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Deciphering the new tax credits on carbon capture investments 10.5.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The Budget Act of 2018 expands and enhances the tax credits for climate technologies, which could have an important impact for companies.
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Scott Pruitt Is Killing Us 26.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Pruitt Unveils Controversial "Transparency" Rule Limiting What Research EPA Can Use , Washington Post, 04/24/2018 That last one is a real doozy: "A chorus of scientists and public health groups warn that the rule would effectively block the EPA from relying on long-standing, landmark studies on the harmful effects of air pollution and pesticide exposure," reports the Post. In short, Pruitt is attacking basic science itself. Some of these reports used the personal medical data of patients, and so were not made public. This kind of data was previously used to link leaded gasoline to neurological disorders and air pollution deaths. This kind of data, in other words, saved many lives. This decision, like many others Pruitt has made, will eventually come with a body count. Anthropogenic climate change is fact, according to the US National Academy of Sciences and the UK's Royal Society's most recent report . It bluntly explains the evidence "that the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have ...
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"A Complete Disaster": Noam Chomsky on Trump and the Future of US Politics 24.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump speaks during a joint presser with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 18, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) Just how bad are things with Trump in the White House? And what does having a racist, misogynist, xenophobic and erratic president who continues to enjoy unquestionable support from his base tell us about the state of US politics and the dangers to the future of democracy in the US and in the world? Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on these and other related questions in an exclusive interview with Truthout. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint presser with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 18, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! Just how bad are things ...
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Trudeau's Kinder Morgan deal is a compromise on climate change 12.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada Last time I checked, Alberta's oilfields had not been seized by marauding bands of eco-warriors. But you might be confused into thinking so by the inflamed rhetoric coming out of Ottawa and Alberta. We're told that the country faces a national crisis over the resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, following an ultimatum by Houston-based Kinder Morgan that it's suspending long-stalled building plans unless it's assured a green light by May 31. With both Alberta and Ottawa offering full-throttle support for the project, including potential financial backing, a chorus of rage has arisen from the country's business and political ranks over B.C.'s refusal to fall into line. Some commentators insist this shows Canada is broken, even implying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a sissy unless he gears up to send in the army to restore the rule of law. So what precisely has B.C. done that it is trampling on the rule of law? After hiring the distinguished former B.C. Supreme Court ...
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Human Role in Climate Change Removed From Science Report 6.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
National Park Service officials have deleted every mention of the human impact on climate change in drafts of a long-awaited report on sea level rise and storm surge that is intended to protect parks and visitors from the effects of climate change. This directly contradicts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's vow to Congress that his department is not censoring science. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2018, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast . National Park Service officials have deleted every mention of humans' role in causing climate change in drafts of a long-awaited report on sea level rise and storm surge, contradicting Interior Secretary ...
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Forget Postmedia's propaganda: Becoming an environmental pariah won't restore the 'Alberta Advantage' 5.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga According to the United Conservative Party and its media echo chamber, there's "a growing national push to suppress Alberta's economy." War metaphors abound. I'm not making this up. The words quoted in the sentence above come right out of the headline on a recent column by Don Braid , the Calgary Herald's political columnist. The way Braid seems to see it -- judging from his rambling column, anyway, which also spent a lot of time complaining about Canada's equalization program -- governments in Ottawa, Quebec City and Victoria are all trying to drive Alberta into the poorhouse by suppressing our oilsands industry. Never mind that there's a case to be made the entire Alberta bitumen project is looking shaky for reasons that have very little to do with environmental regulations anywhere in Canada. (Hint: It's the market.) Nor is Braid the only journalist sounding increasingly agitated about this topic, although he's probably the most prominent one. But consider Rick Bell , also from ...
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How the natural products industry is building a climate movement 23.3.2018 GreenBiz.com
Guayaki, Organic Valley and Straus Family Farms are among the leaders advancing carbon-positive and renewable solutions.
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Buried, Altered, Silenced: Four Ways Government Climate Information Has Changed Since Trump Took Office 22.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout delivers trustworthy reporting and thought-provoking news analysis. If you share our passion for the truth, help strengthen independent media with a donation today! After Donald Trump won the presidential election, hundreds of volunteers around the US came together to "rescue" federal data on climate change, thought to be at risk under the new administration. " Guerilla archivists ,"  including ourselves , gathered to archive federal websites and preserve scientific data. But what has happened since? Did the data vanish? As of one year later, there has been no great purge. Federal data sets related to environmental and climate science are still accessible in the same ways they were before Trump took office. However, in many other instances, federal agencies have tampered with information about climate change. Across agency websites, documents have disappeared, web pages have vanished and language has shifted in ways that appear to reflect the policies of the new administration. Two groups have ...
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Why real estate and insurance lobbies will have a huge influence on climate policy 14.3.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Billions of dollars in additional, annual potential damages have put these industries on notice.
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Five Things the Trump Administration Is Removing From Federal Websites 3.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! Perhaps one of the best-remembered quotes from George Orwell's dystopian book 1984 is "Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." Over the last year, the Trump administration has taken those words literally, using them as a blueprint to recreate a federal government focused on big business and socially conservative policy. And nowhere has this been more apparent than on federal websites. Appointees have been scrubbing and rewriting text to erase  climate change ,  sexual health care , civil rights -- and even our nation's history. Here are five things the Trump administration has removed from federal websites in an attempt to roll back progress. 1. Climate Change As our country continues to be pounded by  devastating and unseasonable storms , the Environmental ...
