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Industry Pushes EPA to Roll Back Power Plant Regulations 23.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Aussie Households Go Solar: Game-Changer 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Australia's household solar revolution has caught the government-owned electricity sector by surprise. Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles in another SOS segment as he tells how Australian homeowner are fighting back against climate disruption. More than one million Australians have already installed solar panels on their rooftops. It has caused demand for electricity from the grid to plummet. The race to power Australian homes from the sun has left Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Coalition government speechless. Photo credit: smh.com.au Despite being a sun-rich country, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to promote coal, a known heat-trapping pollutant, as the only source of energy for the future. The government has just spent over $50 billion upgrading the coal-powered energy grid expecting more demand for more electricity. By the time coal-powered electricity reaches Australian homes it has traveled hundreds of miles through the grid - a network of wires, cables and poles. Photo ...
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Is coal dead? 22.7.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Which plants are slated for closure or switches to natural gas.
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Grassroots Organizations Will Help China Move Away From Coal 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Dr. Sun Qingwei, Pacific Environment China Climate Coordinator President Obama's new carbon rule elicited a seemingly strong reaction from China: a pledge to institute a national carbon cap by 2016 . But does China's pledge have teeth? We argue yes, but only if grassroots organizations and citizens put increasing pressure on the government to reduce the country's reliance on coal. In the past decade, two key factors have helped improve China's climate policies: international climate change negotiations and domestic political pressure to clean up pollution. At the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, Premier Wen Jiabao promised to cut carbon emissions 40-50% by 2020. This commitment resulted in the birth of China's Renewable Energy Law, and specific coal reduction targets were introduced into China's current Five Year Plan (2011-2015). If the United States takes further steps to demonstrate leadership at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, China will come under even greater pressure to curb its ...
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"You Want Clean Air? Well, Screw You." 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We've just spotted a new form of conservative protest against the EPA and the Clean Air Act: Coal Rollers. Pick-up trucks customized to spew black smoke -- "the newest weapon in the culture wars." As one salesperson of these trucks put it: "You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you." The people driving these trucks spew black smoke over anyone they think looks like an environmental softie-people driving Priuses or riding bikes, for instance. Let's compare this "Right to Pollute" attitude with that of a polluter who now wants to do right by the world. Tom Steyer is a former hedge fund manager who is forcefully and effectively using his vast wealth to support regulations that will slow down climate change. He will invest $100 million in political races around the country this year; he is targeting places where polluting climate deniers, backed by the Koch Brothers , are trying to stop any action to curtail the dangerous carbon pollution that is wreaking havoc on our world. Recently ...
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Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere 20.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere 19.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Laura Flanders

A mural in Benham, Kentucky. Photo by Catherine Moore for Appalachian Transition Fellows.Benham, Ky., in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, "Benham, the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built."

