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By Desi Doyen on 6/4/2015, 12:18pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican Rick Perry and Democrat Lincoln Chafee enter the 2016 race; Maryland bans fracking; Texas and Oklahoma ban fracking bans; PLUS: Big Oil CEOs call for a price on carbon (but there's a catch)... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): EPA study: No evidence fracking has caused “widespread” impacts on drinking water; California Oil Spill Pipeline Had Been Left To Rust Paper-Thin; How to Thrive in the Age of Megadrought?; How Europe’s Climate Policies Led To More U.S. Trees Being Cut Down; 49 States Making Plans for EPA Carbon Rule—Even the Ones That Hate It; Minnesota Tribes Press Concerns Over Pipeline Plan, Wild Rice; Killing the Colorado River: Las Vegas' 'water witch' policy-maker promotes unlimited growth amid drought... PLUS: Adapting to climate change is going to be a lot messier than we think... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...




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

  • EPA study: No evidence fracking has caused “widespread” impacts on drinking water (Fuel Fix) [emphasis added]:
    But its scope has been criticized by hydraulic fracturing skeptics, who say the agency was forced to analyze data without forward-looking studies that include tests of wells both before and after hydraulic fracturing operations to determine baseline conditions and document changes. In its draft, the EPA itself acknowledged that its findings could be affected by “insufficient pre- and post-fracturing data on the quality of drinking water resources.”
  • California Oil Spill Pipeline Had Been Left To Rust Paper-Thin (AP):
    An oil pipeline that ruptured and spilled an estimated 383,000 litres (101,000 gallons) of crude near Santa Barbara in May had been allowed to corrode to a tiny fraction of its original thickness, federal regulators have said.
  • Adapting to climate change is going to be a lot messier than we think (Vox.com):
    The first rule of climate adaptation should be "stop making things worse." And yet, surprisingly often, we break that rule.
  • How to Thrive in the Age of Megadrought? (Motherboard):
    But how do you survive a megadrought? How might we triumph over Mad Max-levels of wasteland dry, without turning into water-hoarding, Valhalla-worshipping mutants?
  • How Europe’s Climate Policies Led To More U.S. Trees Being Cut Down (Washington Post):
    For the sake of a greener Europe, thousands of American trees are falling each month in the forests outside this cotton-country town.
  • 49 States Making Plans for EPA Carbon Rule—Even the Ones That Hate It (InsideClimate News):
    The Environmental Protection Agency's plans to finalize the rules on carbon emissions from power plants are still several months away. But most states, even those challenging the agency in court, are already investigating ways to comply.
  • DC Circuit Court rejects challenges to EPA ozone regulations (Utility Dive):
    A federal appeals court [Tuesday] rejected a series of challenges from states, environmental groups and energy companies to U.S. EPA's determinations of which parts of the country meet its standard for ozone, a main component of smog.
  • E.P.A. to Set New Limits on Airplane Emissions (NY Times):
    The Obama administration is set to announce that it will require new rules to cut emissions from airplanes, expanding a quest to tackle climate change that has included a string of significant regulations on cars, trucks and power plants.
  • White House Meeting Elicits Pledges to Reduce Antibiotic Use (NY Times):
    The Obama administration convened representatives of hospitals, food producers, professional medical societies and restaurant chains on Tuesday and extracted pledges to reduce the use of lifesaving antibiotics, whose effectiveness is waning because of overuse.
  • Groups Sue Agency To Block Shell's Arctic Offshore Drilling (AP):
    Ten environmental groups Tuesday sued a federal agency over its approval of a plan by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for exploratory petroleum drilling off Alaska's northwest coast.
  • Minnesota Tribes Press Concerns Over Pipeline Plan, Wild Rice (Minnesota Public Radio):
    Several Minnesota Indian bands are upset about what they say is a lack of consultation over a proposed controversial oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
  • Killing the Colorado: "The ‘Water Witch’ (Pro Publica) [emphasis added]:
    Yet even last summer — staring at the effects of growth and drought on the reservoir, where once-drowned islands were visible for the first time in as much as 75 years — Mulroy apologized for none of it. She bridled at the idea that Las Vegas or other desert cities had reached the outer edge of what their environments could support. “That’s the silliest thing I have ever heard,” she said, her voice rising in anger. “I’ve had it right up to here with all this ‘Stop your growth.’”
  • Reducing Drilling Pollution—Wyoming Did It, No Big Deal. Will Texas? (Environmental Defense Fund):
    Texas may lead the nation in oil and gas drilling, but it is falling way behind other states – including other industry-friendly states like Wyoming — in protecting its residents from drilling impacts.
  • Jeb Bush meets with coal industry CEOs, drawing criticism from environmental activists (Washington Post):
    Bush was the only potential presidential candidate on the agenda at the fourth annual meeting of the Coal & Investment Leadership Forum, which includes top officers of some of the largest coal firms in the eastern United States.
  • New EPA water rule continues coal industry exemption (Charleston Gazette) [emphasis added]:
    [B]uried in the nearly 300-page rule made public last week is language that maintains a long-standing exemption that various industries — from coal mining to large-scale farming — have used to allow them to turn what might otherwise be considered streams into huge waste impoundments.
  • House bill would undo decades of fisheries management, add 'flexibility' to federal fishing law (AP):
    A bill sponsored by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, would remove a 10-year timeframe for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and allow fisheries managers to consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits....Forty-three percent of fish stocks identified as being overfished were rebuilt or showed good progress toward rebuilding within 10 years, the time limit required by the Magnuson-Stevens law, the report said. Another 31 percent were on track to rebuild if sharply reduced fishing levels remain in place, the report said.
  • Appalachian Power ceases operations in 3 W.Va. coal-fired plants, 2 in Va. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph):
    Upgrading the plant to comply with the new federal EPA rules dealing with mercury and air toxic standards was cost prohibitive for the company. The age of the plant, which was built in 1919, also made it difficult to convert the facility from coal to natural gas.
  • 10 Billion Tons of Coal Could Erase Obama's Progress on Climate Change (Motherboard):
    Some 10.2 billion tons of coal, sitting on 106,00 acres of public land, have been authorized for sale by the Obama administration today.
  • Coal Industry Fighting for Survival on 7 Fronts (InsideClimate News):
    The 'war on coal' started long before Obama took office to control the costly and deadly health impacts of an otherwise cheap and abundant fuel.
  • Holding Your Breath in India (NY Times):
    A recent study showed that nearly half of Delhi’s 4.4 million schoolchildren have irreversible lung damage from the poisonous air.
  • Rate Of Climate Change To Soar By 2020s, With Arctic Warming 1°F Per Decade (Climate Progress):
    New research from a major national lab projects that the rate of climate change, which has risen sharply in recent decades, will soar by the 2020s. This worrisome projection - which has implications for extreme weather, sea level rise, and permafrost melt - is consistent with several recent studies.
  • Now's Your Chance to Help Save the Imperiled Monarch Butterfly-and Get Paid to Do So (Take Part) [emphasis added]:
    Another threat, according to Grant, has been well-intentioned individuals who have planted a tropical form of milkweed, which competes with native varieties and is not beneficial to monarchs or other pollinators.


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years: