CHINA IS BUILDING A GIANT SOLAR PLANT AT CHERNOBYL...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Greg Beach INHABITAT.COM View Slideshow A new solar summer rises from the ashes of nuclear winter. Two Chinese energy firms will be constructing a new solar power plant in the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which suffered a powerful explosion in 1986 that poisoned the surrounding area with nuclear radiation. “There will be remarkable social benefits and economic ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy,” said Shu Hua, the chairman of GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI), one of the firms tasked with the project. Making the best of a bad situation could prove inspiring to others as the global community begins the hard work of implementing the Paris Agreement. A 1,000 square mile exclusion zone of forests and marshland surrounds the former Chernobyl nuclear...

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ISLAND IN THE SUN: TESLA IS POWERING AN ENTIRE ISLAND WITH SOLAR ENERGY...

Nov 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Earth & Energy In Brief The island of Ta’u originally depended on diesel generators for electricity which, on average, consumed more than 100,000 gallons of fuel every year. Now, the island is powered by a 1.4-megawatt solar array, coupled with a six-megawatt hour energy storage system of 60 Tesla Powerpacks. Power combo With the Tesla and SolarCity merger finally closed, the two energy companies have another collaborative success to celebrate. Tesla announced the completion of the solar energy project on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa in a tweet this Tuesday, accompanied by a video of the site. The Ta’u microgrid — an energy system with distributed sources, in this case solar and battery — is powered by  a 1.4-megawatt solar array, coupled with a six-megawatt hour energy storage system of 60 Tesla Powerpacks....

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Tesla’s solar roof to cost less than a regular roof – even before energy production, says Elon Musk...

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Fred Lambert ELEKTREK.CO. – 3 days ago Elon Musk made quite the announcement today. During the special shareholders meeting to approve the merger with SolarCity, which they approved by 85%, he said that he was coming back from a meeting with the SolarCity engineering team about the solar roof and that he now feels confident that they could deliver the product at a lower cost than a regular roof – even before energy production. That’s different from what the company was claiming before the meeting today. And it’s an incredibly bold claim since if it turns out to be true, no homeowner would have any reason not to choose a solar roof when buying a new roof. Since unveiling the new products a few weeks ago, Musk and Tesla officials have been referring to...

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CANADA MAY APPROVE AN OIL PIPELINE THAT THREATENS THE WORLD’S MOST ENDANGERED KILLER WHALES...

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART The Trans-Mountain project would almost triple the amount of tar sands oil flowing to a port near Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: Sergio Amiti/Getty Images) David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012. Bio Environmentalists are making a last-ditch effort to thwart a Canadian oil pipeline plan that they say will further degrade the fragile habitat of endangered killer whales. On Saturday, activists will take to the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject the Trans-Mountain expansion, a $5 billion, 620-mile pipeline that would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to the British Columbia coast for export to foreign markets. Trudeau’s cabinet has until Dec. 19 to make a final decision on whether...

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CANADA MAY APPROVE AN OIL PIPELINE THAT THREATENS THE WORLD’S MOST ENDANGERED KILLER WHALES...

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Trans-Mountain project would almost triple the amount of tar sands oil flowing to a port near Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: Sergio Amiti/Getty Images) TAKE PART David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012. Bio Environmentalists are making a last-ditch effort to thwart a Canadian oil pipeline plan that they say will further degrade the fragile habitat of endangered killer whales. On Saturday, activists will take to the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject the Trans-Mountain expansion, a $5 billion, 620-mile pipeline that would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to the British Columbia coast for export to foreign markets. Trudeau’s cabinet has until Dec. 19 to make a final decision on whether...

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CANCELS OIL AND GAS LEASES ON BLACKFEET TRIBE’S SACRED GROUNDS...

