A new report by Public Citizen shows that Ohio consumers will see lower electricity bills under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon pollution.

In June 2014, the EPA introduced a proposal to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants, a critical step to address climate change in the U.S. The proposal, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, asks each state to design its own strategy to achieve carbon reduction targets by 2030 and is expected to be finalized by... read more

The White HouseOffice of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

June 10, 2015

FACT SHEET: Administration Announces Actions to Bring Jobs and Clean Energy to Rural America

Financing Hundreds Of Projects To Reduce Carbon Pollution In Rural Communities

President Obama is committed... read more

Across the country, local and regional agencies are finding new ways of building resilience through their day-to-day decisions.  By applying a new lens to not only disaster recovery but also to planning, zoning, capital investment, lending, and other routine services, they are making their communities better able to withstand and bounce back from natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

On May 19-20, the NADO Research Foundation and the ... read more

This report by the Forest Policy Forum, entitled "Sustaining a Forest Carbon Future," recognizes that the carbon-related benefits of managed forests and the array of products those forests produce – from lumber to paper to packaging to energy – are all essential products that are renewable, reusable and/or recyclable and support forest-based carbon benefits.

About The Forest Products Forum:

The Forest Products Forum came together as a voluntary group in... read more

This report is a combined effort of the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Great Plains Institute.

In mid-summer 2015, EPA is expected to issue its final “Clean Power Plan” regulations, which aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The final rule will require states to develop and submit state plans as early as mid-summer 2016, to achieve the federally prescribed state emissions goals. Because EPA is... read more

This sign-on letter contains comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines that support sustainable livestock farmers. If you or your organization have not submitted comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines already, contact Alexis Baden-­Mayer at or Lynne Pledger at by May 8, 2015.

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The Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release on a federal judge's decision to approve re-opening a Uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park. The text of the press release appears below; see the full press release by clicking on the link above.


U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell denied a request to halt new uranium mining at the Canyon uranium mine, located only six miles from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim. The Havasupai tribe and a coalition... read more

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Reprinted from Alaska Public Media:

Alaska Congressman Don Young has introduced a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary law governing fishing in federal waters. It leaves fisheries managers some
controversial wiggle room.

Previous versions of the law established eight regional councils and required them to set harvest limits based on science to end overfishing. The mechanism is known as the “Alaska Model” of fisheries management.

Young’... read more

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Kate Gordon, the Senior Vice President and Director of Energy and Climate at Next Generation, joined Rural Climate Network members for a call in March 2015. She serves as the Senior Advisor to the Risky Business Project, an initiative to quantify and publicize the economic risks of climate change. On the call, she spoke about the findings of the Risky Business report as they specifically pertain to the Midwest. Attached is her presentation.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. These efforts help farmers, ranchers and other small business owners save money on their energy bills, reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, support America's clean energy economy, and cut carbon pollution. The resources... read more

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