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Inside the Coal Industry's Rhetorical Playbook 10.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
If citizens have heard anything about the upheaval in the US coal industry, it is probably the insistence that President Obama and the EPA have waged a "war on coal." This phrase is written into President-elect Donald Trump's energy platform, which promises to " end the war on coal ." The often repeated slogan indexes a set of attitudes and assumptions about government regulation and environmentalism. The foremost if the belief that the (liberal, overreaching) federal government has it out for coal and the American way of life that coal supports.  If only the coal industry could get government and its regulations off their backs, the  argument goes , thousands of jobs and our economy would come  roaring back , a pledge Trump made during his campaign while touring Appalachian coal country. After the election, Trump doubled down on this rhetoric, saying that, "On energy, I will cancel  job-killing restrictions  on the production of American energy -- including shale energy and clean coal -- creating many ...
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With a record $1.4 trillion in sustainability assets, investors bail on fossil fuels 10.1.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Giant funding for clean technology, paired with the plummeting prices of renewables, paint a bright picture for a low-carbon energy future.
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It's time to really do something about air pollution and ban diesels 9.1.2017 TreeHugger
We were all lied to, and it is time to fix it.
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Clean Energy: The Challenge of Achieving a "Just Transition" for Workers 6.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
While measures to curb emissions and reduce the impacts of rising temperatures will be good for the many, the few who work in industries affected by climate policies risk losing their livelihoods. Around the world, there is a growing movement demanding a "just transition." A truck drives through a coal mine in Victoria, Australia, in a photo taken on August 10, 2014. (Photo: Takver ) Tackling climate change is good for the economy, good for business and good for people. This is the narrative often pushed out by campaigners, researchers and governments around the world. But while measures to curb emissions and reduce the impacts of rising temperatures will be good for the many, the few who work in industries affected by climate policies risk losing their livelihoods as the economy leans increasingly upon renewable energy. Around the world, there is a growing movement demanding a "just transition" for the workforce, so that workers are not left in the cold as fossil fuels become consigned to the ...
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Top Climate Stories to Watch in 2017 1.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Mike Gaworecki

2016 was something of a mixed bag for the global climate. On the one hand, renewable energy use has never been higher — but on the other hand, 2016 brought with it news of record fossil fuel consumption, as well.

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Climate Change 2016: The Year the Future Arrived 29.12.2016 Truthout.com
It is very obvious in 2016 that we have entered the nonlinear phase of climate change, where impacts happen faster, are more extreme and widespread. New advances in climate science offer technologies that can help minimize future impacts, but first we must resolve to take global warming seriously. The collapse of the Delaware-size Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica has begun. Caused by warming and similar to the demise of the Larsen B and Larsen A in 2003 and 1995, the Larsen ice shelves hold back upland ice on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Larsen B disintegrated in 40 days. Next in line to collapse are the Ross and Ronne Ice Shelves. These California-sized ice shelves hold back the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet. (NASA photograph by John Sonntag) Independent media will be an essential lifeline next year. Make sure we're there to bring you the truth about 2017: Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout today! Our planet's systems have a tremendous capacity to absorb punishment before they begin to show ...
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Fiends of the Earth 27.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Dykstra

There's a case to be made that the Trump Administration's rollback of environmental regulation won't be devastating; that market forces will prevail in the coming energy revolution; that the environment and public health will continue to be protected under the EPA and other agencies, and that state governments will do their part as well; and that a newly-elected President, self-branded as an astute businessman and dealmaker, will be open to the wisdom of ensuring a safe and healthy America.

