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NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits 1.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October 28th reflect EPA's interest in hearing from all parties and getting the rule right. EPA also released a supplemental proposal to address carbon pollution from affected power plants in Indian Country and U.S. territories. We'll continue pressing for the strongest carbon pollution standards to combat the threats posed by climate change. Supplemental Notice The supplemental notice asks for comment on a number of new ideas EPA has heard from stakeholders. As EPA acknowledges, some of those ideas could tighten the standard, while others could loosen it, and some combinations of these ideas could bring better balance among the states' targets. From NRDC's standpoint, some of ideas presented are very promising and others are potentially troubling. We will fully ...
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"REpower Kosovo" 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For Europe's youngest nation, Kosovo, its vast reserves of lignite have been both a blessing and a curse. As the country progresses, this abundance of lignite has trapped it into using only this source of energy for its needs. Lignite is known to be one of the most carbon-intense forms of coal. Its usage accounts for environmental destruction and health implications . Today, 98% of Kosovo's electricity needs are secured through lignite, generated in two outdated and dirty power plants. The Government of Kosovo plans to yield to international institutions to build a third lignite-based power plant in the country next to its two existing plants. This same government has refused to develop or invest in any other sources of energy. The fight between the Government's plans and civil society organizations' ask to shift toward clean energy in the country is at its peak. Major international development and financial agencies have engaged in developing and restructuring Kosovo's energy sector. The World Bank ...
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China's New Tools to Battle Air Pollution Can Also Help Fight Climate Change 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In preparation for hosting the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which will be attended by President Obama and other world leaders, Beijing's municipal government has announced a six-day public holiday for central and city government. It will order drivers to use their vehicles only on alternate days. In neighboring Hebei province, more than 800 factories and 900 construction sites will halt work for nearly two weeks, in an attempt to keep the skies clear over Beijing during the meeting. Much of the air pollution in China comes from burning coal, for heat, in power plants, and in factories--hence the shutdowns. But coal is also the major contributor to China's carbon emissions--meaning that China's attempts to tackle its crippling air pollution problem could also have the added benefit of curbing climate change. A truck loaded with coal moves toward hazy Beijing. ("Coal Consuming China," by Han Jun Zeng , Creative Commons BY-SA-2.0) China's government recently declared a "war on ...
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Here Are The Biggest Campaign Whoppers Of The 2014 Midterms 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Braley’s VA Hearing Attendance Under Attack , Aug. 1 Misleading Ads About Taxes Nothing, the saying goes, is as certain as death and taxes. To that we might add “and misleading political ads about taxes.” As usual, 2014 campaigns have been filled with bloated boasts about tax cuts and off-base accusations that an opponent has raised taxes. The bipartisan deal reached on New Year’s Day in 2013 to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff provided plenty of ad fodder for both sides. Known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the compromise agreement permanently extended Bush-era income tax cuts for everyone except for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000 a year. That led to a grossly misleading boast by McConnell, the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, who voted for the bipartisan deal. McConnell claimed he “[s]aved 99% of Kentuckians from Obama’s Tax Increases.” But Obama’s plan would have extended the Bush-era tax cuts for those earning up to $250,000 for families ...
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Climate Needs 'Radical Shock Treatment'; EU Pledges Only 'Smelling Salts' 24.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy: The Story Begins in Navajo Country 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Solar panels in the Nevada desert. (Photo: jsmoorman ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition . Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being sacrificed to power the valley here.” In 1970, the Peabody Coal Company began mining on the reservation. Although tribal members were initially enthusiastic about the jobs the mine would provide, over time the relationship grew rocky. The company built a coal slurry ...
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EU Agrees To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked the guideline text on global warming to protect varied economic interests, from nuclear plants and cross-border power lines to farmers whose livestock belch out polluting methane. In the end, an overall target was agreed for the 28-nation bloc to cut its emissions of carbon in 2030 by at least 40 percent from levels in the benchmark year of 1990. An existing goal of a 20-percent cut by 2020 has already been nearly met, in part due to the collapse of communist-era industry in the east. EU leaders called the 40-percent target an ambitious signal to the likes of the United States and ...
