Lawmakers in West Virginia repealed the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act, which forced utility companies to use more alternative fuels, early this month. The law, passed in 2009, mandated West Virginia to get 25 percent of its electricity from alternative and renewable energy sources. However, the law defines “alternative energy resources” as natural [...]
|By: Brandon Jordan Tuesday March 3, 2015 3:30 pm|
|By: Connor Gibson Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00 pm|
Extra Extra! Read all about climate denial scientist Willie Soon’s dirty money from petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch, coal utility Southern Company, oil giant ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies to deny the science of climate change!
The last time I bumped into Willie Soon, I asked him if there was any explanation for some of the information in our latest round of documents indicating that his employer was eager to take money from ExxonMobil
|By: Brandon Jordan Wednesday February 4, 2015 6:00 pm|
Priya Pillai, a campaigner for Greenpeace in India, was scheduled to testify to MPs in the United Kingdom last month on the impact of coal mining in the Mahan province. However, customs did not allow her to leave and stamped “offloading” on her passport. She then went back to her home. Authorities in India refused to provide [...]
|By: Brandon Jordan Tuesday January 13, 2015 3:10 pm|
The world’s demand for coal will grow to 9 billion tons by 2019, according to a report released last month from the International Energy Agency. In spite of all efforts to reduce its consumption, oversupply and low prices are still attractive to many countries, especially in Asia, to fulfill demands for electricity. The only two continents [...]
|By: Brandon Jordan Friday January 9, 2015 1:00 pm|
A two-day strike in India by coal workers ended after the national government agreed to a proposal for a committee to listen to worker grievances. Originally set to be a five-day general strike, it began after the workers expressed outrage over an executive order passed last year allowing for companies to sell coal or, in other words, [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 11, 2014 10:05 am|
When Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter surprised two environmental activists and reduced all criminal charges against them to civil infractions, it was an unusual and rare example of a prosecutor exercising his conscience and using prosecutorial discretion while still upholding the rule of law. And it led activists to praise him for his courage as someone who had linked his office to the need for leadership and action on climate change.
|By: Connor Gibson Saturday August 30, 2014 12:58 pm|
If you’re John Stossel and you want to host a segment to rail against the US Environmental Protection Agency, who ought you to call?
It turns out, a convicted man who was sentenced to six months in prison for defrauding the EPA!
|By: Steve Horn Thursday August 21, 2014 5:16 pm|
Just a day after the Oregon Department of State Lands shot down a proposal to export 8.8 million tons per year of coal to Asia from the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon, the Long Beach City Council achieved the opposite.
In a 9-0 vote, the Council voted “yay” to export both coal and petroleum coke (petcoke, a tar sands by-product) to the global market — namely Asia — out of Pier G to the tune of 1.7 million tons per year. Some have decried petcoke as “dirtier than the dirtiest fuel.“
More specifically, the Council determined that doing an environmental impact statement before shipping the coal and petcoke abroad was not even necessary.
|By: Steve Horn Friday August 8, 2014 6:00 pm|
On July 30, the Republican minority of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, headed by Sen. David Vitter, released a report titled “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA.”
Critics of the report say it is propaganda designed to skewer the Obama EPA and environmental philanthropists for “conspiring to help the environment.”
Vitter’s chief source of campaign cash is the oil and gas industry and he recently called the billionaire Koch Brothers “two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth.”
|By: Steve Horn Monday July 28, 2014 7:15 pm|
Greenpeace USA has released a major new report on an under-discussed part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon rule: it serves as a major endorsement of continued coal production and export to overseas markets.
“Leasing Coal, Fueling Climate Change: How the federal coal leasing program undermines President Obama’s Climate Plan” tackles the dark underbelly of a rule that only polices coal downstream at the power plant level and largely ignores the upstream and global impacts of coal production at-large.