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House committee passes bill to privatize air traffic control 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-controlled House committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would wrest responsibility for running the nation’s air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the measure on a mostly […]
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House committee passes bill to privatize air traffic control 12.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A Republican-controlled House committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would wrest responsibility for running the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests. The House ...
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Why The Surprise Supreme Court Decision Won't Thwart The Clean Power Plan 12.2.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: Keith Gaby In a surprise procedural decision on Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court put the Obama administration’s  Clean Power Plan on pause while a lower court reviews it. The Court did not weigh in on the merits of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan, and didn’t explain its reasoning, so we don’t know the legal basis for this unusual decision. But we do know that the court has repeatedly upheld the EPA’s authority – in fact, its responsibility – to limit climate pollution under the Clean Air Act. So we remain confident that the Clean Power Plan rests on a solid legal foundation, as states, power companies, legal experts and air pollution control officials nationwide have already recognized. This is why states should stay on course and continue to invest in cleaner energy sources. The bigger trend toward clean energy is clear. Clinging to the past is bad policy A lower court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, will continue its review of the Clean Power Plan, with a hearing scheduled for June 2. Because ...
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A Real ‘Political Revolution’ Would End the War in Iraq 12.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Certo

These days, Bernie Sanders doesn’t say much about the Middle East. But if you’ve heard him say nothing else on the subject, he’s probably reminded you that he — unlike a certain former secretary of state — had the foresight to vote against the Iraq War when it came before Congress back in 2002.

