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Eighteen states sued the administration over expanded clean water protections for thousands of miles of rivers and streams. (The Hill)

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"Washington’s endless gridlock on almost everything ... is forcing the various committees with jurisdiction over our surface transportation laws to report bills that lack sufficient resources for the modernization and expansion of our highway and transit networks," said AFL-CIO TTD President Ed Wytkind.

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Get on board – That’s the message European leaders are urging of China regarding climate change goals ahead of the Paris U.N. climate talks. (Wall Street Journal)

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The Castio de San Marcos fort in St. Augustine, Florida has never fallen, but it and other forts—along with miles of invaluable national park land—are threatened by sea level rise. This is a threat that comes with a $40 billion price tag. (First Coast News)

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“The Paris conference has the potential to be a great success, but only if measured by how much it speeds up progress, rather than whether we pass a finish line that is not yet within reach,” writesformer mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx pressed Congress to act on a measure allocating $275 billion to fund transportation over the next six years, approved by a Senate committee this week. (The Hill)

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“The eyes of the country are really on New York and where we are going and how we are going to get there,” said John Williams, director of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority about the state’s ambitious energy plans.

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In the first ruling of its kind, a court in the Netherlands has ordered the Dutch government toreduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels in the next five years, up from the current target of 15 percent. (New York Times)

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"Unfortunately, what used to be the best transportation system in the world is now deteriorating, and our global competitors are greatly outpacing us in their infrastructure investment," said Senator Inhofe.

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Final review – The administration has sent a proposed methane rule to address inefficiencies to EPA and OMB for final review. (The Hill)

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This blog has been cross posted from the CWA blog. The original post is available online here

In his last keynote address as CWA President, Larry Cohen told delegates that "we can't keep playing by their rules – the deck is stacked, the dice are loaded, the game is fixed." To change that stacked deck, "we need allies and deeper coalitions because the obstacles are that much tougher. We are forming something together beyond a single issue, a deeper sense that we are building a movement together that can move from one issue to another, linked by our goals of democracy and economic justice. I commit to you that I will fight just as hard, shoulder to shoulder with you to build this movement," he said.

Posted In: Communications Workers of America

The following blog by Andy Katz, a member of the Sierra Club Federal and International Climate Campaign leadership team and the Sierra Club California Legislative Committee, has been cross posted from the Compass blog. The original post is available online here

In the lead up to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was recently hosting its annual Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) session in Bonn, Germany. This session, ADP 2.9, came six months prior to COP21 and presents the Parties -- the negotiating bodies for each country -- with a need to further develop and clarify the text that came out of the previous intersessional, ADP 2.8, in Geneva, Switzerland. This text will be used during the final 2015 climate negotiations in Paris, and will give us the 2015 Agreement. 

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EPA released a report this week on the consequences of inaction on climate change that said cutting emissions drastically will avert some of the risks of costly and extreme disasters. (Vox)

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"Transportation investment is a core federal responsibility. It’s time to transcend politics and do the right thing for America,” said American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President Pete Ruane in a statement.

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Fast Track – The Senate will take the final vote on Fast Track authority today. If passed, it goes to the president next. (Bloomberg)

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The following blog by Leo W. Gerard, USW International President has been crossposted from USW's blog. The original post is available online here

In a close vote last week, a majority in the U.S. House chose to continue glomming onto the same tired old broken-down trade tactics that have closed American factories, cost American jobs and caused massive trade deficits.

The majority voted to sustain for the next six years trade policies that failed American workers for the past 20. The majority abdicated Congress’ constitutional responsibility to supervise international trade. Instead, they agreed to allow presidential administrations to once again negotiate trade deals in secret, then whip those corporate-appeasing, clandestine schemes through the Congressional approval process with absolutely no amendments, no changes, no improvements.

That’s the “Fast Track” process under which Congress has averted its eyes and approved one job-killing, deficit-ballooning trade deal after another, starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. The result of that indolent, duty-shirking process since then has been 57,000 shutteredAmerican factories and 5 million lost jobs. Now, instead of conceding failure and forging a new path on trade, the House cleared the way to destroy more American manufacturing and family-supporting jobs.

These backward-facing lawmakers would benefit from stepping out of lobbyist-infested D.C.  and speaking to small town manufacturing workers who lost their livelihoods because Fast Tracked free trade schemes encouraged corporations to off-shore factories.


Posted In: Trade/Make it in America, United Steelworkers

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"We see climate change as a major health issue, and that's often neglected in policy debates," said Anthony Costello, director of University College London's (UCL) Institute for Global Health on the release of a new report on climate change today.

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No go – Transportation advocates see the passage of a gas tax as the magic solution to many of the problems that plague federal transportation funding, but lawmakers see it as politically unfeasible. Meanwhile mayors across the country call for Congressional leadership to renew transportation funding. (The Hill)

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Canada and the United States aren’t living up to their ends of the bargain with regard to mitigating the threat of chemical pollution in the Great Lakes. (The Glob and Mail)

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“America’s economy depends on leadership in building the next generation of clean globally competitive energy and vehicle technology. These new standards can provide a critical opportunity to sustain jobs, further reduce the pollution driving climate change and foreign oil dependence while enhancing the competitiveness of U.S.-manufactured trucks in global markets.” SaidBlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas about proposed efficiency standards.

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Trade vote – The Senate will vote on a bill to grant the president Fast Track authority early this week. If passed, it would go to the president’s desk. It’s not too late to make your voice heard to urge lawmakers to say no to fast track. (National Journal)

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