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China's Coal Gas Boom Holds Climate Change Risks 22.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries. Fired up in December, the multibillion-dollar plant bombards millions of tons of coal with water and heat to produce methane, which is piped to Beijing to generate electricity. It's part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities. However, the plants will also release vast amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, even as the world struggles to curb greenhouse ...
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'Clean Coal' Greenwashing Ad Ruled Misleading by UK Regulator 21.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Does EPA's Proposal to Cut Biodiesel Portend Administration Caving to Big Coal? 21.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Is a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to cut biodiesel -- an environmentally friendly fuel that burns significantly cleaner than regular diesel made from oil -- a sign that the Obama administration is waving the white flag on reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Just over a year ago, in June 2013, the White House came out with their three-pronged climate change plan. President Obama even said he would use his executive powers to require reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the nation's power plants, which accounts for roughly one-third of all the domestic greenhouse gas pollution in this country. And it was just two months ago when President Obama was saying that he was willing to bypass Congress and use his authority under the Clean Air Act to work to reduce Greenhouse Gasses. But instead of sticking with their "No Bad Emissions" strategy, we recently saw the White House and the EPA bend to Big Oil. Reuters reported that The Caryle Group and Delta Air Lines, who own ...
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World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post was co-authored by Dominique Doyle, Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Africa Jhb. Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an " almost energy apartheid " to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally. There are few better examples than in South Africa, the home of apartheid, to show how large scale World Bank investments in dirty energy actually work towards entrenching lines of poverty and class; rather than relieving them. On April 8, 2010, the World Bank approved a loan of $ 3.75 billion to South Africa for constructing the Medupi mega coal-fired power station . The power station will be the fourth largest in the world. According to the Bank, the development objective of Medupi was "to enable Eskom South Africa to enhance its power supply and energy security in an efficient and sustainable manner so as to ...
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Victory for Local Action as Coal Export Terminal Rejected in Oregon 20.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Big Coal's Plans For The Pacific Northwest Take A Major Hit 20.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Doctors, tribal leaders, business owners and concerned parents are among those cheering a potentially major blow to Big Coal. On Monday, an Oregon state agency announced its rejection of a permit for a coal export facility on the Columbia River. The proposed Coyote Island Terminal is one of three remaining projects being pushed by the fossil fuel industry to create a coal export superhighway through the Pacific Northwest. Three previous proposals have already been dropped. The Oregon Department of State Lands cited disruption to waterways and harm to tribal fisheries among its reasons for the refusal, which makes future approval of the port unlikely but still possible if the company pursuing the project files a convincing appeal. Tom Wood, owner of the Rivertap Restaurant and Pub in The Dalles, Oregon, called the news a "landmark victory for our community, as well as communities across the nation." About three years ago, Wood and his son, Aiden, then 9, were salmon fishing on the Columbia River. As they ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Wind Power Is One Step Closer to Coal Country, and More 19.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century 18.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co Authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace International Sources: Compiled from China National Bureau of Statistics and China National Coal Association statistical releases. There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel: It appears China's coal boom is over. While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year , it appears the ' war on pollution ' is not just talk. According to analysis produced by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International in the first half of this year, China's coal use dropped for the first time this century - while the country's gross domestic product (GDP) actually grew. You read that right: coal and GDP growth have decoupled in China. At the same time, the growth of imports -- the seemingly endless source of optimism for the moribund U.S. coal industry -- ground almost to a halt, with only 0.9 percent growth so far this year, as opposed to more than 15 percent yearly figures we have seen since China first became a net importer. Topping off the ...
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Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot 15.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Health and Air Quality Benefits of Policies to Reduce Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions: A Case Study in North Carolina 14.8.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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Fracking Success Shut Down US Climate Change Policy 14.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Montana: Big Sky Country, Big Climate Problems 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Entomologist Diana Six and some dead whitebark pines in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, about 40 miles southwest of Butte. (Photo: Krysti Shallenberger) No matter how far you go on vacation, sometimes you can't get away -- especially if you write about science policy for a living. I recently escaped the steamy confines of Washington, D.C., for the mountains of Montana for some sorely needed R & R. The last time I set foot in Big Sky Country was 10 years ago, when I attended a grizzly bear conference at a ranch just outside of Yellowstone National Park. And the first and only other time I visited the state was 35 years ago, when I backpacked in Glacier National Park. From a climate perspective, things there have gotten worse. The glaciers I marveled at on my backpacking trip have shrunk considerably, and even then they were a pale approximation of what they once were. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that there were approximately 150 glaciers in the area in 1850, and most of them were still ...
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#DirtyDenier$ Day 8: Shelley Moore Capito 13.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has received $865,436 from the Mining Industry over the course of her career. This is more money than any other House or Senate candidate besides House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But, while she hopes to turn this Senate seat from blue to red, it also appears that she plans to turn our air black as she pushes for more coal in our national energy mix. Mining interests support Capito, and she has supported them by voting numerous times against the health and safety of Americans. In 2013 alone, she voted against safeguards for the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the lands that belong to the American public. She voted to allow coal companies to continue polluting America's waterways with toxic coal ash , voted to block the federal government from setting protections around hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") for natural gas and oil, and also voted against allowing the Department of Interior to limit methane emissions from oil ...
