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In crafting energy policy, remember the 'Minnesota Way' 27.4.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Michael from Minnesota The Next Generation Energy Initiative — proposed in 2007 by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis — spurred development of clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar at very competitive costs. With the Legislature under split-party control, conversations about several big issues are likely to get contentious before the 2015 session comes to a close, but things don’t have to work that way. In the case of energy policy, Minnesota has become a national and global leader, not because of knockdown, drag-out fights, but because of our history of policymakers from both parties coming together with diverse stakeholders to work diligently together on energy issues, often negotiating to the highest common denominator, rather than the lowest. Mike Bull Amid often heated debate at the Capitol, it’s easy to forget that Republicans and Democrats collaborated on initiatives like the Metropolitan Emissions Reduction Project (enacted in 2001 ...
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Climate Change Authority emissions reduction targets 'too weak', says Milne 27.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Greens leader Christine Milne says Australia should target 40%-50% of 2000 levels by 2025, 60%-80% by 2030, and reach ‘net-zero pollution’ by 2040

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Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal 27.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Weak European renewable energy goals originated with Shell lobby pitch for gas – not renewable energy – to provide pathway for decarbonisation, access to information papers show

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Meeting low post-2020 emissions target could cost $20bn under Direct Action 27.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Business group warns of burden on taxpayer of using Direct Action to achieve reductions after 2020 as AGL calls for cap on Australia’s greenhouse emissions

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Oil, gas, power, prices: big themes from energy meeting 24.4.2015 AP Business
HOUSTON (AP) -- In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming....
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Alliant Energy Corp. proposes $750 million gas-fired plant near Beloit 24.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Sweden's Vattenfall faces delay in German coal sale, sources say 24.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Proposed coal emissions levy may threaten sale of Swedish utility firm’s lignite-fired plants in eastern Germany

Swedish utility Vattenfall is facing delays in the planned sale of its brown coal assets in Germany, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said, pointing to concerns over a proposed coal levy that could threaten any deal.

Memos to potential buyers were originally meant to be sent out in April, the people said, adding this was now expected only later in the year and may take until the end of the European summer.

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Prominent Ukrainian politician accuses country's richest man of inciting public unrest 24.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Leading Ukraine politician says billionaire inciting unrest 24.4.2015 AP Business
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A leading politician in Ukraine has accused the country's richest man of inciting public unrest to ensure the government steers clear of reforms that would hurt his businesses....
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The fossil fuel industry is condemning us to climate disaster 24.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
We must restructure the world energy usage and embark on a renewable revolution. Take a stand to stop business as usual and keep fossil fuels in the ground The warnings from our most respected scientists are loud and clear and their findings are irrefutable. Science demands that average global temperature rises must stay below 2C if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. The world cannot wait until 2050, 2040 or even 2030 to act. The World Bank’s sobering report, Turn Down the Heat , told us in 2013 that without serious policy changes the world will warm by an average of 4C by the end of the century. Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Angela Merkel’s adviser, concludes, “the difference between [2C and 4C] is human civilisation”, and Professor James Hansen warns that even a 2C rise will cause “major dislocations for civilisation”. Every year through subsides UK citizens give £2.5bn in taxes to the oil, gas and coal ...
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Ukraine coal workers hold pickets in capital in protest at foreign purchases, mine closures 23.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Earth Day 2015: Regenerating the Soil and Reversing Global Warming 23.4.2015 Truthout.com
"The elimination of fossil fuels for all but the most limited and essential purposes is necessary but not sufficient to allow our descendants a fair chance for a healthy and prosperous future. Enhancing carbon biosequestration in terrestrial ecosystems is also essential."  - Wayne A. White, Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity p.118 (CRC Press 2013) The standard gloom and doom discourse surrounding global warming and climate change has infected the body politic with a severe case of depression and disempowerment. So starting April 22, embracing what the United Nations has designated as the "Year of the Soil," let's look at our planetary crisis from an entirely different, and more hopeful perspective. The good news is that the global grassroots, farmers and consumers united, can reverse our suicidal "business as usual" food, farming, energy, and land use practices. Harnessing the awesome power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture and reforestation, we can literally suck down enough excess (50-100 ppm ...
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Can this new blueprint for fossil fuel divestment stir industry to action? 23.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Carbon Tracker Initiative provides a roadmap for oil and gas firms to diversify and move away from fossil fuels. But are they even interested in doing so?

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Government attempts to muzzle Greenpeace India are 'illegitimate' and 'repressive' - open letter 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The Indian government’s decision to freeze the NGO’s bank accounts has prompted an open letter of solidarity from civil society, addressed to the minister of home affairs

Dear minister,

The move by the central government to freeze Greenpeace India’s bank accounts and block sources of funds, is a blatant violation of the constitutional rights to freedom of expression and association. It also seems to be an attempt to warn civil society that dissent regarding development policies and priorities will not be tolerated, even when these are proving to be ecologically unsustainable and socially unjust. These are dangerous signs for the future of democracy in India.

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CO2 Emissions Growth Takes a Bite Out of Apple's Sustainability Claims 22.4.2015 Truthout.com
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) Apple recently announced that it had spent $848 million on a 25-year purchase of solar power from First Solar in California. The deal makes Apple's US operations 100 percent powered by renewable energy, and is the largest solar deal on record. The company also announced in February a $1.8 billion plan for the construction and operation of two data centers in Ireland and Denmark that will provide renewably powered Apple data to its European customers, just as it already does for those in the United States. And on April 16, Apple announced a partnership with SunPower to build two solar plants in China, to power its corporate and retail facilities in the region. According to its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple has avoided about 750,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 2011 with its various energy-saving measures. In the midst of a climate crisis fueled by the burning of fossil fuels, these are undeniably good moves. As such, Apple is deservedly ...
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Green Energy Job Growth Outpaces Losses in Coal Industry 22.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Washington - Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth in the United States this year. "I started this company in 2009 and I have seen tremendous growth since then," said John Billingsley, CEO of  Tri-Global Energy  in Dallas. Billingsley built his business on wind energy, which generated more than 10 percent of the electricity in Texas last year. He said he is hiring more workers to expand into solar power as well. Researchers at Duke University, using data from renewable energy trade associations, estimate  in a new study  published in the journal Energy Policy that more than 79,000 direct and spinoff jobs were created from wind and solar electricity generation between 2008 and 2012. That compares with an estimate of about 49,530 coal industry job losses, according to the study. While natural gas was the biggest winner in creating jobs for electricity generation, with almost 95,000 ...
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Japan moves nearer to restarting nuclear reactors after court gives go-ahead 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Court in south-west Japan rejects a residents’ injunction against resuming operations at the Sendai power plant

Japan’s plans to return to nuclear power generation more than four years after the triple meltdown at Fukushima received a boost on Wednesday after a court approved the restart of two nuclear reactors.

The Kagoshima district court in south-west Japan rejected a residents’ injunction against restarting two reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, bringing the country a step closer to operating a nuclear reactor for the first time since September 2013.

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Exports help Japan to trade surplus 22.4.2015 BBC News: AsiaPacific
Japan records its first trade surplus in three years due to the effects of the weaker yen and lower oil prices.
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Wales may keep fossil fuels in the ground, but will India and China? 22.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
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Earth day 50 mindblowing images of our world from outer space 21.4.2015 Hindustan Times: World
Earth day 50 mindblowing images of our world from outer space
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