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Op-ed: Time to move beyond coal to renewable energy 8.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Humans hate change. It is for that reason that my nearly deaf grandmother grumbles to my single sister about her marital status at every family gathering. It is for that same reason that coal plants in Emery County still pump out Salt Lake City’s power. Coal plants are of a dying breed. Even those within the industry recognize this. Lower costs of natural gas and renewable energies outweigh the need to dredge up our love for this heavy polluter. Clean coal is not necessarily a single technologi...
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Energy Giant Shell Inks Oil Deal With Iran 8.12.2016 NPR News
Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, despite the nuclear deal's uncertain future. It's the largest energy company to return since sanctions were lifted.
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Trump's pick of Pruitt to run the EPA spells disaster for the environment 8.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Any hope, as quixotic as it might have been, that President-elect Donald J. Trump might be less of a threat to the environment than candidate Trump has gone up in soon-to-be unregulated smoke with his picking Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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AP source: Trump to tap Oklahoma AG Pruitt to head EPA 8.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday. Environmental groups quickly denounced the choice. Pruitt, 48, has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken critic of what he derides as […]
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Duke Energy discussing compensation for coal ash neighbors 8.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is negotiating compensation for neighbors of coal ash pits facing depressed property values or a future with municipal water bills as a result of feared groundwater pollution. The country’s largest electricity company said Wednesday it planned to finalize its financial offers in the coming weeks. The announcement comes in […]
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Pipeline, rail projects could bring tar sands oil to Bay Area 7.12.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Planned oil pipelines and rail projects tied to Canada’s tar sands could lead to a boom in tanker traffic along both the West and East coasts and heighten the risk of spills, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental group. The report, from the Natural Resources Defense Council, argues that if four new oil transport projects move forward, the number of tankers and barges carrying crude from the oil sands in U.S. waters could jump twelvefold by 2021. Many of those ships would head to California, the authors argue, because the state’s oil refineries were designed to handle heavier grades of crude. [...] shipments, they say, pose a particular danger, because the most common product shipped from the oil sands — dilbit, short for diluted bitumen — quickly sinks in water, making cleanup difficult. The report comes days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would seek an alternate route for the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, which had drawn fierce opposition from ...
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Nigeria, Morocco to build natural gas pipeline 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Lagos, Nigeria • Nigeria and Morocco have agreed to build a pipeline to carry Nigerian natural gas to North Africa and Europe in a major initiative to boost energy production across West Africa and create industrial hubs to attract foreign investment, a joint statement said Wednesday. The two countries’ sovereign wealth funds will jointly develop the pipeline to run about 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) along the West African coast from Nigeria to Morocco on a route yet to be decided, it said. Co...
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Google Says It Will Achieve 100 Percent Renewable Energy Next Year 7.12.2016 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Tech giants are jockeying to be the first to hit a 100 percent renewable energy goal. Google, which has invested in solar and wind energy for a decade, intends to get there by 2017. Google is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy and plans to buy enough wind and solar energy to offset all the electricity used by its 13 data centers and offices in 150 cities worldwide, the company said Tuesday. Apple seems close to reaching its own 100 percent goal as well. The company said it achieved 93 percent in 2015 . An Apple spokeswoman said the company has yet to set a year for when they would likely cross the finish line. For Google, hitting the 100 percent target means for every unit of electricity it consumes—typically from coal or natural gas power plants—it would buy a unit of wind or solar electricity. The company wouldn't say how much electricity it will need to have purchased by ...
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7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week 7.12.2016 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- Seven coal miners are dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a central province in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry, authorities said Wednesday....
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Moffat County wrestling topples triangular competition vs. Steamboat, Coal Ridge 7.12.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Moffat County High School wrestlers must have momentarily felt like they were in a bowling alley Tuesday night. How else would you explain collecting 10 pins? MCHS was the winner in points during a home triangular between the Bulldogs, Steamboat Springs and Coal Ridge. The evening began almost entirely Moffat County’s way, as the varsity lineup trounced the Titans of New Castle. Coal Ridge’s only points in their 66-6 defeat came from an uncontested match by Jacx Power. Through the rest of the evening, his teammates gave up falls to the Bulldogs: Daniel Caddy (113 pounds), Chris Moschetti (126), Ethan Powers (138), John T Peroulis (145), Matt Moschetti (152), Drake Zimmerman (160), Miki Klimper (170), Toryn Hume (195), Drake Doherty (220) and Lee Graham (285). Drake Zimmerman said his practice tactics have paid off when it comes time for competition. “I’ve been working more on tilts, getting points,” he said. “I think it really worked out tonight.” Dario Alexander and Ryan Zimmerman also won by forfeit in ...
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Environmental groups seek to defend federal methane rule 7.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups are seeking to defend a new federal rule that would restrict how oil companies burn off excess natural gas extracted from public lands. Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota are pressing a federal lawsuit in Wyoming seeking to block a rule that President Barack Obama’s administration issued in November. The […]
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Pulling the Lever for Doomsday: How Donald Trump Changed Everything 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
Backlit by a spotlight, Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a campaign event at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 22, 2016. (Photo: Damon Winter / The New York Times) John Feffer's striking new dystopian novel Splinterlands is a look back at our world from the shattered Earth of 2050. Feffer's novel has come to read ever less like futuristic fiction and ever more like a vivid journalistic report on the latest developments in our distressed, Trumpian universe. With that in mind, we asked him today to return to the world of Splinterlands and launch the book at this website by offering us the view not of the "geo-paleontologist" Julian West, the central figure in his novel, but of West's ex-wife, Rachel Leopold, herself looking back from 2050 on the planet that Donald Trump's election helped produce. Slip under the covers and read it late tonight! -- Tom Engelhardt *** I didn't vote in the pivotal American election of 2016. Thirty-five years ago, in that unseasonably warm month of ...
