National (U.S.)

"Activists Assault New Keystone XL Pipeline Bill"

"With the U.S. Senate poised to begin debate on a bill that would greenlight the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as early as Tuesday, activists and other citizens have barraged the Senate with more than 350,000 petitions opposing the legislation in less than five hours. [Ed. Note: the count surpassed 500,000 a few hours later.]"

Source: LA Times, 02/14/2012

"Battling The Bottle: Students And Industry Face Off Over Water"

"Bottled water is trickling away from college campuses nationwide, thanks to the efforts of student activists and the non-profit groups that support them with campaigns like Ban the Bottle.

But that's not going over too well with the International Bottled Water Association. The industry, which had $10.6 billion in revenue in 2010, went on the defensive this month with a YouTube video to counter what it calls "misinformation" used to turn college students against bottled water.

Source: NPR, 02/13/2012

"Inspector: No Improper Influence On Keystone Line"

"The State Department Inspector General issued a review on Thursday that found 'no evidence' the company that wants to build the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL crude oil pipeline had improperly influenced on a contractor that performed the environmental review of the project."

Timothy Gardner and Ayesha Rascoe report for Reuters February 10, 2012.


Source: Reuters, 02/13/2012

"Obama To Send Budget Proposal To Hill Today"

President Obama will send his budget request for fiscal 2013 to Congress today. It is expected to fund the clean energy programs he mentioned in his State of the Union speech. But Congress, which actually appropriates the money, will have the last word. Republicans want to cut many environmental and clean-energy programs drastically. After agency-specific budget briefings today, some agency heads will explain the budget requests to Congressional committees later in the week.

Source: SEJ, 02/13/2012


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