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Monday, September 15, 2014

Michael Wang can’t handle the truth.

Apparently he was none too pleased to read “Ethanol’s Broken Promise,” Environmental Working Group’s recent report that showed that reducing corn ethanol consumption would help lower greenhouse gas emissions. But in a response he wrote with his colleagues, Wang once again cherry-picked data to support his claim that corn ethanol is better for the climate than gasoline.

Unfortunately for him, there are several inconvenient truths about ethanol.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s capabilities to safeguard underground drinking water sources from hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It’s no secret that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) disparages much of what the Environmental Protection Agency does, and his frequent attacks have garnered him quite the reputation in the environmental community.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

For Sen. David L. Vitter (R-La.), there’s no more appealing target than the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Environmentalists in Germany have more to celebrate this week than a World Cup championship title.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

If you think the risks associated with fracking for oil and gas disappear once a well stops producing and goes out of commission, think again. And that goes for conventional drilling technologies, too.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Colorado Supreme Court has cleared the way for ballot initiatives that would permit municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The small upstate New York towns of Dryden and Middlefield won a huge victory in court Monday over energy companies that have been pushing to drill for natural gas across a broad swath of the state.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A new ruling by New York’s highest court protecting local communities’ right to ban oil and gas drilling in their backyards is a “big win for every town across the state fighting to safeguard the health of their environment and homes,” Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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News Release
Monday, June 30, 2014

If oil and gas companies were injecting potentially toxic fluids into the ground near your home or your children’s schoolyard, wouldn’t you want to know about it?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Renewable Fuels Association, a well-funded lobbyist group for Big Ethanol, recently responded to EWG’s report, Ethanol’s Broken Promise, by claiming that corn ethanol isn’t worse for the climate than gasoline.  

RFA hasn't done its homework. Recent peer-reviewed research shows that the model RFA uses to mount its defense drastically under-estimates carbon emissions.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Obama Administration is right to demand cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But those reductions won’t be a reality until 2030. If the Administration wants to cut emissions right now, the Environmental Protection Agency should move ahead with its plan to reduce the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Washington, D.C. --  Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, has issued a statement calling EWG’s new report,  Ethanol’s Broken Promise: Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions “simply preposterous” and misrepresenting studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy. 

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News Release
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Taking 580,000 cars and trucks off the road would reduce a lot of greenhouse gas emissions.  And something like that would happen if a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency becomes reality.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

 A proposal now being considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to cut the amount of corn ethanol required in gasoline would lower greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million metric tons, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ethanol’s Broken Promise: Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Monday, March 31, 2014

A new report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the risks biofuels present to food security and the environment and questions the ability of U.S. biofuels policies to slow climate change, Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The trade organization that represents biotechnology companies, including those that develop and market biofuels, came out with a study this week (March 26) claiming that lowering the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

There’s one small problem with the research sponsored by Biotechnology Industry Organization, known as BIO: it assumes that corn has magical properties.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Building and operating the Keystone XL Pipeline would pump millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And as EWG’s Heather White has said, approving the pipeline would overlook a better choice – “investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency.”

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Citing a lack of transparency and public involvement in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, EWG and 11 other organizations sent a letter to Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, this week asking for the publ

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