Barack Obama on the campaign trail last year. Democrats have included a goal for low-carbon fuels in the latest climate bill they have introduced in Congress.

Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Report Takes Aim at Climate Bill's Giant Carbon Polluter Loophole

A detailed analysis released today by two environmental organizations raises a red flag on the carbon offsetting provisions of the leading climate bill now moving through Congress.

The report from International Rivers and the Rainforest Action Network calls for removing giant carbon pollution loopholes from the Waxman-Markey bill, also known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). Otherwise, the report warns, the carbon cap will fall far short of hitting its targets.

The report says:

Solve Climate
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pro-green activists turn up the heat on Congress

Thousands of demonstrators braved a late-winter snowstorm Monday to call attention to global warming and urge Congress to impose tougher limits on greenhouse gases.

The rally, sponsored by Capitol Climate Action, combined more than 90 climate activist groups from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, Canada and several other nations.

Washington Times
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Going Green Despite Snow — and Irony — a Climate Protest Persists

Protesters stand in front of an entrance to the US Capitol Power Plant during a march by the Capitol Climate Action Coalition to demand that the plant switch from coal to natural gas power on March 2, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Tim Sloan / AFP / Getty

The call rang out through Washington early on the morning of Mar. 2: the biggest act of civil disobedience against global warming in American history would not, in fact, be snowed out.

Time Magazine
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Capitol Offense

No coal. Photo: Pete Muller/Greenpeace via Flickr

No one was arrested, but not for lack of trying.

An estimated 2,500 people protested outside Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Power Plant on Monday -- the nation's largest act of civil disobedience against coal power.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Anti-coal protesters march through snow over global warming

A rare March snowstorm on Monday did not stop several thousand global-warming protesters from marching on the Capitol Power Plant (CPP), where they called for an end to coal-burning.

Draped in winter jackets, hats and scarves on an unseasonably cold day, protesters made their way from the park behind the Rayburn House Office Building to the power plant, with some carrying signs demanding “Green Jobs Now.”

Hundreds of U.S. Capitol Police officers lined the streets and guarded the plant from second-level outdoor catwalks.

The Hill
Monday, March 2, 2009

Power plant near Capitol should stop burning coal, congressional leaders say

Four days before a planned civil disobedience action at a coal-fired power plant near the U.S. Capitol, the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate asked Thursday for the plant to replace all its coal with natural gas.

McClatchy Newspapers
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oil Wars Bring Local Victory

Palm oil is emerging as a major environmental battleground. The thick oil has become a nearly ubiquitous ingredient in cosmetics and processed foods, and rainforests around the world are being cleared to accommodate expanding production.

San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Houston Chevron Marathon Marred by Denial of Runners’ Free Speech

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Houston, TX – A team that is running for human rights in Ecuador at this Sunday’s Chevron Houston Marathon was just kicked out of the marathon’s Expo by Chevron Marathon Managing Director Steven Karpas. The runners had paid for a table to distribute “I’m Running for Human Rights” stickers and information about Chevron’s refusal to clean up over 18 billion tons of toxic oil sludge they are responsible for in the Ecuadorean rainforest.

Advocates Run for Human Rights, Ecuadorean Rainforest in Chevron-sponsored Houston Marathon

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Houston, TX- A team of human rights advocates will be running in this weekend’s Chevron Houston marathon to draw attention to the sponsoring oil company’s refusal to take responsibility for one of the largest environmental disasters in human history.