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Illinois Wasting Millions on Another Coal-to-Gas Pork Project 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The state of Illinois is throwing millions of taxpayer dollars at another coal-to-gas plant just two years after a similar project ended in failure. The Coal Development Fund has so far given Homeland Fuels two grants totaling $4.25 million  in taxpayer dollars. The first grant  was awarded in 2013 to fund a study for the proposed "Coal to Diesel Pilot Project" next to their coal supplier, which will apparently be a nearby Chris Cline -owned mine in central Illinois. The company moved addresses from Hillsboro to Litchfield before receiving a second grant for $3,500,000. There's no indication of how the plant would limit their global warming emissions or other environmental impacts. Coal is king of corporate welfare in Illinois with a portion of the state energy tax dedicated to subsidizing the industry . The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity grant tracker shows the agency gave nearly $23 million to support coal during the 2014 fiscal year. That doesn't include additional state and local tax ...
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Coal-Rich Poland Ready To Block EU Climate Deal 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target. Poland is ready to veto the plan that would oblige 28 EU states to jointly cut their greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below the 1990 levels by the year 2030. The EU plan would also require climate-friendly, renewable energy to provide some 27 percent of the bloc's needs and energy efficiency to increase by a third in the next 16 years. Poland protests the pace of the targets is too fast for Eastern European countries trying to grow their economies and restructure old industries. But failure to seal the new goal at the two-day European summit starting Thursday would delay groundwork for a crucial global climate deal that is expected to be signed in Paris next year. A fiasco would ...
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What’s at Stake as EU Leaders Sit Down to Hammer out the Next Batch of Energy and Climate Targets? 23.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Court Approves Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States 22.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'The Blood That's to Come': Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal 21.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Are efficiency improvements truly beneficial or are the gains being eaten by Jevons? 20.10.2014 TreeHugger
From LED lights to hybrid and electric cars, are new technologies making a positive difference?
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Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas? 20.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Sasan coal-fired power plan and coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program Today, a fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) -- the Sierra Club, 350.org, Carbon Market Watch, Friends of the Earth U.S. and Pacific Environment -- released a scathing report, The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars , on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India. For years, reports of human rights, indigenous rights, labor, and environmental violations have plagued Sasan and its owner, Indian company Reliance Power, and the U.S. government are partly to blame. The 3,960-megawatt project has received over $900 million in taxpayer finance from Ex-Im, and when allegations against the project are raised, Ex-Im prefers to look the other way. When Indian groups and NGOs alerted Ex-Im to a smokestack collapse that killed 30 workers , ...
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Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest? 17.10.2014 Environmental News Network
Which kind of power is the cheapest? Listen to energy companies, and they'll insist that traditional forms like gas and coal are the way to go. Of course, they have money invested in keeping the existing systems in business. That's why the European Union commissioned an independent analysis to study the topic. According to the report, wind energy is the most cost-efficient way to supply power. When proponents of non-renewable energy point to costs, they intentionally overlook the overall economic impact that polluting causes. Once experts start to calculate the costs associated with public health and climate change that coincide with burning coal and gas, the true cost is far higher than initially reported. It's both irresponsible and shortsighted to ignore these environmental and health consequences from the equation.
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Proving Power of Renewables, Wind Making Dirty Fuels Obsolete in Northern Europe 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Will the Export-Import Bank's Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations? 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program The entire Harrahawa Village was relocated to make way for the Sasan coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power's 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believe he was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance. Krishna Das Saha's home was destroyed in the middle of the night -- while his family was still living in it -- to make way for Sasan's coal ash pond. And when Sati Prasad challenged Reliance's refusal to hire local workers, he was dragged out of his home and beaten by the police . These are just a few people who have met violence and intimidation at the hands of Reliance Power. This aggression is subsidized U.S. tax dollars in the form of over $900 million in financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Indian groups have documented these and other abuses ...
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When climate 'wins' only lead to other clean energy battles 17.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Proponents should consider all possible reactions in order to create a smoother path forward for clean energy.

When climate 'wins' only lead to other clean energy battles
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Court Files: Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease from Aubrey McClendon's New Fracking Company 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embattled former CEO and founder of Chesapeake Energy , Aubrey McClendon , now CEO of American Energy Partners .  Elisabeth Radow , a New York-based attorney who examined a copy of the lease, told DeSmogBlog she believes the lease "has the effect of granting American Energy Partners the right to use the surface and subsurface to such a great extent that it takes away substantially all of the rights attributable to homeownership."  Murray Energy Corporation CEO Robert E. Murray; Photo Credit:  YouTube Screenshot Murray brought the suit against McClendon back in August 2013 , alleging McClendon committed trademark and copyright infringement by using the "American Energy" moniker . Murray's attorneys used the lease as an exhibit in a Motion to Compel Discovery , filed on September 8, over a year after Murray brought his initial lawsuit.  The case has ground to a slow halt as the two sides ...
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Fracking = Wrong Way Forward for Climate 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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