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Documents: How Big Oil Pushed to Make Dakota Access-Style Permitting a New Normal

Steve Horn | Posted 09.08.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog In the two months leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to issue to the Dakota Access pipeline projec...

The Missing 60%: ExxonMobil, Forceful Stewardship and the 2°C Business Model Imperative

Bill Baue | Posted 06.04.2016 | Green
Bill Baue

By Bill Baue, Bob Eccles, Julie Gorte, Carolyn Hayman, Stephan Lewandowsky, Thomas O. Murtha, Naomi Oreskes, Rich Pancost, and John Rogers The Spring...

Fossil Fuel Industry-Funded Attorneys General Try to Block ExxonMobil Climate Fraud Probe

Elliott Negin | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

You could call it the battle of the attorneys general: one side representing the public interest, exactly what attorneys general are supposed to do; the other side representing the special interests, exactly what they are not supposed to do.

Yes on 1 for the Sun: The Florida Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative from Utilities

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Last week, the Florida utility-backed anti-solar initiative officially launched their campaign to block solar leasing in the sunshine state with the c...

Beware of the Loving Embrace of the Government

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

I am not a government-basher per se. As a reporter, I have covered it too long to say the bureaucracy is always incompetent and lazy. But I have also ...

Internal Documents Show Fossil Fuel Industry Has Been Aware of Climate Change for Decades

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.07.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Sen. Whitehouse likened their actions to those of the tobacco companies that conspired to manufacture doubt about the link between smoking and disease when they were all too aware of it. In 2006, a federal district court ruled that the tobacco industry's deceptive campaign to maximize its profits by hoodwinking the public amounted to a racketeering enterprise.

Can Southern Company Shareholders Persuade Its Board to Stop Supporting Climate Change Denial?

Nell Minow | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

On May 27, 2015, the shareholders of utility Southern Company will have the chance to tell the corporation's board that they want more independence, more transparency, and a stop to the company's support of climate change "research" that fails to meet academic standards for integrity.

McConnell's Latest Pro-Coal Salvo Gets It Wrong -- Again

Elliott Negin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign to convince governors to reject the EPA's Clean Power Plan ignores the facts.

'Green News Report' -- February 24, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: VETOED: Obama nixes Keystone XL pipeline bill; EXPOSED: prominent climat...

Senator Calls For Investigation Into The Climate Change 'Denial-For-Hire Scheme'

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Recently released documents show that fossil fuel interests paid more than $1.2 million to fund the research of a prominent climate chan...

Mitch McConnell's Misguided Coal Crusade

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Flush from victory last November, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell threw down the gauntlet. "What the administration has done to the coal industry is a true outrage," he said, referring to the loss of mining jobs in his home state of Kentucky.

Red States Are Way Ahead of Congress on Global Warming

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Americans across the country have been grappling with a range of severe, climate change-related weather events, including prolonged droughts, extreme precipitation, heat waves and, like Florida, coastal flooding. And majorities in both blue and red districts want federal action.

Kate Sheppard

Department of Energy Approves Nuclear Loan Guarantee, But Program Is Off To A Slow Start

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz traveled to Waynesboro, Ga., Thursday to announce the finalization of a $6.5 billion loan guarantee for ...

What's Really Behind the Alabama Coal Industry's Attack on Pro-Clean Energy Groups? Answer: Market Share.

Gabe Elsner | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The coal industry's concerns about pro-clean energy groups are more about how the utility industry is threatened by the emergence of affordable renewable energy and their antiquated business model.

Corporate Party Favors at the Inaugural Shindig

Michael Winship | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite reports of corporate and other highrollers offended at alleged aloofness and a lack of perks from the White House during the first term, this time, they'll be welcomed with open arms. The president said it himself -- he likes a good party.

King Coal: Hoist on His Own Petard

Carl Pope | Posted 06.10.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

The few that opened almost broke the financial backs of the utilities that built them -- forcing 25 to 50 percent rate increases on customers. And when the new plants didn't materialize, and wind and natural gas got cheap, the utilities who, after all, are businessmen, not coal miners, simply dumped the dirty black rock.

Lucia Graves

Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant Wins First Reactor Construction Permit In A Generation

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 02.09.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal safety officials voted 4-to-1 to approve the first nuclear reactor construction permit in almost 35 years, overriding U.S. Nucle...

How Will G.O.P.'s House Budget Affect Clean Tech?

Joshua Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joshua Freed

If House Republicans follow through on their pledge to cut 20% of all non-defense discretionary spending, what might that mean for America's ability to compete in the $2 trillion clean energy market?

Disaster Environmentalism? Gulf Oil Slick Makes Climate Negotiations Slippery, Says Utility Exec

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Even before BP capped the oil spill, the Washington Post declared a loss for environmentalists. It's been three months and we haven't seen a cap on carbon, what gives?

Southern Company Backs Off From Carbon Capture Project

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Many are skeptical that Carbon Capture and Sequestration is a solution to climate change. The argument goes that coal can never be clean, and the cost...

How Do You Say "Oh Crap!" in Chinese?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

If the American coal industry could sell outdated, pollution-spewing, coal-fired power plants to China, could the nuclear power industry do the same thing?

Southern Company, Obama's First Nuclear Beneficiary, Has Serious Safety Concerns

Mother Jones | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In its eagerness to woo Republicans with nuclear-friendly policies, the Obama administration plans to hand out $54.5 billion in government-backed loan...

Excuse Me, But That Nuclear Plant Has Its Hand On Your Wallet

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald Sindell

So let's say you're considering putting up a huge solar panel farm in the middle of Georgia- like 8 billion dollars huge. And what's the worst thing you could imagine that could happen? A cloudy day? Rust? A tornado? A plane crashes into it? For a small amount of money that gigantic solar farm would be repaired, and would go right back to making cheap power.

It's Not Just AIG, Friends

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Gordon

I don't think being outdoors should be life-threatening. Southern Company, a power company behemoth providing some 5% of the United States' electricity, acts on a very different premise.

Even a Top Coal CEO Isn't Buying the "Clean Coal" Spin

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

The coal industry accounts for 25% of greenhouse gases in the US. If they don't clean up, coal will be one of the biggest industries penalized under a new cap and trade program proposed by both presidential candidates.