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What the Advertisements Aren't Telling you About Natural Gas 1.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Natural gas has been touted as a clean, green alternative to coal and oil, especially in recent advertisements such as the America's Natural Gas Alliance's " Think About It " campaign with TV ads that feature the Denver International Airport , L.A. transit and TOTE container ships as being "green" and "environmentally sustainable" because they are powered by natural gas. However, there is more to the natural gas phenomena, which we can observe with economic, environmental and political lenses. As these advertisements are sponsored by the oil and gas industry, there are a number of things the advertisements aren't telling you about natural gas: 1. Natural gas is a fossil fuel. Fossil fuels are derived from the remains of organisms and include coal, oil, shale oil, tar sands, natural gas and peat. Burning these fossil fuels for energy needs releases greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, causing climate change. When burned, natural gas does emit less CO2 than other fossil fuels ...
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Fossil Fuel Divestment: Some Points of Utility 31.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Financial Times recently weighed in on the issue of fossil fuel divestment, arguing that divestment is "largely irrelevant to the ultimate objective of minimizing the threat of climate change." It's a common argument: that we can be certain that divesting won't affect anything. It's a favorite of industry-funded counterattacks and intransigent universities. The problem is that it's not a good argument. It's not based on reason, and it's not based on evidence. Now, when we talk about the future, we are reduced to possibility and likelihood. That does not mean, however, that we may throw reason and evidence out the window. On the contrary, we need them more than ever when we attempt to read the tea leaves, and especially so when we try to convince others that our reading is a good one. This is one area where financial professionals, scientists and others who rely on demonstrable evidence can agree: The eye of the beholder can provide a vision of the future, but at the end of the day, the best proof is ...
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Don't believe the (anti-)hype: why predictions on future renewables growth are almost always wrong 30.3.2015 TreeHugger
Most reports suggest a gradual increase in renewable energy. I suspect they are guilty of some serious low balling.
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Pollution was just too much: Beijing to close its last remaining coal plant next year 28.3.2015 TreeHugger
Concrete steps in the right direction, but are they doing enough?
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China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction 27.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan , is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its carbon emissions. It is further proof that China is already starting to deliver on the commitments it made as part of the U.S.-China climate deal last November. China's efforts to shift away from coal, the largest source of its air pollution and carbon emissions, are part of a broader national effort to transition to cleaner energy and a more sustainable economy. According to Greenpeace, twelve of China's 34 provinces, which burn a total of 44 percent of the country's coal, are required or committed to control their coal use . In January, China ordered four of these regions to come up with concrete plans to reduce coal consumption , including the city of Shanghai and ...
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More Than 200 Rally for Clean Energy in Oregon 26.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday, more than 200 leaders from the public health, academic, business, and environmental community traveled to Salem, Oregon, to rally and hold lobby meetings with legislators on this session's top environmental bills as part of the Oregon Conservation Network's Clean Green Lobby Machine lobby day. Before the meetings, the crowd marched to the State Capitol and then held a lively rally right there on the steps of the building that included a fun coal vs. clean energy tug of war (of course clean energy always wins!) The priority bill for the day was the Coal to Clean Energy legislation, Senate Bill 477 and House Bill 2729, which would move Oregon's electric utilities Pacific Power and PGE off of coal by 2025 and onto more local clean, renewable energy. A recent poll showed that 71 percent of Oregon voters support legislation to transition from coal to clean energy. Here are some of Tuesday's participants talking about why it's so important to them. Oregon's last in-state coal plant is scheduled to ...
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Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Hearing to Decide Profits vs People 26.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Japan Faces Harsh Criticism After Financing Coal Plants Using Climate Cash 25.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
MUTTAGI, India (AP) — Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found. The AP reported in December that Japan had counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy like solar and wind power. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance. The Kudgi project has been marred by violent clashes between police and local farmers who fear the plant will pollute the environment. Tokyo argues that the projects are climate-friendly because the plants use technology that burns coal more efficiently, reducing their carbon emissions compared to older coal plants. Also, Japanese officials stress that developing countries need coal power to ...
