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Last updated: Feb 23 2017 20:54 IST RSS 2.0
 
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India Using Coal Tax Money to Fund Renewable Energy Projects 23.2.2017 Environmental News Network
India has a goal of quadrupling the amount of electricity it generates from renewable sources to 175 gigawatts by 2022. 
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Can rising seas yield common ground with Trump? 23.2.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Exploring opportunities for climate collaboration with the Trump administration
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Is President Trump The Kick In The Butt We Need To Get Onto A Sustainable Path? 20.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For someone with such immense financial wealth—and now power—President Trump displays a baffling “can’t do” attitude and “poverty mentality.” In his worldview, coal miners and mine owners can do only one thing to survive: mine coal. And the rest of us can do only one thing to help save them: keep buying and burning coal. The President is doing his best to deliver on his promise to revive the coal industry and “cancel job-killing restrictions” on energy production. Who Will Pay the Price? “Donald Trump is hoping to install the most anti-environmental cabinet in our nation’s history,” says Gene Karpinski , president of the League of Conservation Voters. Sure enough, on February 17 Scott Pruitt was sworn in as administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Pruitt, with a record of fighting environmental protections, has repeatedly sued the USEPA. Last week President Trump scrapped the “stream protection rule” aimed at stopping the coal mining industry from dumping waste into nearby ...
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Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids 20.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Patrick Lee, ProPublica

Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration had an idea: Make an educational website for children about energy sources and the science behind them.

