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Largest Utility in Kansas Will Pay $500 Million for Clean Air Violations

Largest Utility in Kansas Will Pay $500 Million for Clean Air Violations

January 28, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Westar Energy has settled an air pollution lawsuit brought by the federal government; the company will spend at least $500 million on equipment to reduce emissions at the Jeffrey Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant near St. Marys, Kansas. The violations came to light after an information request was submitted to Westar. The government followed […]

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Fighting Climate Change in the Courts

Fighting Climate Change in the Courts

January 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Kivalina is a tiny Inupiat Eskimo village built on a barrier island above the Arctic Circle. Sea ice used to protect the island from winter winds, but now that sea ice is gone and the island is eroding. The Kivalina blame global warming – specifically, a couple dozen oil and utility companies, including Exxon Mobile and […]

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State Legislators Seek Federal Climate and Clean Energy Jobs Bill

State Legislators Seek Federal Climate and Clean Energy Jobs Bill

January 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Following on the heels of a letter from the business leaders of We Can Lead asking for federal clean energy legislation, now a letter from 1,198 state legislators to President Obama and Congress is asking for the same thing. The letter, signed by a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, calls for strong legislation that will […]

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Opens Its Wallet to Defeat Change

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Opens Its Wallet to Defeat Change

January 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Lobbying expenditures for the fourth quarter of 2009 were reported last week, and they showed that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outdid itself in 2009. The Chamber spent a total of $123.3 million in lobbying for the year — almost double what they spent in 2008 ($62.3 million). All that money went toward defeating health […]

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16 States and New York City Back the EPA’s Endangerment Finding on CO2

16 States and New York City Back the EPA’s Endangerment Finding on CO2

January 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

When the EPA issued guidelines on regulating large stationary sources of CO2 late last year through the authority of the Clean Air Act, industry groups voiced their displeasure while environmentalists celebrated. Some of those industry groups, including Massey Energy and three other coal companies, the Industrial Miners Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, filed […]

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Last Night’s Coal Debate

Last Night’s Coal Debate

January 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Robert Kennedy Jr. came out swinging in last night’s much-anticipated debate over coal, saying that coal companies were “liquidating the state for cash.” Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship responded with the claim that his industry offers badly needed jobs, provides cheap electricity and supports the communities in which they operate. There was little common ground […]

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Protesters Halt Mountaintop Blasting In West Virginia

Protesters Halt Mountaintop Blasting In West Virginia

January 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Armed with banners reading “Save Coal River Mountain” and EPA Stop the Blasting,” protestors halted blasting on Coal River Mountain today with a five-person tree-sit. The protesters, associated with Climate Ground Zero and Mountain Justice, are on platforms approximately 60 feet up two tulip poplar trees and one oak tree next to where Massey Energy […]

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Debate Over Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Set for Tonight

Debate Over Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Set for Tonight

January 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

In a much-anticipated televised event, this Thursday Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will debate Don Blankenship about the future of coal and the practice of mountaintop removal mining. Kennedy is the chief litigator for the Waterkeeper’s Alliance, an environmental group; Blankenship is CEO of Massey Energy, a coal producer recently threatened with a lawsuit for EPA […]

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Chevron Will Shrink Refining Business

Chevron Will Shrink Refining Business

January 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Chevron, the second-largest U.S. oil company, announced that it is shrinking its refining business and will lay off workers. It did not say which refineries would be affected but will have more details in March. Rumors are circulating that the Richmond, CA, refinery will be closed in the reorganization. The refinery, the largest greenhouse gas […]

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Businesses Demand Clean Energy Legislation to Keep U.S. from Falling Behind

Businesses Demand Clean Energy Legislation to Keep U.S. from Falling Behind

January 21, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Today, more than 80 CEOs sent a letter to President Obama and members of Congress asking them to move ahead on strong, comprehensive climate and energy legislation, which they say will create jobs and strengthen U.S. competitiveness. The letter, from leaders of companies such as Exelon, Virgin America and eBay, expressed a concern that the […]

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