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Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Urge Obama to Make the Right Choice and Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline nears the end of its national interest determination process, 10 Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Obama to deny the project, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most vulnerable populations from the devastating effects of climate change. The laureates include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Jimmy Carter, landmine activist Jody Williams and others from around the world. “You stand on the brink of making a choice that will define your legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced – climate change,” the Nobel laureates write in a letter sent to  Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. Nobel peace prize winners—including Williams and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa— have previously written to Obama urging him to reject the controversial pipeline. This is the first time Carter, U.S. President from 1977-1981, and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, has also raised his voice in opposition. Others ...
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Top takeaways from the latest IPCC report 17.4.2014 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Yesterday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its last report in a three-part series that makes up the fifth assessment report (AR5) on the latest data and research on climate change. The reports have been issued approximately every five years since 1990. This latest round of […]
Why America Needs Methane Policy 16.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ben Ratner Recently, the White House took a crucial stride to tackle methane pollution and natural gas waste. A key aspect of the strategy tasks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with enacting policy to reduce emissions from the oil and gas industry. Yesterday, EPA formally initiated its process , issuing five white papers focused on the biggest opportunities to cut the industry’s methane emissions. A final decision for action is expected later this year. The Administration’s strategy to reduce methane emissions is an urgently needed development to slow the rate of climate change in our lifetimes. That’s because methane is an incredibly powerful and climate-destabilizing greenhouse gas. Whether you’re a concerned citizen who wants better protections from pollution, an individual compelled to see the U.S. do more to defend the people and places most vulnerable to global climate change, or an energy watchdog who wants to minimize needless waste—know that solutions are within our ...
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Beetle marks 65th year since entry into US 16.4.2014 Yahoo: US National

This undated photo provided by Volkswagen shows the 2014 VW Beetle R-Line car. (AP Photo/Volkswagen)Sixty-five years after the first Volkswagen Beetle arrived in the United States as a distinctively shaped, little car, the Beetle keeps attracting buyers with its more-spacious-than-ever, flexible interior, turbo engine power and modernized iconic look.


Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama 16.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack ...
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Front Groups Spread Disinformation in Attempt to Freeze Ohio Cleantech Laws 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Utility and fossil fuel-funded front groups are peddling disinformation to attack Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) and Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) that should not be considered credible evidence as legislators debate a bill to freeze the pro-clean technology laws. Policymakers should instead consider unbiased research when evaluating the impact of Ohio's clean energy and energy efficiency standards. The fossil fuel-funded Heartland Institute has been using flawed analysis to inflate the cost of renewable portfolio standards in states around the country. Heartland Institute's James Taylor claims that because electricity prices in Ohio have risen slightly faster than the national average since 2008, the state's clean energy standard is the culprit causing a spike in electricity prices. But Taylor ignores several additional factors that impact electricity prices. In reality, Ohio uses less natural gas (5 percent) for electricity generation and more coal (82 percent) ...
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Democrats vying for Senate in energy producing states split from Obama 16.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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The Situation in Ukraine Shouldn't Be Our Fight 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
You want to know how Russia and Ukraine fit into our energy picture? They don't.

Some people, particularly in Washington, say we should use natural gas exports to support U.S. foreign policy objectives. I disagree. That's not our fight. I believe we should use our natural gas to support Americans, not Ukrainians.

Let's get our country the energy plan it deserves. We've got the resources. The only thing we're lacking is the leadership.

Watch this video with my thoughts on this key issue and let me know your thoughts.

