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Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas ...

It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards. Rather than heed growing concerns about climate change, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has formally moved to nix the Obama administration’s carefully written rules. In 2012, the EPA set standards that aimed to halve the global warming pollution...

Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hun...

A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump’s family WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy...

‘Climate Change’ Removed From FEMAR...

Last year, one of the hottest years in modern history, was also the costliest year ever for weather disasters, setting the U.S. back a record-setting $306 billion in spending aid and relief cost. But it appears the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency that responds to hurricanes, flooding and wildfires, is ignoring a critical factor that exacerbates these natural disasters: climate change. On Thursday, FEMA...

Trump’s Interior Secretary Claimed Wind Powe...

In a speech before oil and gas industry executives, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke argued that the production and transportation of wind turbines contributes to global warming, but he overstated the factual case, especially when compared with other forms of energy. Speaking at the CERAWeek energy conference hosted by IHSMarkit in Houston, Zinke also echoed a long-held argument from President Donald Trump that wind turbines...

Why Can’t the U.S. Treat Gun Violence as a P...

A 1996 bill has had a chilling effect on the CDC’s ability to research firearms. Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. After a deadly shooting, the debate always, it seems, breaks down like this: One side argues for gun control, and the other argues there is no research proving those measures work. There is, in fact, little research into gun violence at all—especially...

Rally to Protect the Wayne National Forest on Dece...

Wayne National Forest up for sale! from Teresa Mills,  On December 14th the fourth auction of Wayne National Forest to gas and oil will be held, despite continued public outcry. The fracked gas from these wells will feed into Energy Transfer Partners’ Rover Pipeline, which is currently under construction, and will go under the Ohio River and through Wayne National Forest’s Proclamation Boundary. The US Forest...

Ice Apocalypse

Ice Apocalypse grist.org | 8 mins read Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century. In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage. Stretching across a frozen plain more than 150 miles long, these glaciers, named Pine Island and Thwaites, have marched steadily for millennia toward...

WE WON’T LET OUR BIG BUTS GET IN THE WAY OF ...

Environmentalists are sometimes accused of being too argumentative, or more specifically, too negative. Part of the reason for this perception is that, in general, people who point out problems are necessarily going to sound more negative than people who claim that everything is just fine—even if everything ISN’T just fine. Nonetheless, just so you don’t think we at Grinning Planet spend all of our time being...

Trump positioned to impose potentially crushing ta...

U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made panels that have driven its explosive growth. (Sept. 22, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR) U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made...

Facebook Data Center (in New Albany) Makes Good on...

Facebook is now closer to reaching their goal of 100 percent sustainability with a new data center. As Facebook continues planning the construction of future data centers, their goal remains to eventually have “100 percent clean and renewable energy in our mix for our entire operations,” said Lindsay Amos, Technology Communications Manager at Facebook. The Facebook data center in New Albany will help solidify the company’s...

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Decision Striking Do...

On August 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision striking down a Fayette County, WV ordinance prohibiting wastewater injection.  EQT Production Company challenged the ordinance—which restricted “storage, treatment, injection, process or permanent disposal” of wastewater within the county, including specifically, the use of injection wells for permanent...

Why Plan? Articles by Jurgen Pape – January ...

Why Plan? February 2017 This is a continuation of my previous editorials from several years ago, then called “Why Plan?” My emphasis now is on the environment. Mahatma Gandhi made many profound statements. One can be applied to the environment: “The future depends on what we do today!” Since water is crucial to everyone (more so than oil), the use or mis-use of it is becoming more of a major factor. Already wars have been...

Germany Breaks Record: 85% of Energy Comes From Re...

Germany’s “Energiewende”—the country’s low-carbon energy revolution—turned another successful corner last weekend when renewable energy sources nearly stamped out coal and nuclear. Thanks to a particularly breezy and sunny Sunday, renewables such as wind and solar, along with some biomass and hydropower, peaked at a record 85 percent, or 55.2 gigawatts, and even came along with negative prices for...

Kentucky coal company plans to build the state’s l...

A dump truck moves dirt and rock from a mountaintop removal coal mine in Kentucky. CREDIT: AP Photo/Roger Alford Kentucky coal company plans to build the state’s largest solar farm The company says the farm will give jobs to displaced coal miners. ThinkProgress | A Kentucky coal company announced Tuesday that it is planning to build a solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine and that the project would bring...

Trump Might Not Believe In The Risks Of Climate Ch...

Solar panels on a hillside in eastern China. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) The 45th President of the United States might think climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, but there is a fair chance that the investors who put money into his hotels and casinos think it is rather more serious than that. New research from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) reveals that 60% of the world’s 500 biggest asset owners (AOs),...