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Planned Gas Pipeline Construction on East Coast Puts Climate at Risk: Report 25.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Nineteen now-pending pipeline projects, if constructed, would let enough natural gas flow out of the Appalachian basin to cause the entire US to blow through its climate pledges, ushering the world into more than 2 degrees Celsius of global warming, a newly released report by Oil Change International concludes. Even if the Environmental Protection Agency's recently-announced methane rules manage to slash leaks from new natural gas infrastructure as planned, building those pipelines would be catastrophic for the climate, the researchers warn. "All together, these 19 pending pipeline projects would enable 116 trillion cubic feet of additional gas production by 2050,"  the report , entitled A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine US Climate Goals, says. "The currently planned gas production expansion in Appalachia would make meeting US climate goals impossible, even if the [Obama] Administration's newly proposed methane rules are successful in reducing methane leakage ...
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Taking a conservative approach to clean energy 25.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A new group aims to give conservatives a voice in natural gas, wind and solar energy policies.
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Meat Eaters Should Have Been Listening To Vegetarians All Along 25.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Next time you throw out a half-eaten pork chop, keep in mind that you’re wasting a lot more than a dead pig. Meat waste is worse for the environment than vegetable or grain waste because animal-based foods typically require more energy and emit more greenhouse gases, experts say . And in the United States, we waste a lot of meat.  According to a recent  report  from the Department of Agriculture, 13.4 billion pounds of meat and poultry were lost at the retail and consumer level in 2010. Consumers were responsible for more than 11.1 billion pounds of that waste.  When looking at these striking numbers, we tend to forget that the hidden resources used to raise the animals go to waste as well ― the fuel, fertilizer, land, feed and water. Ronald McGarvey, assistant professor at University of Missouri’s Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department, told The Huffington Post just how resource-intensive meat production really is ― and how this has direct consequences on the environment. “When you ...
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Over 10,000 March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables 25.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food & Water Watch Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals held a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by over ten thousand concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, which called for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march was endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every ...
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Northwest Tribes Band Together to Stop Oil-by-Rail 24.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
There's no such thing as a good place for an oil-train derailment, but this year's June 3 spill outside Mosier, Oregon, could have been worse if the 16 oil cars had derailed and caught fire even a few hundred feet in either direction. The derailment was just far enough away from populated areas, including a nearby school and mobile home park, that no injuries resulted, and the amount of oil that spilled into the river was limited. If it had happened another mile-and-a-half down the tracks, the damaged tank cars  would have tumbled directly into the Columbia river  during the peak of the spring Chinook salmon run. "This derailment right along the Columbia River is ... a reminder that oil trains mean an ever-present risk of an oil spill into our waterways, threatening fisheries and livelihoods for Quinault Indian Nation members and our neighbors in Grays Harbor," Quinault Vice President Tyson Johnston said. There are massive oil train ports planned for Anacortes, Grays Harbor, and Vancouver in Washington ...
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General Atomics' $40-million gamble on small nukes 24.7.2016 L.A. Times - Technology News

The scientists and engineers at General Atomics think the future of nuclear energy is coming on the back of a flatbed truck.

The leadership at the San Diego company, which has been developing nuclear technologies for more than 60 years, has already spent $40 million in the expectation that its...

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Kaine liberal appeal muted by energy ties, abortion concerns 23.7.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but Kaine's cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion....
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Seattle City Light sets its sights on electric vehicles for 2017 23.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Seattle City Light will take a step next year to promote the use of carbon-free electric cars. But will consumers embrace the changes?
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Kaine liberal appeal muted by energy ties, abortion concerns 23.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but Kaine’s cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion. The Virginia senator is regarded as a careful, earnest politician who has navigated […]
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Saturday severe risk, feeling 50 degrees cooler next weekend? 23.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Get ready for another round of severe storms Saturday.
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With joint action plan, US and Mexico walk the walk on energy and climate 22.7.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Nat Keohane When President Obama joined Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Ottawa last month at the North American Leaders’ Summit to announce ambitious goals on climate and clean energy, EDF President Fred Krupp said that “implementing them will be the true measure of success.” Today, the United States and Mexico took important next steps towards successful implementation, announcing new details on how the two countries will work together to: curb emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas responsible for a quarter of today’s warming, by reducing emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45% by 2025; expand clean energy to meet the goal of 50% electricity generation from zero-carbon sources by 2025; promote residential, commercial, and industrial energy efficiency; and align methodologies for estimating the social cost of carbon, a key input into understanding the benefits of reducing carbon pollution. If the June announcements were the poetry, ...
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As Major Parties Embrace Fracking, Report Shows Natural Gas 'Bridge to Climate Disaster' 22.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

