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Energy Policy & the State of the Union

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Last night the President made his fifth state of the union.  And the debate around energy policy was once again highlighted. The President made a strong statement about climate change, “The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”  We wholeheartedly agree.  Additionally, the President challenged Congress to eliminate federal subsidies for fossil fuels! That […]

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Great News for the Great Lakes!

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In what could fairly be called a tumultuous federal budget process, we are pleased to report that despite the ongoing dysfunction in Washington, D.C., there comes great news for the Great Lakes.  The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Monday night (January 13, 2014) released a $1.012 trillion compromise on a 2014 spending bill that would restore funding […]

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Dirty Water Woes: Sequestration’s Impact on Clean Water Funding

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Clean water is a necessity, not a luxury item. Unfortunately, that is not the signal we often get from Washington.  The Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) provide essential support for critical infrastructure repairs and upgrades.    These programs make up a small fraction of the Federal budget every year, and yet they […]

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Sequestration’s Impact on the Environment

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As you’ve no doubt heard, Congress has missed its deadline to prevent the automatic spending cuts known as “sequestration”.  This imposes $85 billion in across-the-board, indiscriminate cuts to the federal budget.  So what does this mean for the federal programs that protect our environment and public health?  The actual on the ground implications to our […]

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Don’t Let the Great Lakes Get Pushed Off the Fiscal Cliff!

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If you are like me, you are so sick and tired of hearing about the looming “fiscal cliff” that you wish you could just push Congress over the (fiscal) cliff and be done with the whole thing.  If only it were that easy. Without getting into too many of the finer (AKA painful) details, here […]

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