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Pipeline decision marks victory in tribal effort to protect sacred sites 7.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision earlier this week to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under the Missouri River signals Indian tribes' greater voice in off-reservation infrastructure projects.
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The Werewolves Who Hated Castro 7.12.2016 ConsortiumNews.com
The Little Havana celebrations of Fidel Castro’s death last month had a touch of mean-spirited delusion since perhaps Castro’s greatest achievement was defying American power and living to die of old age, observes Greg Maybury. By Greg Maybury Considering the…Read more →
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Jonathan Johnson: PSC should reject Rocky Mountain's solar plan 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In 2010, Utah unveiled a 10-year strategic plan to place the state at the forefront of solving the world’s energy challenges. Six years later, affordable rooftop solar power is at risk of disappearing from Utah — and with it, thousands of jobs and millions of dollars from our economy. Last month, just one day after the election, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) asked the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) to drastically raise rates for Utah homeowners who invest in rooftop solar through a “transiti...
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Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017 6.12.2016 BBC: Technology
Google reveals it is on track to offset 100% of data centre and office electricity use with renewable energy.
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Google hits renewables goal to save energy 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity. The company says it believes that beginning next year, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. That’s significant, given Google’s ravenous appetite for electricity to power its offices and the huge data centers that process requests on its dominant search engine, store Gmail, YouT...
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Google to hit 100 percent renewable power in 2017 6.12.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Google has long pursued a goal of running its global network of offices and data centers on nothing but renewable power. With offices and data centers in nearly 60 countries, Google operates in some regions where commercial renewable power remains scarce. [...] in places where solar plants and wind farms are plentiful, such as Texas and Oklahoma, Google will buy more renewable power than it needs, to make up the slack. A study released Tuesday by Advanced Energy Economy, a clean-energy business association, found that 71 percent of Fortune 100 companies have set their own targets to use more renewable power, improve sustainability or both. Companies as different as Walmart, Apple and General Motors have announced plans to one day get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. In some locations, long-term renewable power purchase contracts are now cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels. “It becomes a lot more compelling if there isn’t a price premium attached,” said Malcolm Woolf, ...
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Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution 6.12.2016 AP Business
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity....
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Sundance announces slates for Premieres, Doc Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, Kids and Special Events 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Here are the titles in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events programs. All titles from the United States, unless otherwise noted.&lt;freeform&gt; Premieres &lt;strong&gt;“Beatriz at Dinner” &lt;/strong&gt;• The team of director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White (“Chuck & Buck,” SFF ’00) returns for this comedy about a poor Mexican immigrant (Salma Hayek), working as a health practitioner, who meets a ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Overpaid Oil CEOs for Top Diplomat? 5.12.2016 Truthout.com
Reuters is reporting that Donald Trump is considering ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond for the post of Secretary of State. As someone who's been analyzing CEO pay for more than 20 years, I feel like I know these guys.  So I couldn't resist pulling out excerpts from two of our annual " Executive Excess " reports in which Raymond and Tillerson played starring roles. First, in 2006, our report zeroed in on the CEOs who were profiting from the war in Iraq. Lee Raymond, as the outgoing CEO of ExxonMobil, was cashing in bigtime on war-related oil price volatility, something he readily admitted he had no control over. While ordinary Americans were feeling "pain at the pump," high oil prices had sent the value of his pay package soaring. Here's the timely excerpt: Lee Raymond, ExxonMobil CEO, 1999-2005: In 2005, ExxonMobil collected $36 billion in profit, the grandest annual profit total ever recorded anywhere. Last November, called before Congress to explain the rising gas ...
We've Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods 5.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
It appears Europe has been right all along to renounce genetically engineered (GE) crops. An in-depth examination recently published by The New York Times found that GE crops have largely failed to achieve two of the technology's primary objectives: to increase crop yields and decrease pesticide use. (Photo: Unsplash ) Editor's note from AlterNet: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of much recent debate are GE foods, which have only been around in recent decades and are produced by transferring genes between organisms. The resulting GE organisms -- either plant-, or in the case of GE salmon, animal-based -- would not otherwise occur in nature. This article is about GE foods. In 1994, a tomato known ...
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Letter: Rocky Mountain Power buys low, sells high 5.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The discussion of Rocky Mountain Power raising fees on solar users has left out a very important point. RMP claims that net meter solar users are not “carrying their weight” by paying a fair share of the costs of maintaining a power network. This is demonstrably false. Net meter users can draw on the grid to provide power when the panels aren’t producing enough to cover their needs but when the panels produce more, the power is put back into the grid. Think for just a moment about when solar ove...
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Trump brings Koch network's anti-green-energy stance from the fringe to the center of power 5.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When an obscure nonprofit group attacked one of California’s signature green-energy projects this summer — warning a congressional panel that the embrace of solar energy would lead to crippling hikes in electricity bills — officials in the state shrugged off the testimony as noise from the fringe.

