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How the private sector is stepping up on climate change 20.4.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Author Michael Vandenbergh sees business transcending partisan politics.
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Divided California watchdog agency reduces chairwoman's role despite opposition from governor's office 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A power struggle inside the state’s political watchdog agency broke out into a public war of words between rival commissioners Thursday, after an advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown objected to a planned reshuffling of duties as a threat to policing campaign finances in California.

The divided Fair Political...

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Xcel expands use of drones to inspect power lines 20.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Xcel Energy will be the first utility in the nation to get Federal Aviation Administration approval to routinely fly drones beyond where a pilot can see the aircraft.
Cummins CEO says innovation, sustainability, and regulations are good for business 19.4.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Cummins CEO says innovation, sustainability, and regulations are good for business
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Puerto Rico loses power -- again 18.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The U.S. territory was hit by an island-wide blackout, affecting more than 3 million people. Puerto Rico has struggled to rebuild its infrastructure since Hurricane Maria hit in September.
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Deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility's expenses 18.4.2018 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho officials have approved an agreement allowing a utility company's $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border....
Under Louisiana Bill, Peaceful Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison 18.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2013, The environmental group 350.org's 'Draw the Line' on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline protest took the form of a second line parade as it made its way through the french quarter. Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests against pipeline infrastructural projects bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images) With House Bill 727, Louisiana has joined a growing number of states that are criminalizing nonviolent civil disobedience actions at "critical infrastructure" sites, which typically include pipelines, refineries and electrical power facilities. Financed by Big Oil, the Louisiana bill makes even discussing a possible trespass action punishable with prison sentences of five years and fines up to $10,000. New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2013, The environmental group 350.org's 'Draw the Line' on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline protest took the form of a ...
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Total Makes Latest Power Play With Electricity Deal 18.4.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Total said it would pay $1.73 billion for a majority stake in electricity provider Direct Energie, the latest step in the company’s strategy to become a power player.
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Net neutrality rules move past first hurdle in California 18.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A proposal that would restore net neutrality in California advanced in the state Senate on Tuesday with changes that scaled back some of its provisions.

Under the version of the legislation that passed in committee, the state’s utilities commission would not monitor or enforce net neutrality rules,...

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Class Dismissed: Class Conflict in Red State America 17.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Kentucky public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a day of action to pressure legislators to override Gov. Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. The teachers also oppose a controversial pension reform bill the governor signed into law. (Photo by Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. Teachers in red-state America are hard at work teaching us all a lesson. The American mythos has always rested on a belief that this country was born out of a kind of immaculate conception, that the New World came into being and has forever after been preserved as a land without the class hierarchies and conflicts that so disfigured Europe. The strikes, rallies, and walkouts of public school teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, soon perhaps Arizona, and elsewhere ...
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Trump energy adviser, fossil fuel champion, resigning 17.4.2018 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top White House adviser for energy and environmental policy is resigning....
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Report: China's Silk Road plan serves Beijing security goals 17.4.2018 AP Business
HONG KONG (AP) -- A massive Chinese infrastructure program that Beijing says is aimed at promoting global trade and economic growth is actually intended to expand the country's political influence and military presence, according to a report issued Tuesday....
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While China Picks Winners, Trump Picks Losers 17.4.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Branden Camp) The coal-fired Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia. “It’s nonsense that there’s a beautiful free market in the power industry,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said last week as he pushed for a government bailout of coal-fired power plants. Republicans who for years have voted against subsidies for solar and wind power—arguing that the “free market” should decide our energy future—are now eager to have government subsidize coal. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency is also scrapping rules for disposing coal ash, giving coal producers another big helping hand. As if this weren’t enough, a former coal lobbyist has just become No. 2 at the EPA. If Scott Pruitt leaves (a growing possibility), the coal lobbyist will be in charge.  Meanwhile, Trump is imposing a 30 percent tariff on solar panels from China, thereby boosting their cost to American homeowners and utilities. The Trumpsters say this is because China is subsidizing solar.   To Trump and his merry band of climate-change ...
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Why Berkshire Hathaway's utility is aiming for 100 percent renewable energy 17.4.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Hint: it’s about falling costs and rising customer demand for clean power.
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California bill aimed at wildfires effectively bans clean energy that may help prevent them 17.4.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
California bill aimed at wildfires effectively bans clean energy that may help prevent them
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Solar energy is at risk 17.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Solar energy is at risk
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Contamination from a nuclear cleanup forced a shutdown. Investigators want to know who is responsible 16.4.2018 LA Times: Nation

As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.

The releases at the Department of Energy cleanup site spewed unknown amounts of plutonium dust...

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Scott Pruitt's $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated spending laws, federal watchdog finds 16.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
A GAO investigation found the installation violated a law that prohibits an agency from paying more than $5,000 to redecorate or furnish a presidential appointee’s office without approval.
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The Energy 202: Trump's new rules make it easier for energy companies to escape penalties for killing birds 16.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Accidentally killing birds no longer breaks the law.
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Blowing in the wind: Plutonium at former nuclear weapons site 16.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary
As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.
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