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Tar Sands Blockade members force another work stoppage in Texas

September 5th, 2012

Landowners and activists have again forced a temporary work stoppage on the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas.

This morning three members of the Tar Sands Blockade group latched themselves to tree-clearing machinery, stopping work crews from creating the path for the transcontinental pipeline.

It was not immediately known if police had been called to the scene, as they were to a similar scene of civil disobedience by the group in late August.

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Cool thought bubble by Bill McKibben

August 31st, 2012

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Coal is plentiful, so let’s keep it that way

August 31st, 2012

You know that argument about how the U.S. can’t really impact greenhouse gases because they’re spiraling out of control in other developing nations like China and India?
It’s illogical on its face, but that’s not stopping fossil fuel interests from pushing this idea.

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Help cool the Earth…with these two steps

January 18th, 2012

It’s one of those cold, white-bright days of winter. We’ve not had many like it this January. Instead, we’ve been walking around outdoors in our shirt sleeves, sneezing from pollen allergies and having a lot of little conversations about the unusual warm “spell”.
We’re experiencing climate change, of course, and it’s not a spell, but a new norm. Nearly everyone recognizes that something’s going on. Sometimes I feel like a character in Twin Peaks, exchanging knowing glances with the neighbors over these changes we cannot speak of because it’s somehow become radical to openly declare that climate change is happening, even though people in all walks of life can see it plainly. I’m thinking about farmers, landscapers, urban planners, builders, utility managers, insurers, scientists, oceanographers, biologists, botanists, power plant operators….

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European Union may rate Canadian tar sands oil as more polluting

October 28th, 2011

The European Commission may rate oil from Canadian tar sands as more polluting based on studies that show it has a higher carbon footprint than standard crude oil, according to reports from Reuters.
EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told a gathering in Brussels that it is a matter of scientific fact that “oil sands are more CO2-polluting than other kinds of fuel.”
“And therefore we say it should have a specific value. It’s nothing targeted against this particular fuel. We are doing that with all our different biofuels. It’s the same methodology that we are applying for different things in the same directive,” she said.

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Keystone XL: An environmental threat or an oil security blanket?

August 16th, 2011

It’s time to turn our attention to the Keystone XL pipeline, targeted for possible approval by the US this fall and the subject of imminent protests planned for late summer in D.C..

To the oil industry, this 1,700-mile transcontinental pipeline, which is teed up to carry crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries in Texas, would bring a gusher of profits, creating jobs, filling gas tanks and boosting America’s energy security.
Environmentalists hold a much darker view of the thick tar sands project, citing its destruction of Canadian forests, threat to the vital Ogallala Aquifer in the U.S. and extension of our reliance on the dirty fossil fuels that are overheating the planet. Tar sands oil extraction has been estimated to produce, barrel for barrel, three times the carbon pollution as conventional oil operations.

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EPA’s Jackson asks Congress: Should ‘politicians overrule scientists on a scientific question’?

February 9th, 2011

The battle over climate change bubbled anew in Washington today as Congressional climate change skeptics, who want to restrict or remove the EPA’s authority to control carbon air pollution, presided over hearings on the issue.

The skeptics, led by Fred Upton, have said that the EPA does not have this authority, unless and until Congress directs and defines such regulation. Only then, should the EPA regulate the climate-changing carbon emissions from coal plants, oil refineries and auto and truck tailpipes.

Defenders of the EPA, though, point out that a core function of the agency is to assure that Americans have clean air and water, and that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the EPA is responsible for setting standards around carbon pollution.

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Ethanol: Jobs and politics trump good sense?

October 14th, 2010

The EPA’s decision to increase the allowable percentage of ethanol in gasoline to 15 percent has ignited a fiery debate among America’s mega-industrial interests. Watching the Titans queue up on their respective sides of this issue has been almost embarrassing; there are so many nakedly exposed agendas and odd alliances.
What’s not so amusing are the serious environmental consequences of both the production and combustion of ethanol. But first let’s sort out the teammates.

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Time to cross off plastic bags off our grocery list

September 1st, 2010

This whole debate about plastic bags once seemed a mite frivolous to me, next to some of the really mammoth issues confronting society — food scarcity, global warming, coal and oil pollution. I got that it mattered. But it seemed like a side trip on the road to sustainability, like a smaller matter that would eventually resolve on its own. I was more concerned about the carbon pollution from big industrial sources, and our cars and our homes, that comprise the Damocles sword threatening our children’s future.
We had big fish to fry.

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American Power Act: Reaction pours in

May 13th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

A flood of responses from energy companies, health organizations, environmental groups and other organizations has met the proposed American Power Act from John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). The bill is seen as something of a compromise between the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), passed by the House last year, and the broad energy proposal that has been favored by President Obama.

Who hates it:

American Lung Association: “We at the American Lung Association were shocked to read language included in the draft American Power Act introduced today by Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman that would unleash a dangerous process to attack life-saving rules on coal-fired power plants and threaten to permit much more air pollution around the nation. The outrageous proposal creates an open door through which millions of tons of life-threatening pollution could be allowed to flow. We oppose these provisions. The American Lung Association cannot support legislation that includes changes to the Clean Air Act that undermine the protection of public health. We urge the Senate to strip such unnecessary and objectionable language from any bill. Burning coal creates particle pollution and key components of ozone. These are lethal substances, recognized as such by repeated scientific review. Particle pollution and ozone aren’t the only pollutants targeted under the bill as proposed—just the most widespread. The draft bill invites attack on safeguards applying to a horde of other noxious emissions, known under the Clean Air Act as hazardous air pollutants, which include mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxics.”

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Promises made in Copenhagen shouldn’t stay in Copenhagen

February 18th, 2010

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

When the Copenhagen Climate Conference ended in mid-December, it was widely decried by climate activists as embarrassingly inconclusive, at best, and a failure at worst (you can’t get much worse than that).

And yet, there were plenty of voices, including that of President Obama, urging everyone to hold tight and pointing out that alliances had been formed and the world’s major polluters had stepped up, however tentatively. They had issued hard numbers, a percentages by which they would try to rollback greenhouse gas emissions.

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Texas challenges EPA’s designation of greenhouse gases as harmful

February 16th, 2010

Green Right Now Reports

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and the state’s Attorney General and Agriculture commissioner, announced Tuesday that the state will challenge the EPA’s 2009 finding that greenhouse gases are endangering human health.

Texas has filed a Petition for Review of the EPA’s finding with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit , questioning the science behind the EPA’s finding and whether the agency should be allowed to regulate industries’ greenhouse gas emissions.

The move follows a similar one by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, when the Chamber filed a petition against the EPA to stop the agency from regulating greenhouse gases. The Chamber says it favors greenhouse gas reductions, but that giving the EPA the authority to assess fines against polluters is the “wrong way” to do it.

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