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Could Portland Lead the Way for Cities Nationwide to Divest From the Dakota Pipeline and Private Prisons? 4.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Protesters with Lifted Voices and The American Indian Center rally in solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock outside a CitiBank in Chicago, Illinois, during a national day of action last week. Activists across the country are closing accounts with banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline and urging state and local governments to do the same. (Photo: Kelly Hayes / Lifted Voices ) Cities across the country are cutting ties with Wells Fargo in the wake of a major scandal, but activists say the bank has deeper problems rooted in racism. Meanwhile, Portland could become the first major US city to divest from banks because they finance the Dakota Access pipeline and private prison companies. Will divestment work? Protesters with Lifted Voices and The American Indian Center rally in solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock outside a CitiBank in Chicago, Illinois, during a national day of action last week. Activists across the country are closing accounts with banks financing the ...
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Dubai Crocodile Park to open next year-end 4.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
Dubai Crocodile Park to open next year-end
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MASEN gets 2016 'Champions of the Earth' accolade 4.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
MASEN gets 2016 'Champions of the Earth' accolade
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Poll finds large support for solar in Utah -- but state's main utility questions survey's soundness 3.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Three-quarters of Utahns oppose increasing electricity costs for rooftop solar customers, according to a survey commissioned by the Utah Solar Energy Association. And 76 percent of Utahns agree that Rocky Mountain Power’s recent proposal to change how it bills residential solar customers “unfairly discriminates against customers who are trying to reduce their reliance on energy from Rocky Mountain Power,” according to the poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. But Paul Murphy, a spokesman fo...
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Stephen Gaghan, one-time Hollywood wunderkind, returns after a long absence with 'Gold' 3.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Maybe it was the time he hurled a script at the Warner Bros. production president, frustrated by the studio’s notes.

It might have been the interview in which he upset “Syriana” collaborators Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney by breaking an edit-room code of silence and revealing he'd ceded...

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Survey finds large support for solar in Utah -- but state's main utility calls it a push poll 3.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Three-quarters of Utahns oppose increasing electricity costs for rooftop solar customers, according to a survey commissioned by the Utah Solar Energy Association. And 76 percent of Utahns agree that Rocky Mountain Power’s recent proposal to change how it bills residential solar customers “unfairly discriminates against customers who are trying to reduce their reliance on energy from Rocky Mountain Power,” according to the poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. But Paul Murphy, a spokesman fo... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Despite Trump, California plans ways to slash greenhouse gases 3.12.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
After 10 years of work, California appears poised to meet its first set of global warming goals, cutting greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. California air pollution regulators on Friday released their initial plan for slashing emissions another 40 percent by 2030, a target Gov. Jerry Brown enshrined in law this year. The plan, drafted by the California Air Resources Board, calls for keeping the state’s troubled cap-and-trade program, a market for pollution permits that is under attack in court and faces uncertain legislative support. [...] the plan also would slap new regulations on oil refineries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent, either by installing more efficient equipment or changing the grades of crude they process. The plan’s release comes as California officials gird for conflict with the incoming Trump administration over climate change. “I don’t think there’s any plausible way the incoming administration could overturn California’s climate law and the ...
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1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days 3.12.2016 AP Business
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- There has been a hiccup at the nation&apos;s first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power....
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