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Oceanic Coal Pollution, Epic Rate 12.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Each year, the lion's share of mercury poison comes from burning more than 8.3 billion tons of coal to provide energy for electricity grids. Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles in another segment of SOS as he tells us about our oceans brimming with mercury poisoning. As a result of this insatiable addiction to coal, mercury toxicity has tripled in our oceans to over 80,000 tons of poison. Eighty-four percent of fish tested are laced with methyl-mercury, say scientists from the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine. In December of 2013 Shanghai's concentration of tiny toxic PM 2.5 particles was 602.5 micrograms per cubic meter, an extremely hazardous level that shattered all previous records for poisonous air pollution. By the way, that compares to the World Heath Organization's acceptable safety standard of air quality of 25 micrograms per cubic meter. Photo credit: theguardian.com This work comes on the heels of research earlier this spring that found there's so much toxic Asian air pollution ...
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The 198 people who can transform the U.S. electric grid 11.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Changing how electricity is generated, bought and sold in the United States begins with a small handful of individuals in each state who set the rules.

The 198 people who can transform the U.S. electric grid
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Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope 9.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post is co-authored by Travis Bradford. Our recent trip to China was designed to explore sustainability issues in several megacities. The continued growth of the world's largest and fastest growing economy is still apparent in cities from Shenzhen to Shanghai to Beijing, but we wanted to understand better the process by which this now-middle-income economy is working to make the turn to a more energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable system that is necessary to enable continued growth in wealth and prosperity. More specifically we wanted to capture the perceptions of local major actors - politicians, city administrators, scholars, citizens, and international organizations - on these issues. This post is to a very large extent informed by both multiple conversations held with these development agents and many hours of discussions between the two of us. Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China ...
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On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy is the future 8.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo credit: SELCO India In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Dr. Kim disparaged clean energy as incapable of powering development and even worse, suggested coal needed to remain on the table for the World Bank to be "taken seriously." Here's what he said: "Right now we have to be serious about what we're going to do to boost energy supply. And if we find ourselves in a situation where some say 'no coal, no nuclear, no hydro,' then we're not serious." The truth is clean energy is the future of energy access efforts with a $12 billion pot of gold awaiting those innovative enough to catalyze it. Even more exciting is that much like cell phones, distributed clean energy is poised to leapfrog the ineffective centralized grid and put power in the hands of the people living beyond the ...
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Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules 8.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What the 92-page report leaves out is that Vitter -- an esteemed  member of the Senate " Millionaires Club " -- owns tens of thousands of dollars in stocks of the electric utility  Wisconsin Energy Corporation (We Energies) , which owns major coal-fired power plants in both Oak Creek, Wisc. and Pleasant Prairie, Wisc . We Energies says it stands to lose economically if the proposed Obama EPA carbon rules are implemented, citing the potential risks related to legislation and regulation in its  most recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Form 10-Q . "Any legislation or regulation that may ultimately be adopted, either at the federal or state level, designed to reduce GHG emissions could have a material adverse impact on our electric generation and natural gas distribution operations," We Energies stated on the form. "Such regulation could make some of our electric generating units uneconomic to maintain or operate, and could adversely affect our future results of operations." We Energies CEO ...
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Weeks, months, and years later, still no coal ash safety standards 8.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week marks the six month anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. In February 2014, a broken pipe released up to 82,000 gallons of toxic coal ash and wastewater into the Dan River. The cleanup still continues today as Duke Energy drags its feet . But if you think that sort of coal ash water contamination happens only once in a blue moon, you'd be wrong. Coal ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury, and selenium, as well as aluminum, barium, boron, and chlorine. Coal ash waste is stored in more than 1,400 sites in 45 states -- and just this week coal ash waste was found buried beneath a softball field at a middle school in Brunswick County, North Carolina. From the article: The source of the ash: Southport's Cogentrix coal-fired energy plant, which distributed the ash in the early 1990s. "It wasn't documented, because back then it wasn't deemed hazardous waste," said Stephen Miley, Brunswick County Schools' director of operations. Well guess what - coal ash STILL isn't deemed ...
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Costly Coal: IMF Shows Why Coal Is Not Cheap 7.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Three years ago, I started urging World Bank officials to fund clean energy as an alternative to their plans to finance a new coal-based power plant in Kosovo . I was told that my "country could live with a Volkswagen as opposed to a Cadillac." This short-sighted thinking suggests that top-of-the-line clean energy development would be a luxury, but coal is the cheaper option that gets the job done. The social and environmental impacts and costs arising from coal did not seem to bother them much. The World Bank's new coal plant in Kosovo is a highly controversial project. President Kim of the Bank has said that the Bank is considering this project to save Kosovars from "freezing to death" due to lack of energy. On the other hand, Civil Society Organizations there have called on the Bank to look at the other energy alternatives in the country, in light of many environmental and social externalities that come with a new dirty coal project, including premature deaths arising from coal pollution . The Bank ...
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