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Exxon's Conspiracy Charges Aim to Derail Climate Lawsuits 22.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Oil giant ExxonMobil is engaged in unprecedented efforts to sue and harass in court the very people who are investigating and suing the company over global warming. Faced with determined efforts by states and localities to hold it and other fossil fuel companies accountable for contributing to, and concealing the evidence of, climate change, Exxon is crying foul, contending that it's the victim of politically- and financially-motivated conspiracies. But in reality there are no improper schemes behind the cases against Exxon. Instead, what's troubling is an apparent effort by Exxon, one of the world's wealthiest corporations, and its powerhouse corporate lawyers, to avoid a courtroom reckoning by making specious legal arguments and outspending their foes in the legal arena. Through its attorneys at New York's Paul Weiss Rifkin Wharton and Garrison, and Texas-based firms Haynes & Boone and Cantey Hanger, ExxonMobil has sued the attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York, and the US Virgin Islands. And ...
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Fourteen Environmental Programs Eliminated in Trump's Budget Proposal 15.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. President Trump released his  proposed federal budget for 2019  on Monday, and in the process pushed for the complete elimination of more than a dozen key environmental programs. These include, but are not limited to, areas of the government focusing on climate change, public lands and energy efficiency. Of course, these fully eliminated programs are just the tip of the iceberg. Trump's proposal also drastically slashes the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies critical to a sustainable future. The impact of proposed budget cuts on the EPA and other agencies, if passed, will be dramatic, but many operations will probably manage to limp on. That may not be so with the 14 programs Trump has proposed eliminating altogether: The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ...
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More companies prefer green bonds, carbon taxes 7.2.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Experts from Citi, Microsoft and Bank of America weigh in on the latest corporate efforts to reach dramatic emissions targets.
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Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems 26.1.2018 Truthout.com
With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, recently announced: "All roads lead to universal health coverage." Discussions for how to translate this vision into a road map for action is central to the agenda of the WHO's executive board meeting this week in Geneva. Yet focusing on access is not enough. The imperative for access must be paired with a frank acknowledgment that climate change is making communities around the world more vulnerable to ill health. A 2017 commission of The Lancet , a leading health research journal, tracked the effects of climate change on health and found evidence of harms "far worse that previously understood." Even as we move to close the access gap, a string of natural disasters in late 2017, including ...
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Albertans lose money while energy companies continue to let escaping methane make climate change worse 25.1.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Methane released from oil and gas operations in Alberta represents lost natural gas royalties of up to $21 million a year and lost Alberta carbon tax revenues of as much as $2.3 billion yearly, according to a briefing note released yesterday by the Pembina Institute. On their own, the foregone royalties, lost when oil and gas companies allow natural gas to escape through undetected leaks or intentional venting, would be enough to pay the annual salaries of 180 newly employed nurses, build 25 new schools , or construct 420 new playgrounds , the advocacy organization Progress Alberta said this morning. According to the note from the Pembina Institute -- an energy issues think-tank founded in Alberta in 1985 -- recent research by Carleton University using measuring instruments on aircraft indicates that Alberta releases of methane are likely 25 to 50 per cent higher than currently reported. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is the main component of natural gas. Other studies ...
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The Trump Administration's Attacks on Public Lands and Waters Will Cause Irreparable Harm 18.1.2018 Truthout.com
The designation of a national monument protects the land from drilling, fracking, mining, logging -- protection not afforded to the majority of public land, says Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity. Spivak discusses why the largest delisting of protected federal lands in US history will harm species, waters and exacerbate climate change. Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. In December, Trump  announced  that he would shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah by 85 percent and 46 percent respectively. The announcement came after Trump had ordered Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in April to review 27 national monuments created since 1996 that were 100,000 acres or larger, and Zinke subsequently recommended that these and other monuments be reduced. Trump's move represents the  largest  delisting of protected federal lands in US history, removing 2 ...
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How to Achieve Zero Emissions With a Green New Deal, Even if the Federal Government Won't Help 17.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) It's obvious that we can't expect anything good on climate change to come out of the Trump administration, but we also can't afford to wait, says economist Robert Pollin. Two recent studies produced by Pollin and his colleagues for New York and Washington states offer a path for states to make a just transition away from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy while creating thousands of new jobs. The following article could only be published thanks to support from our readers. To fund more stories like it, make a donation to Truthout by clicking here! With Donald Trump in the White House, the prospects for fighting climate change have never been any bleaker in the US. Yet there are options available to state governments to move forward with the greening of the economy even without federal support. This point is made crystal clear in  two studies  produced recently by economist Robert Pollin and some of his colleagues at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at ...
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Administration of Denial: Trump's Shock and Awe Attack on the Environment 16.1.2018 Truthout.com
President Donald Trump signs a Presidential Proclamation shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images) The administration of Donald J. Trump, starting with the president himself, is populated by deniers of human-caused climate disruption in all the key positions. For those of us concerned about runaway climate disruption, this regime, with its denial of the greatest existential threat to humanity (alongside nuclear war), has become our worst enemy. Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. President Donald Trump signs a Presidential Proclamation shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images) It's no secret that Donald Trump, someone who would ...
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Thinking outside the box on climate mitigation 12.1.2018 Environmental News Network
In a new commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, IIASA researchers argue that a broader range of scenarios is needed to support international policymakers in the target of limiting climate change to under 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to avoid potential negative environmental and social consequences of carbon dioxide removal on a massive scale. 
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Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency aims to replace Obama-era climate, water regulations 10.1.2018 World – The Indian Express
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