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  • Walker Battles Climate Change Believers to Reshape Department of Natural Resources

    06/26/2017 11:54:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-25-17 | Rod Kackley
    Wisconsin Democrats have demanded Gov. Scott Walker (R) join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a newly formed coalition of states that intends to move forward with the terms of the Paris climate accord after President Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement. "President Trump’s rejection of fact, science and of the Paris Climate Agreement is an act that endangers every American. Gov. Walker’s silence on this issue echoes this shared anti-environment, anti-middle class agenda,” read the letter to Walker signed by 35 state representatives and 11 senators. "Given the recent reports on Wisconsin’s dismal slump in job creation, we cannot...
  • Trees have sex, feel pain, says German forester

    06/02/2017 12:52:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.02.2017 | Elizabeth Schumacher
    Peter Wohlleben’s bestselling book claims that trees can talk to one another and have relationships and social structures. A petition started by German academics is now circulating to denounce these “fairy tales.” “Trees are very social beings,” says German forester Peter Wohlleben; “the parents, the ‘mother trees’, look after their offspring…they like to stand close together and cuddle.” They also talk to each other, have sex, form friendships and feel physical pain, he told the Canadian documentary series “Intelligent Trees.” Wohlleben’s bestselling book “The Hidden Life of Trees,” caused a stir at Britain’s Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts...
  • Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019

    05/30/2017 10:13:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | May 30, 2017 11:58 AM ET | Merrit Kennedy
    The company that owns the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, announced that it plans to shutter the facility in 2019 unless the state of Pennsylvania steps in to keep it open. The plant near Harrisburg, Pa., hasn’t been profitable for the past five years, according to owner Exelon Corp. The company announced last week that it failed to auction off future energy production from Three Mile Island for the third year in a row. “Today is a difficult day, not just for the 675 talented men and women who have dedicated...
  • All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years

    05/19/2017 6:18:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 117 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 16 May 2017 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    No more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world within eight years. The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the petroleum industry as we have known it for a century. This is the futuristic forecast by Stanford University economist Tony Seba. His report, with the deceptively bland title Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030, has gone viral in green circles and is causing spasms of anxiety in the established industries. Seba’s premise is that people will stop driving altogether. They will switch...
  • Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas [Longview WA]

    04/29/2017 6:02:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 8:22 PM EDT | Phuong Le
    A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday. Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview wants to build the facility along the Columbia River near the city of Longview to handle up to 44 million tons of coal a year. Coal would arrive by train from Montana, Wyoming and other states to be stored and loaded on ships heading to energy-hungry markets in Asia. The yearslong fight over the deep-water port comes as...
  • Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling

    04/28/2017 10:44:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 12:37 PM EDT | Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin
    Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding drilling in the Arctic and opening other federal areas to oil and gas exploration. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump signed an order reversing some of former President Barack Obama’s restrictions and instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review a plan that dictates which federal locations are open to offshore drilling. It’s part of Trump’s promise to unleash the nation’s energy reserves in an effort to reduce reliance on foreign...
  • UN chief nominates Germany's Steiner as development chief

    04/18/2017 11:13:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2017 2:03 PM EDT
    Secretary-General António Guterres has nominated Achim Steiner of Germany to be the new head of the U.N. Development Program. Steiner led the U.N. environment agency for 10 years. U.N. spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Tuesday that Guterres nominated Steiner to succeed former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark for a four-year term after consultations with UNDP’s executive board. He said Guterres has asked the General Assembly to confirm Steiner. …
  • California attorney general requests documents on EPA chief

    04/07/2017 9:31:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2017 9:21 PM EDT | Sophia Bollag
    California’s attorney general announced Friday he is seeking documents that could show conflicts of interest and ethics violations by the man President Donald Trump appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest episode in the ongoing feud between Golden State officials and the Trump administration. Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the agency for documents related to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Becerra’s office said Pruitt has conflicts of interest in his new role overseeing federal environmental regulations because he sued the agency multiple times while he was attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt sued...
  • Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century

    02/26/2017 7:23:16 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 73 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 2-25-2017 | Robin McKie
    “Rich western countries are now siphoning up the planet’s resources and destroying its ecosystems at an unprecedented rate,” said biologist Paul Ehrlich, of Stanford University in California. “We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cellphones. We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event. The question is: how do we stop it?”
  • New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

    02/24/2017 4:19:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2017 4:32 PM EST | Wayne Parry
    New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of “This Land Is Your Land.” The 15-member New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to approve a plan by South Jersey Gas to run the pipeline through the federally protected Pinelands preserve, where development is drastically restricted. […] It was the most emotionally charged jobs-vs-environment clash in recent New Jersey history, and was closely watched by environmental and energy groups around the nation, particularly with a new presidential administration...
  • Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections

    02/18/2017 2:16:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2017 7:37 PM EST | Michael Biesecker
    Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. Pruitt was sworn in later Friday by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. In six years as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt filed 14 lawsuits challenging EPA regulations that included limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. He also sued over the EPA’s recent expansion of water bodies regulated under the Clean Water Act, a federal measure opposed by industries that...
  • Sierra Club pushing abortion as population control to ‘save the environment’

