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SpaceX wins second NASA mission to take crew to space station 30.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

NASA has ordered a second mission from SpaceX to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

The Hawthorne space company received its first order from NASA in November. Both SpaceX and Boeing Co. now each have two orders from the space agency to ferry as many as four crew members and about...

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Hillary Clinton and Her Hawks 29.7.2016 Truthout.com
As Hillary Clinton begins her final charge for the White House, her advisers are already recommending air strikes and other new military measures against the Assad regime in Syria. The clear signals of Clinton's readiness to go to war appears to be aimed at influencing the course of the war in Syria as well as U.S. policy over the remaining six months of the Obama administration. (She also may be hoping to corral the votes of Republican neoconservatives concerned about Donald Trump's "America First" foreign policy.) Last month, the think tank run by Michele Flournoy, the former Defense Department official considered to be most likely to be Clinton's choice to be Secretary of Defense, explicitly called for "limited military strikes" against the Assad regime. And earlier this month Leon Panetta, former Defense Secretary and CIA Director, who has been advising candidate Clinton, declared in an interview that the next president would have to increase the number of Special Forces and carry out air strikes to ...
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'Stand your ground’: Charges against officer who killed black man carrying air rifle dropped 28.7.2016 Washington Post
'Stand your ground’: Charges against officer who killed black man carrying air rifle dropped
Judge dismisses manslaughter charge against Florida deputy 27.7.2016 AP National
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A judge on Wednesday dismissed a manslaughter charge against a Florida deputy who claimed self-defense in the 2014 fatal shooting of a 33-year-old black man carrying what turned out to be an air rifle....
Business News Roundup, July 26 26.7.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Jet engine exhaust from airliners endangers human health and adds to climate change, the government found Monday in taking the first step toward regulating those emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency said it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions. Jet engines spew significant amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, into the upper atmosphere, where they trap heat from the sun. [...] proposed rules such as imposing fuel-efficiency standards have faced stiff opposition from aircraft makers and commercial airlines. Aircraft emissions were not addressed as part of the landmark global climate agreement agreed to in Paris in December. “Addressing pollution from aircraft is an important element of U.S. efforts to address climate change,” said Janet McCabe, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. McCabe said aircraft are the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. transportation ...
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EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution 25.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The government has found that jet engine exhaust is adding to climate change and endangering human health, and needs to be regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions. Jet engines spew significant amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, into the upper atmosphere, where they trap heat from the sun. But proposed rules such as imposing fuel-effici...
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EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution 25.7.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has found that jet engine exhaust is adding to climate change and endangering human health, and needs to be regulated....
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EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution 25.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has found that jet engine exhaust is adding to climate change and endangering human health, and needs to be regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions. Jet engines spew significant amounts of greenhouse […]
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EPA fines Omak lumber mill for clean-air violations 24.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