As the Democratic Party comes under fire for not taking a strong enough stance on fracking, and Donald Trump considers drilling tycoon Harold Hamm for Energy Secretary in his hypothetical cabinet, a new report out Friday details how proposed natural gas expansion in the U.S. stands to undermine national climate goals as well as public and environmental health.

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New Report Details Climate Threat of Proposed U.S. Natural Gas Expansion 22.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A new report out today from Oil Change International, in partnership with 11 other local, regional, and national organizations, shows that current projections for U.S. natural gas production – fueled by a boom in the Appalachian Basin – will lock in enough carbon to bust through agreed climate goals.

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Canadian energy company says crude oil has leaked into river 22.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MAIDSTONE, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian energy company Husky Energy says between 52,834 gallons (200,000 liters) and 66,043 gallons (250,000 liters) of crude oil and other material has leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in west-central Canada. Husky Energy said Friday that booms are being used in an effort to contain the spill, which leaked Thursday […]
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Fossil Fuel Industry Finds a New Way to Stymie Protests 22.7.2016 Wired Top Stories
Fossil Fuel Industry Finds a New Way to Stymie Protests
When lease sales for offshore oil and gas drilling are held online, environmental protesters won't have a place to protest. The post Fossil Fuel Industry Finds a New Way to Stymie Protests appeared first on WIRED.
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La Plata Electric Association considers methane-capture project 22.7.2016 Durango Herald
Amid a federal push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, La Plata Electric Association is exploring a project with a private oil and gas production company that would put methane waste to use.Methane emissions would be captured from about 40 wells in southwestern La Plata County, owned by Williford Resources. The project would help the...
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The GOP platform would make America warmer and smoggier 21.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Extract and burn more coal. Open public space and the seas to oil exploration. Turn federal lands and environmental regulation over to the states and convert the federal Environmental Protection Agency into “an independent bipartisan commission, similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with...

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The Cruel Market: Nuclear Pain And Environmental Loss 21.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just when it needs it most, the United States is losing its most potent weapon in the fight against climate change, which might better be called global pollution. One nuclear plant is closed in Vermont, two are under threat of closure in Illinois, and the only plant in climate-conscious California is to close. These four plants represent a substantial withdrawal of clean, carbon-free electricity from the market, mostly to be replaced by natural gas, and some wind and solar. Gas will do the bulk of the generating, and it is a carbon-emitter -- less than coal, but a carbon source nonetheless. What is more, these plants are up and running, which means none of the pollution associated with construction, steel-making or quarrying will have to be repeated. Some, including Marvin Fertel, president of the Nuclear Energy Institute, have expressed fears that 20 more nuclear plants may yet close. Diablo Canyon: No fault of its own The ostensible reason for these closures is that market forces dictate them. That ...
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Obama's Landmark Greenhouse Gas And Fuel Economy Standards Are Working - Now Let's Look to the Future 21.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Tom Toles, Washington Post, Sept 2, 2012) This week the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a very positive report regarding the historic federal greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards. In a nutshell, car manufacturers can meet the current 2025 goals to improve efficiency and slash greenhouse gas emissions at a cost similar or less than expected four years ago. But despite these clear and comprehensive findings, some elements in the auto industry will inevitably push back , arguing that the rules will be too expensive or that gasoline prices are so low that customers don't want fuel-efficient vehicles. These arguments against long-term standards are myopic. Remember that when these rules were first adopted in 2009, the auto industry was in collapse. The fate of iconic car companies, for decades the pride of the United States, was a huge question mark. Eventually, the federal ...
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Minnesota must do more to cut greenhouse gas linked to climate change 21.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Next Generation Energy Act set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2015, 2025 and 2050. But the state missed its 2015 target and isn't on track to meet the other goals.
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