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New York: Where the Carbon Bubble Threat Goes Mainstream? 18.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Beyond Divestment: Climate-Concerned Philanthropists Pledge to Move Billions to Wind and Solar 18.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 18.9.2014 Democracy Now!
As the United Nations prepares to hold one-day global summit on climate change, we speak to award-winning author Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate." In the book, Klein details how our neoliberal economic system and our planetary system are now at war. With global emissions at an all-time high, Klein says radical action is needed. "We have not done the things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of this crisis," Klein writes. "We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe -- and would benefit the vast majority -- are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets." "Watch Part 2":http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/naomi_klein_on_the_peoples_climate
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Anti-Coal Campaigners Continue to Win in the Northwest 18.9.2014 Truthout.com
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The Great Frack Forward
China's Coal Addiction Threatens The Planet. But Can It Handle A Natural Gas Revolution?
18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. ON A HAZY MORNING LAST SEPTEMBER, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil executives filed into a vaulted meeting room in a cloistered campus in south Xi'an, a city famous for its terra-cotta warriors and lethal smog . The Communist Party built this compound, called the Shaanxi Guesthouse, in 1958. It was part of the lead-up to Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward, in which, to surpass the industrial achievements of the West, the government built steelworks, coal mines, power stations, and cement factories—displacing hundreds of thousands and clearcutting a tenth of China's forests in the process. Despite its quaint name, the guesthouse is a cluster of immense concrete structures jutting out of expansive, manicured lawns and man-made lakes dotted with stone bridges and pagodas. It also features a karaoke lounge, spa, tennis stadium, shopping center, and beauty ...
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Leaking Dominion Virginia Power Coal Ash Ponds Spur Complaint 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant, 30 miles south of Washington, "have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways,” the Southern Environmental Law Center, representing Potomac Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club, said in a statement. The groups made the allegation in a notice filed Wednesday with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and with the utility. The groups said they are prepared to sue Dominion if the pollution is not addressed. They alleged the state DEQ has been aware of the problem, but has been unresponsive. "We know that both Dominion and the state agency have been aware that the active coal ash ponds on this site have been contaminating groundwater for a while, we know they've been aware of it for 10 years and probably several decades," Greg Buppert of the ...
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World Looks to OECD as High Level Commission Calls for Phasing Out Coal 17.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program Today, the high powered Global Commission on the Climate and Economy released its flagship report on global coal use and the economy: The New Climate Economy . The report pulls no punches when it comes to coal, including a call for a global coal phaseout involving an immediate end to investments in new unabated coal-fired power plants globally and the retirement of existing unabated coal-fired power plants in high income countries. Perhaps most importantly, the report calls for governments to shift the "burden of proof" away from assuming that coal is the only solution to the world's growing energy demands and instead takes into consideration the devastating social, environmental and economic costs of coal. In short, the Commission is demanding public policymakers move beyond coal. To be clear, this is not simply the policy prescriptions of environmentalists. The Commission is chaired by the former president of Mexico, Felipe ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: It May Take a Disaster for the US to Switch to Green Energy, and More 16.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Peabody Coal 'Campaign' Hopefully Won't Fool Congress 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This August a select number of Congressional offices working on international issues received an email from Advanced Energy for Life, a new PR entity extolling energy from coal. The main message of the email was that without coal, " basic needs such as hygiene, public health and life expectancy are left unmet ." We, along with the Congressional staffers who told us about the mailing, gulped in amazement. After all, coal is arguably the deadliest form of electrical generation, a big contributor to cardiovascular and respiratory disease, among other health problems. Coal plants in China are estimated to have been responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011, and as many as 115,000 premature deaths are estimated to be caused by coal power plants in India. Conspicuously missing from the email to Hill staff is the fact that Advanced Energy for Life is a project of the world's largest coal company, Peabody Energy. Just last month, the UK Advertising Standards Authority found Peabody's ...
