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Latest: Feds warn states against letting more mining companies self-bond 25.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
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Climate Change This Week: Heating Up, Melting Away, Upping Wind Power, and More! 24.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this Jeweled Flower Mantis found in Asian forests, is another reason to save these important ecosystems. Source Pinterest Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon OO Malaysia: Sarawak Establishes 2+ Million Acres Of Protected Areas and may add 1.1 million more... now will these truly be protected from illegal deforestation? Stay tuned, folks. <> Credit Dan at freedigitalphotos.net OO Rising Temperatures Stunt Tree Growth new research finds iconic Douglas firs across the West are water- and heat-stressed. Rising Temperatures Fuel Fires - the Sobranes, CA wildfire has destroyed nearly 70,000 acres of forest and destroyed over 40 homes. Source www.wcvb.com OO 43 Large US West Wildfires as of August 24, 2016 shows the US Forest Service wildfire map. OO New England Is Being Deforested since the 1980s due to expansion of affluent suburbs, says a new study; since then 5% of its forests has been ...
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King Coal Is Losing Its Lobbying Edge 18.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― While the coal lobby is often blamed for a lot of Washington’s foot-dragging on addressing climate change, two major coal industry groups may be losing some of their clout. A new report from the environmental group Climate Investigations Center looks at recent losses in the membership of two major coal lobbies: the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) and the National Mining Association. ACCCE was once a significant player in Washington, allowing major coal companies to lobby under the banner of their self-proclaimed cleanliness. The group’s  ads were everywhere  when it seemed like Congress might pass legislation addressing climate change, and it spent nearly $40 million in 2008  alone. (It also got some bad press in 2009 when an ACCCE subcontractor was caught sending fake letters  to House members opposing the climate bill.) The group’s controversial tactics and climate change position pushed some coalition members away. Major utilities Progress Energy and Duke Energy and ...
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On 10th Anniversary Of Northeast Climate Program, Poll Shows Continued Overwhelming Support 12.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A decade ago, on August 15, a group of Northeastern states led the nation and published a model rule to reduce carbon pollution from the country’s largest source: dirty coal, oil, and gas power plants. Since the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program started, pollution has plummeted, the economy has grown, consumers have saved billions of dollars, and thousands of jobs have been created. Now, on its tenth anniversary, a new poll shows continued overwhelming popularity of these climate actions by Northeast states: 77 percent of voters in the region support their state’s involvement in the RGGI program. This remarkable level of support actually increases to 79 percent when you ask those voters whether the RGGI states should continue their progress and reduce carbon pollution from power plants by five percent annually from 2020 levels through 2030, the amount needed to ensure states hit their climate goals as part of the ongoing 2016 Program Review. You read that right: nearly eight in ten ...
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Are big banks ignoring the Paris climate agreement? 12.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The recent Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card reveals that global financial institutions are lagging badly in exiting the financing of fossil fuels and human rights.
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'Green News Report' - August 11, 2016 12.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Donald Trump's 'new' energy plan, same as the old plan; Hillary Clinton calls for helping coal country transition to new industries; Out-of-work coal miners now working to clean up abandoned coal mines; Industrial chemicals found in drinking water of 6 million Americans; PLUS: Federal court ruling sets major precedent for climate change accountability... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): California utility guilty of obstructing investigators; Seeking water wars accord, Deal quietly meets with Alabama governor; Seas aren't just rising. They're speeding up; A surge in avocado consumption is driving Mexican deforestation; China's $15 ...
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California : Call the Question 10.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The eyes, and the hopes, of climate advocates everywhere should be focused for the next two weeks on California.   Our prospects for breakthrough climate progress rest on five global theaters of war: Curbing and then ending reliance on coal as a source of electricity. Ending oil's monopoly as a transportation fuel. Accelerating - dramatically - the replacement of HFC refrigerants by safe alternatives. Bringing transparency and the rule of law to local and global timber markets, particularly in Brazil and Indonesia. Infusing manufacturing everywhere with new levels of technology and capital to end the reliance on low cap ex but inefficient and carbon wasteful factories as an economic development strategy. Coal is still a behemoth, and Southeast Asia is considering a new coal investment boom that could dramatically increase climate risk --- but there is a strong, vibrant global movement to curb its destructiveness. The world community is moving on HFC's, and their end seems in sight. Deforestation, as ...
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Right-Wing Media Org Is Crowdfunding to Distort Obama's Record on Coal 8.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The right-wing Media Research Center is getting into the crowdfunding business, setting up a Kickstarter page to raise $15,000 for "completing the production and marketing" of a "short documentary" about "the devastating human toll of the EPA's war on coal," to be called "Collateral Damage." Here's the pitch: Several months ago, MRCTV sent a camera crew to the southern counties of West Virginia to document the impact of the EPA regulations on the coal industry and the local communities that have historically relied on it for survival. What the team found was devastating. The effect of shuttered coal mines and the loss of thousands of coal jobs has trickled down into nearly every facet of these communities, crippling local businesses, destroying the housing market and forcing desperate families from their homes. Thousands are without work, while still thousands more live under the constant threat of job loss and bankruptcy. Local charities struggle to meet the needs around them, only to be quickly ...
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Climate Politics Heat Up Ohio's Role as an Electoral Battleground 8.8.2016 Truthout.com
