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Google Says It Will Achieve 100 Percent Renewable Energy Next Year 7.12.2016 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Tech giants are jockeying to be the first to hit a 100 percent renewable energy goal. Google, which has invested in solar and wind energy for a decade, intends to get there by 2017. Google is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy and plans to buy enough wind and solar energy to offset all the electricity used by its 13 data centers and offices in 150 cities worldwide, the company said Tuesday. Apple seems close to reaching its own 100 percent goal as well. The company said it achieved 93 percent in 2015 . An Apple spokeswoman said the company has yet to set a year for when they would likely cross the finish line. For Google, hitting the 100 percent target means for every unit of electricity it consumes—typically from coal or natural gas power plants—it would buy a unit of wind or solar electricity. The company wouldn't say how much electricity it will need to have purchased by ...
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7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week 7.12.2016 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- Seven coal miners are dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a central province in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry, authorities said Wednesday....
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Moffat County wrestling topples triangular competition vs. Steamboat, Coal Ridge 7.12.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Moffat County High School wrestlers must have momentarily felt like they were in a bowling alley Tuesday night. How else would you explain collecting 10 pins? MCHS was the winner in points during a home triangular between the Bulldogs, Steamboat Springs and Coal Ridge. The evening began almost entirely Moffat County’s way, as the varsity lineup trounced the Titans of New Castle. Coal Ridge’s only points in their 66-6 defeat came from an uncontested match by Jacx Power. Through the rest of the evening, his teammates gave up falls to the Bulldogs: Daniel Caddy (113 pounds), Chris Moschetti (126), Ethan Powers (138), John T Peroulis (145), Matt Moschetti (152), Drake Zimmerman (160), Miki Klimper (170), Toryn Hume (195), Drake Doherty (220) and Lee Graham (285). Drake Zimmerman said his practice tactics have paid off when it comes time for competition. “I’ve been working more on tilts, getting points,” he said. “I think it really worked out tonight.” Dario Alexander and Ryan Zimmerman also won by forfeit in ...
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New Memo Reveals the Trump Administration's Energy Plan 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
The future Donald Trump administration's energy agenda is revealed in a memo prepared by Trump's energy transition head Thomas Pyle, titled "What to Expect from the Trump Administration." The document, obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), was sent by Pyle on November 15th, just days before the Trump campaign announced Pyle's appointment as head of his Department of Energy transition team. Pyle is the President of both the  American Energy Alliance  and the  Institute for Energy Research . Both organizations have received cash from numerous fossil fuel funders including ExxonMobil, Peabody Energy and Koch Industries. From 2001 to 2005, Pyle was  Director of Federal Affairs for Koch Industries . The memo outlines fourteen policies to be expected from President-elect Trump, which collectively amounts to a fossil fuel industry wish list and which would be devastating for attempts to slow climate change. The agenda includes withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement, eliminating the ...
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Washington tribal leaders, supporters celebrate victories at Cherry Point, Standing Rock 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Gathering at Lummi Nation on Monday, they feasted on seafood caught in local waters, cheering victories and looking for more, including over the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
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11 trapped in China’s latest coal mine accident 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion has trapped 11 Chinese coal miners underground, in the latest in a string of deadly accidents striking the industry after 53 miners were killed in two similar blasts last week. China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that the Monday night explosion occurred at a mine in central China’s Hubei […]
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Big Ag Just Got A Big, Wet Kiss From Paul Ryan 6.12.2016 Mother Jones
Asked by 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley what he expected to "get through the Congress" in 2017, US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) echoed a theme articulated by Donald Trump's agricultural advisers during the campaign: that an unnamed but onerous set of regulations is somehow strangling the nation's farmers. Here's Ryan (emphasis added; starts about 4:25 in the video above): We really want to focus on economic growth and growing the economy. There are a lot of regulations that are really just crushing jobs. Look at the coal miners in the Rust Belt that are getting out of work. Look at the— look at the loggers and the timber workers and the paper mills in the West Coast. Look at the ranchers or farmers in the Midwest with regulations. It's unclear exactly what legislative remedy Ryan foresees to this allegedly crushing regulatory burden. The farm-state politician has his finger on a real problem: cattle ranchers and Midwest fcrop armers are indeed suffering hard times. But it's not the cruel ...
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BYU to demolish campus smokestack, move to natural gas 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A nearly 60-year-old feature of Brigham Young University’s Provo campus will meet its end in the coming days. Demolition will begin this week on the smokestack of BYU’s Central Heating Plant, spokesman Todd Hollingshead said, as the school shifts away from coal-powered utilities and toward natural gas machinery. “We’re always trying to stay on the front end of being environmentally friendly and meeting emissions standards,” Hollingshead said. “It was just the right time for us to take the next ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah counties sue over halt to new coal leases on fed land 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah counties have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal halt to granting new coal leases, arguing the moratorium is blocking a mine expansion that could pump millions of dollars into the local economies. The suit marks the first challenge to the moratorium ordered in January by the Obama administration, […]
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Every Insane Thing Donald Trump Has Said About Global Warming 5.12.2016 Mother Jones
Donald Trump has a lot of things to say about global warming. He's called it an urgent problem, and he's called it a hoax. He's claimed it's a scam invented by the Chinese, and he's denied that he ever said that. He's promised to "cancel" the historic Paris climate agreement, and he's said he still has an "open mind" on the matter. Some environmental activists have pointed to Trump's unpredictable statements as evidence that he might not follow through on his campaign pledges to dismantle the Obama administration's climate legacy. But Trump has already put one of the nation's most prominent climate skeptics in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency transition. And just last week, one of Trump's top aides assured Americans that the president-elect still believes climate science is mostly "bunk." For those keeping score at home, here's a timeline of the Donald's thoughts on global warming. 12/6/09 Read the full the letter at Grist. Trump signs a letter calling for urgent climate action. As Grist ...
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Trump brings Koch network's anti-green-energy stance from the fringe to the center of power 5.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When an obscure nonprofit group attacked one of California’s signature green-energy projects this summer — warning a congressional panel that the embrace of solar energy would lead to crippling hikes in electricity bills — officials in the state shrugged off the testimony as noise from the fringe.