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A Step Too Short: Obama's New Carbon Pollution Rules Must Be Strengthened 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this summer, in a crucial albeit insufficient step to mitigate climate disruption, President Obama proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. The administration predicts that it would result in a 30 percent reduction of carbon pollution from power plants below 2005 levels, by 2030. It establishes targets for each state and encourages them to meet these targets by improving the efficiency of coal plants, switching to natural gas, increasing reliance on renewable energy and/or reducing energy demand. These actions will, hopefully, reduce the amount of carbon pollution from the electric power sector, which currently contributes almost 40 percent of the country's total emissions . While the move is a significant step in regulating emissions from power plants and addressing climate change, it could go significantly further. Reports by the Union of Concerned Scientists , Greenpeace and others demonstrate that President Obama could be much more aggressive. Ultimately, the ...
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Lobster Boat Blockade of Coal Plant Leads District Attorney to Climate Leadership 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I met my husband Geof Day, his work as a climate activist introduced me to some interesting people involved with 350.org. Recently, I heard the inspiring story of Ken Ward and Jay O'Hara, two climate activists who, up until September 8th, thought they would be doing prison time for their bold action of blockading the largest coal-fired power plant on the East Coast with an old lobster boat . Last week, Sam Sutter, a local District Attorney, agreed that because the actions of Ward and O'Hara at Brayton Point were reasonably reflective of a broader danger (that of climate change), all charges, beyond paying some minor damages, should be dropped. Later, in a stunning move, that same DA--while waving a copy of Rolling Stone featuring an article by 350.org founder Bill McKibben--stated that climate change is "one of the greatest crises our planet has ever faced," that political leadership on this matter has been "sorely lacking," and that he would be joining them at the upcoming People's Climate ...
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A New Coal Power Station the Coal Industry Won't Boast About 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When the US$1.35 billion coal-fired Norochcholai Power Station is commissioned by the Chinese President Xi Jinping on his visit to Sri Lanka this week , it is unlikely that the global coal industry will be waxing lyrical about the world's latest coal-fired power station being "reliable." Since the first of the plant's three 300-megawatt-generating units was commissioned in March 2011, the Chinese-funded-and-built power station has become an example of a coal plant that is hopelessly unreliable. Back in August 2005 -- while the civil war was still raging -- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha dusted off the long-stalled proposal for Sri Lanka's first ever coal-fired plant at Norochcholai. At the time there seemed to be limited power generation options for Sri Lanka. Over half of the country's electricity generation capacity was based on expensive oil-fired power plants with a few gas-fired plants for peak time loads. However, as Sri Lanka produces no oil and gas, the ever increasing cost of imported oil and ...
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Is China Finally Kicking Its Coal Addiction? 12.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BEIJING -- It may be difficult to see through the putrid smog, but major changes appear to be taking shape in China’s coal industry. So far this year, Chinese coal consumption has hit two major milestones: Coal consumption through June and coal imports through August both dropped for the first time in over a decade. The first half of 2014 saw China's first decline in total coal consumption in over a decade. Environmental activists aren't yet popping the Champagne, but taken together, these data points suggest that market forces and government mandates are causing China's decadelong coal binge to finally peak and potentially sputter. Market demand for coal has been sliding as China attempts to stamp out rampant over-capacity in its steel sector , and the government has pushed further reductions through a sweeping anti-pollution campaign that is just beginning to take hold. Coal fueled much of China's breathtaking growth over the past decade, making up over 60 percent of China's energy mix. The resource is ...
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'There Is No Alternative': Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground 12.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Bill Gates and Other Billionaires Are Undermining the US 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The Rebirth of Family Capitalism 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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DA Joins the Climate Activists He Declined to Prosecute, Citing Danger of Global Warming 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Playing God: The Rebirth of Family Capitalism or How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates and Other Billionaires Are Undermining the US 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The Climate Marches On 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Playing God 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Rebirth of Family Capitalism or How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates, and Other Billionaires Are Undermining America George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century.  Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country’s anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt’s appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, “The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for... not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country.”  To the Anthracite Coal Commission investigating the uproar, Baer insisted, “These men don’t suffer. Why hell, half of them don’t even speak English.” We might call that adopting the imperial position.  Titans of industry and finance back then often assumed that they had the right to supersede the law and tutor the rest of America on how best to order its ...
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