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"Obama Just Announced the First New Marine Sanctuaries in 15 Years"

"At the second annual Our Ocean conference, which opens today in Chile and will address challenges to marine ecosystems around the globe, world leaders will announce the extra steps they are taking to protect the world’s oceans. And the Obama administration is helping to kick things off by announcing plans to create two new marine sanctuaries — one in Maryland, and the other in Lake Michigan."

Source: Wash Post, 10/05/2015

Senate Panel OKs Oil Export Bill, But Party Split Signals Trouble

"Legislation authorizing crude exports advanced through another congressional panel on Thursday with a mostly party-line vote that underscored some senators’ deep skepticism of making a big trade policy change to benefit oil producers without new environmental safeguards or taxes."

Source: FuelFix, 10/02/2015

New Limit for Smog-Causing Emissions Not as Strict as Many Had Expected

"The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a major new regulation on smog-causing emissions that spew from smokestacks and tailpipes, significantly tightening the current Bush-era standards but falling short of more stringent regulations that public health advocates and environmentalists had urged."

Source: NY Times, 10/02/2015


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