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Protect the Great Lakes, Shut Down Line 5
June 23, 2017

For the past three years, one of our main campaigns in Michigan has been the effort to decommission Enbridge’s Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. The campaign has taken many different turns over the past three years, and this summer is going to be crucial, as we prepare for a public comment period for Gov. Snyder’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board meeting that will run from July 6th to August 4th.

Senator Blumenthal Paris Accord Event - June 2017
June 22, 2017

“Climate change denial is self-destructive, and America is made a lesser nation by doing this. America will regret this.”

Sperm photo - attributed to ScienceGenetics: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:06fertilizado.jpg
June 20, 2017

I waited until after Father’s Day to post this article because I didn’t want to rain on your “celebrating Dad” parade… but there’s something you should know: the sperm are in trouble.

Trump's dangerous budget
June 16, 2017

EPA is already underfunded, suffering from years of budget cuts despite its crucial role in protecting all of us. Further reducing EPA’s budget would severely limit its ability to protect our water, air and climate. The proposal calls for slashing grants to states to carry out their environmental and health protection programs.

15 people hold signs saying "Stop Oil Trains" and showing train tank cars and flames as news media films
June 13, 2017

One year ago today, I was woken up by texts letting me know that a train had derailed in downtown Baltimore and asking me if I knew what was going on.  I had been working to fight crude oil trains for almost two years then, so I knew what might have happened if the train cars that had derailed had carried crude oil: an explosion and fire that would have killed community residents in their homes, damaged the campuses of the University of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and changed the face of Baltimore.  Fortunately, the cars carried liquified petroleum gas vapors and ac

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action
June 9, 2017

It’s clear that President Trump won’t be acting on climate or clean water – in fact everything he’s done has taken us backward. But here in Pennsylvania, we can make a difference.

Pittsburgh phone canvass (from L to R: John, Meghan, Geoff)
June 7, 2017

Summer should be a time to have fun, to meet new people, and to get out of our comfort zones, which is why I’ve got no problem saying that of all the summer job opportunities, working with us at Clean Water Action is one of the best.

June 5, 2017

Our national news is full of bad news for the environment, but we don't need the Paris Climate Accords to fight climate change.  Here's some good news on our local campaigns across the state fighting for clean air, clean water, and health:

June 1, 2017

A few weeks ago, the Public Service Commission declared that the two offshore wind companies vying for Offshore wind Renewable Energy Credits could move forward with their plans to construct the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind farms off the coast of Ocean City - provided they met certain requirements designed to make sure that these projects benefit Marylanders as much as possible.  Last week, both companies agreed to these terms - bringing Maryland a huge step clo

People's Climate March_Photo by Greg Leshe_NJ
June 1, 2017

The President can ignore reality all he wants, but he can't stop us from taking action to fight climate change and protect clean water.  We know we can't count on the federal government to protect the future anymore, so we're going to take our fight to the states.