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Recap: A Good Week for Solar In Michigan

Recap: A Good Week for Solar In Michigan
Three stories about advances and milestones in solar-generated electricity in Michigan made the newspapers this past week. The most recent is also the one that I'm featuring first, as The Ann Arbor News via MLive reported Michigan's largest solar panel array now up and running near Ann Arbor.
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Ticking Clocks and Bombs: Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Expected Soon

Ticking Clocks and Bombs: Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Expected Soon
There are strong rumors that President Obama will soon announce his decision, possibly within days or by the end of August, on the Keystone XL pipeline. He will either throw his support to the private Canadian oil company that wants to build the pipeline into our country to send the dirtiest, high-carbon oil from the tar sands region of western Canada all the way to our Gulf for processing. Or the President will stand for what is in the best interest of America’s future.
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Tribal Water Activists Organize to Stop the California Water Heist

Tribal Water Activists Organize to Stop the California Water Heist
Tribal water activists presented short films about threats to Northern California's rivers from Governor Jerry Brown's drought plans at Arcata's D Street Community Center on the evening of Friday, May 8.
The films included the Yurok Youth Fish Kill video, Sovereigns Water and the Shasta Dam raise video, according to event organizer Regina Chichizola.
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Westlands Water Tunnel Critics Respond to Secret Settlement as Native Smelt Nears Extinction

Westlands Water Tunnel Critics Respond to Secret Settlement as Native Smelt Nears Extinction
Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown's rush to build massive Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to the prospect of a secret settlement of the debt Westlands Water District owes to US taxpayers and the near extinction presently of Delta Smelt.
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Keystone XL Pipeline: Canadian Profits - American Pollution

Keystone XL Pipeline: Canadian Profits - American Pollution
Drillers around the world have already begun to trim exploration budgets and delay new projects as a result of low prices, but production from existing fields will continue and keep supplies high.
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On 'Moral' Grounds, Pope to Push for Action on Climate Change

On 'Moral' Grounds, Pope to Push for Action on Climate Change
Pope Francis will take on global warming in 2015, with a lengthy speech on human ecology and climate change to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, an address to the United Nations general assembly, and a summit of the world’s main religions, according to the Observer.
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How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking
by Walter Brasch
 
For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it.
According to a national survey conducted by the independent non-partisan Pew Research Center, 47 percent of Americans oppose fracking, while 41 percent support it. This is a 7 percent decline in support from March 2013, and a 9 percent increase in opposition.
The poll also reveals those who support fracking tend
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Run Like the Wind: Clean Tech is Canada's Fastest Growing Industry

Run Like the Wind: Clean Tech is Canada's Fastest Growing Industry
A Canadian consulting firm has found that the country's fastest growing industry isn't fossil fuel extraction or export, but clean technology, like wind and solar energy companies.
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As Other Nations Lag, Europe Presses Ahead with Drastic Greenhouse Reductions

As Other Nations Lag, Europe Presses Ahead with Drastic Greenhouse Reductions
Europe is already a leader in environmental policy, but an upcoming vote on drastic greenhouse gas reductions would be unprecedented.
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Outrage in Maryland as Feds Approve Controversial Natural Gas Facility

Outrage in Maryland as Feds Approve Controversial Natural Gas Facility
Opponents are weighing a motion for rehearing after feds approve massive $3.8 billion source of pollution without a full Environmental Impact Statement.
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