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2016 was the year that… 27.12.2016 GreenBiz.com
What a long, strange trip it’s been. But for sustainable business, it was another banner year.
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Obama’s lasting legacies in the West 26.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
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Rationalizing coal production 26.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
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2016 Saw Big Gains For Public Health, Climate Action, Clean Energy 22.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the wild roller coaster ride that was 2016 comes to an end, it turns out we’ve made incredible progress in moving the U.S. from coal to clean energy. While there’s no doubt that uncertain times are ahead, we’re standing on a strong foundation of progress. Thanks to tenacious grassroots leaders across the nation, the U.S. is leading the world on reducing climate-disrupting pollution ― and we’re not going backwards, regardless of who is in the White House. As we head into the new year, we have incredible momentum on our side to meet the challenge ahead. Just look at a few of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal highlights from 2016: Mercury pollution from power plants (our biggest source of mercury pollution) is on track to be reduced by 74 percent, and as it falls, mercury levels in the tuna we eat are falling , too. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution from coal plants—linked to health problems including asthma and heart attacks—have fallen 69 percent and 75 percent, respectively, from their record ...
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With an Enemy Like Trump, Climate Activists Should Look Beyond the Paris Accord 22.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Trump's announcement that he intends to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement has generated outrage worldwide. But many climate activists who find such carbon-trading-dependent agreements woefully insufficient believe it's time for people worldwide to take the climate fight local, like at Standing Rock. President Obama, center right, joining other leaders for a photo at the UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, near Paris, on Novvember 30, 2015. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) The first local environmental campaign I ever got involved in was against Donald Trump. I was living in Aberdeen, Scotland, when, in March 2006 Trump announced his plans to convert one of my favorite nature sites north of Aberdeen into a golf course, hotel and housing complex. Menie Estate, which he had acquired, lay at the heart of a landscape and ecosystem unique within Scotland : a large expanse of shifting sand dunes, home to a diverse community of plants found only on acidic, sandy soils, and well known ...
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India to halt all coal plant construction by 2022 22.12.2016 TreeHugger
That's way sooner than almost anyone expected.
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Climate Change This Week: Arctic Frying Disaster, Teenagers Sue For Their Future, and More! 21.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO An Unusually Warm Arctic Year: Sign Of Future Climate Turmoil with significant effects on US weather. Takeaways: barring a miracle, 2016 will be the warmest on record in the Arctic: autumn temperatures soared 36 degrees F above normal over broad areas; almost every month saw record high temperatures. An Arctic hot spot above Scandinavia-west Russia will probably have big impacts on Asia weather. All this is dramatically different from just 30 years ago: Summer ice is disappearing fast, and Winter ice is forming far slower. Warming Begats Melt, Begats More Warming is the point of how the albedo re-enforcing feedback loop works in the Arctic. As ice melts, the darker resulting water absorbs more heat, which melts more ice, which absorbs more... well, you get the idea. Source www.ClimateEmergencyInstitute.com A major Arctic re-enforcing feedback cycle, the albedo effect, - where warming melts ice, darker water absorbs more heat, melting more ice - helps jumpstart other re-enforcing feedback cycles ...
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Can Trump’s Interior secretary pick live up to conservationists’ expectations? 20.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke evokes Roosevelt, but his record has veered away from environmental protection.
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Trump's Carbon-Obsessed Energy Policy and the Planetary Nightmare to Come 16.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Scroll through Donald Trump's campaign promises or listen to his speeches and you could easily conclude that his  energy policy  consists of little more than a wish list drawn up by the major fossil fuel companies: lift environmental restrictions on oil and natural gas extraction, build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, open more federal lands to drilling, withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, kill Obama's Clean Power Plan, revive the coal mining industry, and so on and so forth ad infinitum. In fact, many of his proposals have simply been  lifted  straight from the talking points of top energy industry officials and their lavishly financed allies in Congress. If, however, you take a closer look at this morass of pro-carbon proposals, an obvious, if as yet unnoted, contradiction quickly becomes apparent. Were all Trump's policies to be enacted -- and the  appointment  of the climate-change denier and industry-friendly attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental ...
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Climate Change This Week: An Exxon US Government, Standing Up For Science, And More! 16.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump's family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these ant mimicking south American treehoppers, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Gernot Kunz at treehoppers.insectmuseum.org Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Breaking Up the Amazon Rainforest destroys a significant carbon storage spot for the planet. Source Brazil National Institute for Space Research OO Amazon Deforestation Increasing When The Planet Can Least Afford It - according to new satellite data. OO How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests In Peril by helping agricultural powerhouses in Indonesia expand their plantation empires. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves. * WE'RE LOSING CONTROL OVER CLIMATE CHANGE Credit Jim Morin, Miami Herald MEH: At most, dramatically cutting fossil fuel emissions will slow the pace and ...
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Trump’s Carbon-Obsessed Energy Policy and the Planetary Nightmare to Come 15.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Michael T. Klare

Scroll through Donald Trump’s campaign promises or listen to his speeches and you could easily conclude that his energy policy consists of little more than a wish list drawn up by the major fossil fuel companies: lift environmental restrictions on oil and natural gas extraction, build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, open more federal lands to drilling, withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan, revive the coal mining industry, and so on and so forth ad infi

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Trump's Carbon-Obsessed Energy Policy And The Planetary Nightmare To Come 15.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Scroll through Donald Trump’s campaign promises or listen to his speeches and you could easily conclude that his energy policy consists of little more than a wish list drawn up by the major fossil fuel companies: lift environmental restrictions on oil and natural gas extraction, build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, open more federal lands to drilling, withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan, revive the coal mining industry, and so on and so forth ad infinitum.  In fact, many of his proposals have simply been lifted straight from the talking points of top energy industry officials and their lavishly financed allies in Congress. If, however, you take a closer look at this morass of pro-carbon proposals, an obvious, if as yet unnoted, contradiction quickly becomes apparent. Were all Trump’s policies to be enacted -- and the appointment of the climate-change denier and industry-friendly attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott ...
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The human stories behind the 'coal wars' 13.12.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Coal is no longer king. Here's a closer look at its end game.
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