Rising from the ashes, a Buffalo suburb ends its dependence on coal – Grist, July 11, 2017

July 12, 2017
NOTE: Peter de Jesus, a western New York labor leader, spoke at the 2016 Northern Plains Annual Meeting about the "just transition" taking place at Tonawanda, New York. By Elizabeth McGowan Grist July 11, 2017 Sixteen months ago, the coal-fired Huntley Generating Station, which sits on the banks of the Niagara River, stopped producing power for first time since World War I. Erie County lost its largest air and water polluter. But the town of Tonawanda, a working class Buffalo suburb 13 miles downstream...
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Press release: Environmental groups respond to Trump’s attempt to throw out Keystone XL lawsuit – July 10, 2017

July 11, 2017
Recording of Dena Hoff quote Trump Administration is not above basic environmental laws GREAT FALLS, Montana -- Today, environmental groups responded to an attempt by the Trump administration and Canadian oil giant TransCanada to dismiss a lawsuit against the administration over its approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The lawsuit was filed in March by Northern Plains Resource Council, the Sierra Club, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, and the...
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Court rejects Trump’s delay of EPA methane pollution rule – The Hill, July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017
By Timothy Cama The Trump administration cannot delay an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule limiting methane pollution from oil and natural gas drilling, a federal court ruled Monday. In an early court loss for President Trump’s aggressive agenda of environmental deregulation, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that the EPA didn’t meet the requirements for a two-year stay of the Obama administration’s methane rule. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to delay enforcement of the provisions was based on arguments that when the Obama...
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Report: Carbon capture and sequestration expensive, inefficient, unreliable – June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017
BILLINGS – Today, the Western Organization of Resource Councils released a report criticizing federal and state policies that subsidize and support the expansion of carbon capture and sequestration technology (CCS). CCS technology is expensive, inefficient, dirty and unreliable; by contrast, renewable energy is cleaner, cheaper and faster to deploy, according to the report, titled Too Good to be True: The Risks of Public Investment in Carbon Capture and Sequestration. The report details the failed attempts at capturing and storing power...
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Letter: Embrace clean energy – Billings Gazette, June 18, 2017

June 20, 2017
From record wildfires to drought to intense storms, we can’t ignore the increasingly severe effects that climate change is causing for Montana and the world. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to address this problem. What kind of people are we if we just dump it in their laps? The pollution that puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is the same pollution that puts more lead and mercury into the air we breathe. Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris...
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