Environmental groups say a ban would protect consumers from the health effects of BPA that leaches from products including some soup cans<a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/02/134196209/study-most-plastics-leach-hormone-like-chemicals"></a>.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has denied a call to ban the plastic additive BPA from food packaging. The action comes after government scientists found little reason to think people are being harmed by the chemical.
The FDA was responding to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which called for the ban on BPA, also known as bisphenol A, from any use where it comes in contact with food.
Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 11:03 am
The ethereal indie-pop band The Spring Standards makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. All three members of the group — James Cleare, James Smith and Heather Robb — began playing together in the Delaware/Pennsylvania area when they were students in high school. A few years later, they found themselves living within a few blocks of one another in New York City, and decided to pick up where they left off.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. Obama is pressing federal agencies to expedite the section of the Keystone XL pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.
President Barack Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. Obama is pressing federal agencies to expedite the section of the Keystone XL pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 7:23 am
Lisa Margonelli directs the New America Foundation's energy initiative.
As gasoline prices passed $3.50 a gallon nationally, the politicking predictably kicked into overdrive. "There's no reason we can't get gasoline down to $2 and $2.50 a gallon," said Newt Gingrich, who in February promised he would accomplish this via an agenda he called "Drill here, drill now, pay less." Two days later three prominent Democrats, including Representative Ed Markey, called for President Obama to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas prices.
Anti-abortion protesters pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C.