Trump admin approves permit to build Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels

Published on June 26th, 2017 | by

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As I predicted on election night, the President Donald Trump and Governor Jerry Brown administrations have apparently made a deal to fast-track Brown’s legacy project, the Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. By Dan Bacher The Trump released a no-jeopardy finding on the biological […] read more

Rick Perry’s DOE says US coal mining up 19% In 2017. Is it true?

Published on June 26th, 2017 | by

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US Department of Energy data as reviewed by The Associated Press reveals that the US mined a staggering 19% more coal in the first 5 months of 2017 than during the same period in 2016. This is especially surprising given the developments of last year, when US coal was clearly dwindling. By Rogier van Rooij  […] read more

What will Trump cut next? How about safety rules for electric vehicles…

Published on June 26th, 2017 | by

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The Trump Administration’s ongoing push to review and undo regulations may lead to the demise of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule that requires electric vehicles to emit a warning sound when driving at low speed (plus other safety rules). By James Ayre  If you’re unfamiliar with the subject, the gist is simply: owing […] read more

Conservative climate group CRES: After the Paris Agreement , the next steps matter

Published on June 25th, 2017 | by

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Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum calls on top Trump Administration officials to continue to act responsibly on climate change, despite President Trump’s commitment to pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. TO: The Honorable Rex Tillerson, Secretary, Department of State The Honorable Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations The Honorable […] read more

Delta Tunnels: Delta Stewardship Council had just one job to do. They failed.

Published on June 25th, 2017 | by

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Last week, the Delta Stewardship Council voted to endorse the Delta Tunnels (dual conveyance) plan as part of their amendments to the Delta Plan at their meeting in Sacramento. They made the decision, with only one dissenting vote, in spite of a massive turnout and hours of testimony by tunnels opponents, including fishermen, conservationists, environmental justice […] read more

Stephen Colbert goes on Russian television to announce 2020 Presidential run!

Published on June 24th, 2017 | by

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With Stephen Colbert, the line between satire and the madness of reality is a fine one. But I’m kinda hoping he’s really considering launching a Presidential bid… because that would be fun! By Jeremy Bloom What was he doing on Russian TV anyway? He went there to be interviewed by his Russian counterpart, late-night talk […] read more

Electric vehicles are the future, and Tesla is THE electric vehicle company

Published on June 24th, 2017 | by

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Tesla [TSLA] is now the most valuable US car company, recently surpassing GM and Ford in market cap, and there’s a reason (or ten) why the investment community on the whole sees Tesla as a more valuable company despite drastically lower annual production/sales output. By Zachary Shahan  It may seem absurd to put Tesla ahead of […] read more

Climate adaptation – The cost of climate change could reach $100 TRILLION

Published on June 24th, 2017 | by

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An overshoot of the 1.5 degree Celsius global temperature rise would throw the planet into a spiral of irreversible climate change staring at around 2030, or less than 15 years from now, with the long dreaded 2 degree rise about a decade after that. Without climate adaptation, there’s not telling where the global economy might […] read more

More good news: Entire fish species can be restored if we do the work

Published on June 24th, 2017 | by

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There is some good news on West Coast fisheries, in spite of the lowest expected return of Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon this year. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) reported on June 19 that two key West Coast ground fish stocks that were formerly overfished, bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish, have been rebuilt. By Dan Bacher […] read more

Trump’s EPA goes to war on science – and scientists

Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by

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The message to all federal employees is, if you haven’t drunk deeply of the Trump-inspired nonsense spewed by the putative president, America has no use for you. Scott Pruitt, chief defender of the faith at the agency formerly known as the Environmental Protection Agency, is on a mission to slash the agency’s staffing levels and […] read more

Coal is dying. India shuts down 37 mines. Thanks, Obama

Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by

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It’s an article of faith in certain quarters that the only reason coal miners are out of jobs in West Virginia is because Obama hated coal and throttled it with “job-killing regulations.” The reality: The market killed coal. Natural gas and renewables are cheaper, plus coal is dirty and toxic. Nobody wants coal but Trump, […] read more

Watch coal documentary “From The Ashes” Sunday June 25 on National Geographic Channel

Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by

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Remember Gasland, the 2010 movie by Josh Fox that first alerted America to the horrors of fracking? From The Ashes does the same for coal. The documentary chronicles the rise of coal, its vital role in powering the Industrial Revolution, and the damage it has left in its wake. By Steve Hanley  The movie premiered […] read more

Delta Stewardship Council ignores public, sides with Big Ag over Delta Tunnels

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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In spite of massive opposition by fishermen, family farmers, environmentalists and Delta residents who packed a room in the Holiday Inn in Sacramento today, the Delta Stewardship Council endorsed controversial conveyance and storage amendments to the Delta Plan that that project opponents say will hasten the approval of Jerry Brown’s water-stealing WaterFix this September. By Dan Bacher Only one […] read more

Trump lies to Iowa pt 1: The magical solar-powered border wall that pays for itself!

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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President Trump went to Iowa last night to campaign some more, since governing is hard. Also, telling the truth is hard, and apparently Trump just can’t help himself. Let’s take a look at his lies on the environment, starting with the magical solar-powered border wall. By Jeremy Bloom Trump hates wind, but now Trump loves […] read more

Scotland is all about wind energy (Trump hates both)

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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The northeast of Scotland is poised to become the global center for offshore wind scientific research, following the announcement this week from Swedish power company Vattenfall, which announced the successful projects that will take part in a €3m research program at its European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. By Joshua S Hill  The European Offshore Wind Deployment […] read more