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Students Sit-In, Rally to Get Washington University to Cut Ties With Peabody Coal 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you're looking for clean energy inspiration, we've had lots of it this past week, courtesy of a phenomenal group of Washington University (St. Louis) students who are holding a sit-in until the school cuts ties with Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company. For almost two weeks now, students have been holding a sit-in outside the school's admissions office, and then over the weekend more than 400 students , alumni, and community members rallied on campus as well . Here is a first-hand account from Caitlin Lee, a WashU student, in her own words: For the last week, a group of students at Washington University in St. Louis have challenged the presence of Big Coal on their campus and raised a critical question: "Can Wash U maintain its sustainability profile while being so closely affiliated with polluters like Peabody Energy?" In a true show of student power, Wash U Students Against Peabody have held a sustained demonstration outside of their schools' admissions office for the past week, calling ...
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Between a shale rock and a hard place: How I grew to love Earth Day 22.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Go ahead, enjoy a day of feeling green without the guilt. Here's how to put the planet's perils into perspective.

Between a shale rock and a hard place: How I grew to love Earth Day
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How To Address Data Gaps in Life Cycle Inventories: A Case Study on Estimating CO2 Emissions from Coal-Fired Electricity Plants on a Global Scale 21.4.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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A Little-Known Toxic Threat 'Underfoot' in North Carolina 21.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Amy Adams, NC Campaign Coordinator for Appalachian Voices, holds sediment covered in fine, gray coal ash upstream of the drinking water intake in Danville, VA, approximately 20 miles downstream of the Dan River ash spill (Photo: Eric Chance / Appalachian Voices)North Carolina residents do not know the extent of a toxic mess that has been buried under their feet in dozens of locations around the ...
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Fossil Fuels Driving Global Weather 21.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Atmospheric scientists have discovered there is so much toxic Asian air pollution from burning fossil fuels that it's now changing global weather patterns. Are you concerned about the immense pollution being belched into our atmosphere? How are smelting iron ore and baking limestone affecting the air that we breathe? Join Earth Dr Reese Halter in this segment of SOS and discover how fossil fuels are killing people and our planet. China burns an astounding 69 percent of all coal consumed on Earth. Mega tons of poisonous mercury vapor and other soot are making storms in the Pacific deeper, stronger, more intense, and causing heavier more damaging rainfall patterns to occur. It's predicted to get far worse. Blue whales are the largest creature to ever live on Earth. With a heart weighing 990 pounds or the size of a Volkswagen Beetle they pump 14,080 pounds of blood, providing strength to enormous tails rivaling 500 horsepower outboard motor's, these 125-ton giants cruise at 26 knots for two hours and race ...
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Poland Uses Ukraine Crisis to Push Coal 20.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Environmentalists protesting against coal outside the Polish Ministry of Economy. (Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS)WARSAW - A European ‘energy union’ plan proposed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as an EU response to the crisis in Ukraine could be a Trojan horse for fossil ...
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University Sit-In Shakes the Pillars of Big Coal 19.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Jeff Biggers

Falling on the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow coal miners' massacre, a growing movement of citizens groups will gather on Saturday afternoon in St.