Nov 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Steven Mufson and Brady Dennis THE WASHINGTON POST Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at a gathering in 2015. (AP/Brennan Linsley) The Interior Department on Wednesday announced a settlement with Devon Energy for the cancellation of leases in Montana for oil and gas drilling on lands considered sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe. “This is the right action to take on behalf of current and future generations,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on the department’s Web site. She said it would protect the region’s “rich cultural and natural resources and recognizes the irreparable impacts that oil and gas development would have on them.” The settlement comes as the Obama administration seeks to wrap up outstanding issues and as Native Americans in nearby North Dakota are protesting to block the construction of an oil pipeline just north...

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ELON MUSK: TESLA SOLAR ROOF WILL LIKELY COST LESS THAN A NORMAL ROOF...

Nov 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] FUTURISM Getty Images In Brief On Thursday Elon Musk said that his company’s solar roof will likely cost less than a normal roof, including labor costs. SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive said that the companies are aiming for 40 cents a Watt, which would put it in line with the competition. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the solar roof that will be sold under a combined Tesla-SolarCity will likely cost less than a normal roof to install. Tesla and SolarCity shareholders voted in favor of the merger, a deal worth $2 billion, Thursday. In late October, Musk unveiled a new solar roof product to show his vision for a combined company with SolarCity, but did not provide specifics on how much it would cost. Musk with one of the solar roof shingles.Tesla On Thursday after the...

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OBAMA’S INTERIOR MAKES IT EASIER TO BUILD RENEWABLE ENERGY ON PUBLIC LAND IN TRUMP ERA...

Nov 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] interior design   GRIST Jim Choate   FLICKR.COM The Bureau of Land Management finalized a rule on Thursday that enables solar and wind development on public land in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The rule has been in the works since 2011, but the timing of the final announcement seems … intentional. Clearing the way for renewable development should push along the Climate Action Plan created by the Obama administration, which asked the Department of Interior to permit 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. So far, the agency says its approved enough projects to produce 15,500 megawatts — enough to power about 5.1 million homes. But as Sammy Roth of the Desert Sun points out, those numbers are overstated, because projects have moved slowly or been canceled altogether. Just 31 of 60 are in construction or operation. Some environmentalists hope the finalized...

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TRUMP’S INFLUENCE ON THE FUTURE OF CLEAN ENERGY IS LESS CLEAR THAN YOU THINK...

Nov 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Michael Liebreich   THE GUARDIAN.COM The president-elect is a political novice whose energy plan doesn’t account for the economic reality of coal and renewable energy Trump’s election has small business advocates expecting changes in government policy on issues like health care and the environment. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP   As the world struggles to absorb the implications of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US general election, no one is facing the future with more trepidation than those working on clean energy, clean transportation, climate and the environment. Hillary Clinton had promised to build on Obama’s substantial progress in this area; now they worry that it may be reversed, and then some. What does the future hold, under a Trump government, and how worried should we be? Businesses have seen the light with solar energy...

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CANADA’S BIG DAMS PRODUCE CLEAN ENERGY, AND HIGH LEVELS OF MERCURY...

Nov 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By IAN AUSTEN  NYTIMES The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls in Labrador in July. Muskrat Falls will probably be just the first of a series of fights over mercury in Canada, where dams now supply about three-fifths of the country’s electricity. Credit Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press OTTAWA — Protests. Hunger strikes. Sit-ins that disrupt construction. At the immense Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project in a remote and rugged part of Labrador, the indigenous people who live nearby have been raising louder and louder alarms. But it is not about the dam itself. The controversy is over what will flow from it. The protests are focused on a mostly overlooked side effect of hydroelectric projects all over Canada: The reservoirs behind the dams tend to develop high...

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WHAT THE TRUMP VICTORY MEANS FOR STANDING ROCK...

Nov 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jenni Monet, YES! Magazine Pieces of pipeline are arranged near the Standing Rock camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (Photo: Ellen Davidson) Less than 12 hours after Donald Trump walked onto a New York City stage as the newly elected president, the stock price for Energy Transfer Equity shot up 15 percent. Among that company’s holdings is Energy Transfer Partners, operator of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation continue to fight completion of the $3.8 billion project. But the jump in share price indicates an immediate pro-energy confidence in Trump. And that confidence is not unfounded. In Bismarck, North Dakota, Donald Trump gave a speech in May that would help secure his seat as America’s 45th president. The candidate was lagging 30 delegates to become the...

