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Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

The Trump Administration is poised to open nearly 2 million acres of land in U.S. national forests in Texas to oil and gas drilling and fracking, which would allow lease holding companies to drill more than 1,000 horizontal wells and 500 vertical wells over a 20-year time period,

Why This Matters:  This is yet another senseless Trump rollback that would do significant environmental damag

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Pennsylvania Finally Joins Regional Greenhouse Gas Trading Program

Pennsylvania Finally Joins Regional Greenhouse Gas Trading Program

The Governor of Pennsylvania signed an Executive Order last week committing the state to implement a cap-and-trade program (known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI) for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants joining 10 other states in the northeast.

Why This Matters:  Pennsylvania is the first major fossil-fuel producing state to join.  This regional cap-and-trade program has been a true success — from 2005-2015 the initiative had reduced power-sector carbon dioxide pollution by 45% as well as provided $2.31 billion in lifetime energy cost savings to more than 161,000 households and 6,000 businesses.

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New Study Shows Natural Gas Power Plants Are A “Bridge” That Goes Too Far

A new study by the Rocky Mountain Institute published yesterday makes the case that the U.S. may be making too big an investment in natural gas power infrastructure — power plants and pipelines — the life of those plants go out past 2050 and are more than just a “bridge” to renewable power.  Not only […]

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Trump Administration’s EPA Proposes Rolling Back Methane Leaks Rule

Trump Administration’s EPA Proposes Rolling Back Methane Leaks Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to roll back a key regulation put in place by the Obama Administration that had plugged a loophole in the Clean Air Act — under the Trump Administration proposal, methane leaks in the transmission and storage of natural gas would no longer be controlled by the Act. 

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Pipeline Company Challenges Gas Venting and Flaring in Texas

Pipeline Company Challenges Gas Venting and Flaring in Texas

In a first of its kind challenge, the Williams Pipeline Company is fighting to prevent natural gas venting and flaring by Exco Resources Inc., which is seeking to release nearly all of the gas produced by a group of its South Texas wells as a byproduct of its drilling for shale oil — Williams argues that this practice is a massive waste of natural gas and the flaring is banned by law

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Not Beating the Heat: Fires Across Arctic, Global Extremes in June

Not Beating the Heat: Fires Across Arctic, Global Extremes in June

The U.S. heatwave over the weekend (and it was hot — New York and Boston both set high temp records on Saturday) overshadowed some disturbing new photos that emerged late last week of vast fires in Siberia due to dried out swaths of peatland (aka bogs or swamps) that are usually frozen and soggy at […]

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Marine Life Declines Considerably In Worst Case Climate Crisis Scenario

Marine Life Declines Considerably In Worst Case Climate Crisis Scenario

A new study published on Tuesday by the National Academies of Science found that all the marine life in the ocean will decline by one-sixth by the year 2100 under the high emissions global warming scenario but on by 5% if we can stay within the low emissions scenario — with an average 5% decline for every 1 °C of warming. These losses are driven by temperature increases rather than fishing and were more significant in the tropics. 

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New York Subway System Seeks Solar Up On Its Roofs

New York Subway System Seeks Solar Up On Its Roofs

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced yesterday that it is launching a new initiative that, if successful, will generate both revenue and renewable, emission-free electricity by leasing millions of square feet of industrial roof space to companies interested in generating solar power.  The MTA’s first request for proposals to develop this power covers […]

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CO2 Emissions At Highest Levels In Three Million Years

CO2 Emissions At Highest Levels In Three Million Years

Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are over 410 parts per million (PPM) and rising, and according to a new study published in Science Advances last week, that is the highest levels in the last 3 million years. 

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The Green New Deal: What’s In It?

The Green New Deal: What’s In It?

There has been some confusion and even disinformation about what is IN and what is not in the Green New Deal bill, H.R. 109.  We will summarize it for you here.

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Reaching Paris Accord Emissions Cuts – There Is a Realistic Path Forward

Reaching Paris Accord Emissions Cuts – There Is a Realistic Path Forward

A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications provides a glimmer of hope on meeting the Paris Agreement’s greenhouse gas emissions targets globally.  According to the study, if we begin right now, and “carbon-intensive infrastructure is phased out at the end of its design lifetime from the end of 2018, there is a 64% chance that peak global mean temperature rise remains below 1.5 °C.” 

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Greenhouse gas emissions increasing again for the first time in nearly a decade

Greenhouse gas emissions increasing again for the first time in nearly a decade

Toxic carbon dioxide emissions (that are an important contributor to global warming)  increased by 3.4% in 2018 after three years of declines, according to a new report based on government statistics released today, demonstrating that the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction on cleaning up air pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Why This Matters:  The Washington Post reported that the study’s authors concluded that we are now experiencing the impacts of the Trump Administration’s regulatory rollbacks of the clean power plan, the clean car rule, and dozens of other rules designed to protect health and reduce air emissions that cause global warming.  And recall that these impacts are not harmless — according to a study by Harvard scientists published last summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Trump administration‘s changes to air pollution policies will result in an extra 80,000 deaths per decade.  And we no longer are leading the world on battling climate change, despite the best efforts of states, cities, corporations and individuals.  This should give greater impetus to the Green New Deal proposals likely to emerge from the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives.  

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