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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 23, 2012 Law of the Sea Treaty Is Found on Capitol Hill, Again
QUOTE: Thirty years after it was signed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the United Nations treaty that governs the world’s oceans is undergoing one of its periodic resurrections in Congress... The Senate has never ratified the treaty...its opponents — a handful of conservative Republicans who view it as an infringement on American sovereignty...
New York Times Sep 09, 2011 Pipeline Spills Put Safeguards Under Scrutiny
QUOTE: The little-known federal agency charged with monitoring the system and enforcing safety measures — the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration — is chronically short of inspectors and lacks the resources needed to hire more, leaving too much of the regulatory control in the hands of pipeline operators themselves...
New York Times Jun 24, 2011 ‘Safety Myth’ Left Japan Ripe for Nuclear Crisis
QUOTE: Over several decades, Japan’s nuclear establishment has devoted vast resources to persuade the Japanese public of the safety and necessity of nuclear power. Plant operators built lavish, fantasy-filled public relations buildings that became tourist attractions....The belief helps explains why in the only nation to have been attacked with atomic bombs, the Japanese acceptance of nuclear power was so strong that the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl barely registered. Even with the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the reaction against nuclear power has been much stronger in Europe and the United States than in Japan itself.
New York Times Jun 03, 2010 Prosecuting Crimes Against the Earth
QUOTE: Criminal prosecution cannot restore the gulf or end the suffering of the people who live along its shores. But it could ensure just punishment. And it would make it more likely that the companies involved would pay all claims for damage to the gulf coast, because the $75 million cap on liability, set by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, does not apply in criminal cases.
New York Times Dec 03, 2009 An Indian Village Sees the Downside of Carbon Trading Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1945243,00.html#ixzz0Ykz1f6GX
QUOTE: The controversy in Toranagallu [India} raises questions about the effectiveness of CDM [Clean Development Mechanism] projects and the wisdom of relying on the carbon market to combat climate change.
Time Magazine Nov 19, 2009 Zombie Nuke Plants
QUOTE: More than half of America's nuclear plants have received new twenty-year operating licenses. In fact, the NRC has not rejected a single license-renewal application. Many of these plants have also received "power up-rates" that allow them to run at up to 120 percent of their originally intended capacity. That means their systems are subjected to unprecedented amounts of heat, pressure, corrosion, stress and embrittling radiation.
Nation Oct 25, 2009 A new demand for uranium power brings concerns for Navajo groups: Mining planned at a mountain considered sacred
QUOTE: Now, interest in carbon-free nuclear power is fueling a potential resurgence of uranium mining. But Indian people gathered in Acoma, N.M., for the Indigenous Uranium Forum over the weekend decried future uranium extraction...
Washington Post Oct 10, 2009 Debate Follows Bills to Remove Clotheslines Bans
QUOTE: Proponents argue they should not be prohibited by their neighbors or local community agreements from saving on energy bills or acting in an environmentally minded way [by hanging laundry to dry]. Opponents say the laws lifting bans erode local property rights and undermine the autonomy of private communities.
New York Times Sep 29, 2009 Alternative Energy Projects Stumble on a Need for Water
QUOTE: Here is an inconvenient truth about renewable energy: It can sometimes demand a huge amount of water. Many of the proposed solutions to the nation’s energy problems, from certain types of solar farms to biofuel refineries to cleaner coal plants, could consume billions of gallons of water every year.
New York Times Sep 19, 2009 Plugged-In Age Feeds a Hunger for Electricity (By Degrees)
QUOTE: efforts to cover consumer electronics [in electrical efficiency rules] like televisions and game consoles have been repeatedly derailed by manufacturers worried about the higher cost of meeting the standards.
New York Times Sep 19, 2009 California Proposes Plan to Ban Sale of High-Energy TVs
QUOTE: the state's [California] regulatory mavens have formally proposed regulations that would force the industry to make more energy-efficient models.
Time Magazine Aug 31, 2009 Europe’s Ban on Old-Style Bulbs Begins
QUOTE: Restrictions on the sale of incandescent bulbs begin going into effect across most of Europe on Tuesday in the continent’s latest effort to get people to save energy and combat global warming. But even advocates concede the change is proving problematic.
New York Times Aug 30, 2009 In Oil-Rich Niger Delta, the Sun Never Sets: Smokestacks Still Shooting Out Gas Flares
QUOTE: As many as 100 flares burn at petroleum companies' outposts across the oil-rich [Niger] delta, belching harmful greenhouse gases and, human rights activists say, sickening residents [of Nigeria].