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The New Normal? 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, LG & E was caught dumping coal ash into the Ohio River in Kentucky. Soon after, a fuel barge spills 170,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay, Texas. Followed closely by an, as yet, incalculable amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan just south of Chicago. Is this the new normal? Every day, it seems, we learn of a new environmental disaster driven by the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels. If the fossil fuel industry had to report all of its accidents or ways that it is destroying our environment, the report may very well read an egregious "0 days since the last incident" perpetually. In which other areas of our lives is this acceptable? Certainly not in car accidents, homicides, smoking-related deaths, drug-use, work place injuries. General Motors has been called in for a congressional hearing for a safety recall, but why has the fossil fuels industry received a relatively free pass? I have a two-year-old son who will attend school in the coming years, where he will learn about ...
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Algeria's bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now 16.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth. But after waiting for years to get a new state-built apartment from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his memories of Algeria's bloody past and the promise of state largesse to come are reasons enough to hold out a little longer. Where frustrations in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria brought the Arab Spring revolts of 2011, in Algeria, stability wins over anger at unemployment and economic torpor in a system critics say is little changed since independence in 1962. Algerians like Kerchach show why Bouteflika will likely be re-elected on Thursday by those who see him as a symbol of public spending and a guarantee of security in a country where many are still scarred by the Islamist war of the 1990s.
The New Normal? 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, LG & E was caught dumping coal ash into the Ohio River in Kentucky. Soon after, a fuel barge spills 170,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay, Texas. Followed closely by an, as yet, incalculable amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan just south of Chicago. Is this the new normal? Every day, it seems, we learn of a new environmental disaster driven by the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels. If the fossil fuel industry had to report all of its accidents or ways that it is destroying our environment, the report may very well read an egregious "0 days since the last incident" perpetually. In which other areas of our lives is this acceptable? Certainly not in car accidents, homicides, smoking-related deaths, drug-use, work place injuries. General Motors has been called in for a congressional hearing for a safety recall, but why has the fossil fuels industry received a relatively free pass? I have a two-year-old son who will attend school in the coming years, where he will learn about ...
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The Tax Breaks That Are Killing the Planet 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Zoë Carpenter

ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company, hauled in a $32.6 billion profit last year. Chief executive Rex Tillerson got a 3 percent bump in his pay package, sending it above $28 million.

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In Ad and Letter, Nobel Laureates Urge Obama to Deny Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline 16.4.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (April 16, 2014) – Ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates today are urging President Obama to deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most vulnerable populations from the devastating effects of climate change. The laureates include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Jimmy Carter, and landmine activist Jody ...
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Court Upholds Original EPA Emission Standards For Air Pollutants 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA's determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency's reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, "are amply supported by EPA's findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure," said the court. Congress did not specify what types or levels of public health risks should be deemed a hazard under federal law. By leaving this gap in the statute, Congress delegated to the EPA the authority to give reasonable meaning to the term "hazard," said the court. In the majority were chief judge Merrick Garland and judge Judith Rogers, both appointees of ...
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Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane; program popular with poor, maddening to critics 16.4.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane 16.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban ...
Jamaica grants license to Hong Kong-based energy company for major gas-fired project 16.4.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Hotel Builders Bet on Africa Gas Boom 16.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
When Enrique Nieto arrived in Palma eight months ago, there was one communal water tap and no paved roads. Now he is about to open the village's first hotel. The reason: natural gas.
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Choose Wisely... 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We all make choices, and some turn out better than others do. But the choices we end up regretting the most are usually the ones we make against our better judgment. Both individually and collectively, we humans seem uniquely capable of acting as our own worst enemy. We also are capable of wonderful, positive, and inspiring actions. That makes it all the worse when the consequences of a single bad decision overshadow our best intentions. And that, I'm afraid, is what the Obama administration risks by recklessly expanding fossil fuel production on public lands. The Climate Action Plan that President Obama announced last year is full of good ideas, and his administration has already done more to address carbon pollution than any other has. New fuel-economy standards will double the efficiency of our cars and trucks. The energy efficiency of our appliances and buildings will dramatically improve. Stimulus spending has helped boost clean, renewable energy, and the president has directed the Environmental ...
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My Vote Is Not for Sale 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Why do Republicans hate renewable energy? What is the real issue? It seems to me that renewable energy is the only truly responsible and fiscally conservative path we can take on energy policy and yet the constant conservative carping on this is beginning to make me wonder what is really going on. For example, why did Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) recently propose an amendment to repeal all tax incentives for alternative energy, including wind energy , which supports thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania alone? Montgomery County, PA was the first wind-powered county in the entire country. A pretty amazing accomplishment, but it seems like Senator Toomey wants to pretend none of that matters while he panders to the fossil fuel industry. How much does converting to renewable energy save taxpayers? Potentially millions, maybe even billions, every year. Shouldn't that be the first concern of legislators? Why are they, and by "they" I mean Republicans, more concerned with protecting tax welfare to the oil and gas ...
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