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Rachel Maddow: Will U.S. energy companies disrupt Obama’s Russia policy? 25.4.2014 Washington Post

It probably wouldn’t be fair to call it a moment of humility. It was more like a little hitch in the swagger. The man himself would never show that he was awed or intimidated, but even he paused to appreciate the magnitude of what was being done. “The scale of the investment is large,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It is scary to utter such huge figures.”

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Wolf campaign plagiarizes passages in policy document 25.4.2014 Philly.com News
Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor, plagiarizes a piece of his policy plan; rival Allyson Schwartz points it out.
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Ohio GOP Legislator Accused of Insulting Veterans In Hearing 25.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A Republican lawmaker in Ohio insulted veterans in a hearing he led this month on renewable-energy standards, according to a veteran in attendance. Iraq War veteran Dan Sawmiller, who is also the Sierra Club's senior campaign representative for Ohio and Kentucky, wrote a letter to the state Senate president on April 14 criticizing Sen. Bill Seitz (R), the Public Utilities Committee chairman, for calling the hearing a "Bataan Death March." From Sawmiller's letter: On April 9, 2014, I testified as a representative of the Sierra Club in front of your Senate’s Public Utilities Committee, chaired by Senator Bill Seitz. Just before my testimony, the Senator referred to Ohio’s existing clean energy law as a “Bataan Death March.” In case you’re not familiar, the Bataan Death March consisted of 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers who were victims of a heinous war crime where captured troops were forced to march 80 miles through the jungle of the Philippines. They were starved, physically abused, tortured and ...
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America’s Surge Toward Oligarchy 25.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
JP Sottile

Is America an oligarchy? Thanks to a new study from Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University, social media, Op-Ed pages and the blatheri are all atwitter at the implication that American democracy is a sham.

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Statement by EDF Associate Vice President, Clean Energy, Cheryl Roberto on New York Public Service Commission’s Move to Re-Evaluate Its Utility Regulatory Framework 24.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Statement by EDF Associate Vice President, Clean Energy, Cheryl Roberto on New York Public Service Commission’s Move to Re-Evaluate Its Utility Regulatory Framework
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New York Among the First States to Re-Evaluate its Utility Regulatory Framework 24.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Rory Christian By Doc Searls via Wikimedia Commons For most people, thinking about electricity is confined to two possible events: the arrival of the monthly bill and when the power goes out. The fact that most people don’t think about their electricity outside these two events — and let’s hope the latter is infrequent — is a testament to the robust regulation that has shaped the structure of the electric grid. But cracks are forming that threaten the very foundation of the existing regulatory compact between utilities and customers. Extreme weather events caused by climate change and evolving consumer trends are testing the viability of the electricity system. The regulations that were crucial for maintaining stability in the 20th century are now forming barriers that make it difficult for utilities to adapt for a future that is fast approaching. Spurred by these issues and encouraged by rapid advances in technology, the New York State Public Service Commission today  initiated a proceeding to ...
Court Decision Means Pressing Reset on Gas Furnace Energy Efficiency Standards, But Paves Way for Higher Energy Savings 24.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kit Kennedy, Counsel, Air and Energy Program, New York:  A court settlement approved today means that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will have to redo important gas furnace energy efficiency standards.   But the good news is that this gives us the opportunity to press for even stronger furnace...
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Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers 24.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.
Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers 24.4.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.
Green Power or Cheap Power? You Choose. 24.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics

Green Power or Cheap Power? You Choose.Not only can homes with photovoltaic cells and wind turbines generate electricity, but they can also sell that juice on the backs of grids that the power companies pay to maintain. No wonder they’re asking states to tax renewables.


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Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers 24.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international ...
What a win-win on unburnable carbon looks like 24.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What if we built things with hydrocarbons instead of burning them? Here's a practical vision for the future.

What a win-win on unburnable carbon looks like
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Judge rules against SRC in charter case 24.4.2014 Philly.com News
PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia School Reform Commission's powers to suspend portions of the state law covering charter schools may have hit a snag.
Report cites poor management, eroding safety culture for nuke dump radiation release 24.4.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Management, safety cited for radiation release 24.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New ...
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Environmental Groups Ask U.S. Trade Rep To Drop Complaint Over India's Solar Policy 24.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A group of environmental organizations is calling on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to drop a complaint over India's solar power policy. The groups called the complaint "misguided" in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday. "We are writing to express our grave concerns that the United States plans to increase uncertainty in the Indian solar market by asking the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish a panel to evaluate whether India's national solar program violates international trade rules," wrote the 15 groups, which includes the Sierra Club and Greenpeace. "We believe this misguided claim could delay growth of the solar market in India and harm the future of solar deployment at a time when growth of renewable energy has never been more critical." As The Huffington Post reported last month , the U.S. has sought WTO enforcement action against India over a government policy that requires local sourcing for solar energy technology. The two ...
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The Anti-Clean Energy Lobby Renews its Attack in Ohio 24.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: “WELCOME TO OHIO, THE HEART OF IT ALL” signs used to welcome people crossing the state line to the buckeye state. The slogan represented a diverse, dynamic state open for business and new opportunities. Opportunities that included a thriving homegrown...
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Here’s the Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams 24.4.2014 Wired Top Stories
Our technology-first approach has failed the city of the future. So-called “smart cities,” powered by technology, carry the promise of responding to the great pressures of our time, such as urban population growth, climate instability, and fiscal uncertainty. But by focusing on the cutting-edge technologies themselves and relying on private companies to move forward, we ...
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6 Reasons Why Obama's Clemency Program Doesn't Change Mass Incarceration 24.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Bruce Dixon

It's all over the internet. The Obama administration is talking up the possibility of using presidential clemency powers to release some undetermined number, perhaps hundreds or even thousands of federal prisoners without wealth or political connections from their unjustly long drug sentences. But hold your hosannas, don't get your hopes up.

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Wellness programs grow more popular with employers 23.4.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care ...
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