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Yale Political Union: Yale Political Union debates Senator John Kerry on "Resolved: America should lead the world in environmental policy" 25.11.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 the Yale Political Union debated "Resolved: America should lead the world in environmental policy" with Senator John Kerry . This...
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Good News: Oregon Will Go Coal Free 25.11.2010 GOOD
Oregon is planning to close its last coal power plant , that one in the picture above, ahead of schedule. There's currently only one lonely coal-fired power plant in all of Oregon. But by 2020, there will be none—Portland General Electric Co., which operates the plant, has announced that it will either shutter the 585 megawatt Boardman plant or convert it to burn biomass. In less than 10 years, the state of Oregon will be coal-free. The Portland General Electric Co. figured it would cost  about $500 million  to upgrade the plant to meet expected post-2020 pollution regulations and decided it wasn't worth it. The state has been relying heavily on hydroelectric power for a while now , so this isn't a revolution, really. As the chart below shows, in 2005 only 8 percent of Oregon's electricity came from coal. Nearly 70 percent came from hydroelectric power. But it's still nice to have one more coal-free state. Oregon joins Vermont and Rhode Island ...
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F. Kaid Benfield: Village Green: the Greening of Professional Sports 24.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
    You’re looking above at AT&T Park, where the World Series champion San Francisco Giants play.  It’s one of the greenest stadiums in the...
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Robert Stavins: Renewable Irony 24.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Those who believe that renewable electricity standards would create a huge number of green jobs have forgotten the lesson of Detroit: a large domestic market does not guarantee a healthy domestic industry.
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Feds push to speed up wind farms off the East Coast 24.11.2010 Grist Magazine
by Randy Rieland. Enough with the blah-blah-blah; it was time for a kick start. So yesterday Barack Obama’s point man on offshore energy, Interior Chief Ken Salazar, went public with the administration’s plan to speed up the development of wind farms along the East Coast. Speed thrills: Taking a cue from the success of fast-tracking solar energy projects in the Southwest, the feds will first identify the best locations for potential wind farms outside of shipping lanes, then accelerate the permit process so that it takes as little as 18 months. Salazar admitted that painful lessons have been learned from the Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. So far it’s taken eight years and construction hasn’t even started—not exactly a model that entices clean energy investors. [ Bloomberg ] Not surprisingly, the announcement was a big hit among enviros. Typical was this response from the Sierra Club’s Bruce Nilles: It’s encouraging to see the ...
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Ontario feed-in tariffs creating solar jobs at the cost of a donut per month 24.11.2010 Gristmill
by Paul Gipe. Using a measure of cost that all Canadians understand, a provocative new report says the impact of Ontario’s feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaics (PV), which will create 70,000 jobs, is no more than one Tim Hortons donut per month. Tim Hortons is a popular Canadian coffee-shop chain found in even the smallest village. The confidential report comes at a time of heated political debate in the provincial capital of Toronto about the cost of the current government’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act. Ontario’s feed-in tariff program is the most visible—and the most controversial—aspect of the policy. The report by ClearSky Advisors was prepared for private, and so far unnamed, clients. However, a summary has been released to the media. ClearSky says that by 2015, Ontario’s solar PV industry will have created 72,000 person-years of jobs. Ontario plans to close all its coal-fired power plants by 2014. Generation by renewable sources, ...
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How green is Green Mountain Energy? 24.11.2010 Gristmill
by Jake Mooney. Like many New Yorkers, Adam Holland first encountered Green Mountain Energy while shopping for groceries. It was June, and Holland was walking into the Park Slope Food Co-op, in Brooklyn, when a young man with a clipboard stopped him touting the company’s service. Green Mountain Energy could offer Holland’s family electricity from cleaner sources than Con Edison, Holland recalls the man saying, and they wouldn’t even have to change the way they paid their bills. He had a brochure, with a picture of a windmill on it. Holland, who later recounted the episode on his blog, needed time to think it all over. When he got home and started Googling, he discovered something interesting: One of Green Mountain’s major shareholders at the time was BP, which had bought an 18.5 percent share of the company a decade earlier. Finding that out, at a time when the oil spill at one of BP’s wells in the Gulf of Mexico was in its third month, was enough to keep him away ...
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Blogging Begins from New Beyond Coal Director Mary Anne Hitt 24.11.2010 AlterNet
Today I am officially turning over the blog reins to Mary Anne Hitt, the new Director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign. She will now be blogging weekly on important coal and clean energy issues – so I urge you to bookmark her blog. Her first post is up now. Mary Anne has been with [...] Related Stories ...
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U.S. Wind Power Projects Get Huge Gust From Feds 24.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar vowed Tuesday to spur offshore wind projects in the Atlantic Ocean by expediting permits and identifying promising areas for...
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Jake Schmidt: Countries Aren't Sitting on the Sidelines Waiting for a Final International Climate Agreement Before Taking Action 24.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of key outcomes of international global warming negotiations must be a focus on what actions key countries undertake to reduce their emissions. On that front, there are promising signs.
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Gene Karpinski: What's Next for Clean Energy and Climate Policies 23.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It is deeply disturbing that the U.S. has not yet enacted comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. But there are paths forward. We can still make progress.
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Craig K. Comstock: Green Coal 23.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Unless techniques for sequestering carbon dioxide are both thorough and economical, the price of continuing to burn coal would be very high.
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Broad Coalition Reinforces Opposition to Radioactive Steam Generator Shipment on the Great Lakes 23.11.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2010

