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"The tobacco-control movement celebrated another milestone yesterday as the U.S. Senate easily passed a bill giving the government unprecedented power over the making and marketing of tobacco products."
"Congress is all but abandoning President Barack Obama's goal of producing fully one-quarter of the nation's electricity from renewable sources -- wind, solar and the like -- by 2025, though a push for at least some increase is making headway."
"The Interior Department released a report today outlining flaws in the process used last year to auction oil and gas leases in Utah and calling for a comprehensive regional air-quality strategy and a review to decide whether to reinstate the parcels."
"Federal officials are struggling to calculate the fiscal impact that climate change could have on the nation's troubled public flood insurance program, amid predictions of intensifying downpours and more potent hurricanes."
A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts says that "green-collar workers" and the "clean-energy economy" have been growing faster than the rest of the U.S. economy and are poised for explosive growth.
"A Senate committee on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the panel's top Republican, to allow access to oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by drilling for it from outside the refuge."
"Bob Abbey, who helped former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt complete a Utah wilderness inventory 10 years ago, is President Barack Obama's nominee to head up the U.S. Bureau of Land Management."
"Sam D. Hamilton, who served as the head of the Texas office of the Fish and Wildlife Service during the early and mid 1990s, has been nominated by President Obama to be the national head of the agency."
"A U.S. clean-energy boom could force the nation to shed its addiction to foreign oil, only to develop a dependence on imported minerals and metals."
"U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson at a Senate hearing Tuesday outlined several changes to the agency's scientific review and assessment processes that reverse protocols enforced during the Bush administration."