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Environmentalists fight $7M Duke Energy pollution deal 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Environmentalists are challenging in court a surprise deal in which North Carolina regulators settle decades of suspected groundwater pollution at Duke Energy’s coal ash pits for $7 million. A state Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments Friday as opponents seek to overturn the deal between Gov. Pat McCrory’s former […]
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Startup's purchase of Queensland coalmine avoids environmental scrutiny 12.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

A loophole could mean a company that raised just $750,000 to buy a mine with a $120m clean-up liability does not need to seek a new environmental permit

A loophole in Queensland mining laws could allow a startup company to avoid government scrutiny of its suitability to operate a coalmine with a $120m-plus environmental liability after raising less than $750,000 from investors.

Batchfire Resources has inked a deal to buy Callide mine that may also not require it to seek a new environmental permit, sparing it from a possible hike in the amount of money it must guarantee for site rehabilitation should it go under.

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Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case 12.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, halted implementation of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan this week until it’s legality is decided. For coal-reliant communities like Moffat and Routt counties, the high court’s decision has real implications. According to Yampa Valley Data Partners, a nonprofit research organization, the top 10 taxpayers in Moffat County are all energy related with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the operator of Colorado’s second largest coal-fired power plant, coming in at number one. In 2014, Tri-State paid $5,762,011 in local taxes — accounting for almost one out of five dollars collected by the county. But the court’s decision goes well beyond providing insurance for Northwest Colorado’s tax base. Colorado is one of 29 states and numerous energy industry groups to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the implementation of the Clean Power Plan has no legal foundation under the Clean Air Act. In an unprecedented move on ...
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Democrats pitch Keep it in the Ground bill to prohibit new fossil fuel extraction 12.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

The bill would ban coal, oil and gas extraction on US public land and is symbolic, as it has no chance of passing a Congress dominated by Republicans

Legislation that would ban coal, oil and gas extraction on US public land has been introduced in Congress in a timely act of Democratic defiance to the legal threat looming over Barack Obama’s plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

The Keep it in the Ground Act would prohibit the digging or drilling for fossil fuels on federal land or waters. A Senate version of the act has the support of several senior Democrats, including presidential nominee Bernie Sanders.

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The U.S. can't allow Supreme Court clean power roadblock to slow its fight against climate change 11.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The Supreme Court's order late Tuesday halting President Obama's Clean Power Plan is frustratingly opaque. The terse ruling offers no hints about why the court took the unusual step of pausing Obama's important new regulations — which would have significantly curtailed emissions from the nations'...

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China overtakes EU to become global wind power leader 11.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Booming market grew 27% in 2015 edging past European Union for first time, says industry group. Climate Home reports

China installed half of all new wind capacity worldwide last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The country added an “astonishing” 30.5 gigawatts (GW) to boost installations to 145.1GW, the Brussels-based industry group said on Wednesday.

