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The Divestment Dividend 27.4.2015 Truthout.com
Fossil Fuel Extinction. (Cartoon: Khalil Bendib / OtherWords ) Investors who refuse to put their money into oil, gas, and coal may reap financial gains for doing the right thing. As Earth Day approached, fossil-fuel divestment actions rattled college campuses large and small.  Targets ranged  from Harvard University's $36-billion endowment to the University of Mary Washington's $46-million nest egg. That's only natural: Students, professors, and alumni are increasingly telling their schools to put their money where their mission is by shunning oil, gas, and coal assets. And there's no more symbolic time of year to make that kind of statement. Conservative icon  George Will , realizing this is a thing, ridiculed Syracuse University's recent decision to sweep all dirty-energy holdings out of its  $1.2-billion endowment . Even for fossils like the widely syndicated columnist, it's too hard to ignore the growing movement to make universities — and everyone else — lock these industries out of their ...
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Anger Translation: Why Obama was Ranting against GOP Climate Policy at Press Dinner 27.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 billion Every Year by 2020 25.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study (Chinese version here ) released by the China Coal Cap Project , a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers, with the support of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The study examines the public health impacts of a national coal cap policy that caps coal consumption in 2020 at 4.1 billion tons of coal, compared to a business-as-usual scenario in which China's annual coal consumption continues to grow to 4.8 billion tons of coal in 2030. The report estimates that air pollution from coal use led to approximately 708,000 premature deaths in China in 2012 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ischemic heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. The air quality improvements from a national coal cap policy would ...
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Regret to Inform You: Coal Blasting Rages On 24.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Judy Kellen, neighbor of Peabody's Rocky Branch Mine from Students Against Peabody on Vimeo . The Washington University Students Against Peabody Energy ruined my Earth Day. They sent me footage of a recent fact-finding trip to Saline County, Illinois, where some of my family members, friends and farmers are being blasted by nearby Peabody Energy strip-mining operations. Regret to inform you: Coal blasting rages on in southern Illinois, along with cancer-linked mountaintop removal operations in central Appalachia, and mining across the West. Let's get the narrative right: Coal is not dying, it's declining and shifting, and though mountaintop removal is on the ropes, the knockout still awaits federal action. US coal mining production in 2015 is still set for 926 million tons, down from 996 millions tons, and estimated to rebound to 941 millions tons in 2016, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Thanks to the Appalachian decline, the Illinois Basin mined 104.9 million tons in 2014, up ...
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Lawsuit Accuses World Bank Arm Of 'Mission Failure' 24.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The World Bank Group caused serious harm to fishers, farmers and villagers in northwest India by bankrolling a giant coal-fired power plant on an ecologically fragile stretch of coastline, a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. federal court in Washington argues. The suit accuses the World Bank Group’s private-sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), of “irresponsible and negligent conduct” in handling its $450 million financing package for the coal plant. Lawyers for EarthRights International, an environmental group with offices in the U.S., South America and Asia, filed the case on behalf of people living and working near the coal plant, which is located along the Gulf of Kutch, an inlet of the Arabian Sea. The suit, which seeks class action status, argues that the Tata Mundra coal-fired plant has “fundamentally altered the local environment.” Heated water pumped from the plant has drastically reduced catches for traditional fishing clans, and coal dust and fly ash from the plant has ...
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Make the Polluters Pay! Ellison and Sanders Call on Congress to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies 23.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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North Carolina Residents Warned Not to Drink Water Near Coal Ash Dumps 23.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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An Earth Day Call to End Polluter Welfare 22.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Here's an Earth Day calculation: If we ever want to stop burning fossil fuels, we need to stop subsidizing the giant corporations doing the burning. That's the gist of the End Polluter Welfare Act , a bill Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) are sponsoring this Earth Day. We clearly need the help. While renewable energy struggles for temporary and comparatively tiny incentives, billions worth of permanent subsidies are gifted every year to the industries driving our climate over the cliff. For years, this has been accepted as the status quo -- and for the sake of our climate, that needs to change. Would you believe that the Department of Energy is still co-signing loans for boondoggle projects that pretend coal can be clean? Or that the Department of Transportation is still handing out grant money to oil train operators, essentially subsidizing the unsafe cars that killed 47 people in Lac Megantic, Canada? Or that Congress is still shoveling billions into the pockets ...
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Public Health and Environmental Groups Announce Intent to Take Gov. Hogan to Court for Unlawfully Blocking Clean Air Protections 22.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Green Energy Job Growth Outpaces Losses in Coal Industry 22.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Washington - Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth in the United States this year. "I started this company in 2009 and I have seen tremendous growth since then," said John Billingsley, CEO of  Tri-Global Energy  in Dallas. Billingsley built his business on wind energy, which generated more than 10 percent of the electricity in Texas last year. He said he is hiring more workers to expand into solar power as well. Researchers at Duke University, using data from renewable energy trade associations, estimate  in a new study  published in the journal Energy Policy that more than 79,000 direct and spinoff jobs were created from wind and solar electricity generation between 2008 and 2012. That compares with an estimate of about 49,530 coal industry job losses, according to the study. While natural gas was the biggest winner in creating jobs for electricity generation, with almost 95,000 ...
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Are utilities giving up on coal too? 21.4.2015 TreeHugger
An Australian mega-polluter has now committed to moving beyond CO2 emissions. This is very big news.
