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Time for Congress to Act and Save Clean Energy Jobs

Today, the US Senate is casting a vote critical to the future of the U.S. wind industry. Wind power has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and the wind industry now employs more than 80,000 Americans and generates enough electricity to power 15 million homes. Wind is providing affordable, reliable electricity from coast to coast - in 2013 Iowa got 27 percent of its electricity from wind power, while South Dakota got 26 percent. Despite this momentum, wind power's full potential continues to rest in the hands of members of Congress, including some with close ties to fossil …

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“Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn On Your Lungs,” and Other Reasons For Strong Smog Pollution Standards

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when their child suffers an asthma attack, and I can only imagine how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major trigger is smog pollution - also known as ground-level ozone. When smog is inhaled, the harm it does has been likened to getting a sunburn on your lungs, and these asthma attacks send tens of thousands of kids to the emergency room every year. Kids and seniors are especially at risk from smog pollution. This is …

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Fact Sheet

The world fish catch is a measure of the productivity and health of the oceanic ecosystem that covers 70 percent of the earth's surface. The extent to which world demand for seafood is outrunning the sustainable yield of fisheries can be seen in shrinking fish stocks, declining catches, and collapsing fisheries. Seafood plays a vital role in world food security. Roughly 3 billion people get about 20 percent of their animal protein from fishery products. The world fish catch has hovered around 90 million tons over the last 20 years. The wild fish catch per person has dropped dramatically, from …

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North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

The controversy continues almost two months after a Duke Energy spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. First, the Waterkeeper Alliance discovered Duke Energy dumping some 61 million gallons of coal ash wastewater into yet another waterway - the Cape Fear River. Duke Energy has been cited eight times since the Feb. 2 Dan River spill! Now, state regulators have withdrawn the sweetheart coal ash violation settlements offered in previous years and instead have asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step in to further investigate coal ash violations. Today we released a poll showing that these inexcusable …

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Better Building Codes Save Bundles [Chart]

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How much money could you and your neighbors save on energy? That depends a lot on the building code, which states (and sometimes cities) can use to set minimum standards for energy efficiency.  The U.S. Department of Energy has a nice chart of which state has adopted which code, but the following chart is useful in understanding what that means from the standpoint of relative energy efficiency and energy savings.  A third of states could save new homeowners anywhere from $150 to $1100 per year in energy costs by upgrading or implementing the most recent International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In …

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111 ways Nate Silver hire Roger Pielke Jr doesn’t like you

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Roger Pielke Jr, the political scientist recently hired by Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight “data journalism” venture, has a long record of harsh criticisms of the climate science community, impugning the motives, ethics, and honesty of climate scientists and communicators. Bonus: find out what he thinks about Grist readers (#79)!

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New video: All of the Above is climate denial

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You may have seen the latest effort to push an All of the Above energy to a younger generation, this time by the GOP (but of course, they're not the first to do so...ahem, President Obama...). Well, we at Oil Change International have our own version we'd like to share with you that we think tells a more accurate picture of what All of the Above energy boosters are really all about. And after you're done watching, be sure to send a message that you won't stand for All of the Above climate denial. Check out our remake: ...and here's …

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More problems for coal exporters: clean water protections

Ambre Energy and its financial backers at Resource Capital Funds received some more bad news this week for their efforts to build coal export facilities on the Columbia River. Earthfix reports: In Oregon, the state owns all the land submerged in water -– including riverbeds. In a letter sent Friday, DSL operations manager Lori Warner-Dickason told project developers that a portion of their project will be taking place over state-owned submerged lands. That means they will need to lease additional state land before the project can operate. “Just like any other landlord, the State of Oregon has broad discretion to …

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Victory in Georgia: Students Continue to Make Progress Against Campus Coal Plants

I am thrilled for students at the University of Georgia: After more than four years of campaigning, gathering more than 5,000 signatures and 100 faculty endorsements, and a slew of community and campus events, the UGA Beyond Coal Campaign is seeing some serious results. Last week the UGA administration announced that the campus coal boiler will be replaced! Students at UGA were among the first to bring the Campuses Beyond Coal Campaign to their campus. Their movement started with just a few students in the Fall of 2009 and grew exponentially, so much that hundreds of students, faculty and community …

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Bill Koch is the latest executive to leave the coal business, saying it “has kind of died”

Another executive has apparently decided to ditch the shrinking US coal mining industry: Bill Koch, who made billions selling petcoke and coal with his company Oxbow Carbon. Energy and Environment News reports: "The coal business in the United States has kind of died," Koch said during a phone interview Friday, "so we're out of the coal business now." Bill Koch is the younger brother of notorious oil billionaires Charles and David Koch, and while he has not played a major role in funding climate denial and right wing extremist groups like his brothers, he has used his wealth in other …

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