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Climate Action Hotline, 3.21.11

Climate Action Hotline, 3.21.11

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter Bahouth, Executive Director March 21, 2011 Climate Action Hotline Under the guise of protecting small businesses, higher gas prices and continued high unemployment numbers, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pushed to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward on new pollution regulations, but failed to get to a vote Thursday, after days […]

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Coal Is King In China, And Top Priority For Engineers Determined To Lower Climate Risks

Coal Is King In China, And Top Priority For Engineers Determined To Lower Climate Risks

October 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

TIANJIN, China – This industrious nation’s allegiance to construction projects of massive scale are as familiar to the world as the 2,500-year-old, 5,500-mile Great Wall of China, which protected the country’s northern frontier, and as imposing as the wide moats and towering red stone walls of the 600-year-old Forbidden City at the heart of Beijing. […]

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In Tianjin, China and U.S. Similarities Overshadow Differences

In Tianjin, China and U.S. Similarities Overshadow Differences

October 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On opposite sides of the Pacific, leaders of the world’s two biggest carbon polluters are plainly thinking about clean energy to power up their economies and cool the climate. In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced their intention to extend vehicle efficiency standards that went into effect in […]

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Before Big China Climate Conference, New Senate Support For Clean Energy, Climate Action Hotline 9.28.10

Before Big China Climate Conference, New Senate Support For Clean Energy, Climate Action Hotline 9.28.10

September 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

September 28, 2010 Before Big China Climate Conference, New Senate Support For Clean Energy On September 22, 12 days before China hosts its first UN climate conference in Tianjin, a group of Republican and Democratic Senators sent a rare bipartisan signal to the world that the United States has not abandoned the hard work of […]

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Before Big China Climate Conference, New Senate Support For Clean Energy

Before Big China Climate Conference, New Senate Support For Clean Energy

September 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On September 22, 12 days before China hosts its first UN climate conference in Tianjin, a group of Republican and Democratic Senators sent a rare bipartisan signal to the world that the United States has not abandoned the hard work of reducing climate emissions and speeding the clean energy transition. The group introduced a bill […]

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Environmental Group Sues Wisconsin State Agency

Environmental Group Sues Wisconsin State Agency

February 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Last week, the Wisconsin Sierra Club sued the state’s Department of Natural Resources, saying that agency has failed to provide requested records on several state-owned coal plants. The Sierra Club is trying to ensure that the plants are in compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. The group requested the records in October. The plants […]

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Mountaintop Removal Mining Kills Fish

Mountaintop Removal Mining Kills Fish

February 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A biologist from Wake Forest University was scheduled to brief U.S. Senators today on yet another environmental problem caused by the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining: poisoned fish. Dead and deformed fish in surrounding streams are a consequence of selenium pollution from mountaintop coal mining, which is causing permanent damage to the environment and […]

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Troubles for New Wisconsin Coal-Fired Plant

Troubles for New Wisconsin Coal-Fired Plant

February 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Late last month, an enormous new coal plant in Wisconsin began producing electricity – enough to power a million homes. The We Energies Oak Creek plant, a $2.3-billion facility, was approved years go, when the state’s electricity demand was much higher. Now its power is no longer needed, even according to state regulators. The plant […]

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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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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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