With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 1/29/2013, 2:54pm PT  


IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Superstorm Sandy disaster aid finally passed by Congress; Transportation Secretary to step down; Catastrophic flooding in Australia, while drought worsens in US; Poll: climate action a winner with voters; PLUS: Who in New York is paying to protest wind farms in Scotland? ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): UK's Stern: ‘I got it wrong on climate change'; Judge OKs BP’s guilty plea in Gulf oil spill; Keystone XL work veers onto wrong land; Wind Energy Surpasses Nuclear in China; Message from Mexico: U.S. Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need to Drink; EU sets common standard for elec. car chargers; Rare earth mining boom raises toxic risks ... PLUS: Exposing the Kochs: Billionaire Koch Bros. get sweet tax breaks by secretly funding climate change deniers ... and much, MUCH more! ...


'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Nicholas Stern: ‘I Got It Wrong On Climate Change–It’s Far, Far Worse,’ An ‘Existential’ Threat For Many (Climate Progress)
  • Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science (UK Independent) [emphasis added]:
    Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics
    Donors [Trust] is being indirectly supported by the American billionaire Charles Koch...Millions of dollars has been paid to Donors through a third-party organisation, called the Knowledge and Progress Fund, with is operated by the Koch family but does not advertise its Koch connections... People who give money receive generous tax relief and can retain greater anonymity than if they had used their own charitable foundations because, technically, they do not control how Donors spends the cash.
  • Judge OKs BP’s guilty plea to manslaughter, other charges, $4 billion in oil spill penalties (AP) [emphasis added]:
    What the plea deal approved by U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance doesn’t resolve, though, is the federal government’s civil claims against BP. The company could pay billions more for environmental damage from its 2010 spill.
    Keith Jones, whose 28-year-old son, Gordon, died in the rig explosion, said $4 billion isn’t adequate punishment.... “They were basically cremated alive and not at their choice.”
  • Keystone XL work veers onto wrong land (Fuel Fix):
    TransCanada contractors building the Keystone XL pipeline mistakenly planned their route and cleared several hundred feet of land through public property they had no right to work on...
  • Wind Energy Surpasses Nuclear As China’s 3rd Largest Source Of Electrical Power (Clean Technica)
  • Message from Mexico: U.S. Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need to Drink (Pro Publica):
    Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Mexican effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: that water far underground can be intentionally polluted because it will never be used.
  • What holds energy tech back? The infernal battery (AP) [emphasis added]:
    As 21st century technology strains to become ever faster, cleaner and cheaper, an invention from more than 200 years ago keeps holding it back. It's why electric cars aren't clogging the roads and why Boeing's new ultra-efficient 787 Dreamliners aren't flying high. And chances are you have this little invention next to you right now and probably have cursed it recently: the infernal battery.
  • Europe Sets Common Standard for Electric Vehicle Chargers: (Environment News Service):
    The 'Type 2 plug developed by the German company Mennekes will be the common standard for charging electrified vehicles across the European Union, the European Commission has announced.
  • Boom in Mining Rare Earths Poses Mounting Toxic Risks: (Yale Environment 360):
    The mining of rare earth metals, used in everything from smart phones to wind turbines, has long been dominated by China. But as mining of these key elements spreads to countries like Malaysia and Brazil, scientists warn of the dangers of the toxic and radioactive waste generated by the mines and processing plants.

  • New Research: World on Track for Climate Disaster:
  • Essential Climate Science Background: