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DC Hill update 6/1/10: Murkowski Dirty Air Act vote set for June 10th

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Jun
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Last week, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) struck a deal with the Democratic leadership that will allow her to force a vote on her “disapproval resolution” on the Clean Air Act on next Thursday, June 10. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that he will make a climate and energy bill a priority after the Memorial Day recess, huddling with key chairmen and working to chart out a path forward on "energy-related" legislation. At a high-profile press event President Obama identified comprehensive legislation as the long-term fix for preventing further oil-related disasters. Members of Congress are back in their states and districts all week for Memorial Day recess.

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Weekly roundup 5/7/10: BP's greenwashing, Home Star almost home, and more

7
May
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By far the biggest environmental and climate story this week has been the unfolding tragedy along the Gulf Coast caused by the explosion of a BP offshore oil rig. Despite ongoing efforts, the oil keeps leaking into the Gulf at a rate of between 210,000 - 1 million gallons a day, depending on whose estimates you believe. As you would expect, the oil spill is affecting the politics of passing (or not) a climate and energy bill this year -- and predictions are all over the place. But even during this grim week, the House of Representatives delivered some good news on energy efficiency.

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DC Hill Update 5/4/10 - Climate bill tensions ease as drilling disaster ravages the Gulf Coast

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May
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After a week of friction amongst Democratic leadership, the legislative calendar is coming into focus. The Senate is on the verge of passing Wall street reform, which if done quickly will leave space for a comprehensive energy and climate bill to be considered this spring. Co-sponsors of the draft legislation have yet to set out a new timeline for the bill's release, but tensions have eased considerably since the initial disagreements began last weekend.

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Guest blog: Crude awakening in the Gulf

3
May
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By Toni Reale, Coastal Program Coordinator at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), and cross-posted with their permission from their blog. -- Luis

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Local and national groups stand firmly against offshore drilling

3
May
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As the damage caused by the BP offshore oil rig spill continues to spread, a group of 39 environmental and civil society organizations (including 1Sky) delivered a letter to the Senate this morning, urging senators to reconsider plans to allow expanded offshore oil and gas exploration in future legislation. These organizations, representing millions of concerned Americans, make the case that as the BP oil rig disaster shows, offshore drilling poses an unacceptable risk to the health, livelihood and environment of millions of Americans. Read the entire letter with the list of signatories below.

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