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‘21st-Century Book-Burning’ Seen in U.S. Political...

People all around the nation are burning the midnight oil trying to prepare for potential fallout from the incoming Trump administration’s pledge to do away with “politicized” research related to climate change. In an effort to preserve existing information in that area, a community of scientists has begun backing up public databases to ensure they remain available for years to come. Dubbed the “climate mirror” or the “data...

Inside the climate movement’s Trump-fighting strat...

With the election of Donald Trump, environmentalists find themselves bracing for their worst possible scenario at the worst possible time. Only recently, the world has made slow but steady progress in the fight against climate change — even as signs of global climate disruption have accelerated. The world has already warmed about 1 degree C above preindustrial times, which might not sound like much, but scientific evidence...

Injunction Against North Dakota Pipeline ‘Could Bo...

The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to block a four-state oil pipeline got a lifeline when the federal government temporarily stopped the project, a move some say likely may forever change the way all energy infrastructure projects are reviewed in the future. Just minutes after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s attempt to halt the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that skirts...

Overall Americans are becoming less skeptical abou...

As temperatures climb higher, global warming doubt among Americans is falling to record lows. Recent reports indicate that the first half of 2016 was the hottest since records have been kept. At the same time, the number of Americans who do not think there is solid evidence for rising global temperatures has reached a new low: just 15%. These results from the latest National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE) from...

Health researchers say fracking too close to schoo...

A study released late last month found that fracking well sites are too close to schools, residents and other hubs of human activity. Nearly 20 people, including the report’s authors and members of the organization Moms Clean Air Force, addressed the media this week in front of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Pittsburgh office on Washington’s Landing. “Today’s publication supports...

Do Hundreds of Other Gas Storage Sites Risk a Meth...

More than 400 facilities holding huge storehouses of natural gas get little regulatory oversight as their infrastructure ages. Earlier this week, the massive methane leak spewing from an underground natural gas storage facility in California’s Aliso Canyon passed a symbolic milestone: its duration exceeded BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, a growing number of environmentalists, engineers and...

How the National Solar Lobby Passed the Investment...

The post-Solyndra politics of solar have changed. In late 2013, top strategists at the solar industry’s national lobbying group in Washington mapped out a plan to get a critical tax credit passed through Congress. The 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC), passed as part of the 2008 bank bailout, wasn’t set to expire for another three years. But even with the price of solar systems down 50 percent since 2010 and...

College Republicans talk public perception of GOP ...

The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum spoke to the University’s chapter of College Republicans on Thursday about energy policy and its relationship with bipartisanship. The event, held in the Michigan Union, focused on the activities of the MCEF, which was formed in 2013 in response to the impending expiration of a number of energy bills. MCEF Program Director Katie O’Connell said the goal was to give conservatives a voice...

400 Groups to Obama: Keep Fossil Fuels in the Grou...

With a passionate press conference outside the White House on Tuesday, a sweeping coalition of climate, labor, indigenous and public health groups and leaders called on President Barack Obama to make the U.S. the first nation to commit to keeping all of its remaining, unleased public fossil fuels in the ground. “Each new federal fossil fuel lease opens new deposits for development that should be deemed unburnable,” reads a...

Barry Goldwater, Jr.’s fight for solar power

Former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.’s interest in renewable energy dates back to the mid-1970s when he was the ranking Republican on a subcommittee tasked with advancing energy research and promoting alternatives during the oil embargo. At the time, “I didn’t even know how a light bulb worked,” Goldwater said in an interview last week with Midwest Energy News. Over time, he became a champion of energy independence and...

Environmental movement making a real impact in the...

States with strong green voices perform better on cutting emissions whereas those with climate sceptic views fare poorly The environmental movement is making a real difference in the US, according to a new research that shows states with strong green voices have significantly lower emissions of the gases that drive global warming. The study is one of the first to quantify the real impact of green politics on the environment....

Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state’s energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry’s...

Reverend inspired to conserve by call to stewardsh...

When solar panels were first installed at the home of the Rev. Al Debelak, he’d stand in front of the electric meter on bright days and watch as the disk spun backward. The visual proof that he was saving money was rewarding, but money isn’t the reason he and his wife, Karen Riccio, decided to install the panels at their East Side home about eight years ago. “We are stewards, caretakers of creation,” he said. “A wonderful...

Effort to withhold state legislative records stall...

INDIANA: An effort to protect state lawmakers from having to release their emails, prompted by a records request related to a recent anti-solar bill, stalls in the legislature. (Indianapolis Star) A last-minute push to protect state lawmakers from having to disclose public records, including their emails and other documents, has stalled, but is likely to resurface next year. Senate and House lawmakers had scheduled a...

Heirs to Rockefeller oil fortune divest from fossi...

Heirs to Standard Oil fortune join campaign that will withdraw a total of $50bn from fossil fuels, including from tar sands funds The heirs to the fabled Rockefeller oil fortune withdrew their funds from fossil fuel investments on Monday, lending a symbolic boost to a $50bn divestment campaign ahead of a United Nations summit on climate change. The former vice-president, Al Gore, will present the divestment commitments to...