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Obama unveils climate policy: Don’t fear the future, seize it

June 25th, 2013

President Barack Obama delivered a pointed speech on climate change today, which suggested that the Keystone XL pipeline will not be automatically approved and drilled down on the biggest source of carbon emissions, power plants. The highlight of The President’s Climate Action Plan, unveiled before an audience at Georgetown University, will be a move by the EPA to set limits on carbon…

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What middle-size cities offer: Clean Air

April 30th, 2013

Air pollution continues to plague many large U.S. cities, where coal plants and tailpipe emissions poison the air with asthma-aggravating, cancer causing ozone and particle emissions. But the picture, and the air, is much clearer in Peoria, Springfield and a few dozen other mid-sized meccas, according to the American Lung Association’s annual report. See what the air rates where you live.

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Clean air advocates turn out for EPA hearing in Philadelphia on coal plant pollution

May 24th, 2011

Dozens of people opposed to mercury-laced air pollution from coal plants attended an EPA hearing on the topic in Philadelphia today.

Hundreds marched to an EPA hearing in Philadelphia on air pollution from coal plants.

Mothers with toddlers in tow, religious leaders, medical professionals and others converged on The Westin hotel downtown for the first of the EPA’s three public hearings on a rule that would limit air pollution from coal-burning plants.

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Mercury emissions contaminating Pacific Ocean seafood

May 4th, 2009

By Laura Elizabeth May
Green Right Now

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a study showing an increase in mercury emissions from human sources is affecting the fish population in the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists had predicted a 50 percent increase in mercury levels in the Pacific Ocean by 2050, if mercury emission rates continue as projected. Human contribution to mercury pollution includes coal burning power plants and waste incineration. The water sampled for this study — released May 1 — shows that the mercury levels in 2006 were already approximately 30 percent higher than the same samples in the 1990′s.

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Texas coal opponents call for a temporary moratorium on new plants

March 24th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Environmentalists, community activists and some state legislators are calling for a temporary moratorium on coal plants in Texas, where 12 coal-fired power plants are proposed.

The opponents gathered at the capitol in Austin today, saying that halting construction of the plants would help fight climate change and protect the health of local communities by cutting out coal’s toxic wastes and emissions, according to advocacy group Public Citizen.

“The evidence is now abundantly clear: Climate change is already affecting Texans and impacts will only increase in severity if we fail to act quickly. Texas already leads the nation in global warming gases. If we were our own country, Texas would rank eighth in the world among carbon emitters,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, in a press release.

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In Colorado, there's no love for clean coal or nuclear power

October 16th, 2008

An overwhelming 86 percent of Coloradoans want to limit subsidies for oil shale production and hault new coal-fired power plants, according to a newly released poll.

The survey of 600 Colorado adults conducted by Opinion Research Corporation also found support for
federal and state investment in wind and solar energy, enhanced energy efficiency, and highly fuel-efficient vehicles. The study was conducted for TheCLEAN.org and the Civil Society Institute, and was released by Western Colorado Congress, a community action alliance focused protecting and enhancing the quality of life in western Colorado.

Key findings of the poll include:

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