environment

What's Killing Our Bees?

What's Killing Our Bees?
A combination of pesticides, pathogens and a lack of pollen-producing flowers is causing a serious decline in the population of bees and other critical pollinators in Minnesota and across the nation, a House committee heard Monday. Video from the testimony is alarming, especially as many biologists consider bees to be a ringing alarm for the environment at large.
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Solar Boosters and Xcel Energy Battle Over Net Metering and Future of Renewable Energy

Solar Boosters and Xcel Energy Battle Over Net Metering and Future of Renewable Energy
Bolstered by roughly 245 sunny days per year and a stringent voter-approved renewable energy standard, Colorado’s solar industry has grown 20-fold in the last half decade. And a coalition of 280 businesses and organizations and 11,000 individuals are now petitioning Governor John Hickenlooper to keep the momentum going, asking him to help push their “3,000 solar megawatts by 2030” goal.
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Critics Say Outdated Oil-and-Gas Royalty Rate Costing CO Millions

Critics Say Outdated Oil-and-Gas Royalty Rate Costing CO Millions
Every year, the Obama administration pushes to raise the royalty rate on onshore oil-and-gas production, looking to channel more of the profits from extraction on public lands to federal and state coffers. The efforts have been unsuccessful. Today’s 12.5 percent rate hasn’t changed since the 1920s. Analysts say that low rate has cost Colorado taxpayers an estimated $300 million since Obama took office in 2008.
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Waiver Allows Dynegy Plant in Illinois to Spew Coal Pollution Until 2020

Waiver Allows Dynegy Plant in Illinois to Spew Coal Pollution Until 2020
The Illinois Pollution Control Board agreed Thursday to give a Texas company until 2020 to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants, saying that requiring the upgrades sooner would pose an economic hardship.
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Hillary Clinton Rallies Green Construction Advocates: Sustainability Top Priority

Hillary Clinton Rallies Green Construction Advocates: Sustainability Top Priority
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a gathering of 10,000 advocates for green construction Thursday that sustainability must be one of the country's top priorities.
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Bay Area 51: Google Building Massive and Mysterious Barge in San Francisco Bay

Bay Area 51: Google Building Massive and Mysterious Barge in San Francisco Bay
San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land, where city building permits and public plans are mandatory.
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Martha Mendoza
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Gas Station Company Valero Fined $300K for Bay Area Air Quality Transgressions

Gas Station Company Valero Fined $300K for Bay Area Air Quality Transgressions
The gas station company Valero has admitted to egregious air quality violations in California. The company was fined just over $300,000 for the infractions, but this was too little, too late for the many who've contracted serious respiratory ailments from the contaminated air.
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Shutdown Fulfills GOP Dream of EPA Closure, If Only Temporarily

Shutdown Fulfills GOP Dream of EPA Closure, If Only Temporarily
The GOP rejoiced as the EPA was almost completely shuttered due to the Federal shutdown. The agency will not be able to perform crucial oversight duties while Republicans hold the government, the economy, and the American people hostage.
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EPA Making It Easier for Companies to Poison You

EPA Making It Easier for Companies to Poison You
Very quietly, the EPA recently withdrew two rules that regulated chemicals. One of them was to add BPA — a chemical found in plastic bottles and linked to a number of health issues — to a list of substances that require more scrutiny. The regulatory agency is being blocked from adding regulations regarding plastics — much the way they were for fracking — once again from up above.
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Solar Power Wins Big as CA Passes Power Bill

Solar Power Wins Big as CA Passes Power Bill
With the recent passage of Assembly Bill 327 - a piece of legislation supported by solar advocacy groups and big investor-owned utilities alike - rooftop solar will be accessible to more California residents.
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