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Is Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Solar Energy Goal Workable? – July 29, 2015

Clinton’s first climate change policy pitch is bold, but the US must look beyond solar for a clean energy revolution

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton took a first swing at the many-headed carbon hydra. By the end of her first term, she said, the US would have seven times more solar energy capacity than it does today. And by 2027, renewable energy would supply a third of the nation’s electricity.

Clinton’s announcement, which the campaign said would be the first of many on climate change from the presidential hopeful, extends the carbon-saving ambition in a significant sector of the economy. Burning fossil fuels for electricity accounts for 31 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions. One estimate found Clinton’s 33 percent renewable target could slice another 4 percent off the… more

by: The Guardian

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Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Email Says, but It Funded Deniers for 27 More Years – July 9, 2015

Concern over high presence of carbon dioxide in enormous gas field in Southeast Asia factored into oil giant's decision not to tap it

By Suzanne Goldenberg

ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change — seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.

Photo of Exxon ValdezPhoto courtesy of NOAA According to a newly discovered email, Exxon was aware of climate change as early as 1981.

The email from Exxon’s in-house climate expert provides evidence the company was aware of the connection between fossil fuels and climate change, and the potential for carbon-cutting regulations… more

by: The Guardian

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US Supreme Court Strikes Down EPA Limits on Mercury Pollution – June 29, 2015

Decision is a setback for Obama administration and Environmental Protection Agency

By Suzanne Goldenberg and Raya Jalabi

The US Supreme Court struck down new rules for America’s biggest air polluters on Monday, dealing a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to set limits on the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxins coal-fired power plants can spew into the air, lakes and rivers.

Photo of coal-fired power plantPhoto by Cathy, on Flickr The US supreme court struck down new rules for America’s biggest air polluters on Monday.

The 5-4 decision was a major setback to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and could leave the agency more vulnerable to legal challenges from industry and Republican-led… more

by: The Guardian

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Environmental Movement Is Having a Real Impact in the US, Study Finds – June 16, 2015

States with strong green voices perform better on cutting emissions whereas those with climate sceptic views have seen emissions rise

By Damian Carrington

The environmental movement is making a real difference in the US, according to a new research that shows states with strong green voices have significantly lower emissions of the gases that drive global warming.

Photo of Fracking ProtestPhoto by CREDO.fracking Activists protest fracking outside Governor Cuomo’s office in New York. States like New York and Vermont, with stronger environmental voices, have cut their emissions despite rising populations and affluence.

The study is one of the first to quantify the real impact of green politics on the environment. It reveals that more environmentally friendly states, such as New Yorkmore

by: The Guardian

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Latest Santa Barbara Oil Spill Is Reminiscent of 1969 Disaster – May 25, 2015

Area known as the Galápagos of the north is again choked with oil as operators exploit patchy regulation

By Andrew Gumbel

Mark Massara was eight years old in 1969, when a blowout at a Union Oil well off the California coast spilled more than three million gallons of crude along the beaches of Santa Barbara and devastated one of the northern hemisphere’s most prized ecosystems.

Photo of the Oil Platform Santa BarbaraPhoto by Glenn Beltz, on Flickr Plains All American Pipeline has estimated that up to 105,000 gallons leached into a storm drain before the supply was cut off, and that about 20,000 gallons of that travelled the extra quarter-mile to the ocean. Environmental activists expect these numbers to go up.

He… more

by: The Guardian

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