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Court upholds EPA emission standards 16.4.2014 Twincities.com: News
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
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Identifying the Global Coal Industry’s Water Risks 15.4.2014 WRI Stories
Water is essential for energy production—when water risks arise, energy producers around the world feel the impacts. A massive flood in Australia in 2011 reduced its coal export volume, pushing global coal prices higher. Drought in the U.S. Midwest ravaged corn fields in 2012, contributing to higher gasoline prices . The trend is clear: Regional water concerns are creating significant financial risks, thanks in large part to advanced global commodity trading and energy industries’ high dependence on water. And it’s a trend that is poised to worsen. BP projects a 36 percent increase in global energy consumption by 2030, while the Water Resources Group predicts that in the same amount of time freshwater supplies will fall 40 percent short of total demand globally . The water–energy nexus is becoming one of the great challenges of our generation—one that also holds significant implications for political leaders and investors alike. This article explores how water risks are already impacting the world’s coal ...
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Karl Polanyi Explains It All 15.4.2014 American Prospect
In November 1933, less than a year after Hitler assumed power in Berlin, a 47-year-old socialist writer on Vienna’s leading economics weekly was advised by his publisher that it was too risky to keep him on the staff. It would be best both for the Österreichische Volkswirt and his own safety if Karl Polanyi left the magazine. Thus began a circuitous odyssey via London, Oxford, and Bennington, Vermont, that led to the publication in 1944 of what many consider the 20th century’s most prophetic work of political economy, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Polanyi, with no academic base, was already a blend of journalist and public intellectual, a major critic of the Austrian School of free-market economics and its cultish leaders, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek. Polanyi and Hayek would cross swords for four decades—Hayek becoming more influential as an icon of the free-market right but history increasingly vindicating Polanyi. Reluctantly, Polanyi left Vienna for ...
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Indiana Governor’s Inaction Results in First Rollback of Energy Efficiency Standards in the Nation 15.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Finnigan Indiana State Capitol, Source: David Schwen At the end of March, the Indiana legislature passed a bill repealing the state’s energy efficiency standard, becoming the first state in the nation to roll back its energy savings goals. Governor Mike Pence could have signed the bill into law or he could have vetoed it. He did neither; instead, the bill became law because he took no action within the prescribed time period. His statement as to why he allowed the bill to become law left us scratching our heads. Here’s what he said: “I could not sign this bill because it does away with a worthwhile energy efficiency program developed by the prior administration. I could not veto this bill because doing so would increase the cost of utilities for Hoosier ratepayers and make Indiana less competitive by denying relief to large electricity consumers, including our state’s manufacturing base.” Governor Pence admits that energy efficiency saves money on ratepayers’ electricity bills. He’s right, ...
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Does the Second Amendment need to be amended? 15.4.2014 Philly.com News
State moratorium preventing utilities from shutting off heat is coming to an end 15.4.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Utility to start inspecting power lines by helicopter 15.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Colorado oil drilling boom intensifies as voter initiatives multiply 15.4.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers was walking down Denver's 16th Street Mall recently when a Greenpeace activist asked if he'd like to ban ...
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China set to elevate environment over development in new law 15.4.2014 Health
By Sui-Lee Wee and David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars with knowledge of the situation said. Long-awaited amendments to China's 1989 Environmental Protection Law are expected to be finalised later this year, giving the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) greater authority to take on polluters. While some details of the fourth draft are still under discussion, it has been agreed that the principle of prioritising the environment above the economy will be enshrined in law, according to scholars who have been involved in the process. "(Upholding) environmental protection as the fundamental principle is a huge change, and emphasizes that the environment is a priority," said Cao Mingde, a law professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, who was involved in the drafting ...
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After success on Iran, U.S. Treasury's sanctions team faces new challenges 15.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics
But the meeting one recent morning convened deep within the Treasury Department, not the Pentagon. The weapons at hand were not drones or cruise missiles, but financial sanctions, aimed with similar precision at U.S. rivals' economic interests. Before discussing possible next steps against Russia over its annexation of Crimea, Adam Szubin, the slim, boyish-looking director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), thanked his team for putting in a string of sleepless nights to devise sanctions against senior Russian officials and associates of President Vladimir Putin. The measures, rolled out in three executive orders signed by President Barack Obama in March, included blocking the Russians and Bank Rossiya, Russia's 17th-largest bank, from access to the U.S. financial system and freezing their U.S. ...
Best of the Web Today: Meet the New Boss 15.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Sebelius steps down, and ObamaCare supporters pretend to rejoice.
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Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran? 15.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Recent statements by top Iranian officials appear to divulge the Islamic of Republic of Iran's frustration and dissatisfaction of the Assad apparatuses' incapability to thoroughly crack down on various rebel groups and oppositional fronts, and to regain full control of the state. Hossein Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, pointed out in a recent interview, "We aren't seeking to have Bashar al-Assad remain president for life..." The Islamic Republic has been instrumental in preventing the Syrian government's economy from collapsing. Tehran extended a $3.6 billion credit line to Damascus. The credit line enables Damascus to buy oil products from Tehran and assist in shoring up the Syrian currency (Pound), which has significantly devalued in the last two years. The Assad government lost its daily revenue of approximately seven millions dollar from oil exports after the U.S. and European countries banned oil exports from Damascus. Moreover, Damascus lost an estimated ...
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Regulators: No interruption after utilities hacked 14.4.2014 Boston Globe: Technology
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Electric, natural gas and major water companies and regional distribution systems in Connecticut have been penetrated by hackers and other cyber attackers, but defenses have prevented interruption, state utility regulators said Monday in their first report on cyber ...
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Exponential City Growth Presents 'Window Of Opportunity' For Companies, The Environment 14.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, April 14 (Reuters) - The world's urban areas are set to grow by almost twice the size of Manhattan a day until 2030 and the design of future cities in Asia and Africa will be crucial to slow global warming, a U.N. study showed on Monday. The breakneck expansion means billion-dollar opportunities for companies, ranging from greener construction of homes and offices to improved rail and bus networks, according to a report by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "There is a window of opportunity" to enlist urban design to slow global warming, said Karen Seto, a professor at Yale University who co-led a chapter about city planning in a 2,000-page IPCC report about slowing climate change. A 33-page IPCC summary - with a photo of Shanghai on the cover - was issued on Sunday. It said yet-to-be-built cities could help slow warming but most details are in a 116-page chapter, obtained by Reuters before publication on Tuesday. In ...
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New study looks at how the Agenda 21 conspiracy is poisoning public discussion about sustainability 14.4.2014 TreeHugger
The Southern Poverty Law Center says “It is time to call out Agenda 21conspiracy theories and the people spreading them.”
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Fossil Fuel Industry's Tired Battle Against Clean Energy is Also a Losing One 14.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston Source: Alternative Energies The assault on successful renewable energy legislation continues, long after the facts have proven that state renewable policies deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy solutions that the majority of Americans support. Apparently, the fossil fuel industry and its so-called “free market” allies didn’t get the memo. There’s a great line in the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s 2000 blockbuster Gladiator where a soldier says to his general, as they are about to slaughter an overmatched foe, “People should know when they’re conquered.” The general replies, “Would you? Would I?” So I can’t really blame the fossil fuel industry for fighting old battles in an effort to undo approaches that have increased investment in renewable energy in states around the country, created thousands of jobs, and continue to lower energy costs with each passing day. The usual targets of their attacks are state laws that require a certain percentage of the state’s total energy ...
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3 pathways to a clean energy future 14.4.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Three programs illuminate the potential for renewables and distributed resources at the university, city and state levels.

3 pathways to a clean energy future
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Dozing Through 'The Great Moving Right Show' 14.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. As a society, the United States is drifting towards levels of income and wealth inequality so large that, if left unchallenged, will soon become irreversible. And as a political system, the United States is drifting towards a Republican sweep of both the House and the Senate in November unless the democratic left acts now to reverse what is in truth a carefully orchestrated and heavily funded great moving right show. Those of us of a progressive predisposition are drifting towards a political defeat of historic proportions -- one underpinned by an economic and social settlement of a highly conservative kind -- and we are doing so with what would appear to be only the slightest sense of alarm. If that is true, we ...
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Do you want renewable energy? (Cached) 14.4.2014 Durango Herald
La Plata Electrical Association is getting into gardening x2013 solar gardening.LPEAx2019s board of directors has approved a policy agreement with four community solar gardens that will allow its customers to purchase or invest in solar panels to offset their electrical costs.Policy 366, as LPEA is calling it, will set...
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Navajo family receives electricity for first time (Cached) 14.4.2014 Durango Herald
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. x2013 Life has become a little easier for Margie and Alvin Tso.The couple who raised eight children in the LeChee area of the Navajo Nation did so without a power line running to their home. For Margie Tso, that meant laundering clothes in a tub with a washboard and cooking food on a wood stove. The children did...
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