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CEOs of World’s Biggest Food Brands Unite to Take Action to Curb Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A letter signed by CEOs of some of the world’s biggest food companies, asking governments to set “clear, achievable” science-based targets for carbon emissions reductions, was published in full-page ads in the Washington Post and Financial Times on 1 October.

Obama’s Legacy: The Clean Power Plan

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – U.S. President Barack Obama launched his long-awaited master plan to cut carbon emissions, saying, “We are the last generation that can do something’ about climate change” announcing the requirement of 32 percent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030.

New Congressional Spending Bill Packed with Pollution

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - We all know that it is difficult to get anything done in Washington these days, so it should be no surprise to learn that the latest spending bill is packed with disappointing compromises. Raising the limits on individual campaign contributions and relaxing regulations on the sale of credit default swaps and their ilk, is not likely to make life better for most Americans, though they will likely make for some champagne toasts among the Wall Street class, while the democratic process is further eroded.

More damaging, however, are those provisions that encourage the continued emission of greenhouse gases.  There are two that are particularly egregious; they might be called Christmas presents for polluters. It would seem that all of us got some coal in our stockings.

The first is a provision that overturns protections that restricted the use of US government funds for the construction of coal plants overseas. The bill would ease restrictions on financing through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Export-Import Bank. The previous measure restricted financing to those projects that would be implementing carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology that has been demonstrated to have the ability to pull carbon from the exhaust stream where it could be stored or sequestered, possibly in large underground rock formations. The technology, which could help mitigate atmospheric carbon levels, adds cost and reduces power output, so without a price on carbon or regulations like the one that this bill overturns, there would be little incentive for developers looking to produce power at the lowest possible cost, to implement it.

At a time when both the US and China are stepping up their commitments to address the problem, this is clearly a step backward. Says Friends of the Earth President, Erich Pica, “This undercuts one of the most important contributions President Obama has made to climate policy internationally.”

PTC Renewal Is a Victory for American Wind, but Only Short-Term

America's wind energy sector is breathing a sigh of relief after the on-again, off-again Production Tax Credit was extended. But the nation still lacks a long-term renewable energy policy

House Approves “Stop the War on Coal” Act

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill last Friday morning that would significantly deregulate the coal industry.

The 112th House of Representatives Is the Most Anti-Environment House in American History

"The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It's all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax." -- Rep. Michele Bachmann

The STOCK Act: Making Congress Play Fair

"The American people need to know that their elected leaders play by the exact same rules that they play by.

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