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Why We Divest 22.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Big Coal's Dirty Playbook to Block the Clean Power Plan 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Cheswick coal-fired power plant in Springdale, PA. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice) Written by Sarah Saylor, Senior Legislative Representative for Earthjustice Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., recently joined with other longtime climate deniers to introduce a bill that would derail the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan . The plan when finalized this summer would set the first-ever federal limits on the biggest source of carbon pollution: existing power plants. Sen. Capito's actions aren't surprising. West Virginia politicians have long been beholden to Big Coal, and the National Mining Association is one of her largest contributors . The mining industry was among the top five contributors to Sen. Capito during the 2013-2014 election cycle. (Chart via Center for Responsive Politics / OpenSecrets.org) This particular plan has been under attack by the fossil fuel industry, which poured nearly a billion dollars into the 2014 election , even before it was introduced. Their attacks ...
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Asheville Coal Plant to Retire After High-Profile, Three-Year Campaign 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week, I want to honor some of the most hard-working activists on our Beyond Coal campaign -- Team Asheville in North Carolina. After years of rallies, public meetings, educational forums, leadership from the Asheville City council, letter-writing and even a visit from the TV star Ian Somerhalder on Tuesday, all that hard work paid off. Duke Energy announced it will retire its filthy Asheville coal plant , the 190th plant to announce retirement during the Beyond Coal campaign. While Duke is unfortunately ignoring Asheville residents' demands of replacing it entirely with clean energy (Duke plans to replace the plant with natural gas), these tireless activists can still claim a victory to be proud of -- winning a reprieve for the French Broad river from coal ash, eliminating the region's biggest source of air and climate pollution and a making a strong show of grassroots power that held one of the nation's most powerful companies accountable. "Duke's announcement to retire the coal plant came with the ...
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Coal power in Turkey to double if Turkey's plans go forward 20.5.2015 Environmental News Network
Turkey is planning to double its coal power capacity in four years, the third largest investment in the polluting fossil fuel in the world, health campaigners have warned.The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) today called on the European Union to promote sustainable development in Turkey and end lending for new coal projects.
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Fossil Fuel Titan Spins Ebola Crisis for Corporate Gain 20.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Asheville Coal Plant Retirement Signals End to Coal Ash Pollution 19.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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This Growing 'Green' City May Be The Front Line In Climate Change Battle 19.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SEATTLE -- "That doesn't even look like a boat. How does it float?" Elizabeth Spence, 8, peered through a chain-link fence at a massive yellow drilling rig, newly docked a short stretch away. Her dad had brought her here on Thursday evening to check out the latest addition to the Seattle waterfront and to add some local context to a current topic of study in Elizabeth's third-grade class: climate change. She was quick with her take on that day's arrival of the first of Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic fleet. More than two dozen Shell vessels, including another oil-drilling rig, are expected to make Seattle a home base between oil-exploration trips in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea. "I don't think oil should be used anymore," said Elizabeth. "I think we should use wind, tidal and solar -- all of those are more sustainable." It's a sentiment pervasive in this left-leaning city, long recognized as a national leader on environmental issues. Earlier that day, as Shell's Polar Pioneer passed downtown Seattle en route to ...
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Courts force feds to consider climate impacts of mining coal 15.5.2015 High Country News Most Recent
A Colorado mine sees the latest in a string of rulings that may threaten the industry.
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Guilty as Charged: Duke Energy to Pay Record Fine for Coal Ash Crimes 15.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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University of Washington Becomes Leader in Divestment Movement, Votes to Cease Holdings in Coal Companies 15.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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12,300 megawatts of coal power will shut down in the US in 2015, lots more to come 15.5.2015 TreeHugger
4,600 MW were already down by April, only 7,700 MW to go for the remainder of the year. 46,000 MW to shut down in the period between 2012-2022!
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Coal Industry Takes Yet Another Shot at the Clean Power Plan 14.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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New Analysis Shows Brunner Island Coal Plant Is Region’s Single Worst Smog Polluter 11.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Converting the Fossil-Fuel Fundamentalists 10.5.2015 Truthout.com
Kicking humanity's addiction to oil, gas, and coal before those industries render the planet uninhabitable may take a miracle. So it's a good thing that the climate movement found a patron saint. I'm talking about Pope Francis, of course. Before an upcoming encyclical makes the Vatican's stance official, he's already spreading the gospel of a fossil-free future. In case, like me, you're not Catholic: An encyclical is a basically a memo the church sends its 1.2 billion believers - one out of six people alive in a community that includes 30 percent of Congress  and a gaggle of GOP presidential hopefuls. Here's looking at you, John Boehner, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz. Two years into what he says will be a brief tenure , the pope's putting climate skeptics on the defensive. Fretting about the fate of the Earth is part of his broader condemnation of the global status quo, which Francis considers to be a "throwaway culture." And it explains why he and some of his top aides came to call for a ...
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Converting the Fossil-Fuel Fundamentalists 8.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Bank of America just dumped coal mining 7.5.2015 TreeHugger
Yet another nail in the coffin of coal. This is a challenge to other financial institutions, say campaigners.
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Got Science? Nine Surprising Signs Momentum Is Building for Climate Action 7.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A spate of recent developments suggests momentum is building to address climate change --including some truly unexpected and inspiring signs in the United States and around the world. Of course, huge obstacles remain: Florida Governor Rick Scott would allegedly like to censor any official mention of the subject. Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe still seems to think that carrying a snowball onto the floor of the Senate offers some kind of "evidence" that global warming is hoax . And more worrisome, fossil fuel interests including the Koch brothers and Shell Oil are still spending millions trying to repeal renewable energy standards in states around the country through the work of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other front groups. But consider the following and see if you don't agree that, when it comes to climate change, dramatic changes are afoot. 1. California Breaks New Ground on Renewables Last week, Governor Jerry Brown set aggressive new global warming emissions targets for ...
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Shift to Renewables Seems Inevitable, but Is It Fast Enough? 7.5.2015 Truthout.com
New York - Climate change may be one of the most divisive issues in the US Congress today, but despite the staunch denialism of Republicans, experts say the global transition from fossil fuels to renewables is already well underway. A new book published by the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute finds that a steep decline in the price of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels (by three-fourths between 2009 and 2014, to less than 70 cents a watt) has helped the industry grow 50 percent per year. Wind power capacity grew more than 20 percent a year for the last decade, now totalling 369,000 megawatts, enough to power more than 90 million US homes. In China, electricity generation from wind farms now exceeds that from nuclear plants, while coal use appears to be peaking. "Wind farms and solar PV systems will likely continue to anchor the growth of renewables," Matthew Roney, a co-author of "The Great Transition", told IPS. "They're already well established, with costs continuing to drop, and their 'fuels' are ...
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Community Members Impacted by Coal Ash to Duke Energy: Stop Blocking Our Access to Solar! 7.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Bank Of America Backs Away From Funding Coal Mining 7.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Bank of America is cutting off its financing for coal extraction projects, the company announced at its shareholder meeting Wednesday. "With regard to coal, over the past several years, we have been gradually and consistently reducing our credit exposure to companies focused on coal mining," said Andrew Plepler, Bank of America's Corporate Social Responsibility executive, at the meeting. The new policy, he said, "reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit exposure, over time, to the coal mining sector globally." "Today, our renewable energy portfolio is more than three times as large as our coal extraction portfolio," Plepler continued. "The transition from high-carbon energy to low-carbon energy will continue. At Bank of America, we will continue to do our part to accelerate this transition for our customers, clients and communities." The bank said that going forward, it will continue to reduce the credit it extends to coal extraction companies. Bank of America spokeswoman ...
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