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US energy spending lowest in 60 years 15.2.2017 TreeHugger
But hey, let's still keep complaining about those "elite" greenies.
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Utilities vote to close gigantic Arizona coal plant 14.2.2017 TreeHugger
Just one more sign that coal is on its way out. For the workers who relied on it, we need a plan for what comes next.
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The West’s coal giant is going down 14.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
7 things you need to know about Navajo Generating Station’s 2019 closure.
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Is a carbon tax on consumption the happy medium we've been looking for? 14.2.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Here’s a better way to regulate carbon — and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate.
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The West's Largest Coal Plant Could Soon Go Dark 13.2.2017 Truthout.com
It's big. It's coal-fired. And it's about to go bye-bye. The West's largest coal-fired power plant -- the Navajo Generating Station -- is facing closure because it's no longer a cost-effective method of generating energy. Opponents of coal power who are concerned about its contributions to  climate change are thrilled, but there's a catch: A changing administration could mean some shifts in energy policy that alter the future for this plant and other coal-fired stations in America. There are 968 coal-fired generators in the US, a number that is slowly declining -- much like  emissions . Coal is a fuel source that's dirty all the way down , from the mining practices used to extract it to the greenhouse gases emitted when it's burned for power. Even with various tools that trap and filter emissions, coal plants contribute a heavy load to a struggling planet -- one reason US energy companies are under pressure to phase out coal and replace it with cleaner sources of energy. In 2014, the Navajo Generating ...
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High Selenium Levels Found in Fish in N.C. Lakes Receiving Coal Ash Waste 8.2.2017 Environmental News Network
A new Duke University study has found high levels of selenium in fish in three North Carolina lakes receiving power plants’ coal ash waste.“Across the board, we’re seeing elevated selenium levels in fish from lakes affected by coal combustion residual effluents,” said Jessica Brandt, a doctoral student in environmental health at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, who led the study.
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Data busts the myth of cheap fossil fuels 7.2.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
A new Carbon Tracker Initiative study finds that renewable energy is more cost-effective than fossil fuels. Why isn't the public catching on?
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Congress Asks Lobbyists Who Fought EPA How To Make It ‘Great Again’ 7.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A coal lawyer, a chemical industry lobbyist and a libertarian scholar who recently accused the Environmental Protection Agency of “regulatory terrorism” will join a lone advocate for science as witnesses before a Tuesday congressional hearing titled “Making EPA Great Again.” The four witnesses will “discuss how EPA can pursue environmental protection and protect public health by relying on sound science ,” according to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The hearing marks the Science Committee’s first meeting since the Republican-controlled Congress convened and President Donald Trump took office. Since he became chairman of the committee in 2013, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has pursued such an ideologically driven agenda, including what critics dubbed “ witch hunts ” meant to tarnish the credibility of scientists, that some now call it the “ House (anti)science panel .” As a vocal skeptic of the widely accepted science behind manmade global warming,  The Texas Tribune  suggested Smith ...
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Trump on energy; Obamacare numbers; guerilla archiving 6.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
HCN.org news in brief.
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Danish energy giant commits to phasing out coal by 2023 2.2.2017 TreeHugger
The black stuff just can't compete anymore. Will oil be next?
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Deutsche Bank to stop financing coal 2.2.2017 TreeHugger
This isn't just a PR move. The economics of coal have become decidedly shaky in recent years.
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House Republicans Vote To Overturn Rule Protecting Waterways From Mining 2.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
House Republicans voted to overturn a regulation meant to protect U.S. waterways from coal mining operations on Wednesday. The measure will now move to the Senate, where GOP leaders are expected to quickly follow suit. Earlier this week, lawmakers in both houses announced bills to block the stream protection rule , an update to regulations that the Department of Interior finalized toward the end of President Barack Obama ’s tenure. The update overhauled requirements for coal mining operations in order “to avoid mining practices that permanently pollute streams, destroy drinking water sources, increase flood risk and threaten forests.” The stream protection rule mandates testing and monitoring of waterways before, during and after mining operations, and requires companies that have used controversial practices like mountaintop removal mining  to restore land to its “previous condition” after operations are finished. It updates regulations that were more than three decades old.  The House also voted to ...
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Republicans Prepare To Overturn Rule Protecting Waterways From Mining 2.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Congressional Republicans are poised to overturn a regulation meant to protect U.S. waterways from coal mining operations. Lawmakers in the House and Senate have announced bills to block the stream protection rule , an update to regulations that the Department of Interior finalized toward the end of President Barack Obama ’s tenure. The update overhauled requirements for coal mining operations in order “to avoid mining practices that permanently pollute streams, destroy drinking water sources, increase flood risk and threaten forests.” The stream protection rule mandates testing and monitoring of waterways before, during and after mining operations, and requires companies that have used controversial practices like mountaintop removal mining  to restore land to its “previous condition” after operations are finished. It updates regulations that were more than three decades old.  Republicans, particularly those from coal states, strongly object to the new rules. Shortly after Obama signed the regulation, ...
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Climate Change This Week: Trump Blocks Climate Information, Resistance Grows, and More! 31.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump's family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these pygmy elephants in Borneo, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Rainforest Rescue These elephants are already threatened by ivory poachers, but a planned road will greatly help poachers to invade their habitat. You can sign here to urge the plan is stopped! Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon What Consumers of Palm Oil Never See is what their consumption drives: deforestation and extinction. Source SOB - IAR Indonesia, RAN OO UK Bank Financing Tied To Deforestation, Rights Violations For Palm Oil In Indonesia Greenpeace has published evidence of illegal deforestation and violations of local communities by companies receiving $16+ billion in loans and credit from the British bank HSBC. OO 'Out Of Control' Wildfires Damage Protected ...
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Guess Who's Backing Scott Pruitt To Head The EPA? The Koch Brothers. 30.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The two dozen nonprofit groups and Senate committee members defending Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, have at least two things in common. Like Pruitt, they're climate science deniers. And, like Pruitt, most of them are funded by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own the coal, oil and gas conglomerate Koch Industries. That funding helps explain why they all consistently misrepresent the scientific consensus on climate change. After all, money buys influence, and since 1997, Koch foundations have paid a network of think tanks and advocacy groups more than $88 million to spread climate science disinformation -- more than twice what ExxonMobil, the second-biggest denier-network funder, has spent . Likewise, Koch Industries has contributed $38.5 million to federal candidates over the last 25 years and spent another $117 million since 1998 on lobbying. The Kochs didn't endorse Trump for president, but there's no doubt ...
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Guess Who's Backing Scott Pruitt to Head the EPA? The Koch Brothers. 30.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The two dozen nonprofit groups and Senate committee members defending Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, have at least two things in common. Like Pruitt, they're climate science deniers. And, like Pruitt, most of them are funded by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own the coal, oil and gas conglomerate Koch Industries. That funding helps explain why they all consistently misrepresent the scientific consensus on climate change. After all, money buys influence, and since 1997, Koch foundations have paid a network of think tanks and advocacy groups more than $88 million to spread climate science disinformation -- more than twice what ExxonMobil, the second-biggest denier-network funder, has spent . Likewise, Koch Industries has contributed $38.5 million to federal candidates over the last 25 years and spent another $117 million since 1998 on lobbying. The Kochs didn't endorse Trump for president, but there's no doubt ...
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