    02/15/2017 3:09:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cornwall Alliance ^ | February 6, 2017 | Mary Kay Barton
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed the Sierra Club’s Executive Director, Michael Brune, on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Feb 2, 2017. Carlson, a former Sierra Club member himself, dove right into asking Brune the tough questions. Puzzled by some of the Sierra Club’s recent position statements on such varied topics as President Trump’s border wall, the women’s march, abortion, and transgender bathrooms, Carlson asked Mr. Brune why the Sierra Club was veering away from protecting the environment to taking positions on the unrelated issues. For those who still naively believe that the Sierra Club is focused on protecting the environment, Brune’s...
  • Environmentalists preparing to battle Trump, GOP in court

    01/29/2017 9:00:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2017 12:16 AM EST | Tammy Webber and John Flesher
    Environmentalists facing a hostile Trump administration and a Republican-dominated Congress say the courts may offer their best chance to block changes they oppose. Advocacy groups nationwide are hiring more staff lawyers and coordinating with private attorneys and firms volunteering their services. They are seeking donations, setting priorities and reviewing laws that could be the basis of lawsuits against Trump policies concerning climate change, endangered wildlife, pollution and other issues. …
  • Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

    01/26/2017 9:35:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2017 5:46 PM EST | Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein
    The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts. Myron Ebell said in an interview with The Associated Press that Trump is likely to seek significant reductions to the agency’s workforce — currently about 15,000 employees nationwide. Ebell, who left the transition team last week, declined to discuss specific numbers of EPA staff that could be targeted for pink slips. Asked what he would personally like to see, however, Ebell said slashing the agency’s size by about half would be a...
  • Protesters charged after flying 'RESIST' banner from crane [Greenpeace]

    01/26/2017 8:08:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2017 9:12 PM EST
    Reports say seven Greenpeace protesters are facing misdemeanor charges after climbing a 270-foot tall construction crane just blocks from the White House at midweek and unfurling a huge banner with the word “RESIST.” Wednesday’s climb came a day after the Trump administration moved to delay implementation of several environmental rules. …
  • Donald Trump tells Detroit auto CEOs that environmental regulations are ‘out of control’

    01/24/2017 5:32:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24 2017 at 6:36 PM | Steven Overly
    President Trump told leaders of the country’s largest automakers Tuesday that he will curtail “unnecessary” environmental regulations and make it easier to build plants in the United States, changes that he expects will shore up the manufacturing jobs he repeatedly promised to voters on the campaign trail. After weeks of taunting the automotive industry over Twitter, Trump made a point to meet with the chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler just days into his term. He has pressured the companies to build more vehicles in the United States and hire more Americans into manufacturing jobs. …
  • Trump To Sign Executive Orders Advancing Keystone, Dakota Pipelines

    01/24/2017 6:55:10 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    January 24, 2017 It is just day two of his presidency, and already Trump is taking a sledgehammer to the Obama legacy: in his latest move reported moments ago by Bloomberg, president Trump intends to sign two executive actions today "that would advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines", putting a spoke, so to say, in the train wheels of Warren Buffett's train-based oil transportation quasi-monopoly. Keystone was rejected under former President Barack Obama. Trump’s move on Energy Transfer Partners LP’s 1,172-mile Dakota Access project aims to end a standoff that has stalled the $3.8 billion project...
  • Oslo to temporarily ban diesel vehicles

    01/16/2017 10:36:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 16 January 2017 10:13 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    Beginning on Tuesday, diesel vehicles will be banned from driving on Oslo streets because of acute levels of dangerous air pollution. On both Monday and Tuesday, weather forecasts call for cold weather and very little wind, conditions likely to cause high levels of exhaust pollution over large areas of the city. Therefore the City of Oslo will for the first time ever implement a ban on diesel vehicles on municipal roads. On Tuesday, the ban will be in effect from 6am to 10pm. It will remain in effect during those same hours for as long as air pollution levels are...
  • In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    12/31/2016 8:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 11:35 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Republicans’ grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama’s agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama’s health care law. Beyond that, they’ll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “stand ready to fight vigorously” to protect health care and other...
  • Groups seek NY constitutional right to clean air, water

    12/29/2016 10:57:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2016 1:20 PM EST | Mary Esch
    Environmental and public policy groups in New York are calling for a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee residents a right to clean air and water. Environmental Advocates of New York and EffectiveNY are promoting the proposed amendment with online video ads Thursday featuring children from Hoosick Falls, where water wells have been contaminated by an industrial chemical. “You shouldn’t have to fight for clean water,” says 15-year-old Mikayla Baker, a Hoosick Falls ninth-grader featured in one of the two videos. The groups say a constitutional amendment would give residents more power to hold state lawmakers and regulators accountable for...