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City of 11.9 million will have only electric buses by the end of the year. That's 14,000 electric buses. In just one city. https://buff.ly/2ifcwf8


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Developing: More than 200,000 gallons of oil spilling out of the Keystone pipeline in S.Dakota
Developing: More than 200,000 gallons of oil have spilled out of the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota

https://www.buzzfeed...Aak3#.ss2q2P73G

More than 200,000 gallons of oil have spilled out of the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota.

TransCanada, the company that operates the pipeline, said in a statement Thursday that about 5,000 barrels of oil had leaked from the pipe in Marshall County, South Dakota. One barrel holds 42 gallons, meaning the spill involved more than 200,000 gallons of oil.

According to TransCanada, the spill "was completely isolated within 15 minutes and emergency response procedures were activated."

"Crews, including TransCanada specialists from emergency management, engineering, environmental management and safety as well as contracted, nationally recognized experts are assessing the situation."

 


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^^^ Beat me to it, as I was just coming here to post the Mother Jones story (see link below) on the same topic.  This is incredible.  Not only do they force the pipeline through over local environmental objections, but now they have allowed a much feared spill to actually occur.  Do any of you folks still wonder why I prefer to call myself a democratic socialist?

 

 

http://www.motherjon...n-south-dakota/


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ugh, why do thy have to be both evil and ​incompetent!

 

This would have been a great example for them to point to and say "see the environmentalists all went crazy and look here we are 20 years later and there have been no problems at all, this proves we should ignore environmentalists whenever possible" 

 

But nope, they are literally incapable of running these things properly. 


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I suppose there are still some folks out there who will keep insisting that there is "no difference" between Democrats and Republicans. Perhaps the heavy frequency of stories such as the one cited bellow will dissuade them from their naive ways.

 

 

Lawmaker Seeks Records of Lobbyist Contacts With Agriculture Official

 

https://www.propubli...rtment-official

 

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(Propublica) A House Democrat demanded on Tuesday that a former pesticide lobbyist who was appointed to the Department of Agriculture by the Trump administration release all emails she has exchanged with lobbyists or other representatives from her former industry.

 

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey made the demand in a letter to the official, Rebeckah Adcock, after an investigation by The New York Times and ProPublica revealed that Adcock had met with her former industry allies despite a signed ethics agreement that limited such interactions.

 

Adcock took part in a meeting in May that included a lobbyist for her former employer, the industry trade group CropLife America, according to visitor logs at the Department of Agriculture. Participants in the meeting said that Adcock had discussed the effect of pesticides on water, a topic she previously lobbied on and was supposed to refrain from working on inside government.

 

The Agriculture Department, speaking on Adcock’s behalf, has said her actions did not violate the agreement, citing a 2009 memo by the Office of Government Ethics. Others have disputed that interpretation of the memo. The department also denied that Adcock had discussed issues forbidden by her agreement.

 

Adcock leads the deregulation team at the Department of Agriculture. In February, President Trump ordered major federal agencies to set up deregulation teams to cut red tape for businesses, but critics have faulted their secrecy and accused them of having deep industry ties.

 

Oh, I keep forgetting.  It will all be justified by the revolution that will follow.

 

Try telling that to the widows of the victims.


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Trump Wants to Save Big Coal with $11 Billion Annual Bailout
Source: Newsweek Magazine

 

BY NICOLE GOODKIND ON 11/2/17 AT 3:31 PM

The Trump administration wants to force electricity customers to pay for a $10.6-billion annual bailout of the failing coal and nuclear industries through surcharges on their monthly energy bills.

The quietly announced proposal would require ratepayers to fully underwrite a new mandate that coal and nuclear plants hold a minimum of 90-days' worth of fuel on-site under the false premise of providing security from power outages. But critics say the subsidy is just a massive government-mandated transfer of wealth from consumers to coal and nuclear companies.

"This is like changing the energy system from capitalism to communism—and the U.S. government want to do it within the next two weeks," said Michael Krancer, principal at energy policy firm Silent Majority Strategies.

The Department of Energy says the fuel stockpiles are necessary to prevent power outages “in times of supply stress such as recent natural disasters.” But only 0.00007% of all major power disruptions over the past five years were due to fuel supply problems, John Larsen, a power sector researcher for the Rhodium Group, told Newsweek.

 

 

Read more: http://www.newsweek....-nuclear-695346

 

Talk about doing something you bitched about when Obama was doing it, just to turn around and show that you'll do your own version.

 

This is just laughably idiotic. I mean really... WTF.