PNW Wind Down LLC lumber mill is on the Colville Reservation. It produced plywood veneer from raw timber.
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EPA fines lumber mill for clean-air violations 24.7.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined a tribal-owned lumber mill $89,000 for repeated clean-air violations....
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A Breath Of Fresh Air: New York's Historic Ventilation Regs In Nail Salons 22.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ventilation regulations aren't what the average person associates with a safe and healthy workplace. But for nail salon workers, who are breathing in a toxic cocktail of chemicals every day on the job, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent executive order requiring ventilation in nail salons is a life saver. After the Governor's historic nail salon legislation passed last year advocates immediately received a flood of inquiries from workers about health and safety in their salons. The standout was a young immigrant woman from Mexico who shared her worries over her first born son's health, who was born with birth deficiencies. She had worked in the salon during her pregnancy and was pregnant again, afraid of the impact that the toxins in her salon would have on her unborn son. Each nail salon worker has her own stories of labored breathing, lingering coughs, or knows coworkers who experienced severe health issues due to prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals. Conscientious nail salon owners and consumers ...
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Peter Thiel Tells GOP Convention: 'I Am Proud To Be Gay' 22.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
CLEVELAND ― Peter Thiel on Thursday became the first openly gay Republican convention speaker in history to talk about his sexual orientation, and said he disagreed with portions of his party’s platform that restrict rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. “I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American,” said the Silicon Valley billionaire, who co-founded PayPal. “When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom,” Thiel added, referring to conservatives’ push to block transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. “This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?” Three gay members of the California delegation went to the front row of their section, directly in front of the stage, to watch Thiel’s speech ― a gesture of both solidarity and advocacy. Most of ...
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Sorry Republicans, Donald Trump Doesn't Want To Sell Off Public Lands 22.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
CLEVELAND ― Among the more controversial and least discussed portions of the Republican Party platform is the GOP’s position that federal lands ― including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests ― should be removed from federal protection. But the man at the top of the party’s ticket, Donald Trump , isn’t on board with that, one of his top energy advisers, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), said this week. “He’s not the poster child Republican when it comes to those kind of environmental issues,” Cramer told The Huffington Post, noting that his candidate cares about “legitimate environmental concerns; nature, specifically.” The Republican platform states that “certain” federally controlled lands should be given to states to control ― though it doesn’t stipulate which lands, or whether there’d be any restrictions on what states could do with them. There’s nothing in the text that would stop a state from turning a wildlife refuge into a Walmart, for example, or a Trump golf course. “The residents of state ...
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Obama's Landmark Greenhouse Gas And Fuel Economy Standards Are Working - Now Let's Look to the Future 21.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Tom Toles, Washington Post, Sept 2, 2012) This week the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a very positive report regarding the historic federal greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards. In a nutshell, car manufacturers can meet the current 2025 goals to improve efficiency and slash greenhouse gas emissions at a cost similar or less than expected four years ago. But despite these clear and comprehensive findings, some elements in the auto industry will inevitably push back , arguing that the rules will be too expensive or that gasoline prices are so low that customers don't want fuel-efficient vehicles. These arguments against long-term standards are myopic. Remember that when these rules were first adopted in 2009, the auto industry was in collapse. The fate of iconic car companies, for decades the pride of the United States, was a huge question mark. Eventually, the federal ...
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Former Cleanup Workers Blame Illnesses on Toxic Coal Ash Exposures 21.7.2016 Truthout.com
The Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant looms above parkland today. The area was once coated by coal ash mounds measuring up to 60 feet tall. (Photo: Kristen Lombardi / Center for Public Integrity) It was April 28, 2014, five years after Craig Wilkinson's 12-month stint as a backhoe operator at a massive coal-ash spill in Tennessee. Wilkinson was desperate for answers. Bearing a list of metals -- arsenic, lead, mercury and others concentrated in coal ash -- he arrived at a clinic specializing in toxic exposures. Maybe someone there could tell him what was coursing through his body. Wilkinson, then 56, adopted a "weather-through-it" mentality on the job. But his body had betrayed him since he had signed on as a cleanup worker following a dike failure that unleashed a billion gallons of ash from a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant. His vision grew dull, his head dizzy. Within months, he experienced a cough so persistent that it left him gasping for breath. By 2012, he was diagnosed ...
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6 Ways The GOP's Environmental Platform Will Damage The Earth 21.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The world’s scientists overwhelmingly agree : our planet is facing an environmental crisis of staggering proportions. The Earth is warming at an alarming rate due to human activity . Many scientists warn the planet will suffer extreme , and possibly irreparable, damage in a few decades without a swift, globally coordinated effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yet a conspicuously different picture emerges if you read the Republican Party’s platform, released Monday at its national convention in Cleveland. Climate change is not a priority and may not even be real science; the environment is fine ― getting better everyday, in fact! And we need fossil fuels. Much more of them. “If this extremist platform were ever actually implemented, it would imperil clean air and clean water for all Americans ,” said Khalid Pitts, political director of the environmental group Sierra Club, in response to the platform. “This double-dealing platform both praises NASA while simultaneously rejecting the scientific ...
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Tesoro agrees to reduce emissions at Utah refinery in $425M settlement with EPA, DOJ 19.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Tesoro will pay about $150 million to install pollution controls at its Salt Lake City oil refinery as part of a settlement with the United States Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA on Monday announced the settlement, which includes $403 million in pollution-reduction efforts at six refineries operated by subsidiaries of Tesoro Corp. and Par Hawaii Refining. Tesoro will also pay $12 million for environmental projects in polluted communities and a $10 million ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Oil refiners agree to pay $425 million to reduce air pollution in the West 19.7.2016 LA Times: Nation

Concluding a long legal climb to cleaner air, the federal government Monday announced a record $425-million settlement with two oil refiners that is expected to reduce pollution emissions in the West by almost 43,000 tons annually.

The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency...

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Cheaper gas may undercut U.S. fuel, emission standards for 2025 19.7.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
DETROIT — The U.S. government says the nation’s cars and trucks are well on their way to meeting fuel economy and emissions standards set for 2025, but cheaper gas prices could ultimately lower those targets by encouraging consumers to buy less-efficient vehicles. The report kicks off a two-year review that will determine whether to keep the 2025 fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions targets in place or change them. The report says automakers can meet the original 2012 targets by continuing to make more advanced gasoline engines; the EPA says only about 2 percent of vehicles would need to be hybrids or electric vehicles to meet the standards. “Today’s draft report shows that automakers are developing far more technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, at similar or lower costs, than we thought possible just a few years ago,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. The government says 100 car, SUV and pickup truck ...
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Two Refiners to Spend $400 Million on Pollution Control to Settle EPA Case 19.7.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Refiners Tesoro and Par Hawaii Refining agreed to spend more than $400 million on equipment to control pollution at six U.S. oil refineries under a settlement with the federal government over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
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