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By Desi Doyen on 6/6/2017, 10:11am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Fallout is swift, and global, after Trump abandons Paris Climate Agreement; Even Fox 'News' questions the economic case for exiting U.N. climate accord; States and cities step up to fulfill U.S. pledges; PLUS: India announces it will sell only electric cars by 2030... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): China moves to capitalize on renewable energy after U.S. retreat; California signs clean energy deal with China; Trump to allow seismic testing for oil in Atlantic Ocean; Switching from coal to solar could save 52,000 lives a year; Exxon's climate accounting a 'sham'; 'Wild West' of deep sea mining underway; Monsanto buries inconvenient data as 'confidential business information'; Trump supporters worry about solar industry's prospects... PLUS: How GOP leaders came to view climate change as 'fake' science... and much, MUCH more! ...

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  • China Looks to Capitalize on Clean Energy as U.S. Retreats (NY Times):
    China’s devastating pollution problems began here, in coal country, where legions of workers toiled and often died to exhume the rich deposits that fueled the country’s sooty rise to economic power. Today, these muddy plains are home to a potent symbol of China’s new ambition: to bypass the United States and cement its dominant role in clean energy.
  • California, China Defy U.S. Climate Retreat With New Cleantech Tie-Up (Reuters):
    California said it will cooperate with China on clean technology, emissions trading and other 'climate-positive' opportunities as it bids to fill the gap left after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord last week.
  • Trump Admin Seeks Permits For Seismic Air Gun Surveys In Atlantic (NPR):
    The Trump administration is taking steps to allow five energy companies to use seismic air guns for oil and gas exploration off the U.S. Atlantic coast even though they would incidentally harass marine mammals. Environmental groups and some coastal communities object.
  • How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science (NY Times):
    The campaign ad appeared during the presidential contest of 2008. Rapid-fire images of belching smokestacks and melting ice sheets were followed by a soothing narrator who praised a candidate who had stood up to President George W. Bush and 'sounded the alarm on global warming.' It was not made for a Democrat, but for Senator John McCain, who had just secured the Republican nomination.
  • Coal To Solar Switch Could Save 52,000 Us Lives Per Year (Daily Climate):
    Swapping out coal energy for solar would prevent 52,000 premature deaths in the United States every year, according to a new analysis from Michigan Technological University.
  • Exxon's Climate Accounting a 'Sham' Under Tillerson, New York AG Says (Inside Climate News):
    Eric Schneiderman says he has evidence that Exxon used one set of numbers in describing risks to investors but used a secret set internally.
  • 'Pink Slime' Case Pits S.D. Meat Producer Against ABC News (NPR):
    The company that made 'pink slime' is suing ABC News, saying the network's 2012 coverage was defamatory and hurt its operations. Opening statements began Monday.
  • The Wild West of Deep-Sea Mining (Hakai Magazine):
    In the coming years, a new gold rush will begin. Deep beneath the ocean’s waves, from scalding hydrothermal vents to the frigid stretches of the abyssal plain, ocean processes have deposited vast quantities of valuable minerals on the seafloor. Now, the convergence of technological development and political will has placed this ore within reach. But like the gold rushes of old, the deep-sea-mining industry is emerging on the frontiers of society, far from legislatures and law enforcement.
  • Inconvenient Data Buried As 'Confidential Business Information.' (Environmental Health News):
    After the European Parliament obtains the release of Monsanto's data, a very different picture emerges about the safety of its product.
  • Help arrives for Sandy-wrecked town as others resist dunes (AP):
    [E]ven this $128 million project isn't enough to repair the damage Superstorm Sandy did to the Jersey shore. And not everyone wants the help.
  • Solar's rise lifted these blue-collar workers. Now they're worried about Trump (Washington Post):
    [H]e supported President Trump, a defender of blue-collar workers. But the 25-year-old sees Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement as a threat to his job.
    "I'm a little nervous about it. The solar business is blowing up and that's great for a lot of people around here," Catanzaro said, just after switching on an 86-panel array atop a brick apartment building. "I was in favor of Trump, which I might regret now," he said. "I just don't want solar to go down the wrong path."
  • The 5 biggest deceptions in Trump's Paris climate speech - It wasn't easy narrowing these down. (Vox):
    It is a remarkable address, in its own way, in that virtually every passage contains something false or misleading. The sheer density of bullshit is almost admirable, from a performance art perspective...A proper fact-check would run longer than the speech itself. To keep this quick, I've selected the top five deceptions. A note: I'm not calling these "lies," because that implies Trump knows they are false. It is far from clear that Trump understands anything about any of the issues at stake, or is even capable of forming stable beliefs as such.
  • A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
    Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
  • No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously (Vox):
    If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.


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  • NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: