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Will state gas prices soar in protest of 2015 environmental law? 23.12.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Court, president of the Consumer Watchdog nonprofit, is convinced oil companies may try to artificially inflate California’s gasoline prices in January. Come the new year, California’s cap-and-trade system for reining in the greenhouse gases behind global warming will expand to cover transportation fuels sold in the state. In ads and on websites, the oil industry and its allies have spent months calling the move a “hidden gas tax” that will send California’s gas prices soaring as much as 79 cents per gallon. “There is no new gas tax, so how could you run a public opinion campaign about the gas tax if people don’t see higher gas prices?” said Court, a longtime critic of the industry. Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, sent California officials a letter last week warning that oil companies might try to manufacture a price increase to scuttle cap and trade. Oil industry representatives call that idea nonsense, noting that the state has repeatedly investigated gasoline price spikes ...
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As US gas consumption plateaus to help climate, fuel exports pollute elsewhere 23.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
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The 10 Worst Environment And Climate Media Fails Of 2014 22.12.2014 Think Progres

Some news networks ignored some of the year's most important climate and environment news entirely, while others gave disproportionate air time to talking heads who reject the basic scientific consensus on climate change.

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Worried about melting ice, pro hockey vows to go green 22.12.2014 Washington Post
The commissioner of the National Hockey League has good reason to be concerned about global warming. “Our sport was born on frozen ponds and to this day relies on winter weather,” Gary Bettman said.Two weeks before one of the most popular games on the league’s schedule, the outdoor Winter Classic, between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationals Park on New Year’s Day, Bettman announced that the NHL will wipe out its carbon footprint by the end of the season.Read full article >>
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This Is the Stupidest Anti-Science Bullshit of 2014 22.12.2014 Mother Jones
2014 had its fair share of landmark scientific accomplishments: dramatic cuts to the cost of sequencing a genome ; sweeping investigations of climate change impacts in the US ; advances in private-sector space travel, and plenty more. But there was also no shortage of high-profile figures eager to publicly and shamelessly denounce well-established science—sometimes with serious consequences for public policy. So without further ado, the most egregious science denial of 2014:   Basically everything said by Donald Trump: You can always count on The Donald to pull no punches. He got started early this year, when he pointed to freezing temperatures in parts of the country as evidence that "this very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop" and then told Fox News that the global warming "hoax" was merely the result of scientists "having a lot of fun." In September, Trump went on a Twitter screed linking vaccines to autism . A month earlier, he fanned the flames of unscientific Ebola panic when he ...
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Jim Webb Wants to Be President. Too Bad He's Awful on Climate Change. 22.12.2014 Mother Jones
Hillary Clinton may be dominating every poll of potential Democratic hopefuls for the White House, but some progressives are desperate to find a candidate who will challenge her from the left. Groups have sprung up to encourage Elizabeth Warren to take a stab at the nomination, but with the Massachusetts senator repeatedly saying she isn't running, liberal activists will likely have to turn elsewhere—perhaps to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) or Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley—if they aren't satisfied with Clinton. But so far, the only Democratic alternative officially in the race is former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who launched an exploratory committee in November. A former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, Webb is being touted by some on the left as an Appalachian populist who could champion causes Clinton would rather ignore. The Nation's William Greider, for example, lauded Webb's presidential ambitions in a column headlined "Why Jim Webb Could be Hillary Clinton's Worst ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: No fracking around in NY, Lima talks, chemical spill execs indicted 21.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Mount Baker. See OceanDiver's post . Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 20,350 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. [As we are on our vacation schedule, the Green Spotlight is only being posted on Saturdays for today, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.] How Some Really Smart NYS Fracktivists Beat Cuomo and Won the Fracking war —by lipris: "Something amazing happened in Albany today, something very few people thought possible just a few months ago. New York State will indefinitely extend it's moratorium and essentially ban fracking. We aren't kicking ...
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Mike's Blog Round Up 20.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
So, regarding The Interview, it appears that it wasn't so much Sony that caved , it was, more broadly, Hollywood (and the movie industry generally, including theater chains). And not liberal Hollywood (or the left-wing Hollywood of right-wing imaginings) but corporate Hollywood, where fear and profit are apparently more important than art and liberty. What else is new? Can It Happen Here? : The problem with making a movie about killing a sitting head of state. Lawyers, Guns & Money : The right's commitment to states’ rights is hypocritical BS. And turning to science (and its ignorant discontents): Panda’s Thumb : The groundless annual ritual of ID self-congratulation. Booman Tribune : Arctic amplification and the acceleration of global warming. The Existentialist Cowboy : String theory, parallel universes, and the existence of ...
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: How The World Fought Climate Change (Or Didn’t) In 2014 18.12.2014 Think Progres

What you need to know about the year's biggest climate stories from around the globe.

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The People Have Spoken: This Is The Most Brazen Lie Of 2014 18.12.2014 Think Progres

PolitiFact's readers overwhelmingly picked climate denial as the year's biggest lie.

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Multitalented giant clams keep corals reefs healthy 18.12.2014 New Scientist: Opinion
The molluscs provide homes, safety, privacy and food to many creatures, which makes it all the more important to stop their ...
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4 Signs the Arctic Is Getting Baked by Climate Change 18.12.2014 Mother Jones
If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes. In the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice reached the lowest level ever recorded , shrinking to less than half the area it occupied a few decades ago. Ice has rebounded somewhat in the two years since, but it is still on a downward trajectory of about 13 percent per decade and could disappear altogether in summer months by 2030. The distressing Arctic prognosis is made abundantly clear in a new report card issued today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report card comes out every winter and provides an update of where things currently stand in the Arctic. Here are a few key findings: Sea ice is disappearing: The 2014 summer sea ice minimum—a snapshot taken when sea ice is at its lowest—was 23 percent below the 1981-2010 average, a loss of ice 2.6 times greater than the ...
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AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules 18.12.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy....
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Cheap gas is not good news for those who worry about climate change 17.12.2014 LA Times: Environment
It seems as if low gas prices should be good news. When the cost of a gallon of gas dips well below $3 in most of the country, everybody smiles, right?
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New York And Other Major Cities Face More Power Outages Thanks To Climate Change 17.12.2014 Think Progres

If climate change continues, cities like New York and Philadelphia are "most likely to see big increases in their power outage risk," according to a new study.

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Why does Denmark think it can lay claim to the north pole? 17.12.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
There’s a battle looming for control of the north pole, with the US, Russia, Canada and Norway all thinking they have a right to it. They are chasing potential oil and gas, but could distant Denmark have a reason that’s closer to home? Continue reading...
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Emissions-Cutting Deal Reached at COP 20 Lima, but Will It Help Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change? 16.12.2014 Truthout.com
After more than 30 hours of extended talks, a global agreement on climate change was reached over the weekend at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries agreed to a new deal that forms the basis for a global agreement on addressing climate change. Supporters say it marks the first time all nations have agreed to cut back on carbon emissions. The final draft says all countries have "common but differentiated responsibilities" to deal with global warming. The countries most dissatisfied with the outcome in Lima were those who are poor and already struggling to rebuild from the impacts of climate change. We host a roundtable with guests from three continents: in Peru, Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent for The Guardian; in London, Asad Rehman, head of international climate for Friends of the Earth; and in New Delhi, Nitin Sethi, associate editor at Business Standard. TRANSCRIPT: AMY GOODMAN: After more than 30 hours of extended talks, ...
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Your all-electric car may not be so green, says new study 16.12.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.
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If your all-electric car gets its power from coal, new study says it is dirtier than gasoline 16.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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World Leaders Cobbled Together a Last-Minute Climate Deal in Peru. Here's What Happens Next. 16.12.2014 Mother Jones
Climate negotiators from nearly 200 countries are on their way home from Lima, Peru, after a series of last-minute compromises produced an agreement that, for the first time, calls on all countries to develop plans to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. As the two weeks of global warming talks drew to a close, familiar fault lines emerged between wealthy countries—which are disproportionately responsible for causing climate change—and developing countries, which will be disproportionately impacted by it. In the end, both sides made sacrifices. Developing nations failed to convince the United States other economic powerhouses to commit cash to fund climate adaptation efforts around the world. And the US lost a battle over a one-word change that made guidelines for countries' climate commitments optional instead of mandatory. As a result, the agreement came out weaker than climate hawks had hoped for, because countries get plenty of wiggle room to potentially scale back their promises. "I would say that ...
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