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Nuclear Shutdown News, December 2014 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear power industry. As nuclear power reactors approach or surpass their planned operating life of 40 years, they have become less and less reliable and more and more threatening. What to do about this? A complete and immediate shut down of them all! NO NUKES! Here’s our December report.
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:07PM
New York Fracking Ban Increases Pressure on Obama to Protect Public Lands From Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
ALBANY, N.Y.— After years of public pressure, New York today became the second state to ban hydraulic fracturing because of risks to people and the environment. The announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo adds to the pressure on the Obama administration to end fracking across the country, including on America’s public lands.
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:59PM
Corruption vs Corporate Social Responsibility And Community-Development Funds - by Tomas DiFiore
“People in the world's richest countries are rightly angry at the increasing job losses and house repossessions. What is less understood is that for much longer, failures by banks and the governments that regulate them have caused untold damage to the economies of some of the poorest countries in the world.” From timber revenues to oil and gas development contracts, vast sums of cash change hands. Banks hide the heists by cabinet members of stolen revenues, and the regimes in power invest...
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:50AM
Congressman Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking on Public Lands - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – On December 10, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced a bill to ban fracking for oil and gas on federally owned, public lands with Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-09). This is the strongest federal bill against fracking introduced in Congress to date. Along with the introduction of the bill, Food & Water Watch released the results of a national poll conducted by Lake Research Partners, which finds that 48 percent of Americans oppose fracking on public lands,...
Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:38PM
Technology and More Than 32,000 Square Miles of Area Closures Will Safeguard Atlantic Blue - by Joanna Nasar
After five years of work by Turtle Island, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and our partners, NOAA Fisheries officially announced new, stricter regulations for the U.S. Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery.
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:42AM
Race, Poverty, And Chemical Toxic Trespass - The Critical Distance Of Vulnerability - by Tomas DiFiore
“The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) screened news media reports of 1,275 high consequence incidents over a recent five-year period, 2009–2013. High consequence incidents result in injury, fatality, acute environmental damage, evacuation or shelter-in-place of 500 or more members of the public, onsite property damage greater than $500,000, or offsite property damage. The CSB data do not represent the universe of all chemical incidents.” At the other end of the ...
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:52AM
Honoring Chevron With The Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence - by Tomas DiFiore
“But we went further in our own assessment of the top 100, we looked at the taxes paid over a period of time and that is why the federal inland revenue service is on the board. We also look at the employment they are generating and they have generated. We look at the level of investment they have in Nigeria and then their contributions in terms of social responsibility.” SIGN THIS PETITION! Tell the State Department: Don't honor Chevron for its "corporate excellence. "http://act.credo...
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 9:17AM
Pacific NorthWest LNG - North American LNG Exports - B.C. Won't Even Get The Jobs - by Tomas DiFiore
Big Oil And Bigger Oil - The Financial Times ranked the New Seven Sisters on the basis of resource base, level of output, company's ambition, scale of their domestic market, and influence in the industry. In order of prominence, they are Saudi Aramco, Russia's Gazprom, CNPC of China, NIOC of Iran, Venezuela's PDVSA, Brazil's Petrobras and Petronas of Malaysia. The New Seven Sisters control about one-third of the world's oil and gas production and reserves. In contrast, remaining descendants o...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:11AM
Lawsuit Launched Against Offshore Fracking in California's Santa Barbara Channel - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Interior Department for violating three federal laws by rubber-stamping offshore fracking in California’s Santa Barbara Channel without evaluating its polluting effects on coastal communities or blue whales, sea otters and other marine wildlife.
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 12:16PM
Thirty years on from Bhopal disaster: Still fighting for justice - by Amnesty International
On the night of 2nd December, 1984, toxic gas had leaked from a factory run by Union Carbide India Ltd spreading fumes over a large residential area in Bhopal.
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 3:15PM
EPA Clean Power Plan Low-and Zero-carbon Generating Capacity – Nuclear Power Plants - by Tomas DiFiore
A long data source-linked article, a tirade against the wasteful use of money and environment for nuclear energy, focused around Tritium, and radioactive water contamination. The current EPA Proposed Rule for existing power plants covers 30 nuclear facilities in the US, and 5 under construction. The economics don't pan out, the cost benefits to society are a burden of deceit and sickness. Don't let nuclear generation of electricity win over solar and wind! This is the final opportunity to aff...
Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:27AM
Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry - by Center for Biological Diversity
GRAND CANYON, Ariz.— The Havasupai tribe and conservation groups will fight appeals filed on November 25 by two mining lobbying groups challenging a ruling by Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell that upheld a ban on new uranium mining claims on about one million acres adjacent to Grand Canyon.
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:48PM
Diversifying The U.S. Energy Economy Under The EPA Proposed Power Plant Rule - by Tomas DiFiore
The green renewable energy job market scenario – growing, adding long term employment at good wages! The solar industry continues to be an engine of job growth, creating jobs six times faster than the overall job market. The latest U.S. figures from The Solar Foundation, an independent research organization, show a 13 percent growth in high-skilled solar jobs spanning installations, sales, marketing, manufacturing and software development, bringing total direct jobs to 119,000 in the sector...
Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:50AM
EPA Proposed Power Plant Rule Favors Nuclear Generation Of Electricity Over Wind And Solar - by Tomas DiFiore
Between now and December 1, there is a comment period for proposed rules limiting emissions from power plants. Unfortunately, the rules currently favor natural gas and nuclear electrical generating units (EGUs) over green renewables, thereby encouraging more fracking, and generating zero-emissions carbon credits from the nuclear (EGUs) for coal. In fact, if these rules go through as written, they could encourage unconventional natural gas development (fracking) burdening Americans with this t...
Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:05PM
OlympicForest Warfare Range, articles & petitions - by Otter
Three articles and 4 petitions (sign petitions at your leisure. But deadline of 11/28/14 -Greenwich Mean Time- for public comments to US Forest Service) "...Is it legal? And more broadly, is this a new use of the people’s national forest that will set precedent across the country, introducing an increasing, intrusive militarism into our unique and often fragile national parks and national forests where the public seeks peace? ..." "the Navy Auditor wrote: ... The EA-18G (Growler) emits...
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:43PM
Video: Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, 18 min - by Center for Media and Democracy
Our thinking on security, strength, health, work, and prosperity must change from the extractive and destructive paradigm to caring and protection. Nature is our partner, more than an external, a free good or a sink. Lakes are more than anti-freeze, mountains are more than landfill and politicians should do more than stuff their own pockets. The future should be anticipated and protected in the present, not extrapolated from the present.
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:35AM
Online Rally against Belo Monte mega dam - by netzdemo portal
Norte Energia consortium is building a mega dam on an indigenous area near the Xingu river, a major Amazon tributary. Now over fifty percent of the construction are complete. The Belo Monte Dam complex is designed to divert the Xingu River's flow. It will devastate an area of over 1,500 square kilometers of Brazilian rainforest and cause the forced displacement of up to 40,000 indigenous people. Join the protest on Norte Energia websites on November 25-27.
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:28PM
The EPA Proposed Power Plant Regulations - by Tomas DiFiore
After 5 years of ridiculous attacks on the EPA, we are very close to the Power Plant Rule under the Clean Air Act. Add your voice to the nearly 1,250,000 comments on the EPA Proposed Power Plant Regulations, Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. If it just seems like too much to grasp, you can sign on to a comment form petition!
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:21AM
Information War is declared #OpEdelman (video/mp4 1.6MB) - by IndyRadio
Edelman PR and Edelman Calgary have been hired to recruit astroturf shills in support of the TransCanada Pipeline. We have leaked documents with thei PR strategy courtesy of Greenpeace and a short broadcast from Anonymous.
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:14AM
Save U.S. Rainforest - Deadline Nov. 28 to comment re WA State Olympic Peninsula - by Marilyn
The last remaining rain forest in the US is ringed by the Olympic National Forest. The US Navy wants to make the area the "Pacific Northwest Electromagnetic Warfare Range" (PNEWR). The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is coming soon. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the fragile Peninsula forever. It will likely be a prototype for militarizing more and more National Forests and Parks. We need real wilderness, not more militariz...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:21PM