Washington Post Aug 17, 2009 'The Clunkers of the Power-Plant World:' Old Coal-Fired Facilities Could Escape New Rules (Green)
QUOTE: Many public health and environmental advocates say too little attention has been paid to facilities such as Fisk and Crawford (power plants in Chicago) -- "legacy" plants grandfathered in under the 1977 Clean Air Act and largely exempted from its requirement that facilities use the best pollution-control technology.
Washington Post Aug 16, 2009 Oil Group's 'Citizen' Rally Memo Stirs Debate: Firms Asked to Recruit Employees, Retirees (Green)
QUOTE: A petroleum industry trade group is asking oil companies to recruit employees and retirees to attend rallies attacking climate-change legislation, an approach to grass-roots politics that resembles strategies used recently by some opponents of health-care reform.
Washington Post Aug 12, 2009 As water and power dry up in India, the people revolt: Hundreds of times a week across the nation, frustrated residents block roads and demand resources. But there's simply not enough to go around.
QUOTE: Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, senior editor with the Hindustan Times and an Asia Society senior fellow, said scenes like this [protests against power and water shortages] are played out every day in India and do little to resolve the basic problem: There simply aren't enough resources to go around, particularly during times of natural calamity.
Los Angeles Times Aug 06, 2009 Struggling to hold up a bank: The trouble with nuclear fuel
QUOTE: all [efforts to get rid of nuclear missiles] will be in vain unless better ways can be found to deal with a practical problem as old as the nuclear age: how to stop nuclear technologies that can be used legitimately for making electricity from being abused for bomb-making. Efforts to tackle it are in a muddle.
Economist Jul 23, 2009 U.S. Energy Corridors Could Disrupt Climate Change Research
QUOTE: On Tuesday, fourteen conservation groups and a Colorado county sued the federal government, alleging that it violated environmental, property and energy laws in designating "energy corridors" along 6,000 miles (9,650 kilometers) of public land and wilderness areas in the U.S. West.
Scientific American Jul 10, 2009 Biofuel Fraud Case Could Leave the EPA Running on Fumes
QUOTE: After a jury ordered a leading cellulosic biofuel company to pony up millions for defrauding investors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will likely come in 60 million gallons shy of its 100 million gallon target next year.
Scientific American Jun 23, 2009 Deep in Bedrock, Clean Energy and Quake Fears
QUOTE: an American start-up company, AltaRock Energy, will begin using nearly the same method [to extrate geothermal energy that caused an earthquake in Switzerland] to drill deep into ground laced with fault lines...
New York Times Jun 19, 2009 Living on Canada's Oil: Must we really choose between energy security and a climate disaster?
QUOTE: No matter how useful the [Canadian] oil sands might be to our energy supplies, tapping into them remains the most controversial petroleum project on Earth.
Slate May 14, 2009 The Great Ethanol Scam: Not only is ethanol proving to be a dud as a fuel substitute but there is increasing evidence that it is destroying engines in large numbers
QUOTE: the primary job of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect our environment. Yet using ethanol actually creates more smog than using regular gas, and the EPA's own attorneys had to admit that fact....those promoting more ethanol in our gas say there's no scientific proof that adding more ethanol will damage vehicles or small gas-powered engines. With that statement they've gone from shilling the public to outright falsehoods, because ethanol-laced gasoline is already destroying engines across the country in ever larger numbers.
BusinessWeek Jan 02, 2009 Countries in tug-of-war over Arctic resources
QUOTE: One of the planet's most fragile and pristine ecosystems sits atop a bounty of untapped fossil fuels...And the fight over who owns those resources may turn out to be the most important territorial dispute of this century. Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland all have a stake in the Arctic's icy real estate.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 12, 2008 Decisions Shut Door on Bush Clean-Air Steps
QUOTE: In the morning, a federal appeals court struck down the cornerstone of the administration’s strategy to control industrial air pollution by agreeing with arguments by the utility industry that the E.P.A. had exceeded its authority when it established the Clean Air Interstate Rule in 2005. The court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, said the rule, which set new requirements for major pollutants, had “fatal flaws.”
New York Times Jun 13, 2008 Like American, More Airlines Add Fees for Checking Luggage
QUOTE: Airlines are attributing new fees and surcharges to high fuel prices, up 91.5 percent from this time last year, according to the International Air Transport Association. “With record-breaking fuel prices, we must pursue new revenue opportunities, while continuing to offer competitive fares, by tailoring our products and services around what our customers value most and are willing to pay for,” United’s chief operating officer, John P. Tague, said in a statement.
New York Times Jun 01, 2008 Warm-up for a global-warming law: Congress to begin work on a bill the next president would be willing to sign.