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Why the Surprise Supreme Court Decision won't Thwart the Clean Power Plan 11.2.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Since regular readers of this blog are familiar with the Clean Power Plan  – America's first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants – we wanted to let you know of a legal setback. It's very important the plan moves forward, but fortunately Texas is moving toward a clean energy economy either way. -The EDF Texas Clean Air Matters team    By: Keith Gaby , Communications Director, Climate & Air Program In a surprise procedural decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court put the Obama administration’s  Clean Power Plan  on pause while a lower court reviews it. The Court did not weigh in on the merits of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan, and didn’t explain its reasoning, so we don’t know the legal basis for this unusual decision. But we do know that the court has repeatedly upheld the EPA’s authority – in fact, its responsibility – to limit climate pollution under the Clean Air Act. So we remain confident that the Clean Power Plan rests on a solid legal foundation, as states, power ...
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The Supreme Court Threw A Big Wrench In The Future Of Obama's Climate Legacy 11.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Climate change isn't getting much play in presidential politics, but the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an astonishing reminder of the fractious politics of environmental justice -- and the stakes for who next occupies the White House. In a series of unprecedented orders, the five conservatives on the court sided with a consortium of states and industry groups to effectively apply the brakes on the future of President Barack Obama's environmental legacy . The fate of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan , an ambitious regulatory regime that calls for a 32 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants -- mainly coal-fired ones -- by 2030, now hangs in the balance. And it will stay that way until well after the next president takes office. To get a sense of how key the carbon rule for existing power plants is to Obama's legacy on climate, consider the EPA's own description of it in its 2017 budget proposal to Congress -- announced, as fate would have it, ...
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China's struggle to turn the corner on coal 11.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Air Pollution in Beijing by 大杨 @flickr In early February, Chinese officials announced that no new coal production would be approved for the next three years, while existing production will be reduced by 500 million tons in the next three to five years. The latest State Council decision is an economic one, tied to market reforms that are likely to kill jobs in the heavily industrial coal and steel sectors, but the move is also consistent with China's environmental policy and carbon reduction goals. These targets, aimed at improving air quality and public health in Chinese cities while advancing the nation's compliance with global carbon emissions agreements, cannot be achieved without meeting the formidable challenge of weaning China away from its reliance on dirty coal. There is good news on that front, even as millions of Chinese continue living in Beijing or Shanghai under toxic clouds of smog and constant public health alerts. It's hard for Westerners to envision just how bad coal-related pollution in ...
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After the Supreme Court’s Unexplained, Unexpected and Unprecedented Order — America’s Safer, Cleaner Power Supply is Moving Full Steam Ahead 10.2.2016 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Last night’s Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily stay implementation of the Clean Power Plan was unexpected, and the ruling is, as counsel for one of the lead challengers acknowledged, “unprecedented.” Indeed, the Supreme Court itself found in a landmark 2011 case that the Clean Air Act “speaks directly” to carbon pollution from existing power plants. […]
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New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution 8.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program, New York City: This post was co-authored by Miles Farmer and Jackson Morris. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is soliciting comments on its newly proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations (which have been wallowing in administrative purgatory...
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New Jersey sues Volkswagen over excess diesel emissions 6.2.2016 World
New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action. New Jersey's acting attorney general, John J. Hoffman, accused VW and its Porsche and Audi units of perpetrating a massive fraud on consumers and violating state clean air laws. VW has admitted installing illegal diesel emissions software to allow 580,000 U.S. diesel vehicles sold since 2009 to emit up to 40 times legally allowable ...
Air pollution in Europe and the EU lack of action 3.2.2016 Environmental News Network
Air pollution from vehicles is killing tens of thousands of people every year in the UK alone, write Jean Lambert, Molly Scott Cato & Keith Taylor, an outrage set into stark focus by VW's 'test cheating'. The EU's response? To relax tests and allow cars to be more polluting - with the full support of the UK government.Rather than clamping down on the car industry's irresponsible approach to pollution, EU governments and the Commission instead want to rewrite existing law, providing loopholes which will allow cars to legally pollute more.Faced with a public health crisis, responsible for nearly half a million premature deaths in Europe each year, we would expect an emergency response.
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Cooling With Less Warming: NRDC, Manufacturers Agree on Phasing Out HFC Super-Pollutants in Building Chillers 3.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: This post coauthored with Alex Hillbrand NRDC and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) agreed yesterday on a schedule for eliminating the use of super-potent climate-warming chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in building water "chillers" - the air conditioning...
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Community and Environmental Groups Sue the EPA and Call on the Agency to Remove “Free Pass to Pollute” from National Standards for Oil Refineries 2.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Earthjustice Community and environmental groups, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit on Feb. 1, 2016, against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, charging the agency with allowing unlawful regulatory loopholes that will expose communities to unnecessary cancer-causing pollution.  Eleven groups also filed a petition urging EPA to take formal reconsideration action to remove the problems in the Final Rule that were added after the comment period closed.  The following is a statement from these ...
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Polluters' Last-Ditch Bid to Stay Clean Power Plan Faces Long Odds at Supreme Court 2.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just days after the federal court of appeals in Washington rejected their bid to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, the coal industry and its political allies are pleading for immediate relief from the U.S. Supreme Court. Coming after a string of failed attempts to stop the carbon pollution standards, the polluters' latest gambit faces long odds. Jumping over an appeals court that's in the midst of reviewing federal regulations is a highly unusual, perhaps unprecedented maneuver. The High Court almost never gets involved this early, before any lower court has issued a decision on the merits. To explain what's going on, let's start with the procedure. Using a tactic normally reserved for last-minute appeals to block irrevocable acts such as executions or deportations, the states, coal companies, utilities, and trade associations opposed to the Clean Power Plan filed papers last week with Chief Justice John Roberts - the Justice assigned to the D.C. Circuit appeals court - asking for a "stay" of ...
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How China's one-child policy led to forced abortions, 30 million bachelors 2.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Journalist Mei Fong said China's one-child policy drastically reshaped the country's demographic make-up. "China has 30 million more men than women," she says.
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Congress Is About to Screw Up the Safest Aviation System in the World 29.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It's hard to argue with the basic facts that the United States manages the safest and most effective aviation system in the world. While we all like to complain about delays and customer service, the industry moves more than 800 million passengers every yea r. Who could screw up that record? It appears our own Congress is attempting to. The nation that has done an amazing job, however the aerospace world stumbles forward each day without a clear national aviation policy. We are at a critical point in our nation's aviation history and we need to look at where we are headed. We must address -- today -- how air traffic control will move into the 21st century, how we are going to recruit people to become pilots amidst a national pilot shortage and how we can jump start our aircraft manufacturing industry. Let's start with the recent move in Congress to privatize air traffic control, which is a proposal that is currently in front of the House Transportation Committee. Currently, Air Traffic Control is managed ...
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Will McConnell Swallow Inhofe's Climate Denial Bait? 29.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pete Altman, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director, Washington, D.C.: Just about a year ago, Inhofe took to the Senate floor and while discussing climate change, threw a snowball to an aide. His point? It's cold outside. So, climate change? Not happening. It was an absurd bit of political theater...
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California secretly listened to cellphone calls from the air 28.1.2016 Yahoo: Business
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Supreme Court is urged to halt Obama's climate change rules 28.1.2016 LA Times: Nation

The Supreme Court is being asked to make a quick decision on another of President Obama's far-reaching regulations and to put on hold climate-change rules that would force a 32% cutback in carbon emissions by 2030.

Lawyers for West Virginia, Texas and 24 other mostly Republican states filed an...

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Supreme Court urged to halt Obama's climate change rules 28.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The Supreme Court is being asked to make a quick decision on another of President Obama's far-reaching regulations and to put on hold climate-change rules that would force a 32% cutback in carbon emissions by 2030.

Lawyers for West Virginia, Texas and 24 other mostly Republican states filed an...

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