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End of an Era: Now What?

Article: End of an Era: Now What?

Transitioning from a President George W. Bush to President Barack Obama is going to be a huge deal for this country, but Bush is still in office for another two-and-a-half months. In the meantime, we all have the opportunity to practice our ability to transition from chaos and fear to peace-of-mind by taking the proper…

Railside Waste Transfer Brought Under State and Local Rules

Article: Railside Waste Transfer Brought Under State and Local Rules

TRENTON, New Jersey, October 21, 2008 (ENS) – After a four year legal battle, operators of five railside waste transfer facilities in North Bergen have agreed to follow state solid waste and local health rules under a settlement approved today by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. The operators have agreed to pay $1 million to…

Great Lakes Compact Clears Final Hurdle

Article: Great Lakes Compact Clears Final Hurdle

WASHINGTON, DC, September 23, 2008 (ENS) – Great Lakes governors and environmentalists today applauded as the House of Representatives voted 390 to 25 to approve a bill to ensure more sustainable use of the Great Lakes, which contain 90 percent of the fresh surface water in North America. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water…

Texas Starts on the Long Road to Recovery

Article: Texas Starts on the Long Road to Recovery

AUSTIN, Texas, September 16, 2008 (ENS) – President George W. Bush and Texas Governor Rick Perry visited Houston and Galveston today to survey areas devastated by last weekend’s Hurricane Ike. A former Texas governor, Bush flew over Galveston, where the airport is still not functional and many homes and businesses were destroyed when the storm…

Rebuild Iowa Commission Report Outlines Urgent Needs

Article: Rebuild Iowa Commission Report Outlines Urgent Needs

DES MOINES, Iowa, September 4, 2008 (ENS) – The Iowa government should ensure housing for all victims of this summer’s floods who need to be relocated, temporarily or permanently, before cold weather arrives, recommends the initial report of the Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission issued Tuesday. The state should also expedite the flow of funds from…

Louisiana to Invest $1 Billion in Coastal Protection, Restoration

Article: Louisiana to Invest $1 Billion in Coastal Protection, Restoration

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, August 13, 2008 (ENS) – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced plans for more than $1 billion in coastal protection and restoration projects in Louisiana – the largest investment in coastal protection in Louisiana history These projects, along with nearly $15 billion in ongoing coastal restoration and hurricane protection projects in New Orleans…

Bush Asks Congress for $770 Million in Emergency Food Aid

Article: Bush Asks Congress for $770 Million in Emergency Food Aid

WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2008 (ENS) – On Tuesday the United Nations Executive Board called for donations of $775 million in emergency funds to feed the 100 million of hungry people worldwide who are victims of skyrocketing food prices. On Thursday, President George W. Bush asked Congress to approve nearly that same amount to support…

Energy Department Selects Four Companies for Cellulosic Ethanol Funding

Article: Energy Department Selects Four Companies for Cellulosic Ethanol Funding

WASHINGTON, DC, February 29, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Department of Energy, DOE, has decided to invest up to $33.8 million for four projects that will develop improved enzyme systems to convert cellulosic material such as switchgrass and paper pulp into sugars suitable for production of biofuels. The funding will cover Fiscal Years 2008-2011 in…

U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard Going Up

Article: U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard Going Up

WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2008 (ENS) – The amount of ethanol and biodiesel Americans burn in their cars and trucks is increasing by law. The 2008 renewable fuels standard will be raised to 7.76 percent, nearly doubling the current standard of of 4.66 percent to comply with the new energy bill enacted late last year.…

State Foresters Furious Over 60 Percent Cut in Federal Funding

Article: State Foresters Furious Over 60 Percent Cut in Federal Funding

WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2008 (ENS) – State foresters across the country reacted angrily this week to deep cutbacks in federal funding for state and private forestry programs within the U.S. Forest Service. The president’s FY09 budget proposal cuts nearly 60 percent from current levels, with funding for some priority programs slashed as much as…

Midwest Powerless in Winter's Icy Grip

Article: Midwest Powerless in Winter's Icy Grip

KANSAS CITY, Kansas, December 11, 2007 (ENS) – Hundreds of thousands of homes across the Midwest lost power overnight due to worsening weather conditions across the region. More than 90,000 Kansans woke up to cold, dark homes without power this morning, up from 25,000 last night. Ice storm warnings remain in effect for portions of…