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Supreme Court to Decide Profits vs People 25.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Death of US Coal Exemplifies Need for Paradigm Shift for Global Energy System 24.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Draft Pollution Permits for Dunkirk Plant Confirm that Plan is to Keep Burning Coal 24.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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California Governor Says Mitch McConnell's Pro-Coal Effort 'Borders On The Immoral' 22.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday that it is a "disgrace" that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to thwart the Obama administration's plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, urged all 50 state governors in a letter Thursday to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to reduce emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The EPA’s plan, according to McConnell, would heavily penalize the coal industry. Its economic impact in his home state would be “devastating,” he said, and thousands of jobs could be on the line. “To have the leader of the Senate ... putting at risk the health and well-being of America is a disgrace,” Brown, a Democrat, said on NBC’s “ Meet the Press .” California is in the midst of a historic drought. Brown said greenhouse gas emissions will cause future droughts and “much, much worse.” To fight efforts to curb emissions, Brown said, “borders on the ...
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Does Obama’s order on climate overlook a major source of greenhouse gases? 21.3.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Energy extracted from federal lands accounts for nearly one-quarter of all energy-related emissions.
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Republicans Vote To Hide Costs Of Repealing Obamacare In Budget 20.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee voted Thursday to shield attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from objections that it would add to the government's budget deficit. The budget resolution for 2016 includes what are known as reconciliation instructions that tell several congressional committees to come up with ways to undo Obamacare. Such reconciliation measures only require 51 votes to pass in the Senate. But the spending plan also includes language that allows lawmakers to raise what are known as budget points of order against any legislation that would add more than $5 billion to the deficit, and block it. According to the last estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, repealing Obamcare would add $210 billion to the deficit . That would seem to make it likely that any Obamacare repeal effort would run afoul of a point of order, which takes 60 votes to surmount. So, later in the resolution, it exempts an attempt to repeal Obamacare from those points of order. "What we ...
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Italian energy giant to phase out coal, go carbon neutral before 2050 19.3.2015 TreeHugger
In the future, we'll be buying energy from utilities that look very different than what we are used to.
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1,300+ New Mexicans Urge PRC To Protect Families From PNM’s Dirty, Expensive Coal Plant Plans 19.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Bernie Sanders Rails Against GOP Budget As Boost To Income Inequality 19.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- To Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the new Republican budgets offered this week aren't so much spending blueprints as they are promises to help the rich get richer and boost income inequality. There are some large differences between the House GOP budget offered Tuesday and the Senate plan unveiled Wednesday. The House version includes deeper cuts to the safety net, for example, along with significantly greater military spending. But to Sanders, the top minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, neither version of the budget would do much to help working-class Americans, students, the elderly or the sick -- although they both offer plenty of handouts to wealthy taxpayers and corporations. "At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, my Republican colleagues apparently believe that the richest people in this country need to be made even richer," said Sanders after Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) unveiled the Senate document at a committee meeting Wednesday. "It is ...
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The Future of Electricity 3: To Speed Innovation - Share the Gains Fairly 19.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A few weeks ago I posted two of a promised three part series on the remaking of the electricity sector of the US economy. Those posts outlined the flimsiness of the arguments being made against clean electricity by coal companies and incumbent utilities, and the overwhelming economics driving the revolution from the renewables side. And since those postings the gales of change have steadily risen in ferocity. The government now estimates that wind alone could provide 35% of US electricity by 2050; a major traditional utility, TXU, has now partnered with Solar City to offer Texas customers lower utility bills if they lease solar on their rooftops. Solar City in turn announced it will now offer cities, college campuses and remote communities its own renewable micro-grids, becoming the world's first distributed utility. New reports show that 60% of the new electricity generation capacity added last year in the US was renewable. And New York State has launched an almost revolutionary new approach to the ...
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Edison's Bright Idea 18.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
It dawned on Thomas Edison that sunshine could drive both his inventions and his friend Henry Ford's horseless carriages. "I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy," he told Ford and Harvey Firestone, another enterprising inventor. "What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that." It's starting to look like Edison's wish could come true. The world emitted 32.3 billion tons of climate-warping carbon dioxide last year — the same amount humanity collectively spewed in 2013, the International Energy Agency found to its "surprise" the other day. Emissions hadn't flatlined amid an expanding economy in four decades. What gives? Oil, gas, and coal consumption are leveling off as people and industries tap more solar and wind power, according to the Energy Information Administration's latest update . Thanks to supply outpacing demand, oil prices have drooped to 6-year lows. Yet due to the sustained uptick in US fracking, global production keeps rising . ...
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Jewell vows to make energy development on public lands cleaner 18.3.2015 High Country News Most Recent
A long-delayed fracking rule will be announced within days.
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