With Ohio shaping up to once again be a battleground state for this year's presidential election, contrasts on energy and climate policy could affect whether Democrats or Republicans win the state's 18 votes in the Electoral College. And while Republican nominee Donald Trump's promises to revive the state's coal industry may resonate with some voters, the party's continued denial of climate science appears to be a growing political liability. "Most people believe that climate change is happening," Mercury political strategist Jai Chabria said at a panel in Cleveland last month, hosted during the Republican National Convention by Politico and sponsored by Vote4Energy , a project of the American Petroleum Institute. Chabria previously served as an advisor to Ohio Gov. John Kasich and helped launch his bid for the Republican nomination. Not only does a nationwide majority accept that climate change is happening, but so do 70 percent of Ohioans, according to a 2013 report from the Yale Program on Climate ...
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Finance, Renewable Energy And Social Inclusion Are Key To A Sustainable Future 5.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When opening the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, I quote one of my favorite Guyanese creole sayings: wan wan dutty build dam. Put differently, every house must sit on solid foundations and we build it one brick at a time. Many years later, the Paris Climate agreement brought us the international breakthrough many have fought for so hard: near universal action to address climate change and keep global average temperature well below 2 degrees centigrade. Of course it was the euphoria of the outcome that made the headlines. But the Paris agreement also noted some important points of caution. First that the commitments made in Paris are not enough to achieve the temperature goal, second that early action is imperative and thirdly that the provision of finance, technology and capacity support are essential to enable enhanced pre-2020 action by developing countries. As early as 2018 countries will meet to take stock of efforts taken to meet the long term goal. If Paris was all about setting the goal(s) and ...
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Regardless of Fierce Opposition, Rooftop Solar Is Unstoppable 4.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the Spanish saying goes, the sun is the poor man's blanket. And thanks to technology, it's also our heating system, air conditioner, refrigerator and a shinning spot that lights up our clean energy future. The solar industry is the fastest growing sector of the US economy. It currently employs more than 200,000 workers, thousands of them Latinos, and double that of the coal mining industry. And for us Latinos, solar energy is a three-fold blessing. "Since I had my rooftop solar panels installed last year, I spend less than half of what I used to pay for dirty energy," says Oscar Medina, a client of Solar City in Tucson, AZ. "It not only keeps my home cool in the Arizona desert, it also allows me to avoid using power from dirty coal." And one of those thousands of Latino solar workers is Roberto "Bobby" Rosthenhousler, another Tucson resident, whose mother is from Los Mochis, Mexico. He enthusiastically supports solar. "If you are Latino, this is a good choice," says Bobby, who installs panels for Net ...
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Technology that Could Turn the Tide on Climate Change: Clean Coal Technology 4.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New technology is required to make meaningful progress on climate change. This column will focus on one of those options: making coal power greener. Coal will be a part of the international energy equation for decades to come. While domestic coal consumption is decreasing, worldwide consumption is still trending upwards. For many regions, coal is a plentiful, inexpensive feedstock and it is often the only option available for energy generation. Any pragmatic approach to attacking the global problem of climate change must include a way for developing economies to continue to use coal in an environmentally sustainable way. Researchers are exploring several options to reduce emissions from burning coal. One approach is pre-combustion capture which separates the CO2 after gasifying the coal. It is less expensive and more efficient to capture the carbon dioxide on the front-end of the process than to add CO2 capture equipment on the back-end of a traditional power plant. Another alternative is burning coal in ...
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Energy & the Environment Positions in the 2016 Election - Dispatch from the 2016 Democratic National Convention 4.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Democratic and Republican platforms and their nominees' energy plans reflect complete opposite views. Here's a round-up of the differences, including excerpts from selected energy and environment events this week in Philadelphia where historic Philadelphia rolled out the red carpet and an analysis by top energy consultant, Peter Kelly- Detwiler* of Northbridge Energy Partners and a Forbes contributor. The Democrats The Democratic platform and Hillary Clinton campaign plan build on the jumpstart that President Obama gave to the clean energy economy with $90 billion in Recovery Act funding and a variety of executive actions. This includes providing funding to create ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy that was created under President Bush in the America Competes Act (but not funded until the Recovery Act) and has generated $1.25 billion in private capital as follow-on funding for 45 of its 475 clean energy investments. The Administration's executive actions include the controversial ...
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Proof That Trump Cares More About Coal Money Than Coal Miners 2.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump ’s back in coal country. And he’s spinning the same myths about environmental regulation that helped him woo Rust Belt voters during the primaries. Speaking Monday in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the Republican presidential nominee suggested that, if elected, he would bar government regulators from inspecting coal mines . Environmental protections, he said, have so battered the coal industry that his mine-owning buddies “can’t eat.” Evidence just doesn’t support Trump’s claim that environmental regulations are killing the coal industry. Such rules do have some effect on the industry, but claims that they’re responsible for coal’s demise are overblown. For instance, President Obama ’s signature effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ― the Clean Power Plan ― will likely cause  some coal-fired power plants to close. But the plan, which is currently tied up in the courts, is unlikely to have much of an effect until 2018 , when states are required to submit state-level plans.  What’s more, ...
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To Protect Climate, Public Health, Americans Call for End to Federal Coal Program 29.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A coalition of groups today called on President Obama to permanently end the federal coal program, highlighting the fact that ending leasing and mining of public coal in the United States would keep up to 212 billion metric tons of carbon pollution in the ground — the equivalent of taking nearly 50 billion cars off the road and saving society more than $7 trillion in avoided climate damages.

