Environment

Bill McKibben Kicks Off 350.org Do The Math Tour In Seattle

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Seattle kickoff of 350.org's Do The Math tour, which will highlight the imperative for action to keep 80 percent of the fossil fuel industries' tar sands, coal, oil and gas reserves in the ground, or the climate is toast.
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Rush Limbaugh Laughs in the Face of Climate Change, Hurricane Sandy

As many deal with the destruction Hurricane Sandy left behind, Rush Limbaugh has a good laugh at the "hoax" that is Climate Change. Remember, Rush Limbaugh is one of the main people Republicans and the right wing listen to when developing their outlooks, policies, and more.
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Sandy: How to Help NOW...

I heard Gen Honoree (ret), who was the Army general who led the team into New Orleans after "heckuva job Brownie" and crew failed, speak yesterday. He said that neighbors will save more lives than first responders. His point: as daylight breaks today, first responders will be out looking to assess damage, get infrastructure fixed, get the power back on...but if you are okay, and it is safe for you to be outside, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. They may need help that you can provide: if they fell in the dark in their homes, for example. Further, this is the end of the month...
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Financed Emissions: A Big Problem for Banks, and a Bigger Problem for the Climate

What is the total greenhouse gas footprint of Citigroup, Bank of America, or UBS? Right now, we don’t know, and that’s a major problem for both banks and the climate.
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Alert Issued at Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Facility in NJ

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a flood-related alert for the Oyster Creek Plant in Lacey Township. From their press release:
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is continuing to monitor impacts from Hurricane Sandy on nuclear power plants in the Northeastern United States, including an Alert declared at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey. The plant, currently in a regularly scheduled outage, declared the Alert at approximately 8:45 p.m. EDT due to water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plant's water intake structure.
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Conference Board of Canada: Economic Benefits of Tar Sands Hinge On Climate Inaction

By 2035 operators in Alberta's tar sands expect to produce 5 million barrels of the world's most environmentally dirty and energy intensive oil per day. Current daily production hovers around 2 million barrels. According to a recent Conference Board of Canada report, projected expansion of the tar sands will require roughly $364 billion in investment over the next 25 years and will create significant economic benefits for both Canada and the US..
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Global Insurers Call BS On Climate Deniers

I live in South Jersey, so yeah, Sandy is about to make my life uh interesting.
So before the power/interweb goes out let me reiterate a point that is not made often enough in the climate change debate - Big Business is not united in their denialism.
One sector that is particularly immune to fossil fuel propaganda is the global insurance and reinsurance industry - because unlike consumers or politicians they are on the hook when the reality of Climate Change strikes.
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North America Behind The Curve On Climate Change and Energy

Just three short years ago, it appeared that North America was on the verge of finally kicking that nasty dirty energy addiction that was crippling our economies and our energy independence.  The United States had elected a president (Barack Obama) who set incredibly lofty goals for renewable energy targets, and green energy investments across the continent were higher than anywhere else in the world.
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Groups Call On EPA To Close Fracking Disclosure Loopholes

Seventeen public interest groups, including the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close a loophole in U.S. laws that allows hydraulic fracturing operations to be exempt from disclosing the pollutants they release each year.
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'I Ain’t Collateral Damage. I Am Somebody'

Larry at the Tar Sands Action with Teri Blanton from Kentucky and Texas landowner David Daniel
This past weekend I went to West Virginia to say goodbye to my friend Larry Gibson.
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