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Trump's BLM plans to Slaughter 90,000 Wild Horses.

The American Wild Horse Campaign on Thursday harshly criticized Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's appointment of Brian Steed, the former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), as the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as dangerous and out of step with the wishes of the vast majority of Americans.

"Rep. Stewart is leading the charge to slaughter America's wild horses and burros over the opposition of 80 percent of Americans," said Suzanne Roy, AWHC Executive Director. "Putting his deputy at the helm of the agency charged with protecting these national icons is like putting the wolf in charge of the chicken coop."

"Americans don't want the government to be in the horse slaughter business, and Interior Secretary Zinke should appoint someone to lead the Bureau of Land Management who is committed to protecting, not destroying, America's historic mustangs," Roy concluded.

Roy added that the long-term leadership for this agency, which manages 245 million acres of public land in the West, should be determined through a full and transparent confirmation process, not a late-in-the-day political appointment by the secretary.

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives issued what AWHC called a "death warrant" when it passed the "Stewart Amendment" to a 2018 spending bill that would allow for the destruction of wild horses and burros the BLM considers to be surplus. The Senate has yet to weigh in on the subject, but if it concurs, the amendment could lead to the killing of more than 90,000 wild horses on the range and in holding facilities.

 

https://www.ecowatch...b&ts=1510949448


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Trump's BLM plans to Slaughter 90,000 Wild Horses.

The American Wild Horse Campaign on Thursday harshly criticized Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's appointment of Brian Steed, the former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), as the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as dangerous and out of step with the wishes of the vast majority of Americans.

"Rep. Stewart is leading the charge to slaughter America's wild horses and burros over the opposition of 80 percent of Americans," said Suzanne Roy, AWHC Executive Director. "Putting his deputy at the helm of the agency charged with protecting these national icons is like putting the wolf in charge of the chicken coop."

"Americans don't want the government to be in the horse slaughter business, and Interior Secretary Zinke should appoint someone to lead the Bureau of Land Management who is committed to protecting, not destroying, America's historic mustangs," Roy concluded.

Roy added that the long-term leadership for this agency, which manages 245 million acres of public land in the West, should be determined through a full and transparent confirmation process, not a late-in-the-day political appointment by the secretary.

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives issued what AWHC called a "death warrant" when it passed the "Stewart Amendment" to a 2018 spending bill that would allow for the destruction of wild horses and burros the BLM considers to be surplus. The Senate has yet to weigh in on the subject, but if it concurs, the amendment could lead to the killing of more than 90,000 wild horses on the range and in holding facilities.

 

https://www.ecowatch...b&ts=1510949448

 

Fucking disgusting.


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Volkswagen Has Pledged to Spend $40 Billion on Electric and Hybrid Cars

 

In Brief Volkswagen is shifting rapidly in the wake of their 2015 emissions scandal. With a quickly growing EV market, the company is working to produce more electric vehicles. The company has stated they'll spend $40 billion through 2022, mostly on electrifying current models.

 

Not sure what's the point of all these bans on gas cars is when market forces are swiftly getting rid of them anyway. Seems like empty virtue signalling. Which I suppose is better than artificially restricting humanity's potential with regulations that actually have some teeth.


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Volkswagen Has Pledged to Spend $40 Billion on Electric and Hybrid Cars

 

In Brief Volkswagen is shifting rapidly in the wake of their 2015 emissions scandal. With a quickly growing EV market, the company is working to produce more electric vehicles. The company has stated they'll spend $40 billion through 2022, mostly on electrifying current models.

 

Not sure what's the point of all these bans on gas cars is when market forces are swiftly getting rid of them anyway. Seems like empty virtue signalling. Which I suppose is better than artificially restricting humanity's potential with regulations that actually have some teeth.

 

Because:

 

 

 

Trump Wants to Save Big Coal with $11 Billion Annual Bailout
Source: Newsweek Magazine

 

 

Therefore, thanks to this kind of stupidity, it is necessary to minimize greenhouse gas emissions through any means necessary.  

 

Of course, libertarians will fail to get this through there thick skulls, until one day we realize we have gone beyond a tipping point to a place where we cannot escape.  A place that may literally be an existential threat to our species.  At which point said libertarians will be saying things like "well, why didn't the government do more to stop greenhouse gas emissions?"


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Any news on animals.

 

 

Because you asked:

 

Trump faced public and private pressure to halt elephant hunting trophy imports

 

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WASHINGTON – A combination of public and private pressure prompted President Donald Trump to overturn his administration’s recent move to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as trophies, according to interviews with several individuals briefed on the decision.