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"Carbon Copy": How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog The Billings Gazette has revealed that coal mining company Cloudpeak Energy ghost wrote protest letters to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on behalf of allied policymakers and business groups.  Reporter Tom Lutey examined numerous letters written to DOI from Montana-based stakeholders and noticed something unusual: the language in every single letter was exactly the same. That is, the same except for a parenthetical note in one of them instructing the supposed writer of it to "insert name/group/entity."   Image Credit:  Quit Coal The "carbon copied" (pun credit goes to Lutey) letters requested for the DOI to give states a time extension to begin implementing new rules dictating the coal industry give states a "fair return" on mining leases granted to industry by the states. DOI ended up giving King Coal the 60-day extension. "Last month, coal proponents scored a major victory by convincing the Department of Interior to hold off on its rule making for 60 days so that ...
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NPPD to Cease Burning Coal at Sheldon Coal Plant Unit 2 Outside Lincoln 18.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Spartans Move Beyond Coal 17.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On the heels of last week's fantastic Bloomberg Philanthropies and Beyond Coal announcement came some news from Michigan demonstrating once again how powerful our activists are. Michigan State University announced that it will retire the largest on-campus coal plant in the U.S. by 2016 -- making it the 188th coal plant announced for retirement since the Beyond Coal campaign started in 2010. Indeed it is the tireless, years-long work by student activists with the MSU Sierra Student Coalition and Greenpeace who helped make this happen. Current MSU students and alumni alike cheered the news, as did people across the U.S., as it is yet another example of how young people are driving the transition from coal to clean energy. "To see MSU finally commit to retiring the use of coal on campus is huge," said Talya Tavor, an MSU alum who led the campus Beyond Coal work during her time on campus from 2009 to 2012. "It says so many things all wrapped up in one neat little announcement." But Tavor and current MSU ...
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Despite Hoopla, Court Challenge to Clean Power Plan Likely to Fail 17.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The much ballyhooed legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, brought by coal companies and conservative state attorneys-general, ran out of steam Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Thomas Griffith, and Brett Kavanaugh, a decidedly conservative panel, heard an hour and a half of oral arguments in a packed courtroom. Here are three takeaways from the arguments: 1. No final action, no jurisdiction The court showed little sympathy for the challengers' unprecedented proposition that they can sue EPA over the Clean Power Plan proposal, to stop the rulemaking in its tracks before the agency makes its final decision. Judges Griffith and Kavanaugh hit this point exceptionally hard, each saying that allowing premature challenges would lead the court into a "morass." Griffith asked repeatedly for any precedent allowing lawsuits over proposals, and any principle to govern when to intervene. The challengers conceded there is ...
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The Renewable Revolution 17.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Four Reasons Why the Transition From Fossil Fuels to a Green Energy Era Is Gaining Traction 16.4.2015 Truthout.com
Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal - will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. For the first time, however, it appears that a shift to renewable energy sources is gaining momentum. If sustained, it will have momentous implications for the world economy - as profound as the shift from wood to coal or coal to oil in previous centuries. Global economic growth has, of course, long been powered by an increasing supply of fossil fuels, especially petroleum. Beginning with the United States, countries that succeeded in mastering the extraction and utilization of oil gained immense economic and political power, while countries with huge reserves of oil to exploit and sell, like Kuwait and ...
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The Renewable Revolution 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels -- oil, natural gas, and coal -- will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere.  For the first time, however, it appears that a shift to renewable energy sources is gaining momentum.  If sustained, it will have momentous implications for the world economy -- as profound as the shift from wood to coal or coal to oil in previous centuries. Global economic growth has, of course, long been powered by an increasing supply of fossil fuels, especially petroleum. Beginning with the United States, countries that succeeded in mastering the extraction and utilization of oil gained immense economic and political power, while countries with huge reserves of oil ...
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New National Report Underscores Health and Economic Benefits of Clean Energy to People of Color and Low-Income Communities 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released an important new report, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide , that refutes highly misleading fossil fuel claims about clean energy policies and communities of color. The report also calls attention to the large potential benefits of clean energy to fixed- and low-income individuals, including: well-paying jobs in the clean energy industry; lower energy costs through energy efficiency; better health and lower health care costs due to reduced fossil fuel pollution; and greater reliability in terms of power prices. Renewables create jobs; Department of Energy Engineer at Work. There are a myriad of negative health impacts dirty energy imposes on low-income communities and communities of color. As the report , Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People, by the NAACP, Indigenous Environmental Network and Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, also shows, “overall, a small number of coal power plants have a disproportionately large ...
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'Clean Coal' Pumps Up 'Green Oil' 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Greenpeace USA just released " Carbon Capture Scam (CCS): How a False Climate Solution Bolsters Big Oil ," a report explaining why support for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) must stop. Cynics of the potential of renewable energy have advocated for CCS as a way to keep coal plants running without harming the climate, by capturing the carbon pollution and storing it underground forever. To the contrary, carbon capture is just replacing smokestacks with a Rube Goldberg machine that's even worse for the climate. The CO2 from burning coal ultimately still gets into the atmosphere, but expensive, subsidized equipment first takes the CO2 on a long, inefficient detour. CCS Is Part of the 'All of the Above' Strategy to Push Fossil Fuels: Tragically, the CO2 collected from coal plants will become a catalyst for even more CO2 pollution. Captured CO2 will be piped directly to oil rigs. The oil rigs pump the CO2 into reservoirs so the oil expands and is forced up the well. The main driver behind carbon ...
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