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Alleged $9.6B Cost of Cleaning Up Coal Emissions Dwarfed by $14B in Direct Subsidies (and 11,000 Lives It Saves)

Alleged $9.6B Cost of Cleaning Up Coal Emissions Dwarfed by $14B in Direct Subsidies (and 11,000 Lives It Saves)
The EPA scored a huge court victory recently, with the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) is within the its realm of enforcement. Estimates show that almost 60 percent of the coal-fired power plants in the country are either using mercury capture and cleaning technology, or their emissions are so low that they do not qualify. And contrary to industry claims, the cost of the new equipment has almost no effect on consumer electricity prices and the companies’ bottom line.
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Americans Take 10.7B Trips on Public Transportation Last Year, Most Since 1956

Americans Take 10.7B Trips on Public Transportation Last Year, Most Since 1956
Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming. Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise — the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.
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New Global Study Finds Canada Lagging Behind China on Climate Change Legislation

New Global Study Finds Canada Lagging Behind China on Climate Change Legislation
A new study released this week that examines nearly 500 pieces of legislation in 66 countries finds Canada lags behind many countries, including China, when it comes to advancing a plan to reduce climate change pollution and fossil fuel usage. According to Globe International, the organization behind the study, Canada currently "has no comprehensive federal climate change legislation."
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Citizens United Cited by MO Judge to Protect Tax Breaks for Big Energy

Citizens United Cited by MO Judge to Protect Tax Breaks for Big Energy
Citing the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, Missouri Judge Robert Dierker – known for his outspoken views on corporate personhood, and who has appeared on Fox News – denied a ballot initiative that would have nixed tax breaks for fossil fuel companies in St. Louis.
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Sobering Details: Why America Needs to End Its Fossil Fuel Addiction

Sobering Details: Why America Needs to End Its Fossil Fuel Addiction
The refrains of "drill baby drill" sound an awful lot like the cries of an addict in denial — but the intervention needed here effects the whole planet. MSNBC's Chris Hayes details the sordid cycle of a society addicted to oil, and why we need to sober up.
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Chemtrails of Deceit: The 10 Most Toxic Ingredients Used by Fossil Fuel Industries

Chemtrails of Deceit: The 10 Most Toxic Ingredients Used by Fossil Fuel Industries
From sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide to mercury and lead, many of the by-products of the fossil fuel industry's extraction, refining and transportation processes are well known to even casual observers. However, the list doesn't end there. A new round-up by The Raw Story puts together the scary facts behind 10 particularly dangerous (and less known) chemicals used to create energy around the world.
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Renewable Interest: Green Energy Sources Gaining Market Share

Renewable Interest: Green Energy Sources Gaining Market Share
Despite increased corporate energy usage, state-level attacks from ALEC, and continued fossil fuel subsidization, there is some good news on the renewable energy front. Its market share is way up — expected to be as high as 25 percent by 2018 — and consumer consumption is way down.
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Climate Change Shifts Small Towns to the Frontlines

Climate Change Shifts Small Towns to the Frontlines
Nobody in Breezy Point, Queens, a working-class neighborhood largely populated by NYC police and firefighters, had every thought of themselves as the “frontline” of the climate fight, for good reason: they weren't. But Hurricane Sandy flooded their neighborhood, and an electrical fire burned down their homes as they watched, unable to do anything to stop it.
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