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Tribes Increasingly Looking to Renewables for Energy Independence

Increasingly many tribal communities are working to develop renewables on tribal lands because it will save them money, provide good-paying jobs, and also fight the climate crisis. 

Why This Matters:  Native American tribes are infrastructure poor and have struggled with affordable electricity on reservations that are often isolated — far from the grid.

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Trump’s Losing Record On Coal

Trump’s Losing Record On Coal

Trump promised to end the so-called “war on coal,” but now, three years and millions of dollars later, it is clearly a failure, Eric Lipton reports for The New York Times. The Trump administration sank an exorbitant amount of effort and funds to save coal mines and power plants, even intervening directly with some, but coal’s decline has continued to accelerate.

Why This Matters: As the 2020 election nears, Trump faces speculation that all the money and effort he put into coal, wasn’t invested in good faith.

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EPA Finalizes Wastewater Rule Rollback, Making it Easier for Coal Plants to Pollute

EPA Finalizes Wastewater Rule Rollback, Making it Easier for Coal Plants to Pollute

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the rollback an Obama-era rule that would have, as the Washington Post reported, forced coal plants to treat wastewater with more modern, effective methods in order to curb toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury from contaminating lakes, rivers, and streams near their facilities. The rollback is in line […]

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G20 Nations Continue to Fund Coal, Despite Commitments Pledging the Opposite

G20 Nations Continue to Fund Coal, Despite Commitments Pledging the Opposite

G20 countries have a critical role to play in leading efforts to combat climate change, as they account for 79% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Despite pledging a decade ago to phase out subsidies for oil and other heavy CO2-emitting fuels in the “medium term,” G20 nations have almost tripled the subsidies they give to […]

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Heroes of the Week: Investigative Reporters In Ohio Who Blew the Lid On Dirty Power Scandal

Heroes of the Week: Investigative Reporters In Ohio Who Blew the Lid On Dirty Power Scandal

A team of investigative reporters from the Akron Beacon Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Columbus Dispatch (all part of the USA Today Network) have been doing some top-notch investigative reporting, helping to expose one of the largest corruption scheme in the history of the state.  Their recent stories have shed a light on the elaborate […]

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Coal Ash Barges in India Continue to Capsize, Jeopardizing Public Health, Mangroves, Fishers

Coal Ash Barges in India Continue to Capsize, Jeopardizing Public Health, Mangroves, Fishers

Since March, five barges filled with toxic fly ash have capsized en route from India to Bangladesh, according to Rishika Pardikar last week in The Third Pole.  The fly ash, which is used to make cement in Bangladesh, is particularly harmful in river systems such as those of the Sundarbans, an area that contains a highly endangered Bengal tiger reserve and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Why This Matters: Rivers are often touted as an environmentally friendly and cheap mode of transportation – even here in the U.S. (e.g., the Mississippi River). But there are many other users who rely on these waterways in India for fishing and other livelihoods.

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