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By Desi Doyen on 6/16/2016, 10:49am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: House Republicans' new agenda calls for rolling back pollution standards; The streak continues: May 2016 was the hottest May on record; Power plants no longer the nation's largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions; New report finds Obama's Clean Power Plan will save Americans $38 billion a year; PLUS: Turns out, Donald Trump was for climate action before he was against it... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Small-Town America Has a Serious Drinking-Water Problem; Millions of American Children Missing Early Lead Tests, Reuters Finds; DuPont May Dodge Toxic Lawsuits By Pulling a Disappearing Act; Lawsuit Accuses Range Resources And Lab Of Doctoring Water Test Results; Exxon Asks U.S. Court To Throw Out Subpoena In Climate Change Inquiry; Rules On GMO Crops In Hawaii Heads To US Appeals Court; Big Coal Funded This Prominent Climate Change Denier, Docs Reveal; Wall Street Journal Accepts Environmentalist Ad But Charges Extra... PLUS: France Ratifies Paris Climate Agreement... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

  • Congressional Republicans' 'new' agenda calls for rolling back environmental protections:
    • Ryan plan would roll back rules on environment, banks, labor (McClatchy DC):
      The 57-page document to be released Tuesday compiles a detailed list of bills that GOP members have introduced to dismantle many of President Obama's signature reforms like the Clean Power Plan and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill. It also includes a proposal to repeal "all climate-change regulations under the Clean Air Act."
    • Ryan unveils plan to roll back Obama-era regulations (AP):
      "The latest plank of House Republicans' Wrong Way agenda is nothing more than a wish list for polluters, unscrupulous financial advisers and Wall Street. It will do nothing to create jobs in our country," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "This special interest Republican agenda would poison the air we breathe and the water we drink, while rolling back critical protections for American consumers and taking the cops off the Wall Street beat."

  • May 2016 was the hottest May ever recorded:
  • Power plants no longer the nation's largest contributor to global warming:
  • Obama's Clean Power Plan will save Americans $38 billion a year:
    • Harvard Study Finds $38 Billion Economic Benefit From EPA's Carbon Rule (Climate Progress):
      ...and do so fairly quickly...Quantifying emission reductions in power plants is not unprecedented, but this is the first study of its kind to break down the costs and benefits by sub-region. "The nice thing about this study, and others like it, is that it's able to quantify air quality and health benefits that are immediate," said Buonocore. "So it's able to kind of put this information in terms of benefits that can be a lot more relevant to policy makers and other decision makers."
    • An Analysis of Costs and Health Co-Benefits for a U.S. Power Plant Carbon Standard (PLOS One):
      "Health benefits would outweigh the estimated costs of the carbon standard in our study for 13 out of 14 power sector regions within five years of implementation, even though we only looked at a subset of the total benefits."
    • Harvard study finds $38 billion of public health benefits from carbon reduction rule (AWEA Blog):
      But the benefits to public health are likely even greater than the study’s findings, because it didn’t take into account direct health benefits due to climate change mitigation, such as fewer heat-related illnesses, reduction in extreme weather, and avoided increases in vector-borne diseases.

  • Donald Trump was for climate action before he was against it:
    • Donald Trump once backed urgent climate action. Wait, what? (Grist):
      In an open letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress, they declared: “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”

      One of the signatories of that letter: Donald Trump.

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


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