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drive-by planet: NRDC video: Keystone XL tar sands climate threat

This new video by NRDC and 350.org takes a cool, fact-based look at a hot topic – with current information on tar sands oil/Keystone XL.

The video discusses current research from Oil Change International that shows that tar sands oil will produce even more carbon pollution than previously estimated.

Link here for more . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: NRDC video: Keystone XL tar sands climate threat

Things Are Good: Typical Wind Farm Supports Nearly 1,100 Jobs

A recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the USA has shown that in the country wind farms generate not just energy but 1,00 jobs at a ‘typical’ site. Other countries have found that incorporating renewable energy into their electricity grid can help generate power efficiently while helping to revitalize areas that . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Typical Wind Farm Supports Nearly 1,100 Jobs

DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Sues EPA Over Clean Air Initiatives

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In a blatant insult to the millions of Americans who would breathe easier under the EPA’s air pollution controls, the dirty energy industry, along with other groups, has sued the EPA to stop regulating toxic industrial air pollution. The Center for American Progress has the story:  

Two essential Environmental Protection . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Sues EPA Over Clean Air Initiatives

DeSmogBlog: Was Andrew Cuomo’s NY Fracking "Sacrifice Zone" Plan Hatched by NRDC?

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Has New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just made the southern tier of the state a "sacrifice zone," as alleged by award-winning author and "fracktivist," Sandra Steingraber? Was it a plot hatched by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)?

The signs pointing to both possibilities are troublesome, to say the least.

The . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Was Andrew Cuomo’s NY Fracking "Sacrifice Zone" Plan Hatched by NRDC?

DeSmogBlog: NRDC Report Predicts 150,000 Heat-Related Deaths Due To Climate Change

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Chances are, if you're already concerned about being off'ed by climate change, it's probably because you imagine being swept away by a super-charged hurricane, drowned by rising sea levels, starved because of drought-induced crop failure, or set aflame by roaring wildfires. But as it turns out, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: NRDC Report Predicts 150,000 Heat-Related Deaths Due To Climate Change

DeSmogBlog: ‘Theoretically, Super Fracking Would Be Super Bad’: Gas Industry Touts Even More Extreme Drilling

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According to Halliburton, one of North America’s largest hydraulic fracturing operators and suppliers, the “frack of the future” has arrived. Hoping to both increase well production and lower production costs, Halliburton is one among a crowd of energy companies looking to overhaul their fracking operations with new – and more . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ‘Theoretically, Super Fracking Would Be Super Bad’: Gas Industry Touts Even More Extreme Drilling

DeSmogBlog: Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline: New Report Spotlights Incredible Threats

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In the wake of the State Department’s announcement to delay the Keystone XL decision, another proposed tar sands pipeline is coming under closer scrutiny. The Northern Gateway Pipeline, proposed by Canada’s Enbridge Energy, would stretch nearly 750 miles across Alberta and British Columbia before reaching an inland port. (DeSmogBlog has been . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline: New Report Spotlights Incredible Threats

DeSmogBlog: Battle For Wetzel County: Short Documentary Chronicles Impacts of Fracking In West Virginia

This short documentary, “Battle for Wetzel County,” chronicles the impacts of the gas fracking rush in West Virginia, focusing on the damages caused by Chesapeake Energy’s drilling activity in the mountains of this rural county.

The film features interviews with Wetzel County residents, including Marty Whiteman and his daughter Sarah Wood – family farmers who explain . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Battle For Wetzel County: Short Documentary Chronicles Impacts of Fracking In West Virginia

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Linked To Earthquakes In The U.S.

Earthquake.jpg On the heels of yesterday’s report detailing Cuadrilla Resource’s admission that their fracking practices were responsible for small earthquakes in the U.K., new report… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fracking Linked To Earthquakes In The U.S.

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Action Page

Tar Sands by Robert van Waarden.png Below is a compilation of fact sheets, information resources and action items from environmental groups, governments and other groups surrounding the Keystone … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Action Page

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: State Department Calls Keystone XL Environmental Impact "Limited," Ignoring Evidence

stop-tar-sands.jpg The State Department just released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The 27-page document does not flag any significant en… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: State Department Calls Keystone XL Environmental Impact "Limited," Ignoring Evidence

350 or bust: Why We Resist The Truth About Climate Change

While I’m away on a canoe trip this week, I will be posting articles from the 350orbust archives. This was first published in June, 2010. Via “Nothing New Under The Sun“: “Sometimes facing up to the truth is just too hard. When the … . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Why We Resist The Truth About Climate Change

350 or bust: Yours Truly, BP: The Legacy of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

The NRDC’s recent report on water quality at vacation beaches highlights the continuing legacy of the BP Gulf oil disaster, which killed 11 workers and spewed approximately 170 million gallons of oil and released 200,000 metric tons of methane … . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Yours Truly, BP: The Legacy of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

350 or bust: BP Is Creepy: NRDC Issues Damning Water Quality Report on Gulf Beaches One Year After Oil Disaster

The NRDC released its annual “Testing the Waters: A Guide To Water Quality At Vacation Beaches” report last week, which included a special section dedicated to oil-related closures, advisories and notices in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP … . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: BP Is Creepy: NRDC Issues Damning Water Quality Report on Gulf Beaches One Year After Oil Disaster

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Americans For Prosperity Sues New York For Participating In Regional Climate Pact

235px-Rggi_map.svg_.png The Koch brothers’ corporate front group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) filed a lawsuit on Monday in New York’s State Supreme Court seeking to reverse a core … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Americans For Prosperity Sues New York For Participating In Regional Climate Pact

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Would Feature Woefully Inadequate Spill Detection System

keystonexlmap_350.jpg According to the NRDC, the proposed $13 billion Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would not be able to detect “pinhole leaks” in the pipeline that release fewer tha… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Would Feature Woefully Inadequate Spill Detection System