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Green News Report - April 28, 2009 (Audio)

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IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Swine flu protection, nuthin' but pork, said the Republicans; California's new fuel regulations threaten corn ethanol; Does Al Gore profit from his environmental advocacy? PLUS: A tribute to our dear departed friend, John Gideon... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (links below): Sec. of State Clinton: U.S. "ready to lead" climate change fight; Crunch time for Chrysler and GM; Tesla charging station opens in California; Slowly overturning Bush "midnight regulations" on Mountaintop Removal; PLUS...Solar Power, even at night...See below for more!

Info/links on stuff we talked about on today's episode, plus MORE green news, all follows below...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report... .... See below!

  • Clinton Says U.S. 'ready to lead' climate change fight

    (AFP) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States "is ready to lead" and make up for lost time in the fight against climate change, as she opened an international forum here.

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    "Desertification and rising sea levels generate increased competition for food, water and resources," said the chief U.S. diplomat. "But we also have seen the dangers that these trends pose to the stability of societies and governments. We see how this can breed conflict, unrest and forced migration," she said.

    "So no issue we face today has broader long term consequences or greater potential to alter the world for future generations," she asserted.

  • Four Days of Crunch Time for Chrysler: Negotiations among Cerberus Capital, the White House, and banks heat up as the automaker reaches an agreement with the United Auto Workers
  • GM's New Road Map: Partial Nationalization -- Automaker to Shed Brands and Workers; Future Hinges on Deal With Bondholders
  • Two US EV Charging Station Firsts
  • Salazar Seeks to Vacate Bush-Era Mining Rule: Disposal of Mountaintop Waste Was Eased:

    Some environmentalists, however, were disappointed by Salazar's move, arguing that more needs to be done and that the federal government has failed to enforce for decades its rule governing mountaintop mining practices.



    The ongoing dispute centers on a 1983 law that bars mining operators from dumping piles of debris -- which stem from blowing off the tops of mountains to get to the coal -- within 100 feet of any intermittent or permanent stream if the material would harm a stream's water quality or reduce its flow.

  • Department of Interior Seeks to Vacate "Stream Buffer Zone Rule" for Mountaintop Coal Mining

    In its last weeks in office, the Bush Administration pushed through a rule that allows coal mine operators to dump mountaintop fill into streambeds if it's found to be the cheapest and most convenient disposal option. We must responsibly develop our coal supplies to help us achieve energy independence, but we cannot do so without appropriately assessing the impact such development might have on local communities and natural habitat and the species it supports. The so-called 'stream buffer zone rule' simply doesn't pass muster with respect to adequately protecting water quality and stream habitat that communities rely on in coal country.



    --Secretary Salazar

  • Solar Power, 24 Hours A Day--Here's How

    One frequent criticism you hear about solar power is that the sun only shines during the day, and the prospect of heavy cloud cover or rain makes solar too unpredictable to provide constant baseload power to the grid. But the thing is, that's increasingly very untrue.

  • David Biello, Yale Environment 360A Potential Breakthrough In Harnessing the Sun's Energy:

    New solar thermal technology overcomes a major challenge facing solar power - how to store the sun's heat for use at night or on a rainy day. As researchers tout its promise, solar thermal plants are under construction or planned from Spain to Australia to the American Southwest.

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    In the high desert of southern Spain, not far from Granada, the Mediterranean sun bounces off large arrays of precisely curved mirrors that cover an area as large as 70 soccer fields. These parabolic troughs follow the arc of the sun as it moves across the sky, concentrating the sun's rays onto pipes filled with a synthetic oil that can be heated to 750 degrees Fahrenheit. That super-heated oil is used to boil water to power steam turbines, or to pump excess heat into vats of salts, turning them a molten, lava-like consistency.

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