QUOTE: The top presidential nominees in both parties back a cap-and-trade system to limit US emissions of greenhouse gases. President Bush opposes it, and the White House is expected to detail objections to the 494-page Senate bill on Monday.
Christian Science Monitor May 19, 2008 World Aid Agencies Faulted in Food Crisis: Failure to Support Agriculture Cited
QUOTE: Wade's broadside is part of a backlash against multilateral organizations that were created after World War II -- including the FAO, the World Bank and the World Food Program -- tasked with weaving together a safety net for the world's poorest. The recent spike in food prices has ripped a massive tear in that net, triggering riots around the world and threatening to plunge more than 100 million people into extreme poverty.
Washington Post May 06, 2008 Grease bandits strike as biofuel demand rises: As the price of this waste product and biodiesel ingredient has risen, so have thefts.
QUOTE: Grease is a traded commodity like gold or pork bellies, and its price has tripled in the past two years – leading to increased theft. The reason: Grease can be used to make bio-diesel and has seen the same price spike as corn and other biofuel inputs.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 08, 2007 Efforts to Harvest Ocean’s Energy Open New Debate Front
QUOTE: It might seem a perfect solution in a region that has long been ahead of the national curve on alternative energy. Yet the debate over the potential damage — whether to the environment, the fishing industry or the stunning views of the Pacific — has become intense before the first megawatt has been transmitted to shore.
New York Times Nov 28, 2007 Clean energy vs. whales: how to choose? Northwest's dams are a source of clean energy. But scientists say they endanger salmon and orcas.
QUOTE: But thanks largely to hydropower operations on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the region is relatively green in terms of climate-changing gas emissions compared with other parts of the US. How to reduce the effects, if not the risk, of global warming while also protecting endangered species is the problem.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 19, 2007 Chinese Dam Projects Criticized for Their Human Costs (Choking on Growth)
QUOTE: The Three Gorges Dam, then, lies at the uncomfortable center of China’s energy conundrum: The nation’s roaring economy is addicted to dirty, coal-fired power plants that pollute the air and belch greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Dams are much cleaner producers of electricity, but they have displaced millions of people in China and carved a stark environmental legacy on the landscape.
New York Times Nov 13, 2007 In Farm Belt, Ethanol Plants Hit Resistance
QUOTE: Some experts say the local protests reflect a new anti-ethanol mood spurred by a slow but steady drumbeat of negative attention on the industry. Across the Midwest, questions about ethanol have been raised by environmental advocates, livestock owners have complained about soaring prices for corn feed and farmers have fretted about how expensive some farmland has become.
New York Times Nov 02, 2007 The Perils of Petrocracy
QUOTE: Nationalization is also a political trend in some regions, mainly Latin America, where the populist presidents of Bolivia and Ecuador have made it part of their discourse. They are led, of course, by Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. He has made private producers accept state control of their operations. When they wouldn’t, as in the case of ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, he simply nationalized their holdings. Chávez has also asserted his control over Venezuela’s state oil company, which before him operated very much like a private, profit-driven enterprise.
New York Times Oct 08, 2007 Nuclear Power Primed for Comeback: Demand, Subsidies Spur U.S. Utilities
QUOTE: Many environmental groups, torn between concern about climate and long-standing antipathy toward nuclear power, are seizing on the cost issue. "We're not an anti-nuclear group," says Jeremy Symons, executive director of the global warming program at the National Wildlife Federation. "But it doesn't make sense for the government to be investing in nuclear when the money could be put into renewables and energy efficiency."
Washington Post Jul 15, 2007 Climate Change Debate Hinges On Economics: Lawmakers Doubt Voters Would Fund Big Carbon Cuts
QUOTE: Energy and climate experts say the world already possesses the technological know-how for trimming greenhouse gas emissions...[but] Because of the enormous cost of addressing global warming, the energy legislation considered by Congress so far will make barely a dent in the problem.
Washington Post May 07, 2007 German Dilemma: Who Owns the Wind?: Germany's courts are dealing with an increasing number of disputes over wind turbines, especially the distance between neighboring wind farms
QUOTE: The crux of the case is earnings. When two wind turbines are located too close to one another, one often falls into a slipstream. The propellers in the first wind farm decrease the wind pressure hitting the rotor blades in the second wind farm located in the slipstream.
BusinessWeek Apr 23, 2007 Climate Change Adds Twist to Debate Over Dams
QUOTE: The power company that owns four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River says the dams provide a crucial source of so-called clean energy at a time when carbon emissions have become one of the world’s foremost environmental concerns. But the American Indians, fishermen and environmentalists who want the dams removed...say the dams are anything but clean.