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ALEC 2016 Agenda Boosts Charters, Coal and Other Corporate Funders 27.7.2016 Truthout.com
ALEC has long relied on funding from its coal and oil industry members. This year it's proposing yet another resolution opposing the Clean Power Plan. (Photo: Rich / Flickr ) At Truthout, we refuse to subject you to ads or "sponsored content" -- we believe in producing journalism with integrity. If you agree, please support us with a donation today! The  American Legislative Exchange Council  will push bills to protect failing charter schools, silence political speech, and obstruct environmental protections in the ALEC 2016 agenda introduced at its annual meeting in Indianapolis this week. ALEC faces renewed public attention as it gears up for the annual meeting, where corporate lobbyists sit side-by-side with state legislators in luxury hotels to vote as equals on "model bills" that then get pushed to become law in states across the country. As the Center for Media and Democracy  has reported , Donald Trump chose an ALEC ally, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as his running mate, while his party's 2016 ...
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Climate Change This Week: A Hot New High, Kids Show the Way, and More! 27.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO Europe's Oil Imports 'Dependent On Unstable Countries' OO Power From "The New Coal", Natural Gas, Expected To Reach A Record High, Despite Climate Concerns - bad news, because besides the bad methane emissions from its production and distribution, burning it adds further emissions. OO US Coal Ash Crisis Builds - Coal production and use has plummeted, but the wastes left behind after burning it keep on coming, and they have been stored in lightly regulated, water-filled basins since at least the 1950s. OO China Pledged To Curb Coal Plants. Greenpeace Says It's Still Adding Them. The construction boom would result in about 400 gigawatts of excess capacity and waste more than $150 billion on building unneeded plants, said the new a report. But ... OO Record Growth In Chinese Renewable Energy Markets OO Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom says Amnesty International report. <> OO Fossil Fuel Industry Risks Losing $33 Trillion in revenue in the next 25 years due to global ...
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Unconventional Coal Technologies 'Could Blow the Global Carbon Budget' 26.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

While tar sands and fracking have been cited frequently for their climate and environmental impacts, a new report puts the spotlight on how two unconventional coal technologies are "a leap in the wrong direction" as they "damage and delay the transition to a low carbon world."

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FBI nabs BLM bombing suspect; Wyoming wind resistance; unofficial border patrol 25.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
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Buy Low, Sell Never: Why Not Just Buy the Entire Coal Industry? 24.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Mark Trahant

I recently drove across the West, mostly on two-lane roads and through towns where campaign signs aren’t about a candidate but a mineral. “Coal Keeps The Lights On,” says a sign repeated throughout northwestern Colorado. That same idea is found at the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana or in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

Coal is not on the ballot, but many in the rural West want it to be. And some, especially Republicans, are eager to oblige, claiming that it’s an Obama-led war on coal that’s destroying jobs and forcing coal companies into bankruptcy.

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