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Islamic State imposes a reign of fear in Iraqi hospitals 26.11.2014 Washington Post: World
BAGHDAD — After storming the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, the brutal Islamic State quickly solidified its control. Gunmen enforced its laws, and supportive imams preached at the mosques. But the jihadists were missing something — doctors. So last month, the Islamic State issued an ultimatum to physicians who had fled: Return to work, or we’ll seize your property and you can never come ...
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US top court to review power plant emissions rules 26.11.2014 Yahoo: Politics
The US Supreme Court said on Tuesday it will review national environmental standards requiring power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants. The country's highest court received three complaints from 21 US states and industry groups protesting standards imposed in 2012 that require power plants to cut toxic emissions. The complaints, lodged against the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), oppose the "huge costs" required to comply to the standards. Supreme Court justices issued a brief written order saying they would consider whether the EPA "unreasonably refused to consider costs in determining whether it is appropriate to regulate hazardous air pollutants emitted" by power ...
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U.S. House to hold hearing on oil export ban 26.11.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A House of Representatives panel will hold a hearing on Dec. 11 to explore whether a decades-old law that prohibits the export of crude oil makes sense in an era of domestic energy abundance. The House subcommittee on energy and power, chaired by Representative Ed Whitfield, will hone in on the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act, drafted in response to the 1973 oil crisis. The law prohibited the export of most crude oil, created the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules for cars and trucks, also known as CAFE standards. ...
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Just How Green Will Electricity Production Be In 2050? 26.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. Clues to the United States’ energy future are everywhere, if you know where to look. By 2050, the technology will likely be available to provide 80 percent of the country’s electricity from wind, solar and other renewable sources. But even if the nation doesn’t adapt to that degree, it is clear that the way Americans get their electricity and how it’s generated will be vastly different than today, toppling the current model of power flowing in one direction, from major power plants into American homes. In the era to come, much of the power generated in the U.S. will come from renewables, and much of it will be generated on rooftops and in backyards, and the buildings using that electricity are likely to be much more energy efficient than they are today. That means many people will feed power back into the grid, a two-way system that changes the energy landscape dramatically. In many ways, the country is already squarely on that path. Renewables now ...
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U.S. top court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule 26.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. In a blow to the government, the justices said in a brief order that they would review an April ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upheld the rule. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Mohammad ...
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'Coercive Diplomacy' and the Failure of the Nuclear Negotiations 26.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk/Cost Investments for Utilities 25.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sheryl Carter, Co-Director, Energy Program, San Francisco: A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment, our air and our (and our utilities’) pocketbooks — the economics of electric power resources have made zero-emissions energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies the most...
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Leaked Internal Presentation Details the Oil Industry's Coordinated Multi-State Campaign to Stop Progress on Clean Energy 25.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San Francisco: The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) – whose members include Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP, and others – was caught red-handed last week when a leaked internal presentation revealed a coordinated campaign to stomp out climate and clean energy progress...
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How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats 25.11.2014 Truthout.com
Government has become a clearinghouse for corporations and plutocrats with deep pockets to buy the politicians who grease the wheels for lucrative contracts and easy regulation. It’s all pay for play, and look the other way. According to the watchdog Sunlight Foundation, from 2007 to 2012, 200 corporations spent almost $6 billion in Washington on lobbying and campaign contributions. And they received more than $4 trillion in government contracts and other forms of assistance. Now that the midterm elections are over, it’s payback time, with the newly elected Congress ready to deliver to those who invested well in their chosen candidates. This week, Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics — a subject both have studied as scholars and are fighting against as reformers. (Watch part one of Bill’s conversation with Lessig and Teachout) For the 2014 midterm elections, Lessig started the Mayday SuperPac, raising millions for congressional candidates ...
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Utility workers rescued from platform 150 feet up after elevator breaks at Wisconsin plant 25.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Moms demand cleaner air 25.11.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – A group of Colorado moms today gathered at the state Capitol to say they have a lot to be thankful for, including new air-quality methane regulations enacted under Gov. John Hickenlooper.But the speakers at the pre-Thanksgiving news conference said more should be done on the federal level, including carbon-pollution...
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Talks on Iran's nuclear program rightly extended 25.11.2014 LA Times: Commentary
It's disappointing that negotiations on Iran's nuclear program failed to produce a final agreement by Monday's deadline. But the decision by Iran and six world powers to keep talking is vastly preferable to the alternative. A rupture in the negotiations would have freed Iran from its commitment...
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Paying for the Neocon Moment: Sacrificing Lives, Liberty, and Wealth for Nothing 25.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With President Barack Obama further tarnishing his Nobel Peace Prize by starting yet another Middle Eastern war, exuberant Neoconservatives claim their moment has arrived. And that was before Chuck Hagel, long the Neocon bête noire, was tossed underfoot. In fact, their moment has arrived, though not in the way they believe. The spectacle of Washington using the military in Iraq to destroy equipment provided by Washington in its last Iraq war illustrates the absurdity of the Neocons' claim that war-mongering and nation-building serve America's interests. In 2001 President George W. Bush initiated what was supposed to be The Neocon Moment, projecting a swaggering global presence in which the U.S. would bomb, invade, occupy, and otherwise intervene whenever and for whatever reason it chose. Autocrats would flee, candies would be tossed, enemies would be defeated, flowers would bloom, allies would comply, cakewalks would be held, democrats would flourish, and the lion would lie down with the lamb. Alas, ...
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Obama Administration Preaches 'Human Dignity' While Covering Up Torture 25.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As the saying goes, some things are easier said than done. That is especially true here in the nation's capital, a company town upon which is constructed a spare-no-expense infrastructure predominantly organized to provide posh venues for articulating values, shifting paradigms, and ideating meditatively. The language of the D.C. conference circuit isn't just silly or annoying -- it often obscures and minimizes rather obvious iniquities and abuses of power. But every now and again, a simple, important idea emerges from the Beltway's vague swamp of technocratic happy talk. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, uttered one of those minor breakthroughs in mid-November. And you will totally believe what happened next: Washington made a mockery of it. Power appeared at the Center for American Progress' annual "Making Progress" policy conference at the Mayflower Hotel -- a venue that’s known among Mayflower Hotel marketers as "Washington’s Second Best Address" (after the ...
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Three necessary steps for the Mexican energy reform to help boost clean power and fight climate change 25.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC: Numerous countries in Latin America have pledged emission reductions to help fight the global climate crisis. This international leadership is commendable, but how well is it translating into concrete action on the ground? During and after the upcoming Lima COP,...
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Clean energy groups join N.D.-Minn. energy appeal 25.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The two-year legal battle over a Minnesota energy law’s effect on coal-burning utilities in North Dakota is attracting wider attention.
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Rich Countries Pony Up (Some) for Climate Justice 25.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Obama Has Issued Fewer Executive Orders Than Any President In Past 100 Years 25.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In response to President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration Thursday, Republican lawmakers have threatened to sue the president or block his judicial nominees on grounds that the president overstepped his constitutional powers. Obama’s unilateral action, which will grant deportation relief to roughly 5 million undocumented immigrants, came almost a year and a half after the Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform measure. House Republicans have refused to take up that bill but also failed to move an immigration plan of their own, saying they will pursue a more piecemeal approach to the issue. While the constitutionality of the president's order has been cleared by both liberal and conservative legal experts, GOP lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), are still calling the action illegal. Following Obama’s announcement, Boehner accused him of acting like a "king or emperor," adding that Republicans "will not stand idle as the president ...
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Big Step Taken Toward a More Coordinated Grid 25.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Carl Zichella, Director of Western Energy Transmission, San Francisco: On November 1, 2014 the move toward a more coordinated Western U.S. grid took an extremely important step forward when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and PacifiCorp (a utility in the Berkshire-Hathaway Energy family) launched a six-state Energy Imbalance...
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Rise and Shine: Haiti’s Bright Energy Future 24.11.2014 Worldwatch Institute
PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For release: Monday, November 24, 2014 Pour la version en francais, cliquez  ici . Notes to Editors:  Download the full press kit. For more information: To download a free copy of the Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap visit here  or contact Gaelle Gourmelon at  ggourmelon@worldwatch.org .  About the Worldwatch Institute:Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. For more information, visit www.worldwatch.org .   New Worldwatch Institute Roadmapoutlines challenges and opportunities for a sustainable energy future in Haiti Washington, D.C.—Haiti’s electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting 7 percent of its annual gross domestic product to ...
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