New York Times Mar 03, 2007 Oil Company Revives Suit on Avoidance of Royalties
QUOTE: Anadarko Petroleum, based in Houston, is suing the Interior Department to overturn regulations that force companies that drill in publicly owned waters to pay full royalties on oil and gas they produce during times of high energy prices.
New York Times Nov 02, 2006 As Investors Covet Ethanol Plant, Farmers Resist
QUOTE: "Farmers do not see fast money very often. But with big profits gushing forth from ethanol plants, dozens of Wall Street bankers, in loafers and suits, have been descending on the cornfields of the Midwest promising to make thousands of farmers rich overnight."
New York Times May 14, 2006 A Storm Blows In Along With the Wind: Project Planned Off Cape Cod Shows Contentiousness in Energy Development
QUOTE: Proponents of the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound say wind farms like it will help wean the country from dependence on foreign oil. Opponents suggest it will harm the area's environment, scenic views and economy. And both sides insist wealthy interests are doing their best to manipulate the decision-making process by hiring high-priced lobbyists and cutting backroom deals on Capitol Hill.
Washington Post Feb 26, 2006 Hill Action Could Kill Planned Wind Farm, Backers Say: Foes Worry About Offshore Energy Project's Impact on Shipping, Fishing, Beachfront Views in Mass.
QUOTE: Officials at Cape Wind call the concerns about navigation a pretext for killing the project. They noted that a risk assessment completed by a contractor for the Army Corps of Engineers in 2003 found that "the presence of the Wind Park . . . is not expected to create negative impacts to navigational safety."
Washington Post Feb 22, 2006 Federal Wildlife Monitors Oversee a Boom in Drilling: Energy Programs Trump Conservation
QUOTE: The Bureau of Land Management, caretaker of more land and wildlife than any federal agency, routinely restricts the ability of its own biologists to monitor wildlife damage caused by surging energy drilling on federal land...
Washington Post Aug 31, 2005 New Rules Could Allow Power Plants to Pollute More
QUOTE: The Bush administration has drafted regulations that would ease pollution controls on older, dirtier power plants and could allow those that modernize to emit more pollution, rather than less....The draft rules, obtained by The Washington Post from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group, contradict the position taken by federal lawyers who have prosecuted polluting facilities in the past, and parallel the industry's line of defense against those suits.
Washington Post Aug 09, 2005 Bush Signs Energy Bill, Cheers Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency: Measure Includes Billions in Tax Breaks for Industry
QUOTE: Analysts said the biggest step lawmakers could have taken to reduce foreign oil dependence would have been to increase vehicle mileage standards. But Congress rejected that approach...Instead, lawmakers focused on fixes backed by powerful lobbies and influential constituencies.
Washington Post Jul 19, 2005 Corn Dog: The ethanol subsidy is worse than you can imagine
QUOTE: But the ethanol boosters are ignoring some unpleasant facts: Ethanol won't significantly reduce our oil imports... most important (and most astonishing), it may take more energy to produce a gallon of ethanol than it actually contains.
Slate Jan 24, 2005 Ford Relents, Allowing Ranger EV Drivers to Buy Leased Trucks
QUOTE: Abandoning its attempt to reclaim electric-powered pickup trucks from individuals who had leased the vehicles, the Ford Motor Company said last week that it would allow leaseholders of its Ford Ranger EV to purchase their vehicles.
New York Times Nov 12, 2004 Accord Set on Efficiency for Cooling
QUOTE: The combatants in a fight over how much electricity an air-conditioner should use have reached a truce that could eventually lead to savings for building owners.
New York Times Apr 25, 2004 How Original . . . These Scholars Shared a Ghost. Who Knew?
QUOTE: Landsberger divulged that he had received the op-eds from a fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Energy Department's nuclear research and development facility in Tennessee....the man worked with Potomac Communications Group Inc., a Washington-based public relations firm.
Washington Post Apr 04, 2004 Changing All the Rules
QUOTE: Having long flouted the new-source review law, many of the nation's biggest power companies were facing, in the last months of the 1990's, an expensive day of reckoning. E.P.A. investigators had caught them breaking the law. To make amends, the power companies were on the verge of signing agreements to clean up their plants, which would have delivered one of the greatest advances in clean air in the nation's history. Then George W. Bush took office, and everything changed.
New York Times Nov 01, 2002 Judge Halts Utah Oil Project: Environmentalists to Argue Against Exploring Region
QUOTE: Robertson agreed with environmental groups that brought the suit that the use of huge seismic "thumper trucks" to search for oil and gas reserves would irreparably harm the fragile soils, plants and animals...
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