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New Memo Reveals the Trump Administration's Energy Plan 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
The future Donald Trump administration's energy agenda is revealed in a memo prepared by Trump's energy transition head Thomas Pyle, titled "What to Expect from the Trump Administration." The document, obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), was sent by Pyle on November 15th, just days before the Trump campaign announced Pyle's appointment as head of his Department of Energy transition team. Pyle is the President of both the  American Energy Alliance  and the  Institute for Energy Research . Both organizations have received cash from numerous fossil fuel funders including ExxonMobil, Peabody Energy and Koch Industries. From 2001 to 2005, Pyle was  Director of Federal Affairs for Koch Industries . The memo outlines fourteen policies to be expected from President-elect Trump, which collectively amounts to a fossil fuel industry wish list and which would be devastating for attempts to slow climate change. The agenda includes withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement, eliminating the ...
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Judge's Radical Exxon Ruling Could Turn the Legal System Upside Down 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
A Texas judge stated that he found sufficient grounds for ExxonMobil to investigate whether two attorneys general (AGs) had acted in bad faith when, in fact, the AGs have been engaged in activities that are commonplace and entirely appropriate for state prosecutors. (Photo: Thomas Hawk / Flickr ) A Texas federal judge's recent order -- that the attorneys general of Massachusetts and New York must submit to questioning by lawyers for ExxonMobil about why they are investigating the company -- is highly unusual and unwarranted, as is the underlying lawsuit brought by ExxonMobil against the prosecutors. If upheld, this approach could turn the legal system upside down, allowing wrongdoers possessing sufficient resources to file lawsuits that paralyze law enforcement efforts aimed at protecting the public. Although the Texas judge stated that he found sufficient grounds for ExxonMobil to investigate whether the two AGs had acted in bad faith, in fact the AGs have been engaged in activities that are commonplace ...
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EPA's Fracking Study Edited at Last Minute, Downplaying Risks, Newly Uncovered Documents Show 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
Just before the US Environmental Protection Agency released its high profile study on fracking, the agency planned to announce that the draft "study shows potential vulnerabilities to drinking water from hydraulic fracturing process." But that wasn't the message the public heard the next day. Instead, the EPA's press release highlighted a statement that the $29 million "[a]ssessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources…" That reassuring phrase was widely repeated in news headlines online, in print and on television, and touted by the drilling industry as evidence that despite spending millions of dollars, EPA had failed to turn up evidence proving that fracking was bad for people's drinking water. For years, the oil and gas industry has insisted that there was not a single documented case where fracking polluted underground drinking water supplies -- despite mounting evidence disproving that claim . Now, a powerful new ...
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Washington tribal leaders, supporters celebrate victories at Cherry Point, Standing Rock 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Gathering at Lummi Nation on Monday, they feasted on seafood caught in local waters, cheering victories and looking for more, including over the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
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11 trapped in China’s latest coal mine accident 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion has trapped 11 Chinese coal miners underground, in the latest in a string of deadly accidents striking the industry after 53 miners were killed in two similar blasts last week. China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that the Monday night explosion occurred at a mine in central China’s Hubei […]
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Big Ag Just Got A Big, Wet Kiss From Paul Ryan 6.12.2016 Mother Jones
Asked by 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley what he expected to "get through the Congress" in 2017, US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) echoed a theme articulated by Donald Trump's agricultural advisers during the campaign: that an unnamed but onerous set of regulations is somehow strangling the nation's farmers. Here's Ryan (emphasis added; starts about 4:25 in the video above): We really want to focus on economic growth and growing the economy. There are a lot of regulations that are really just crushing jobs. Look at the coal miners in the Rust Belt that are getting out of work. Look at the— look at the loggers and the timber workers and the paper mills in the West Coast. Look at the ranchers or farmers in the Midwest with regulations. It's unclear exactly what legislative remedy Ryan foresees to this allegedly crushing regulatory burden. The farm-state politician has his finger on a real problem: cattle ranchers and Midwest fcrop armers are indeed suffering hard times. But it's not the cruel ...
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BYU to demolish campus smokestack, move to natural gas 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A nearly 60-year-old feature of Brigham Young University’s Provo campus will meet its end in the coming days. Demolition will begin this week on the smokestack of BYU’s Central Heating Plant, spokesman Todd Hollingshead said, as the school shifts away from coal-powered utilities and toward natural gas machinery. “We’re always trying to stay on the front end of being environmentally friendly and meeting emissions standards,” Hollingshead said. “It was just the right time for us to take the next ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah counties sue over halt to new coal leases on fed land 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah counties have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal halt to granting new coal leases, arguing the moratorium is blocking a mine expansion that could pump millions of dollars into the local economies. The suit marks the first challenge to the moratorium ordered in January by the Obama administration, […]
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