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Coal mine dealt blow 6.3.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – A federal judge determined that regulators did not adequately assess the environmental impact from a proposed expansion of the Navajo Mine in New Mexico.Farmington-based Navajo Transitional Energy Co. on the Navajo Nation applied to expand mining operations by about 12.7 million tons of coal at its Navajo Mine.
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U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case 5.3.2015 NPR News
Dozens of news organizations, including NPR, appealed after a judge issued the gag order in a criminal case involving ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
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Court Overturns Gag Order in West Virginia Mine Blast Case 5.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
A federal appeals court overturned an unusually broad gag order in the trial of former West Virginia coal-mining executive who is facing charges in connection with a deadly 2010 mine ...
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Markets, States, and the Green Transition 5.3.2015 American Prospect
  (AP Photo/U.S. Army) This solar array at White Sands, New Mexico, is the largest of the U.S. Army's solar photovoltaic systems. The $16.8 million project includes nearly 15,500 sun-tracking solar panels spread across 42 acres. This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here . If you believe in the perfect efficiency of free markets, then any government intervention, by definition, has to make things worse. Evidence is of no consequence. I once participated in a debate on innovation with two panelists from two of Washington’s most market-oriented think tanks. When I pointed out that a government program—the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—had created the Internet, my opponent was hardly fazed. He responded, in effect, by saying we don’t know whether the private sector might have done it faster and better had the government not been interfering. Of course, we ...
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Appeals court throws out sweeping gag order in former Massey Energy CEO's criminal case 5.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Miners' strike 30 years on: 'I fought not just for “my pit” but for the community' 5.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
To mark the end of the miners’ strike 30 years ago we asked Guardian readers to share their memories. We heard from mineworkers, police and community leaders, here are some of their responses It may be 30 years on but for those involved in the miners’ strike, memories are still raw. The anger at the hardship suffered by strikers and their families still runs deep, as does the bitterness between those on the picket lines and those who crossed them. Divided communities take a long time to heal; some never do. Despite the hard times there were many stories that spoke of fortitude of individuals and generosity of strangers. There was even mention of camaraderie between police and mineworkers on the more peaceful picket lines. Others like Orgreave were much more violent. At the start of the miners’ strike in 1984, Bruce Wilson was 29 years old, married with a mortgage and 2 young kids. He had worked underground as a miner at Silverwood Colliery, Rotherham, South Yorkshire since 1978. “In the early 1980’s I/we ...
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Doubt over climate science is a product with an industry behind it 5.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

With its roots in the tobacco industry, climate science denial talking points can be seen as manufactured doubt

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Industry lobbyists weakened Europe's air pollution rules, say Greenpeace 5.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Governments, including the UK, are allowing energy industry representatives to help draw up Europe’s air quality limits resulting in proposed standards on coal plant emissions that are weaker than China’s, claim the campaign group

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China lowers growth target to 7% as it fights 'deep-seated' economic problems 5.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Premier Li Keqiang says downward pressure is ‘intensifying’ and energy intensity will fall 3.1% as battle against smog continues

China is targeting slower economic growth as tackles “deep-seated” economic problems and reduces its reliance on polluting fuels such as coal, premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

The world’s second largest economy will target growth this year of around 7%, the lowest expansion for a quarter of a century, Li told the opening of China’s annual parliamentary meeting in Beijing.

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The EPA’s not-so-green emissions plan 5.3.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency is mandating cuts in the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. But dozens of environmental scientists from Princeton to Baton Rouge to Berkeley warned last month that the way the agency is writing the rules threatens to sharply increase forest clearing, undermining the EPA effort. The culprit is a familiar obstacle to good policymaking in Washington: bioenergy. Read full article ...
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Perry Misses Point on Texas CO2 Cuts 5.3.2015 FactCheck
Rick Perry said carbon dioxide emissions in Texas were down because of "incentive-based regulation" during his time as governor. But the evidence shows a decline in manufacturing jobs and federal policies are more likely to be the cause of the reduction.
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Top Senate Republican tells states to not draft plans to cut carbon dioxide from power plants 4.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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MPs slam 'capacity market' scheme for raising energy costs 4.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Government scheme to keep the lights on during peak demand could also cause higher emissions because it favours paying fossil fuel plants to stay open over technology that cuts demand, MPs have said

A government scheme to keep the lights on could lead to unnecessarily high energy costs because it favours fossil fuel plants over smart technology which cuts demand, MPs have said.

The “capacity market”, which aims to ensure there is enough power generation in the system to meet peak demand, could also result in higher carbon emissions because it is skewed towards paying coal fired power plants over reducing electricity demand.

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Twentymile Mine asks to mine additional acres 4.3.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County's Twentymile Coal Mine is asking permission from the federal government to mine coal from an additional 310 acres under ground. According to the Bureau of Land Management, Twentymile intends to remove 340,000 tons of coal from the area in a 1 1/2- to 2-year period. In 2014, the mine produced 6.66 million tons of coal, down 8 percent from 2013 when the mine produced 7.24 million tons. Charlene Murdock, a spokeswoman for Peabody Energy, Twentymile’s parent company, said the request is a minor amendment to the mine's existing operation. The additional acreage would allow Twentymile to extend mining in the Wadge coal seam and would enable the mine to add mining equipment in the Wolf Creek seam below. The mine is in the process of moving into the Wolf Creek seam. The BLM is working on an environmental assessment for the proposed modification to Twentymile's coal lease. "We're trying to get the public to give us an idea of what sort of impacts they see," BLM spokesman Chris Joyner said. The BLM ...
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Would a Labour or Tory government be better for the environment? 3.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

We look at how the two big parties compare on green issues, from climate change and clean energy to fracking and animal welfare

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India's first transgender mayor – is the country finally overcoming prejudice? 3.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

They’ve been insulted, forced into prostitution and discriminated against for decades, but now India’s hijra transgender community has one of their own in power. Eesha Patkar meets Madhu, the mayor of Raigarh

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Lawyer: Public access critical to public confidence in West Virginia mine disaster case 3.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Oslo divests from coal companies 2.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
City becomes first capital in the world to join fossil fuel divestment movement, following demonstration of 1,000 people in February The City of Oslo has committed to selling off its investments in coal companies, citing the environmental damage caused by the fuel. It joins almost 40 cities around the world , including San Francisco and Oxford, UK, in dumping fossil fuel stocks but is the first capital city to do so. Olso’s finance commissioner, Eirik Lae Solberg, told Norway’s state broadcaster NRK: “We are pulling ourselves out of coal companies, because power generation based on coal is one of the most environmentally harmful in the energy sector. We want to use our investments to promote more environmentally-friendly energy and a more environmentally-friendly society.” Big first step: Oslo divests from coal! ...
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Members of €32bn Danish pension funds to vote on fossil fuel divestment 2.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Series of resolutions asks six of Denmark’s pension funds to drop their ‘black money’ investments in coal, oil and gas projects that cause climate change

Hundreds of thousands of academics, engineers and lawyers in Denmark are set to vote on divesting their €32bn (£23bn) pension funds from the fossil fuels that drive climate change.

The first of a series of resolutions will be filed on Monday asking six funds to dump their coal investments by 2018 and exclude high-risk oil and gas projects such as tar sands extraction and Arctic drilling.

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Under the sun: Australia's largest solar farm set to sprout in a Queensland field 2.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

A sea of glass panels may soon be sprawling across a paddock in Queensland’s Darling Downs cranking out two gigawatts of energy – 100 times more than the largest solar farm in Australia today – and a former top flight barrister is the unusual shining light behind its development

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