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Court Approves Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States 22.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'The Blood That's to Come': Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal 21.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Are efficiency improvements truly beneficial or are the gains being eaten by Jevons? 20.10.2014 TreeHugger
From LED lights to hybrid and electric cars, are new technologies making a positive difference?
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Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas? 20.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Sasan coal-fired power plan and coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program Today, a fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) -- the Sierra Club, 350.org, Carbon Market Watch, Friends of the Earth U.S. and Pacific Environment -- released a scathing report, The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars , on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India. For years, reports of human rights, indigenous rights, labor, and environmental violations have plagued Sasan and its owner, Indian company Reliance Power, and the U.S. government are partly to blame. The 3,960-megawatt project has received over $900 million in taxpayer finance from Ex-Im, and when allegations against the project are raised, Ex-Im prefers to look the other way. When Indian groups and NGOs alerted Ex-Im to a smokestack collapse that killed 30 workers , ...
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Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest? 17.10.2014 Environmental News Network
Which kind of power is the cheapest? Listen to energy companies, and they'll insist that traditional forms like gas and coal are the way to go. Of course, they have money invested in keeping the existing systems in business. That's why the European Union commissioned an independent analysis to study the topic. According to the report, wind energy is the most cost-efficient way to supply power. When proponents of non-renewable energy point to costs, they intentionally overlook the overall economic impact that polluting causes. Once experts start to calculate the costs associated with public health and climate change that coincide with burning coal and gas, the true cost is far higher than initially reported. It's both irresponsible and shortsighted to ignore these environmental and health consequences from the equation.
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Proving Power of Renewables, Wind Making Dirty Fuels Obsolete in Northern Europe 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Will the Export-Import Bank's Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations? 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program The entire Harrahawa Village was relocated to make way for the Sasan coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power's 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believe he was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance. Krishna Das Saha's home was destroyed in the middle of the night -- while his family was still living in it -- to make way for Sasan's coal ash pond. And when Sati Prasad challenged Reliance's refusal to hire local workers, he was dragged out of his home and beaten by the police . These are just a few people who have met violence and intimidation at the hands of Reliance Power. This aggression is subsidized U.S. tax dollars in the form of over $900 million in financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Indian groups have documented these and other abuses ...
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When climate 'wins' only lead to other clean energy battles 17.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Proponents should consider all possible reactions in order to create a smoother path forward for clean energy.

When climate 'wins' only lead to other clean energy battles
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Court Files: Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease from Aubrey McClendon's New Fracking Company 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embattled former CEO and founder of Chesapeake Energy , Aubrey McClendon , now CEO of American Energy Partners .  Elisabeth Radow , a New York-based attorney who examined a copy of the lease, told DeSmogBlog she believes the lease "has the effect of granting American Energy Partners the right to use the surface and subsurface to such a great extent that it takes away substantially all of the rights attributable to homeownership."  Murray Energy Corporation CEO Robert E. Murray; Photo Credit:  YouTube Screenshot Murray brought the suit against McClendon back in August 2013 , alleging McClendon committed trademark and copyright infringement by using the "American Energy" moniker . Murray's attorneys used the lease as an exhibit in a Motion to Compel Discovery , filed on September 8, over a year after Murray brought his initial lawsuit.  The case has ground to a slow halt as the two sides ...
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Fracking = Wrong Way Forward for Climate 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Will a dirty coal plant in Kosovo spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank? 14.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored with Andrew Linhardt, Sierra Club Associate Washington Representative Light projection on the World Bank building in Washington DC Source: 350.org, 2013 For the fourth year in a row , the World Bank's investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo . Currently, Kosovo relies on two old and extremely dirty coal-fired plants for most of its electricity. One of these plants recently exploded , leaving the country to rely on even more imported energy. In light of this disaster, the Kosovar government -- and the World Bank -- are hinging all of their hopes on the proposed Kosovo C coal-fired power plant to quell this seemingly endless energy import and finally meet the Kosovars' growing energy needs. But what the World Bank is failing to realize is that the solution to Kosovo's energy crisis cannot be found in outdated, dangerous energy supplies like coal. By turning ...
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Australia's Abbott: 'Coal is Good for Humanity' and Here to Stay 13.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Carbon Sequestration: Too Little, Too Late? 13.10.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

A few carbon capture and sequestration projects are under way, but economics and politics are holding the technology back.

To impede climate change, scientific studies suggest, billions of tons of carbon dioxide need to be captured from hundreds of fossil-fuel power plants in the next few decades—and as soon as possible. Without large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), other measures—including rollouts of renewable and nuclear power—will not avert catastrophic climate effects in the coming century and beyond (see “The Carbon Capture Conundrum”).

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Coal-Mining Region In China Sets Sights On Wine Production As Part Of New Economy 10.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BEIJING, Oct 10 (Reuters) - To reinvent itself in China's new consumption-driven economy, one region will need to crush a few grapes. After a decade of mining ever more coal to power China's economy, the arid and remote northwestern region of Ningxia is remaking itself as industry slows and demand for fossil fuels is set to wane. Ningxia has set its sights on becoming China's vineyard. By offering tax breaks to winemakers, Ningxia wants to produce wine worth 100 billion yuan ($16.3 billion) by 2020, or roughly 4-1/2 times the contribution of its entire farming sector to gross domestic product last year, said Cao Kailong, deputy director of the region's forestry ministry. Successfully swapping coal for wine as China shifts to a greener and more sustainable model of development would position Ningxia as the example of how to make the leap from an "old" to a "new" economy, said Shen Minggao, a Citibank economist. "How much value-added can the wine industry produce? This again is related to the ...
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College Students Continue to Lead the Way on Clean Energy 10.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
All this good clean energy news lately, and I haven't talked about the recent college victories! Last month, thanks to tremendous student activism, officials at the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia announced significant steps related to moving beyond coal. First, at UNC, The Board of Trustees passed a resolution to target clean energy investments in the school's $2.2 billion endowment. This decision comes after more than three years of students campaigning for coal divestment and action on clean energy. Students are thrilled -- but they also know their work isn't done. "I'm proud that UNC has joined those efforts for environmentally sustainable investing. This is a huge accomplishment for UNC and all its current and future students," said UNC junior and Sierra Student Coalition activist Lauren Moore . "This decision is a good first step, but one that ultimately needs to lead to UNC completely divesting from fossil fuels, and transitioning to 100 percent just, ...
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Canary in the Coal World 9.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It is only a tiny island, you say, and a remote one at that. Still, the 107-square-mile El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, could be considered a symbol of hope for a global warming-besieged world. In a few months, the island's 10,000 residents will benefit from completion of an energy system that is self-sufficient and generated solely by renewable sources, namely wind and hydro power. Latest statistics indicate humanity is losing the struggle to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions that scientists link to the gradual overheating of the planet. A key strategy for reversing that alarming trend is to shift from carbon emitting coal and other fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources such as wind and the sun. Critics' knock against wind and solar is that they are too intermittent to be reliable main sources of energy. As for El Hierro, they say it is one thing to create a renewable energy delivery system as the sole source of power on a speck in the ocean. It's quite ...
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This Unlikely Duo Is Working Together For Coal Miners 9.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One is a Democrat from Vermont, a state so green it named its mountains after the color. The other represents a West Virginia district in the heart of coal country. But Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) have emerged as improbable collaborators on energy bills in the House. The two co-authored an energy efficiency bill that passed the House in March, a rare example of successful bipartisanship this Congress. Now they're working together on a bill that would provide job training and transition assistance to unemployed coal miners. "I often feel that what happens to the workers is left out of the question about energy transitions," Welch said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "It should be a the forefront of policy discussions. You can't find people that work harder, in tougher jobs, than the coal miners. They go into those coal pits every day. It's dangerous, it's dirty, they have a lot of health consequences. But there was a huge demand in this country for what ...
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The 21st century's Hoover Dam? 8.10.2014 High Country News Most Recent
What a huge Wyoming wind and Utah storage project tell us about the West's energy landscape.
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The U.S. electric grid has a Baby Boomer Social Security problem 8.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Four ways to navigate the aging, financially troubled infrastructure as coal-powered plants ready for retirement.

The U.S. electric grid has a Baby Boomer Social Security problem
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Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Attack Each Other On Coal 8.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . In an interesting twist, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is under fire from his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, for “personally” taking “$600,000 from anti-coal groups.” But where did most of this alleged “anti-coal” money come from? Wells Fargo. The bank. McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, the former secretary of labor under President George W. Bush, sits on the Wells Fargo board of directors — for which she has been paid $684,000 over the last three years — and Wells Fargo has initiated a policy to limit its involvement with coal companies that do mountaintop removal. But to call Wells Fargo an anti-coal group is a huge stretch. For one, it still lends billions to coal companies. The environmental Sierra Club gave it a “D” rating this year for its involvement in financing coal-fired power plants in 2013. Moreover, the decision to limit involvement with companies that do mountaintop removal was made five years before Chao joined the Wells ...
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