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Environmental remediation and infrastructure policies offer crucial opportunities for fossil fuel communities in transition 16.9.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This second report in a joint research series by Environmental Defense Fund and Resources for the Future examines U.S. federal environmental remediation and infrastructure policies that can create jobs and restore communities that have been historically reliant on fossil fuels. Daniel Raimi of RFF authored the report described in this blog post. All views expressed […]
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Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans 15.9.2020 WRI Stories
Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans Comments|Add Comment|PrintElectric vehicle charging stations, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Mariordo/Wikimedia Commons Governments have already announced $11.8 trillion in fiscal stimulus in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, more than three times the amount spent in response to the Great Recession of 2008-09. While most of it will prioritize healthcare and direct support to the unemployed, about 30% of stimulus packages are being spent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Trump EPA Guts Tough Standards for Toxic Metals Dumped Into Us Waterways by Coal-Fired Power Plants, Including Biggest Polluter on Lake Michigan 11.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Towering above Lake Michigan north of the Wisconsin border, the Oak Creek coal-fired power plant is one of the largest sources of toxic metals dumped into American waterways. Only six other power plants nationwide released more arsenic, lead, mercury and other metals into lakes and rivers last year, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of federal records.

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Powering China with Clean Energy After COVID-19 10.9.2020 WRI Stories
Powering China with Clean Energy After COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintRooftop solar panels in Kunming, China. Photo by Matthijs Koster/Flickr Following the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), and its serious social and economic impact, China has started to stimulate its economy in an effort to recover. Provinces have announced their investment plans, in which new infrastructure plays an extremely important role. This infrastructure will also profoundly affect the development of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Trump EPA guts tough standards for toxic metals dumped into U.S. waterways by coal-fired power plants, including biggest polluter on Lake Michigan 9.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Benefits for energy companies would come at the expense of more than 20 million Americans who drink water and eat fish from lakes and rivers polluted by coal plant discharges, documents show.
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EPA Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants 3.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Trump administration on Monday relaxed strict Obama-era standards for how coal-fired power plants dispose of wastewater laced with dangerous pollutants like lead, selenium and arsenic, a move environmental groups said would leave rivers and streams vulnerable to toxic contamination.

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2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun 13.8.2020 GreenBiz.com
2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun Hunter Lovins Thu, 08/13/2020 - 00:15 We’re female entrepreneurs and environmentalists. We’ve spent decades promoting clean energy technologies. In this strangest of all years, as the death toll mounts from a disease caused by human incursions into once intact ecosystems, we’re observing another death — the demise of fossil fuels. Is that possible? Consider this: In April, Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest companies in the world, announced its intent to become a net-zero carbon company by 2050. When oil and gas companies say that they’re getting out of oil and gas, shouldn’t you? No doubt Shell is counting on some miracle like carbon capture to preserve its adherence to a century-old business model of selling oil. And who could blame it? For years, extracting the black gold from the ground, processing it, then selling gasoline, fuel oil, petrochemicals and other refined products has been one of the most profitable businesses in history. In 2008, Exxon ...
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New report: How economic development policies can support fossil fuel communities in the move to a clean economy 11.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This first report in a new joint research series by Environmental Defense Fund and Resources for the Future examines US federal economic development programs and policies that can revitalize communities that have been historically reliant on fossil fuels. Daniel Raimi, Wesley Look, Molly Robertson of RFF and Jake Higdon of EDF contributed to the report […]
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New research series: Ensuring fairness for workers and communities in the transition to a clean economy 5.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
EDF and Resources for the Future (RFF) partner on a new research series to inform policymaking on fairness for fossil fuel workers and communities in transition. The shockwaves from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate across the United States, with tens of millions unemployed and workers in every sector in need of support. The energy […]
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Will China Finally Block “Clean Coal” from Green Bonds Market? 30.7.2020 WRI Stories
Will China Finally Block “Clean Coal” from Green Bonds Market? Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe People's Bank of China. Photo by Flickr/bfishadow Chinese regulators recently proposed eliminating so-called “clean coal" from the list of projects that can raise funds using green bonds. While this may not sound like a big deal, if it goes through, it could be the start of a much-needed transformation in China’s green finance market – and a move away from coal power, which still provides over half of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Ranking 41 US States Decoupling Emissions and GDP Growth 28.7.2020 WRI Stories
