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By Desi Doyen on 8/28/2012, 3:18pm PT  

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: An anxious Gulf Coast awaits Hurricane Isaac; Tampa GOP prays the storm away (rejoices when it veers towards Louisiana!); Massive refinery fire in Venezuela; More MPG for American cars, but Romney's against it; PLUS: Melting ice in the Arctic hits a new record low ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): OH: Coal miners lose day's pay to attend mandatory Romney rally; Greenpeace activists occupy Arctic oil rig; Food companies fight GMO labeling in CA; Cyanide spill at Alaska mine; Australia & EU to merge carbon markets; China to spend $300+ billion in 3 years on energy efficiency ... PLUS: Onion: RNC Builds Levee Out Of Poor People To Protect Convention Site ... and much, MUCH more! ...


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

  • RNC Builds Levee Out Of Poor People To Protect Convention Site (The Onion) [emphasis added]:
    “We brought in several truckloads of low-income residents and welfare recipients from the Tampa area, and we have dozens of volunteers laying them down flat and packing them real close together to create a watertight barrier,” said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, noting that there were “more than enough” impoverished families devastated by foreclosures to fashion a sufficient levee around the entire 20,000-seat structure.
  • AUDIO: Miners’ mandatory attendance at Romney rally cost them a day’s pay (Grist):
    [Murray Energy CFO Rob] Moore told Blomquist that managers “communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend.” He said the company did not penalize no-shows.
  • VIDEO: Greenpeace Activists Scale Arctic Oil Rig (Treehugger):
    The activists, including Greenpeace's global chief Kumi Naidoo, climbed the Gazprom platform off Russia's north coast after reaching it in inflatable speedboats at about 4 a.m.
  • Which 'Natural' Food Companies Are Fighting the Effort to Label GMOs? (Huffington Post Green):
    [P]olls show that as many as 90% of us want genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) labeled. More than 40 other nations, including the entire European Union, already require disclosure. But Monsanto and its allies are dedicated to keeping consumers in the dark and are pouring tens of millions of dollars into a disinformation campaign intended to defeat Prop 37.
  • Alaska: Cyanide water spill at Fairbanks gold mine (Sacramento Bee):
    Alaska officials say about 45,000 gallons of cyanide water solution spilled at the Fort Knox Gold Mine near Fairbanks after a bulldozer damaged a buried pipeline.
  • Australian and EU carbon markets to be linked (Guardian UK):
    Deal connecting two international markets from 2015 will create the world's biggest emissions trading system
  • Fracking: Methane Appearing in PA Water Supplies: (NPR):
    The gas drilling industry says fracking hasn't been linked to water contamination. But it has.
  • Report: Most Antarctic Peninsula Warming Human-Caused (Climate Central) [empahsis added]:
    Scientists are intrigued with this corner of the world because it’s warming faster than anyplace else on Earth. The planet as a whole has heated up by about 1.3°F since 1900, but on the peninsula, it has shot up by a whopping 5° in just 50 years, forcing massive ice shelves to disintegrate and penguin colonies to collapse.
  • Climate change: self-imposed pain and suffering (Bloomington Alternative) [emphasis added]:
    I'd have to advise the Logan County cattle farmer featured in the piece to look in the mirror. He's a victim of manmade climate change. And as a Kentuckian, he bears as much or more responsibility for his fate as anyone in the world. He and his bluegrass neighors, along with all the rest of us, brought the climate-induced 2012 tragedies of drought and wildfires upon ourselves. Payback is indeed a bitch. And we've only begun to pay.
  • China to Spend $372 Billion on Cutting Energy Use, Pollution (Scientific American) [emphasis added]:
    China will plough $372 billion into energy conservation projects and anti-pollution measures over the next 3 years, part of a drive to cut energy consumption by 300 million tonnes of standard coal, the country's cabinet said Tuesday.
  • Bill McKibben: Global Warming's Terrifying New Math (Rolling Stone):
    The fight, in the end, is about whether the industry will succeed in its fight to keep its special pollution break alive past the point of climate catastrophe, or whether, in the economists' parlance, we'll make them internalize those externalities.
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