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Old King Coal has a Texan hole ? 18.7.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
We have ideas and giant international conferences coming up, on how to combat global warming and specifically what we can do with greenhouse gases. It could be, though, that some of the jokers in the pack are simply sequestering while Rome burns. After all, their employment depends on maintaining the coal, oil, gas and even fracking industries. Maybe replacing these industries with renewable energy technologies would use different engineers and spoil the party for many profitable companies?
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10 ways to live better electrically 18.7.2014 TreeHugger
The cost of electricity is going up (both in dollars and in environmental and health impacts). Here are some tips for reducing your costs and impacts.
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Game-changing rooftop solar boom is squeezing the profits out of coal power in Australia 14.7.2014 TreeHugger
Eventually, coal won't be able to compete with solar at any price. Even if it was free, solar would be cheaper because of network charges.
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The Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment 11.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post is adapted from my talk to SF Pension Trustees In 2010, at Cancun, the world's nations set 3.5 degrees F as the permissible increase in global temperature to 2050. Beyond that was catastrophe. Since Cancun, the dangers of climate change have grown and become palpable in myriad ways with which you are all familiar. And, yet, nations have made little progress. In fact, having put the car in reverse, they are accelerating in the wrong direction. Thus, the IEA reports our current trend-line will take the planet by 2050 to 7 degrees F, twice the level set in Cancun. Carbon emissions increased by 1.5 percent per year from 1980 to 2000. But, then, that rate doubled to 3 percent per year through 2012. The IEA just reported that the cost to de-carbonize by 2050 was $44 trillion, up from $36 trillion just two years ago, and climbing. The cause is an increase in coal usage that exceeds the increase in renewables. So, the planet has a big problem. I'm here to suggest divestment from fossil fuel companies ...
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Environmental Groups To Dems: No Coal In Ex-Im Reauthorization 11.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Congress is tied up in a debate over whether or not to reauthorize funding for a federal agency that most people have never heard of -- the Export-Import Bank. One of the biggest sticking points might end up being the bank's policy on financing coal-fired power plants abroad. The purpose of the Export-Import Bank, or Ex-Im, is to promote the export of American goods and services by providing loans to projects overseas that will make use of them. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wants to attach an amendment blocking a policy issued by the bank last year that bars funding for most coal plants. On Thursday, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth said they would inform lawmakers of their opposition to the reauthorization bill if it comes with Manchin's pro-coal language. The Sierra Club is calling for "no dirty reauthorization," said Justin Guay, associate director of the international climate program at the Sierra Club. The groups plan to send a letter on Thursday to Senate Democrats ...
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How to Leapfrog Carbon 10.7.2014 Truthout.com
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How to Leapfrog Carbon 10.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Six-Month Anniversary of Major Chemical Spill in West Virginia 10.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Joe Manchin Intends To Block Anti-Coal Policy At Export-Import Bank 9.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Amid a vigorous congressional fight over funding for the U.S. Export-Import Bank, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) plans to raise another heated issue: money for coal-fired power plants. The current funding for the Export-Import Bank expires on Sept. 30. Ex-Im provides loans for projects in other countries that will purchase U.S.-manufactured goods or use U.S. services. Some House Republicans -- as well as a few Democrats -- have been resistant to reauthorizing the funding, arguing that it constitutes "corporate welfare" (see this HuffPost story by Zach Carter for more background on the fight). Talks between the House and Senate on Ex-Im reauthorization are still in the early stages . But Manchin plans to introduce an amendment to the reauthorization bill to boost coal. The amendment would block Ex-Im from enforcing a policy announced in December that would stop the bank from funding most coal-fired power plants abroad. The new policy bars money for "high carbon intensity plants," except in ...
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The Emerging Clean Energy Edge 8.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Global energy markets are reaching a tipping point. A pathway has opened for climate progress, but only if governments; business and public's recognize and exploit the opportunity. For the first time, a large fraction of the world's fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy, with today's renewable technologies and prices. And virtually no further investments in fossil fuels make long-term economic sense because higher fossil fuel prices over their useful life will be exorbitant. Early awareness of that reality is driving major energy growth markets to look past the fossil fuel monopoly of the 20th century. The newly elected, pro-business Indian government of Narendra Modi, as its first policy initiative, promised to provide roof-top solar to 400 million off-grid citizens. Modi is also slashing fossil fuel subsidies with their skyrocketing fiscal and trade deficits from imported coal and oil. The Chinese government signaled its intent to cap overall CO2 emissions in its next ...
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Victory in Colorado a rebuke against coal leasing 7.7.2014 TreeHugger
Ruling represents the first time that a coal mine has been rejected because of the failure to adequately consider and disclose the impacts that a mine would have on climate disruption.
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Assessment of the US EPA’s Determination of the Role for CO2 Capture and Storage in New Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants 7.7.2014 pubs.acs.org

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es501748r
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Nine States Join Lawsuit Against EPA Carbon Rules 4.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nine states have joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that was initiated by the Murray Energy Corporation, the largest independent coal company in the U.S. The suit aims to strike down the EPA's new rules to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants, stating that the agency does not have the authority to enforce ...
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