Ranking 41 US States Decoupling Emissions and GDP Growth Comments|Add Comment|PrintClean energy & technology, like this rancher's solar water pump, can help states decouple emissions from GDP. Photo by Lance Cheung/USDA. Between 2005 and 2017, 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia reduced their energy-related carbon dioxide emissions while increasing real gross domestic product, debunking the myth that economic growth can only occur by compromising the health of the planet. In a new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Chile's Enhanced Climate Plan Sets an Example for Other Countries 7.7.2020 WRI Stories
Chile's Enhanced Climate Plan Sets an Example for Other Countries Comments|Add Comment|PrintChile’s new climate plan sets an example for other nations, with room for bolder ambition in the future. Photo by Leosoueu/Flickr. Chile released an enhanced national climate commitment in April — known as a nationally determined contribution (NDC) — representing significant progress beyond what the country put forward in 2015 under the Paris Agreement. That Chile announced enhanced climate plans... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Setting the Record Straight on the Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 17.6.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Protecting Pennsylvanians from COVID-19 and addressing the systemic racial injustices that plague our communities must be the top priorities of our elected officials right now. However, it’s critical lawmakers don’t lose sight of the escalating threats to our health and economy, including the pollution that impacts the safety and well-being of our families and communities. […]
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How the Navajo got their day in the sun 28.5.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How the Navajo got their day in the sun Danny Kennedy Thu, 05/28/2020 - 02:00 In late March, during the early hours of the COVID-19 crisis, just as New Yorkers were realizing how many might die, a small solar development company closed a $4 million financing deal. "Closing" is never easy, but getting a half-dozen high-net-worth individuals, family offices and foundations to pony up as the world’s finance markets crashed around them was a triumph.  Getting the deal done was impressive in its own right, given that private equity had all but frozen in the weeks before and most venture-backed startups were running on fumes, telling their angel investors and anyone who’d listen that they had three months’ financial runway, or less. It seems even more important now, given the terrible toll COVID-19 is having right where the solar is planned: the Navajo Nation. A young team saddled with ambition and support from their tribal government, this largely native-owned company, Navajo Power , was getting ready to ...
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Ensuring a Fair Transition for US Fossil Fuel Workers in Economic Recovery 20.5.2020 WRI Stories
Ensuring a Fair Transition for US Fossil Fuel Workers in Economic Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintWorkers on an oil rig in Colorado. Photo by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Long before the coronavirus (COVID-19) hit and oil prices collapsed, the U.S. fossil fuel industry and its workers were vulnerable. Threats included increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy compared to fossil fuels, investor concerns about financial risks and stranded assets, and a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she will personally ensure dust cloud doesn’t follow Little Village demolition 16.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Facing pushback from community activists and elected officials over a planned demolition at the site of a former coal-fired power plant in Little Village, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday she will personally ensure that it doesn’t lead to another dust cloud engulfing the working-class immigrant neighborhood.
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delays demolition at site of Little Village coal plant that sent dust cloud into neighborhood 15.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has delayed a planned demolition at the site of a former coal-fired power plant in Little Village amid community concern that it could cause another dust cloud that would engulf the working-class immigrant neighborhood.
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Setting the Record Straight About Renewable Energy 12.5.2020 WRI Stories
Setting the Record Straight About Renewable Energy Comments|Add Comment|PrintPower County Wind Farm, Idaho. Photo by U.S. Department of Energy/Flickr As analysts and observers of the transition to a lower-carbon and workable energy economy, we don’t normally write about films. But we’re venturing into the realm of cultural commentary in light of the recent release of Planet of the Humans, produced by Michael Moore. Throughout Moore’s career, he has used documentary films to illuminate social... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Power company commitments to cut carbon pollution are an important step for our climate and health. Here’s what we need next. 6.5.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Arizona’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service, has joined over a dozen other power companies across the U.S. that have committed to delivering 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. These commitments, which add to momentum for ambitious climate action and would significantly reduce health-harming pollutants that contribute to soot and smog, are a key step in addressing […]
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How Korea is Winning the Fight Against COVID-19 While Ramping Up Climate Ambition 30.4.2020 WRI Stories
How Korea is Winning the Fight Against COVID-19 While Ramping Up Climate Ambition Comments|Add Comment|PrintIf Korea commits to sustainable economic stimulus as it has in the past, the nation will seize an opportunity to become a climate leader while paving the way to long-term economic recovery after COVID-19. Photo by Maggie Meng/Flickr. The Republic of Korea’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most effective in the world. By combining aggressive testing with early isolation and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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