 

Trump’s announcement Friday that he was putting the decision “on hold” until he could personally review it marked animal welfare activists’ first federal victory since the president took office in January, and came just hours after the White House press secretary had defended the idea of renewing the controversial trophy imports.

 

The administration faced blistering criticism on both the left and right after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that it would end a 2014 government ban on big-game trophy hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

 

Several conservative pundits and lawmakers questioned the decision and this criticism didn’t sit well with Trump, who himself has criticized big-game hunting.

 

A White House official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record, said the president became uncomfortable with the decision as he learned more about it and decided to act.

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In this file photo taken Tuesday, March 9, 2010, elephants use their trunks to smell for possible danger in the Tsavo East national park, Kenya.

 

Karel Prinsloo, Associated Press file


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South Korea To Impose $63.1 Million Fine On BMW, Mercedes-Benz, & Porsche For Emissions Violations

 

November 19th, 2017 by James Ayre

The government of South Korea will be imposing a combined fine of 70.3 billion won (~$63.1 million) on BMW AG, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche for the violation of various emissions rules, the country’s Ministry of Environment has revealed.

To be more specific, BMW will be fined a total of 60.8 billion won for the falsification of documents relating to emissions testing results, and also for failure to obtain regulatory approval for changes made to emission-control components in vehicles being sold.

 

https://cleantechnic...ons-violations/


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Cobalt, Ontario (Mining Ghost Town) May Be Brought To Life Thanks To EV Batteries

 

November 19th, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan

Ever since the release of The Economist‘s video about the coming electric car age and 2018 being a tipping point, I’m more interested in cobalt and have read about the problems with cobalt mining. We all want particulate-free fresh air and zero CO2 emissions. It’s time to lose the tailpipe and get up to date with battery-powered cars. The driving force is technological progress with batteries. “The good news is that technology will march on regardless. Batteries will get better, cheaper, and more abundant. Samsung SDI, LG Chem, Panasonic, SK Innovation, Kreisel, and other will keep improving EV batteries to win more deals, and the EV market will improve and grow, as it has been.” But what will these batteries be made of, and where will we get the resources/materials?

 

https://cleantechnic...s-ev-batteries/


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Nebraska Public Service Commission approves Keystone XL pipeline route
Source: Omaha World Herald
By Paul Hammel

 

LINCOLN — A state commission has given the green light to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline across Nebraska, but not exactly the same route as preferred by its developer.

In a 3-2 vote, the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the so-called “mainline alternative route” for the controversial 36-inch crude oil pipeline, a slightly different path than the preferred route proposed by TransCanada.

The decision creates some uncertainty because many new landowners must be contacted to obtain right-of-way agreements for the underground pipe.

In her written dissent, Commissioner Chrystal Rhoades of Omaha said many of the landowners along the now-approved route may not be aware of that because no notice was given to them by TransCanada or the state.

FULL breaking story at link below map.

 

 

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Congress has snuck Arctic Refuge oil drilling into the tax reform process. Take action against this back door effort. #ProtectTheArctic


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EU Court Orders Poland to Stop Logging in Ancient Forest

 

https://www.courthou...ancient-forest/

 

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(Courthouse News) – Europe’s highest court on Monday again ordered Poland to immediately stop logging operations in what’s left of an ancient forest that once covered the European plain, and threatened fines of $117,000 per day in a case that’s pitted the EU and environmentalists against Poland’s conservative government for most of the year.

 

The Bialowieza Forest is one of the largest and last remaining parts of an immense primeval forest located in Poland and Belarus. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the once-mighty forest – home to the threatened European bison – was severely plundered of timber and wildlife in the 20th century.

 

In 2007, the European Commission moved to protect the forest under its Natura 2000 environmental program, designating it as important as home to numerous bird and wildlife species. Since then, however, forest managers lobbied for logging under the guise of cleanup since almost have the wood in the forest is dead.

 

Their efforts stalled until 2016, when Poland’s new environmental minister – a former forester – approved plans to triple the amount of logging in the Bialowieza Forest. The minister denied the forest is 8,000 years old, claiming instead it was created by “an enterprising hand of man” on what used to be wheat fields.

 

Also, an outbreak of spruce bark beetle created more dead trees and led the Polish government to increase the logging area from 84,000 acres to nearly 156,000 acres. The European Commission sued, claiming the entire project violates the Natura 2000 designation, and sought an emergency injunction of logging activities while the case is litigated.


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