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Last month, with the stunning backdrop of Yosemite National Park behind him, President Obama described the havoc climate change is wreaking on national parks and other cherished natural areas. He called out those who talk about tackling greenhouse gas pollution, but do nothing to stop it:

“This planet belongs to all of us.  It’s the only one we’ve got.  And we can’t give lip service to that notion, but then oppose the things that are required to protect it.”  

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When I was a kid, processed cheese was a family camping staple. It tasted great, melted beautifully and, most importantly, didn’t spoil easily. We didn’t think of it as “processed cheese food,” or wonder what exactly it was made out of. And we certainly didn’t suspect that the plastic it was wrapped in might be leaching hormone-disrupting chemicals into our campfire dinners.

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[Editor’s note: This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5538, the federal spending bill that funds the Department of the Interior, the EPA and the U.S. Forest Service. The bill initially contained over 30 anti-environmental rides. When it reached the floor, more than 35 new anti-environmental riders were added as amendments.

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While 90 percent of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, certain members of Congress want to hide this information from consumers. This past week, the House of Representatives passed a weak GE labeling bill that will nullify stronger state labeling laws—including a GE labeling law passed in Vermont.

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As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service and its mission to “conserve the scenery…unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations," it’s important to remember that all national parks and monuments are worth defending—large and small, urban and wild, accessible and remote.

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North Carolina is known for its tasty pork products—from bacon and honey-cured ham to smoked sausage and pulled pork topped with the state’s famously thin barbeque sauce. But the pork-producing powerhouse’s savory selections have a less-than-appetizing side: immense amounts of pig waste.

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In June, the Obama administration affirmed its commitment to developing energy storage resources that will support America’s clean energy future, but the administration’s energy storage target underestimates the growing power of the clean energy economy. Energy storage is a critical tool in states’ efforts to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels. It gives energy providers a ready supply of renewable energy to draw from, even when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining.

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