Beyond Nuclear

A broad coalition of groups in both the U.S. and Canada took full advantage of an opportunity provided by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to voice continued opposition to the shipment of radioactive steam generators on the Great Lakes. The radioactive waste shipment from Bruce Nuclear Power Plant near Owen Sound, Ontario to Studsvik in Sweden – for so-called “recycling” into consumer products -- has generated a groundswell of public opposition on both sides of the border in the Great Lakes region, as well as overseas.

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Canada accused of trying to kill U.S., E.U. clean fuel policies 23.11.2010 Grist Magazine
by Agence France-Presse. OTTAWA—Environmentalists on Monday accused Canada of attempting to kill proposed U.S. and E.U. clean energy policies in order to protect its oil exports. Climate Action Network Canada executive director Graham Saul told a press conference that government letters, memos, speeches, and lobbyist reports assembled by the group point to a “coordinated lobbying strategy to kill climate change policies in other countries.” “This systematic effort is being run out of Foreign Affairs and some of the briefing materials feeding into key discussions was drafted by the oil industry rather than having more neutral versions prepared by civil servants,” he said. “In our opinion, this is a scandal. It’s outrageous,” he added. In a report, the coalition of environmental groups cites three cases in 2007 in which Ottawa fiercely lobbied to “undermine” or “weaken” climate and clean energy policies of foreign ...
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Fighting Doom: The New Politics of Climate Change 23.11.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Brendan Smith

I am not an environmentalist. But all I think about these days is the climate crisis.

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Canadian Gov't, Alberta Fighting Foreign Climate Laws to Push Tar Sands: Report 23.11.2010 Common Dreams: Headlines

The federal government and Alberta are working to weaken climate policies in the U.S. and Europe in order to support the oilsands, according to environmental group Climate Action Network Canada.

The group released a report Monday finding "a concerted effort to weaken climate policies outside our borders, with the aim of ensuring that no doors are closed to Canada's highly polluting tar sands."

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The Post Carbon Reader: Track to The Future 23.11.2010 TreeHugger
The Post Carbon Reader: Track to The Future
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10 Green Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season 23.11.2010 TreeHugger
10 Green Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season
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Brendan Smith: Fighting Doom: The New Politics of Climate Change 23.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate-generated disasters will bring our doomed future into focus. The failure of political elites to adequately respond to these cascading crises will transform our political landscape and seed the ground for social movements.
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Increasing on-site consumption of distributed solar 22.11.2010 Gristmill
by John Farrell. This is part of a series of posts on distributed renewable energy that will be posted to Grist. It originally appeared on  Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. It’s rarely mentioned that a home with a solar array still gets most of its electricity from the grid. In fact, without storage, a typical home solar array might only serve one-third of a home’s electricity use, even if the system is big enough to meet the home’s peak needs. The problem is a mismatch in production and consumption, with a rooftop solar array producing most of its electricity during daylight hours, when the occupants aren’t home. The problem often gets overlooked in the United States, because our on-site energy generation policy—called net metering—simply totals up the homeowner’s total consumption for a month and subtracts out their solar electricity production over the same period ...
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