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Legal Case: White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects 31.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"However, should they so decide, Plaintiffs preserve their right to challenge CEQ's petition denial on its merits," they wrote in concluding their notice of voluntary dismissal . In other words, this case has reached an intermission. CEQ Cites Climate Action Plan The August 7 CEQ letter argued there is no need for CEQ to coordinate NEPA reviews across federal agencies because the Obama Administration proposed a Climate Action Plan in June 2013  and has made other policy moves on climate during his years dwelling at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Obama announces Climate Action Plan; Photo Credit: Change.gov "We appreciate and share your concern about the impacts of climate change on the environment," wrote CEQ in the letter . "CEQ and this Administration have taken seriously the urgency of addressing cliamte (sic) change and we are actively moving forward on a comprehensive Climate Action Plan focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions...In light of these actions...CEQ does not believe that ...
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Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More! 31.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 29 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal. The North Pole and surroundings are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind patterns, click here , and here , for the planet. ...
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Uncertainty, Rising Costs Cloud Indian Coal Sector After Landmark Supreme Court Rulings 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
India's coal bubble is perilously close to bursting. This week the Indian court system handed down three landmark energy rulings. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it's time to diversify away from coal. Of the three rulings, the most talked about came in response to public outrage over sweetheart deals for private mining companies that provided access to coal mine leases for next to nothing. The discovery of these backroom deals -- now referred to as the "coal gate" scandal -- has rocked the Indian government, and the coal sector, for well over two years. The court's ruling found that 218 of these leases were illegal, in a sweeping verdict that affects all mine leases issued from 1993 through 2010. The court is set to decide whether the companies awarded these mines will be fined or whether they will lose the mines entirely on Sept. 1. Regardless, the signal the court has sent both the coal industry and the Indian government is ...
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Existing Coal Plants Will Pump Out 300 Billion Tons Of CO2 Emissions Before They're Retired 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. It seems straightforward to say that when you buy a new car by taking out a loan, you’re committing to spending a certain amount of your income per month on that car for a specific period of time. Of course, by buying that car, you’re also committing to polluting the atmosphere with some amount of carbon dioxide. But how often do car buyers make that calculation? The same can be said for coal-fired power plants , which spew billions of tons of climate-changing CO2 into the atmosphere each year, and continue to be built across the globe. Coal-fired power plants are the largest contributors to the atmospheric CO2 concentrations, which last year reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history — up from 280 ppm in pre-industrial times. While utilities account for operating costs, few ever calculate how much CO2 those power plants will emit into the atmosphere during their lifespans, according to a new study conducted by Princeton ...
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Interview With Wired Appalachian Advocate, Dana Kuhnline 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I am very excited to share this interview with Dana Kuhnline, a 9-year activist in the fight against mountaintop removal in Appalachia. Dana is currently the media coordinator at the Alliance for Appalachia - and is in charge of running the social media efforts for the biggest coalition in the region. We chat about Dana's background, stories from organizing in coal country, and lessons from recruiting stories in a place that is rich in storytellers. Also: get ready for Dana's sneak preview of the Alliance for Appalachia's next major event in DC - " Our Water, Our Future (Sep 8-9th)." Where did you grow up? What did your backyard look like? I grew up near the Mississippi river in the rural midwest, with corn and soy growing to the horizon, in a conservative family that loves coal. I read a lot of books and built a lot of forts out of cornstalks. What was a moment from growing up--a particular moment or experience-- that sticks out as one that helped take you down the path of coming after justice? I have ...
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The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed 27.8.2014 Truthout.com
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UPDATED: Decorated War Veteran/Resident Arrested: Peabody Coal Overruns Rocky Branch, Despite Appeal Pending: Gov. Quinn and AG Madigan on Enviro Justice, Civil Rights? 26.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Rocky Branch, Illinois. Photo courtesy of Jeff Lucas, Gutting the Heartland. UPDATED: 10:30am CST Rocky Branch residents are reporting that decorated Vietnam War-veteran Glen Kellen, a Rocky Branch resident, has been arrested this morning, as he attempted to move his cross and protest sign closer to the public road. Shawnee Hills and Hollers posted this photo of the arrest to Facebook: Despite an appeal over the controversial Rocky Branch strip mine permit still pending with an Illinois Department of Natural Resources administrative judge, Peabody Energy defiantly crossed closed public roads and moved massive mining equipment in Saline County yesterday , in preparation to carry out its already violation-ridden and state-subsidized mine operation. Calling out clear violations of the state's mine permitting process, civil rights and environmental justice policies, besieged farm residents facing toxic mine blasting and water contamination within yards of their homes and wells have appealed to Gov. Pat ...
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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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