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For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift 5.8.2015 NPR News
The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.
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Obama to US: Curb warming 5.8.2015 Telegraph: International
President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming yesterday at the formal unveiling of his administration's controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from US power plants.
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Some Utilities Are A Step Ahead On Cutting Carbon Emissions 5.8.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
President Obama's plan to curb power plant carbon emission faces stiff resistance from the coal industry, coal-state governors and from parts of the electric utility industry. But some utilities aren't opposed to the new rules. They are already adapting.
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When it comes to cutting emissions, what about China? 4.8.2015 MinnPost
When President Barack Obama announced his plan Monday to slash emissions from U.S. power plants, he cast it as nothing less than a moral crusade – a response to a defining issue for the next generations.  Despite the utterly predictable bickering surrounding the plan, there really is no reason to think that the president doesn’t feel strongly about this issue, and about the need for the United States to be at the forefront of the global response.  But what about the world’s leading producer of greenhouse gases? What about China? After years of claiming it was still too poor and backward to cut emissions, China last year finally committed to reducing greenhouse gases. While it’s certainly true that there are many in China deeply concerned about the effects of pollution and climate change, China’s policy will be influenced by a healthy dose of practical politics, as well. China’s Communist Party leaders already face deep public frustration over choking levels of pollution. There are dire warnings of ...
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Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader; When Will He Act Like One? 4.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth's hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. Under new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, U.S. power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. In addition, new power plants will be required to be far cleaner, which could effectively prevent any new coal plants from opening. But does the plan go far enough? We speak to Naomi Klein, author of the best-selling book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, which is out in paperback today. TRANSCRIPT: NERMEEN SHAIKH: As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth's hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. During a speech at the White House, Obama said no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than a changing climate. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Climate change is ...
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Obama clean power plan welcomed – but won't avoid dangerous warming 4.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Politicians and analysts say plan to cut emissions from US power plants helps effort to strike UN climate change deal in Paris later this year

President Barack Obama’s plan to slash electricity-generated CO2 emissions was welcomed on Tuesday as a courageous step towards a lower-carbon future, but not yet enough to brake dangerous global warming.

Politicians and analysts said Obama’s clean power plan, which faces fierce opposition in Republican quarters back home, should foster global goodwill and spur the international effort to pin down a climate rescue pact by year-end.

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What will the new Clean Power Plan mean? Insights from some of the best coverage 4.8.2015 MinnPost
The Clean Power Plan that rolled out in final form on Monday runs to a couple of thousand pages, if you count the supplemental materials, and it differs enough from the original proposal of June 2014 that its full meaning will take some time to digest. Most reports have focused on the revised version’s slightly higher target for emission reductions (32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, instead of 30 percent) and the relaxed deadline for states and utilities to comply (from 2020 to 2022). But that barely scratches the surface of what will stand for a long time as this nation’s most important endeavor on climate change and cleaner energy systems, and everything about this effort – its genesis, evolution and  probable impact – is complicated and contentious. So as a reader service I thought I’d pull on waders, grab a landing net and wade into the torrents of news coverage and commentary, seeking passages that seemed best at bringing clarity, coherence or concision to the subject. Most of the excerpts that ...
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As Obama Ramps Up Climate Battle, McConnell Readies Counterattack 4.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Washington - Your move, Mitch McConnell. The just-released Clean Power Plan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a far-reaching attempt to cut the amount of carbon pollution pumped into the atmosphere, all in a bid to help curtail climate change. It's part of President Barack Obama's legacy-building climate change agenda, designed to make the United States an international leader in addressing the issue in advance of major talks set for Paris at the end of the year. The plan's formal release comes with what the administration said will be an "all-out climate push" by the White House, with the president scheduled to hit the road to sell his vision for attacking climate change."Climate change is not a problem for another generation,"  the president says in a video  the White House released this week to detail the plan's environmental and health benefits. "Not anymore." And while he's on the road, McConnell – the Senate majority leader, a Republican from coal-rich Kentucky – will be doing ...
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Essential California: Life in a shipping container 4.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Good morning. It is Tuesday, Aug. 4. What's for breakfast? At one San Francisco jail, it's farina, scrambled eggs and an old-fashioned chocolate doughnut. Here's what is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Climate changes California will have no problem meeting...
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Obama's Clean Energy Plan doesn't go far enough 4.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The coal industry already has its legal claws honed for a court battle over President Obama's Clean Energy Plan, which was unveiled Monday, claiming that it will cost too much and render people jobless. Certainly, in the short term at least, slowing climate change by reducing carbon emissions won't...
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Obama’s Climate Change Plan Is Actually About Public Health 4.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
The plan will drastically reduce America’s reliance on coal-fired power plants, the country’s biggest source of carbon ...
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Why does this town have so many climate change deniers? 4.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action 4.8.2015 NPR News
A huge legal battle is coming over the White House plan to address climate change with additional power plant regulations. The coal industry has the most to lose, and plans to take the EPA to court.
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New state contracts mean health plan switch for 475,000 Minnesotans 4.8.2015 MinnPost
How many hours a year do you spend dealing with your health insurance contract? Stribber Christopher Snowbeck writes , “New managed care contracts announced last week mean an estimated 475,000 Minnesotans in public health insurance programs must move to a new health plan for 2016. That’s about six times the number of switches with previous contract changes, and has advocates worried enrollees could fall through the cracks.” How does $5.69 million sound? The KARE-TV story on the settlement the state reached with the company involved in what are politely referred to as “glitches” with student tests says: “Officials with the Minnesota Department of Education announced that Pearson, its testing contractor, will credit the department $1 million in fees and provide up to $4.69 million worth of additional services and support for districts and schools at no cost to the state. … Spring Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) were complicated by complaints from districts about various issues, and several days ...
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How hard will it be for MN to hit clean energy plan? 4.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
At issue is whether Minnesota will be hurt or helped by the work it has already done to clean up its energy production.
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California is ahead of the game as Obama releases Clean Power Plan 4.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants over the next 15 years will force states to address climate change by pushing them to act more like California.
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Asia takes leadership on renewables, but only out of necessity - The Guardian 4.8.2015 google news
Asia takes leadership on renewables, but only out of necessity The Guardian A woman wearing a face mask walks through thick smog in Beijing. China's growth in renewables comes more from a desperation to solve domestic concerns than a desire for global leadership, argues Mike Scott. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty ...
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Fire sale on stuff that burns: Oil, natural gas, coal down 4.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
NEW YORK (AP) — These days it seems whatever can be burned to power a car, heat a home, make electricity or ship people and goods around the globe is being sold at bargain basement prices. Prices for coal, natural gas, oil and the fuels made from crude such as gasoline and diesel are all […]
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Barnaby Joyce says falling coal profits could scupper Shenhua's NSW mine 4.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Agriculture minister who railed against carbon tax says increasingly tenuous economics of coal could influence the Chinese state-owned company’s coalmine project

One of the Coalition’s fiercest campaigners against the emissions trading scheme, agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce, has said the declining profitability of coal was a big factor in the fight against the $1.2bn Shenhua Watermark mine.

Joyce, who famously predicted lamb roasts would rise to $100 under the former Labor government’s carbon price, told his local newspaper the increasingly tenuous economics of coal could influence Shenhua on its Liverpool Plains project.

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G20 countries pay over $1,000 per citizen in fossil fuel subsidies, say IMF 4.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

World’s leading economies still paying trillions in subsidies despite pledges to phase them out, new figures show

Subsidies for fossil fuels amount to $1,000 (£640) a year for every citizen living in the G20 group of the world’s leading economies, despite the group’s pledge in 2009 to phase out support for coal, oil and gas.

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