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Goodbye DADT

Article: Goodbye DADT

Politically this was an up and down year for gays and lesbians. We lost many allies’ seats in congress. And Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was defeated twice. But then something amazing happened. Harry Reid, Susan Collins, and Joe Lieberman pushed through DADT repeal in the Senate. Pelosi lead the house to the passage of a…

Obama To Congress: Economic Recovery 'Begins' With Clean Energy

Article: Obama To Congress: Economic Recovery 'Begins' With Clean Energy

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2009 (ENS) – In his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, President Barack Obama earned repeated standing ovations from both Democrats and Republicans. He focused on three issues – clean energy, health care and education – and an overarching fourth issue – economic recovery. “The fact is,…

Obama Vows Dramatic Action Towards a Greener Economy

Article: Obama Vows Dramatic Action Towards a Greener Economy

FAIRFAX, Virginia, January 8, 2009 (ENS) – President-elect Barack Obama today pledged to quickly implement a plan that will save or create three million jobs by doubling the production of alternative energy; weatherizing 75 percent of federal buildings and two million American homes; and investing in new infrastructure, science, research, and technology. In a speech…

House Approves Offshore Drilling Bill

Article: House Approves Offshore Drilling Bill

WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – Legislation to increase domestic energy supplies through expanded offshore drilling and investment in renewable energy and conservation won approval in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 236-189. If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer…

Product Safety Law Signed Today Bans Toxic Toys

Article: Product Safety Law Signed Today Bans Toxic Toys

WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2008 (ENS) – Praise poured in from all quarters today as President George W. Bush signed into law a bill that bans lead paint and phthalates in products intended for children under the age of 12 – the strictest such law in the world. The record-setting 448 product recalls last year…

Bush Removes Executive Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

Article: Bush Removes Executive Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2008 (ENS) – Saying that Americans are worried about the high price of gasoline, President George W. Bush today removed the executive ban on offshore exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf, the OCS, that has stood since his father was in the Oval Office. Speaking in the White House Rose Garden,…

Bush, McCain Would Lift Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

Article: Bush, McCain Would Lift Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – President George W. Bush today called on Congress to expand domestic oil production to lower record high oil and gas prices by lifting a ban on oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf that has been in place since 1981. Drilling for oil offshore is one of four…

San Francisco to Test Drinking Water Security System

Article: San Francisco to Test Drinking Water Security System

SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – Improving the security of U.S. drinking water systems has gathered urgency since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an $8 million grant to San Francisco to help the city develop and evaluate a contamination warning system for its drinking water supply.…

House Votes to Expand Marine Sanctuaries on California Coast

Article: House Votes to Expand Marine Sanctuaries on California Coast

WASHINGTON, DC, March 31, 2008 (ENS) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to protect one of the nation’s most biologically important stretches of coastal waters. The measure would increase the size of two existing marine sanctuaries along the coast of Northern California to safeguard a unique upwelling marine ecosystem. The House approved H.R.…

Nothing New for Environment in Bush State of the Union

Article: Nothing New for Environment in Bush State of the Union

WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2008 (ENS) – In his final State of the Union Address to the nation tonight, outgoing President George W. Bush called on Congress to work with him in his remaining year to improve energy security and confront the challenge of climate change without undermining economic growth. To the president, this means…