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Dear Mr. Peabody: No One's Loss of Life, Liberty and Health For Your Coal Profits Is Acceptable Collateral Damage 19.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Falling on the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow coal miners' massacre , a growing movement of citizens groups will gather on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis to join the great Washington University sit-in against Peabody Energy . The pillars of Big Coal are crumbling in St. Louis this week -- according to Wall Street analysts , and as an extraordinary grassroots movement holds Peabody and its university hosts and investors accountable for its legacy of ruin amid climate change , a failed regulatory system , and a proposed strip mine expansion that will effectively destroy the farming community of Rocky Branch , Illinois. And for coal mining families across the nation, the Ludlow Massacre of children, women and immigrant union coal miners, is one of the most defining cautionary tales of injustice and rallying cries for action in the American coalfields that still resound today: No one's loss of life , liberty and health for coal industry profits is acceptable collateral damage. A century later, the ...
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Big Victory for Public Health - Court Upholds Mercury, Toxic Air Pollution Protections 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld limits on dangerous emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. This was a big victory for clean air, clean water, and the health of our families. The court decision keeps in place the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) standard, which is on track to eliminate as much as 90 percent of the mercury and air toxics currently released into our air by coal-fired power plants. As the mom of a young daughter, I know that mercury pollution is of special concern to families, because babies exposed to high levels of mercury in the womb are at higher risk of lifelong developmental problems including lowered IQ, learning disabilities, and delays in walking and talking. Mercury exposure is so widespread that, according to EPA studies , at least 1.4 million American women of childbearing age have enough mercury in their bodies to put a fetus at developmental risk. Coal-fired power plants are the ...
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EPA Says Power Plant Rules Will Be Ready By June 1 Deadline 18.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it is on pace to release its new draft standards for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants by June 1. "EPA is on track to meet the June 1 goal that's part of the President's Climate Action Plan," EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia said in an email statement to reporters Thursday evening. President Barack Obama asked the agency to draft the rule by June 2014 in the climate address he gave at Georgetown University last June. The EPA has already issued rules for new power plants ; the forthcoming rules deal with the plants already in operation. The statement apparently came in response to questions from reporters after Deputy EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe said at a White House event Thursday that the rule would be released in "late June, maybe even the end of June," according to Politico's Morning Energy . Forty-one percent of U.S. emissions come from power plants. EPA chief Gina McCarthy has said that the forthcoming rules will set ...
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What CCAAP Can't Do: Protect NC from Duke Energy Coal Ash 18.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Late last night, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released his so-called “Comprehensive Coal Ash Action Plan” claiming the legislation will “close loopholes in state law to strengthen the state’s ability to regulate coal ash ponds.” But comprehensive review of the proposed plan conducted by environmental experts and public interest attorneys reveals that it categorically fails to live up to the hype and meaningfully protect North Carolinians from poisoned drinking water as well as another tragic and toxic coal ash spill.

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Report Finds Top Banks Moving Away From Coal: Citigroup and Barclays Seen as Laggard 18.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Sierra Club and BankTrack released the fifth annual coal finance report card, “Extreme Investments, Extreme Consequences,” which tracks the financiers of the worst-of-worst coal companies. The report shows that even as high-profile bankruptcies and costly environmental cleanup settlements illustrate the growing risks involved with lending to coal companies, U.S. banks provided $31 billion in financing for coal in 2013.

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Selling Teslas in China Won’t Do Much for the Environment 17.4.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

Because China relies so heavily on coal for power, electric vehicles aren’t necessarily an improvement over gasoline-powered cars.

Sales of electric vehicles in China, the world’s largest auto market, have been minuscule despite government incentives meant to put five million of the cars on the nation’s roads by 2020. Tesla Motors hopes to begin changing that as it makes its first deliveries of Model S sedans to customers in China this month.

