With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 5/17/2016, 11:59am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Global protests for action on climate change receive no coverage in corporate media; New evacuations for Fort McMurray fire in Canada's oil sands country; Obama's EPA issues new rules to cut the methane; Shell Oil gives the Gulf of Mexico another spill; A win for whales; PLUS: Here we go again: April 2016 was the hottest April ever recorded... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): "You Have Been Fooled": AGU Reopens Exxon Sponsorship Review; Nissan unveils a home battery to take on Tesla's Powerwall; D.C. Circuit Shifts Plans for Obama Climate Cases; Red tuna crabs carpet Southern California beaches again; U.S. top court rejects Exxon appeal in groundwater contamination case; Nebraska Utility Head Recommends Closing Nuclear Power Plant; Trump's son woos sportsmen, covets top job at Interior... PLUS: In India's Drought Crisis, Suicides Increase Among Farmers Deep In Debt... 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)...

  • "You Have Been Fooled": AGU Reopens Exxon Sponsorship Review After Stinging Letter From Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Lieu (DeSmogBlog) [emphasis added]:
    The letter reads: "We can attest that Exxon's purported support for a carbon tax is not real. It is impossible to reconcile EM's stated support for a revenue-neutral carbon tax with the lobbying activities of EM and the trade associations that claim to represent EM on the Hill. What we see in Congress is that their lobbying efforts are 100 percent opposed to any action on climate."
  • Nissan unveils a home battery to take on Tesla's Powerwall (Mashable):
    Nissan announced a new home energy-storage device Monday, made out of recycled batteries sourced from its Leaf electric cars. The xStorage system, which Nissan unveiled at an event in East London and is produced in partnership with power =-management company Eaton, is essentially the company's answer to Tesla's Powerwall.
  • D.C. Circuit Shifts Plans for Obama Climate Cases; Ruling Unlikely to Come Before Election (Wall St. Journal):
    A federal appeals court decision on the legality of Obama administration rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants likely won't come until after the November election, thanks to a notable scheduling change announced Monday.
  • Red tuna crabs carpet Southern California beaches again (Reuters):
    The crabs are typically concentrated in Mexican waters off the southern and central Baja Peninsula, but warming currents periodically carry the crustaceans farther north and closer to shore, according to scientists.
  • U.S. top court rejects Exxon appeal in groundwater contamination case (Reuters):
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Exxon Mobil Corp's (XOM.N) appeal of a $236 million judgment against the oil company in a case brought by the state of New Hampshire over groundwater contamination linked to a gasoline additive.
  • Trump Turns To Global Warming Denier For Energy Policy Guidance (Reuters):
    Donald Trump asked for help is US Representative Kevin Cramer (R) of North Dakota, one of the country's most ardent oil and gas drilling advocates and climate change skeptics.
  • Obama, Nordic Leaders Agree To New Arctic Protections (The Hill):
    President Obama and the leaders of five Nordic countries agreed Friday to environmental protections for the Arctic that could restrict oil and gas drilling and other commercial activity there.
  • In India's Drought Crisis, Suicides Increase Among Farmers Deep In Debt (NPR):
    Tukaram Jadhav was barely surviving off of his tiny cotton farm when he killed himself last September. His widow, a petite mother of two, pulls her purple sari tightly around her, and says she discovered her husband as he lay dying.
  • Nebraska Utility Head Recommends Closing Nuclear Power Plant (AP):
    The head of a Nebraska utility recommended shutting down the nation's smallest nuclear power plant by the end of the year, saying Thursday that it doesn't make economic sense to keep it open.
  • Trump's son woos sportsmen, covets top job at Interior (E&E News) [emphasis added]
    Trump Jr. said he'd like to be the next secretary of the Interior Department, the agency that controls one-fifth of the nation's landmass and almost all of the oceans...It would use the money it spends defending lawsuits filed by "radical environmental groups" to increase the size of game herds. "I want to change some laws and better invest current money to make our lands more productive, while having fewer wildfires," he said. "Well-managed lands, with thinned timber, food plots and habitat improvements that help animals would be the goal."
  • Chemical Breakdown, Part 1: Houston: (Houston Chronicle) [emphasis added]:
    Just outside Pearland, theater patrons come and go within 200 feet of a warehouse that stockpiles a pesticide so toxic it seeped into a family’s house in Utah and killed two little girls...All over America and across greater Houston, capital of the nation’s petrochemical industry, hundreds of chemicals pose serious threats to public safety at facilities that may be unknown to most neighbors and are largely unpoliced by government at all levels.
  • Want to fight climate change? Here are the 7 critical life changes you should make (Grist) [emphasis added]:
    So, given the imperfections of this world, what is a lone wolf such as yourself to do? Here are some conclusions gleaned from this study: 1. Buy the most fuel-efficient car you can afford, then drive it as little as possible....


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