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ALEC 2016 Agenda Boosts Charters, Coal and Other Corporate Funders 27.7.2016 Truthout.com
ALEC has long relied on funding from its coal and oil industry members. This year it's proposing yet another resolution opposing the Clean Power Plan. (Photo: Rich / Flickr ) At Truthout, we refuse to subject you to ads or "sponsored content" -- we believe in producing journalism with integrity. If you agree, please support us with a donation today! The  American Legislative Exchange Council  will push bills to protect failing charter schools, silence political speech, and obstruct environmental protections in the ALEC 2016 agenda introduced at its annual meeting in Indianapolis this week. ALEC faces renewed public attention as it gears up for the annual meeting, where corporate lobbyists sit side-by-side with state legislators in luxury hotels to vote as equals on "model bills" that then get pushed to become law in states across the country. As the Center for Media and Democracy  has reported , Donald Trump chose an ALEC ally, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as his running mate, while his party's 2016 ...
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Climate Change This Week: A Hot New High, Kids Show the Way, and More! 27.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO Europe's Oil Imports 'Dependent On Unstable Countries' OO Power From "The New Coal", Natural Gas, Expected To Reach A Record High, Despite Climate Concerns - bad news, because besides the bad methane emissions from its production and distribution, burning it adds further emissions. OO US Coal Ash Crisis Builds - Coal production and use has plummeted, but the wastes left behind after burning it keep on coming, and they have been stored in lightly regulated, water-filled basins since at least the 1950s. OO China Pledged To Curb Coal Plants. Greenpeace Says It's Still Adding Them. The construction boom would result in about 400 gigawatts of excess capacity and waste more than $150 billion on building unneeded plants, said the new a report. But ... OO Record Growth In Chinese Renewable Energy Markets OO Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom says Amnesty International report. <> OO Fossil Fuel Industry Risks Losing $33 Trillion in revenue in the next 25 years due to global ...
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Unconventional Coal Technologies 'Could Blow the Global Carbon Budget' 26.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

While tar sands and fracking have been cited frequently for their climate and environmental impacts, a new report puts the spotlight on how two unconventional coal technologies are "a leap in the wrong direction" as they "damage and delay the transition to a low carbon world."

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FBI nabs BLM bombing suspect; Wyoming wind resistance; unofficial border patrol 25.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
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Buy Low, Sell Never: Why Not Just Buy the Entire Coal Industry? 24.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Mark Trahant

I recently drove across the West, mostly on two-lane roads and through towns where campaign signs aren’t about a candidate but a mineral. “Coal Keeps The Lights On,” says a sign repeated throughout northwestern Colorado. That same idea is found at the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana or in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

Coal is not on the ballot, but many in the rural West want it to be. And some, especially Republicans, are eager to oblige, claiming that it’s an Obama-led war on coal that’s destroying jobs and forcing coal companies into bankruptcy.

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Northwest Tribes Band Together to Stop Oil-by-Rail 24.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
There's no such thing as a good place for an oil-train derailment, but this year's June 3 spill outside Mosier, Oregon, could have been worse if the 16 oil cars had derailed and caught fire even a few hundred feet in either direction. The derailment was just far enough away from populated areas, including a nearby school and mobile home park, that no injuries resulted, and the amount of oil that spilled into the river was limited. If it had happened another mile-and-a-half down the tracks, the damaged tank cars  would have tumbled directly into the Columbia river  during the peak of the spring Chinook salmon run. "This derailment right along the Columbia River is ... a reminder that oil trains mean an ever-present risk of an oil spill into our waterways, threatening fisheries and livelihoods for Quinault Indian Nation members and our neighbors in Grays Harbor," Quinault Vice President Tyson Johnston said. There are massive oil train ports planned for Anacortes, Grays Harbor, and Vancouver in Washington ...
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How Utah Coal Interests Helped Push a Secret Plan to Export Coal From California 24.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
This story was originally published on July 21, 2016 at High Country News ( hcn.org ). On June 27, hundreds of people packed the Oakland City Council meeting where a proposal to ban the transport of coal through the California city was up for a vote. Speakers on both sides of the issue delivered passionate arguments, pitting the promise of good jobs in a depressed area against concern about environmental impacts. The meeting quickly became rowdy. "There was a lot of tension," says Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor of West Side Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland, who spoke in support of the ban. Pro-coal supporters stationed in the audience heckled him throughout his address, and at times, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, the council president, struggled to maintain order. "Officers," she requested, "please escort those persons who continue to have disrespectful outbursts outside of the chamber." The vote came after more than a year of heated debate over plans to build a marine terminal, from which coal mined in ...
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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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How Utah coal interests helped push a secret plan to export coal from California 21.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Companies and investors are trying to survive a collapsing U.S. coal market.
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Report: Coal jobs will decline with or without federal regulations 21.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A new study from the Energy Information Administration finds the Clean Power Plan speeds coal’s decline.
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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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'Mr. Coal' and a Climate Change Skeptic Given Key Energy Posts in Aussie Cabinet 19.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Australia's post-election Cabinet reshuffle is great news for the fossil fuels sector but portends doom for the environment, according to green groups who are raising alarm about the government's newly appointed ministers dealing with climate change and resources.

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Federal coal leasing needs a major overhaul 19.7.2016 Writers on the Range
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Dispatch from coal country: Advocates and adversaries duel over leasing reform 19.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In western Colorado, two visions for the future of fossil fuels collide at a BLM listening session.
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Solar on the best UK sites is competitive with cheap coal 16.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Last week a massive 350-hectare open cast coal mine at Druridge Bay won planning permission. This got Chris Goodall wondering: what if the land was turned into a solar farm instead? His surprise discovery: solar power on England's south coast already costs no more than coal - and it's only getting cheaper.A week ago Northumberland council gave planning permission to a new open-cast coal mine at Druridge on the coastline just north of Newcastle.About 3 million tonnes of coal will be extracted over a five to seven-year period from an area of around 350 hectares, including storage space. (350 hectares is about 1.4 square miles)The environmental objections to the plan are striking. For example, the owners predict about 170 HGV movements a day along local roads during the whole lifetime of the project. The landscape impact is also severe although the developers say they will ensure that the local sandy beaches are ...
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India: The Burning City 14.7.2016 Climate Change News - ENN
Underground fires have been burning for more than a century beneath India's largest coalfield, but in recent decades open-cast mining has brought the flames to the surface with devastating consequences for the local population.As communities are destroyed and thousands suffer from toxic fumes, what lies behind this human and environmental disaster?  Filmmakers Gautam Singh and Dom Rotheroe went to find out.The devastating impact of coal mining After the US and China, India is currently the world's third-largest energy consumer; a position that is set to consolidate in coming years as economic development, urbanisation, improved electricity access, and an expanding manufacturing base all add to demand.   Right now much of those energy needs - up to two thirds of all electricity generated - are being met by domestically produced coal, of which India has abundant reserves. 
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India: The Burning City 14.7.2016 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
Underground fires have been burning for more than a century beneath India's largest coalfield, but in recent decades open-cast mining has brought the flames to the surface with devastating consequences for the local population.As communities are destroyed and thousands suffer from toxic fumes, what lies behind this human and environmental disaster?  Filmmakers Gautam Singh and Dom Rotheroe went to find out.The devastating impact of coal mining After the US and China, India is currently the world's third-largest energy consumer; a position that is set to consolidate in coming years as economic development, urbanisation, improved electricity access, and an expanding manufacturing base all add to demand.   Right now much of those energy needs - up to two thirds of all electricity generated - are being met by domestically produced coal, of which India has abundant ...
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India: The Burning City 14.7.2016 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Underground fires have been burning for more than a century beneath India's largest coalfield, but in recent decades open-cast mining has brought the flames to the surface with devastating consequences for the local population.As communities are destroyed and thousands suffer from toxic fumes, what lies behind this human and environmental disaster?  Filmmakers Gautam Singh and Dom Rotheroe went to find out.The devastating impact of coal mining After the US and China, India is currently the world's third-largest energy consumer; a position that is set to consolidate in coming years as economic development, urbanisation, improved electricity access, and an expanding manufacturing base all add to demand.   Right now much of those energy needs - up to two thirds of all electricity generated - are being met by domestically produced coal, of which India has abundant ...
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India: The Burning City 14.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Underground fires have been burning for more than a century beneath India's largest coalfield, but in recent decades open-cast mining has brought the flames to the surface with devastating consequences for the local population.As communities are destroyed and thousands suffer from toxic fumes, what lies behind this human and environmental disaster?  Filmmakers Gautam Singh and Dom Rotheroe went to find out.The devastating impact of coal mining After the US and China, India is currently the world's third-largest energy consumer; a position that is set to consolidate in coming years as economic development, urbanisation, improved electricity access, and an expanding manufacturing base all add to demand.   Right now much of those energy needs - up to two thirds of all electricity generated - are being met by domestically produced coal, of which India has abundant ...
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Hooked! The Unyielding Grip of Fossil Fuels on Global Life 14.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Michael Klare

Here’s the good news: wind power, solar power, and other renewable forms of energy are expanding far more quickly than anyone expected, ensuring that these systems will provide an ever-increasing share of our future energy supply.  According to the most recent projections from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy, global consumption of wind, solar, hydropower, and other renewables will double between now and 2040, jumping from 64 to 131 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs).

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