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The Country’s Top Scientists Have Some Questions for Tonight’s Debate 11.2.2016 Mother Jones
The presidential debates so far have tended more toward theater of the absurd than substantive policy issues, especially on the crowded Republican stage . But whatever you make of the candidates' discussion of other issues, it's clear that climate change has barely surfaced. An analysis by Media Matters of the first eight primary debates found that as of mid-January, a grand total of 9(!) questions about climate had been asked. That's about one-tenth the number of questions posed on "non-substantive" issues, which the group defines as "the political horserace, campaign gaffes, and other topics that are not related to any policy issue": Media Matters During last weekend's Republican debate, ABC's moderators didn't ask any questions about global warming. But they still found time to ask the candidates for their Super Bowl predictions. The lack of climate questions has been disappointing for many environmentalists and scientists, who were hoping for a clearer view of how the different candidates would (or ...
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Pulling the Plug on Obama's Power Plan 11.2.2016 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The Supreme Court sent a clear message: Your clean-energy strong-arming campaign must stop.
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US climate change ruling raises doubts in India, China: NYT 11.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Feb 11 : The US Supreme Court's surprise decision to halt President Barack Obama's climate change regulation could imperil the Paris accord and raise doubts in India and China about US commitments, according to the New York Times.
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The Supreme Court Just Did Serious Damage to the Fight Against Climate Change 11.2.2016 Mother Jones
The Supreme Court dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's climate agenda Tuesday evening by putting his flagship greenhouse gas emissions rules on hold . In a 5-4 ruling, the justices granted the stay in response to a lawsuits by coal companies and two dozen coal-reliant states. The plaintiffs have argued that by setting new limits on carbon pollution from power plants, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency is overstepping its authority to control the electricity sector. The ruling is far from a death knell for the Clean Power Plan, as the policy is known. Rather, it allows power companies and state official to hold off on preparing for the new regulations until the courts decide whether the administration went too far. The cases will most likely end up in front of the Supreme Court sometime next year, so there's still plenty of time before the plan's fate is sealed. According to Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, the Court's track record on EPA regulations is pretty ...
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Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty 11.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation’s obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement. But environmentalists and academic experts are more nervous. They are concerned that any significant pause in implementing mandated reductions […]
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Coal Country Reacts To Supreme Court Stay On Obama Clean Power Plan 11.2.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which would significantly regulate coal, after 27 states sued over the proposal. Among them was Wyoming, which produces more coal than any other state. NPR reports on how the court's stay is being received in coal producing states.
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The high court halted Obama's climate change plan. This doesn't bode well | Scott Lemieux 11.2.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
The presidential election just got even more important – it will be a choice between a president in favor of climate action and one who would ignore it Hours before New Hampshire’s primary voters made Donald Trump the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night – I can’t really believe this even as I type it – the US supreme court reminded us of why the upcoming presidential election is so important. On a party-line vote, the court temporarily stopped Barack Obama’s clean power plan from going into effect. This decision could well portend a future one that will have devastating consequences – not only for the climate but for the state of our lawmaking process. The decision also underscores the urgency of the November elections in two ways: it will be a choice between a candidate who supports taking action against climate change and one who believes it should be ignored, and it will present a choice between a president who believes that the federal government has the authority to ...
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Supreme court ruling on Obama's clean power plan just a 'bump in the road' 11.2.2016 Guardian: Environment
Many states have begun shifting funds to clean energy, and the administration has touted measures such as tax credits that it says will have a larger impact on curbing emissions – and still anticipates a win in the supreme court in June The supreme court hit the pause button on Barack Obama’s plans to cut climate pollution from power plants , injecting new uncertainty into the viability of Obama’s climate plan once he leaves office in 2017. But that will not bring back coal from the brink, and it may not stop some states and power companies from moving ahead on their own to clean up the US electrical grid. A day after the supreme court’s 5-4 ruling to halt the Environmental Protection Agency rules cutting carbon emissions from power plants, the White House dared to describe the decision as little more than “a bump in the ...
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US clean power plan setback 'will not affect Paris climate change deal' 10.2.2016 Guardian: Environment
Politicians, businesses and campaigners from other countries rally to support Barack Obama after supreme court puts US flagship climate plan on hold The US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama’s climate plans by the country’s supreme court , the White House has said. Politicians, businesses and green campaigners from other countries rallied to the support of the president after the US supreme court put a temporary freeze on new rules to clean up coal-fired power plants, the centrepiece of Obama’s climate plan . They insisted that the Paris commitments on tackling emissions would be ...
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback 10.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday's surprising move by the court is a ...
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Colorado officials won't halt Clean Power Plan efforts despite Supreme Court ruling 10.2.2016 Denver Post: Local
Colorado health and environmental officials will continue working toward compliance with the controversial Clean Power Plan despite a Supreme Court decision Tuesday blocking the ...
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Supreme Court deals surprise setback to Obama greenhouse-gas plan 10.2.2016 Seattle Times: Local

WASHINGTON  — The administration of President Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the […]
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Corporate Power Doesn't Always Win: Remembering the Free Trade Area of the Americas 10.2.2016 Truthout.com
In retrospect, it sounds like a dream come true: a mobilized population, intercontinental organizing, cooperative left-wing governments - all culminating in the downfall of a major corporate-friendly trade agreement that would have covered a large chunk of the global economy. It wasn't just a dream. The proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA - meant to span all of North and Latin America - went down in defeat in 2005. Now, over a decade later, as we face two other upcoming trade deals - the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) uniting 12 Pacific Rim countries, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) connecting the United States and Europe - the FTAA victory has a lot to teach us about successful social movement strategies, and the challenges of building and sustaining power. Not Just a Trade Deal In 1994, Western hemisphere elites were riding high. The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA - which stitched the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a trade bloc - had ...
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback 10.2.2016 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved....
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