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Australia considers charging power generators for pollution 5.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday. The conservative government rejected all polluter-pays options in 2014 when it repealed Australia’s 3-year-old carbon tax levied against the nation’s biggest industrial […]
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Through climate change denial, we're ceding global leadership to China 4.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Remember when China was the climate-action outcast, the obstacle standing in the way of progress in the global fight against a warming planet? What a difference a few years — and an election — can make.

Over the past few weeks, world leaders, delegates to the climate change conference in Marrakech and...

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China’s about-face on coal mining bodes badly for carbon emissions 3.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

A lack of stockpiles and worries about electricity blackouts are spurring Chinese officials to reverse curbs that once helped reduce coal production. Mines are reopening. Miners are being lured back with larger paychecks.
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Tribune Editorial: New president can't turn back time on coal 3.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to reverse the Obama administration’s regulations on coal, including the moratorium on federal leases and the Clean Power Plan. That is bringing cheers from coal country in Utah and elsewhere, but the enthusiasm should be tempered by the reality that the coal industry’s biggest challenge is not regulation. It’s the cleaner alternatives — from natural gas to the sun — which have been beating coal on cleanliness while matching it on price. At best, the cha...
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Hypocrisy and Trumpism on the Agenda as ALEC Meets in Washington, DC 1.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Betsy DeVos, an anti-education activist and former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, with President-elect Donald Trump after they met at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on November 19, 2016. (Photo: Hilary Swift / The New York Times) The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its offshoot the American City and County Exchange (ACCE) are meeting in Washington, DC, this week to strategize on how to advance a far-right agenda under a Trump presidency. Trump Transition leader, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is an ALEC booster. Not surprisingly the Trump team has been picking many with Koch and ALEC ties to fill key positions in government including Koch Congressman Mike Pompeo, school privatizer and ALEC funder Betsy DeVos , and South Carolina Governor and ALEC stalwart Nikki Halley. The ALEC agenda for this year's State and Policy Summit contains the usual potpourri of anti-worker, anti-government proposals along with quite a few important pay-to-play measures for big ...
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Kane and Garfield counties sue BLM and Interior, say coal lease moratorium threatens rural Utah 1.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
If a moratorium of new coal leases on federal lands continues, it will economically devastate rural Utah communities, eliminating hundreds of jobs and closing crucial mine sites, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Kane and Garfield counties. The two counties — along with Rural Utah Alliance, a nonprofit focused on land ownership — are suing the U.S. Department of the Interior and its secretary, Sally Jewell, as well as the Bureau of Land Management and its director, Neil Kornze. The lawsu... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Nuclear power most sustainable energy source: IAEA official 1.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
Nuclear power most sustainable energy source: IAEA official
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For Autocrats In Need Of Statues, North Korea Is No Longer An Option 1.12.2016 NPR News
New United Nations sanctions against North Korea ban the export of monuments. The impoverished Asian nation has made millions by building statues for African nations.
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How Trump Can Quash Obama's Last Effort to Fight the Coal Industry 30.11.2016 Mother Jones
As the clock ticks down to the beginning of Donald Trump's presidency, the Obama administration is moving to enact one final measure aimed at cutting coal pollution. According to a spokesperson for the Interior Department, the administration intends to release an update to a decades-old regulation protecting streams from the impacts of mining before Obama leaves office on January 20. Obama's climate and environmental policies have largely been defined by a slew of executive actions and new regulations, including limits on carbon and mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants ; new fuel efficiency standards ; and a moratorium on new coal leases on public lands. In recent weeks, the administration has finalized a rule that seeks to limit methane emissions from oil and gas facilities and has placed a chunk of the Arctic off limits to further offshore drilling. The Stream Protection Rule revisions would be one more piece of the conservation puzzle. The original regulations, enacted more than 30 years ...
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