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7 Arguments for Coal Gone Bust 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I had written an article last week on ABC online as a rebuttal to Brendan Pearson, chief executive of the minerals council of Australia, who claims that coal is the answer to energy poverty. I tried to reason that coal does not alleviate but aggravates poverty . Now I am not sure what Mr. Pearson has to say about this but the comments on my blog were interesting to say the least. While I know that some of it is just regular online trolling, I was struck by a few repetitive points that I have encountered in various other platforms. Here's trying to state and break some long-held myths on coal and other dirty energy forms. 1. Because it's cheap The quintessential argument for coal is the fact that it's cheap. But it isn't if you consider the loss of hundreds and thousands of human "capital" every year to its pollution. It isn't if you consider the irretrievable forests and invaluable biodiversity lost to coal mining. It isn't if you deem development needs to be inclusive and democratic and it even isn't if ...
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Front Groups Spread Disinformation in Attempt to Freeze Ohio Cleantech Laws 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Utility and fossil fuel-funded front groups are peddling disinformation to attack Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) and Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) that should not be considered credible evidence as legislators debate a bill to freeze the pro-clean technology laws. Policymakers should instead consider unbiased research when evaluating the impact of Ohio's clean energy and energy efficiency standards. The fossil fuel-funded Heartland Institute has been using flawed analysis to inflate the cost of renewable portfolio standards in states around the country. Heartland Institute's James Taylor claims that because electricity prices in Ohio have risen slightly faster than the national average since 2008, the state's clean energy standard is the culprit causing a spike in electricity prices. But Taylor ignores several additional factors that impact electricity prices. In reality, Ohio uses less natural gas (5 percent) for electricity generation and more coal (82 percent) ...
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The New Normal? 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, LG & E was caught dumping coal ash into the Ohio River in Kentucky. Soon after, a fuel barge spills 170,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay, Texas. Followed closely by an, as yet, incalculable amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan just south of Chicago. Is this the new normal? Every day, it seems, we learn of a new environmental disaster driven by the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels. If the fossil fuel industry had to report all of its accidents or ways that it is destroying our environment, the report may very well read an egregious "0 days since the last incident" perpetually. In which other areas of our lives is this acceptable? Certainly not in car accidents, homicides, smoking-related deaths, drug-use, work place injuries. General Motors has been called in for a congressional hearing for a safety recall, but why has the fossil fuels industry received a relatively free pass? I have a two-year-old son who will attend school in the coming years, where he will learn about ...
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The New Normal? 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, LG & E was caught dumping coal ash into the Ohio River in Kentucky. Soon after, a fuel barge spills 170,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay, Texas. Followed closely by an, as yet, incalculable amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan just south of Chicago. Is this the new normal? Every day, it seems, we learn of a new environmental disaster driven by the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels. If the fossil fuel industry had to report all of its accidents or ways that it is destroying our environment, the report may very well read an egregious "0 days since the last incident" perpetually. In which other areas of our lives is this acceptable? Certainly not in car accidents, homicides, smoking-related deaths, drug-use, work place injuries. General Motors has been called in for a congressional hearing for a safety recall, but why has the fossil fuels industry received a relatively free pass? I have a two-year-old son who will attend school in the coming years, where he will learn about ...
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Court Upholds Original EPA Emission Standards For Air Pollutants 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA's determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency's reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, "are amply supported by EPA's findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure," said the court. Congress did not specify what types or levels of public health risks should be deemed a hazard under federal law. By leaving this gap in the statute, Congress delegated to the EPA the authority to give reasonable meaning to the term "hazard," said the court. In the majority were chief judge Merrick Garland and judge Judith Rogers, both appointees of ...
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Which Side Are You on? Why This Student Sit-in Against Peabody Coal Matters 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Jeff Biggers

Entering its second week, the inspiring Washington University sit-in against Peabody Energy has already gone beyond its goals to cut school ties with the St.

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Why the Great Wash U Sit-in Against Peabody Coal Matters: Which Side Are You on? 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Entering its second week, the inspiring Washington University sit-in against Peabody Energy has already gone beyond its goals to cut school ties with the St. Louis-based coal giant, and forced the rest of the nation to ask themselves an urgent question in an age of climate change and reckless strip mining ruin: Which side are you on? Will other schools, alumni groups -- and investors in Peabody Energy -- follow the lead of the Washington U. students? Case in point: Tonight in my native Saline County in southern Illinois, the county commissioners genuflected to short-term Peabody coal dollars over the "negative impact on about a dozen homeowners who live near the site of the proposed mine," according to one cynical commissioner, and voted to allow the company to close off Rocky Branch road for a proposed strip mine expansion, despite the lack of EPA permits, and documented evidence of flooding, blasting and emergency access problems. Facing financial ruin, grave heath problems and displacement, the Rocky ...
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