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Self Description

September 2005: "Environmental Defense is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.

Our Mission
Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems."

Third-Party Descriptions

October 2007: Mark Brownstein, a managing director at Environmental Defense, a New York-based environmental group, says his group is examining the possibility of a lawsuit. The new corridor border divides Appalachian coal reserves and large urban populations on the East Coast. 'It seems no accident these corridors are exactly along the borders of states that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases,' he says.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Status/Name Change to Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Organization Sep 8, 2005
Organization Executive (past or present) Dr. John M. Balbus M.D. Person Dec 13, 2005

Articles and Resources

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Oct 04, 2007 US trumps states over siting power lines: Designated as part of a national power 'corridor' Tuesday, Virginia could see transmission towers near Civil War sites.

QUOTE: Tuesday's move is certain to spark a fresh round of lawsuits and inject vigor into congressional debates about new energy legislation, critics say, especially over provisions for the new eastern corridor. At stake is the reliability and cost of electric power in the Northeast, its embrace of green energy, and the ambience of hundreds of thousands of rural acres from New York to Virginia.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 07, 2007 New tool to fight global warming: Endangered Species Act? A recent deal to protect the habitat of endangered coral may offer US environmentalists new leverage.

QUOTE: By protecting habitat, not just species, the federal government could be in a position to fight any threats to that habitat, including possibly, global warming, some environmentalists say. While no one expects the US to stop, say, a coal-fired power plant in the Midwest to save Florida coral, the settlement does expand the leverage of the 1973 law that protects species from extinction.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 03, 2007 Supreme Court: EPA must address climate risk: The high court's 5-to-4 ruling Monday rejects the White House's view and hands environmentalists a major victory.

QUOTE: In a major victory for environmentalists, the US Supreme Court...rejected the Bush administration's view that the EPA has discretion to decide when and how to best respond to international environmental threats. The vote was 5 to 4...Instead, the high court said laws passed by Congress to protect the environment require the EPA to swing into action to assess environmental threats that jeopardize human health and safety.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 01, 2007 USDA Outlines a Plan To Cut Farm Subsidies: Proposal Would Close Many Loopholes

QUOTE: The Bush administration yesterday proposed ending farm subsidies for an estimated 80,000 wealthy individuals as part of a broad plan that would close loopholes and cut traditional farm programs by $4.5 billion over the next 10 years. The proposal unveiled by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns was the administration's opening move in what will be a lengthy tug of war with Congress over a new multi-year farm bill.

Washington Post
Sep 01, 2006 California Plan to Cut Gases Splits Industry

QUOTE: While high-technology companies have lined up behind the move, arguing that it will put California at the forefront of alternative energy development, most of those representing basic industries contend that it will retard the economy, force energy-intensive businesses out of state and increase costs for all Californians.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2006 Officials Reach California Deal to Cut Emissions

QUOTE: California’s political leaders announced an agreement on Wednesday that imposes the most sweeping controls on carbon dioxide emissions in the nation, putting the state at the forefront of a broad campaign to curb the man-made causes of climate change despite resistance in Washington...the deal in California is strongly opposed by Republicans in the Legislature and many business leaders across the state.

New York Times
Dec 05, 2005 Nanotechnology Regulation Needed, Critics Say

QUOTE: Amid growing evidence that some of the tiniest materials ever engineered pose potentially big environmental, health and safety risks, momentum is building in Congress, environmental circles and in the industry itself to beef up federal oversight of the new materials, which are already showing up in dozens of consumer products. But large gaps in scientists' understanding of the materials are slowing the development of a regulatory scheme. Equally unresolved is who should pay for the additional safety studies that everyone agrees are needed.

Washington Post
Oct 23, 2005 Nanotechnology's Big Question: Safety: Some Say Micromaterials Are Coming to Market Without Adequate Controls

QUOTE: urged manufacturers and regulators to evaluate the properties of nanomaterials in laboratory tests, adding: "There is a strong likelihood that the biological activity of nanoparticles will depend on physiochemical parameters not routinely considered in toxicology studies."

Washington Post
Sep 08, 2005 Money Flowed to Questionable Projects: State Leads in Army Corps Spending, but Millions Had Nothing to Do With Floods

QUOTE: ...hundreds of millions of dollars have gone to unrelated water projects demanded by the state's congressional delegation and approved by the Corps, often after economic analyses that turned out to be inaccurate. Despite a series of independent investigations criticizing Army Corps construction projects as wasteful pork-barrel spending, Louisiana's representatives have kept bringing home the bacon.

Washington Post
Jun 07, 2003 Striking It Poor: Oil as a Curse

QUOTE: a draft of a report commissioned by [World Bank] itself has essentially concluded that the bank's previous efforts to promote such projects in poor countries has done more harm than good.

New York Times