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A SOLAR FARM RISES FROM THE ASHES OF A COAL-BURNING POWER PLANT...

Nov 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] One of the worst sources of pollution in New England will be home to clean, renewable energy. The Mount Tom Power Station in Holyoke, Massachusetts, left; Solar farm construction at the Mount Tom Power Station. (Images: YouTube) Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TAKE PART covering environment and wildlife. The Mount Tom Power Station in Holyoke, Massachusetts—known as one of the worst polluters in New England—is on its way to a renewable rebirth. The plant’s owners broke ground on a 5.76-megawatt solar farm in October on the site of the defunct coal-burning power station. Activists had called for the closure of the plant for years, worried about the health effects burning coal was having on surrounding communities. “This victory came after more than five decades spent inhaling soot and struggling to breathe...

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WHERE COAL SURVIVES

Nov 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY CAIRO—After 30 years in investment banking, Hisham Tawfik felt confident he could spot a winning venture. He had led one of Egypt’s largest asset management funds and served as a longtime member of the board of directors of the Egyptian Exchange. Even amid the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and the subsequent years of economic turmoil, he kept his clients’ balance sheets steady. So when Egyptian authorities began to voice interest in renewable energy in 2014, Tawfik leaped at the can’t-miss opportunity to bring solar power to his sun-drenched homeland. Ready for a change of profession, he put the bank on hold and enrolled in a technical workshop in Canada. On his return to Egypt, he established a company, Cairo Solar, and took on five employees. “We...

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ELECTRIC FLOORS COULD GENERATE RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM WALKING...

Oct 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network Chuck Coker / CC BY-ND 2.0 LONDON—US scientists have found a new way to generate energy at home: the tribo-electric floor. Tread on it and it will convert the kinetic energy of a footstep into a current of electricity. And it’s made from the waste wood pulp that already serves as cheap flooring throughout the world. Xudong Wang, an engineer and materials scientist, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues report in the journal Nano Energy that they have taken cellulose fibres from forest waste material and chemically treated them in a way that creates an electric charge when they come into contact with untreated wood pulp fibres. The result: a patented, tribo-electric nanogenerator floor covering that can harness the energy of any footfall, and turn it into...

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FUKUSHIMA — THE UNTOUCHABLE ECO-APOCALYPSE NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT...

Oct 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times The most important ecological crisis of the world has ever seen has been underway since March 11th, 2011, yet there is nary a mention of it in the corporate media, and no political body in the world is championing its resolution. Widespread Denial and Willful Ignorance The media, politicians and the world at large seem to be engaging in extreme denial regarding Fukushima. A survey of mainstream media coverage of the fallout of this event reveals the trend of covering this story as a human interest affair, not as the immediate threat it truly is. The effects on nature are already being seen, yet even among the environmentalist factions of media, there is strong denial of the damage already done and of what is to come...

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OIL SPILL HITS PERU’S AMAZON — AGAIN...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] News > Latin America Demonstrators organized by groups from Loreto protest against oil exploitation in Peru’s Amazon, in Lima, Sept. 3, 2015. | Photo: Peru’s state oil company, PetroPeru, has been accused of failing to keep its oil infrastructure in good repair, sparking repeated pipeline leaks. Peru’s state-owned oil company, PetroPeru, faces renewed scrutiny following another reported another oil spill in the Amazon, the eighth leak this year alone. OPINION: Shell’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and the Limits of Capitalism The spill hit the community of 6 de Julio in Peru’s northernmost region of Loreto Friday, and was disclosed Saturday by the Environmental Assessment and Control Agency, known by the Spanish  acronym OEFA. The leak is under control, according to the organization, but will continue to be monitored. According to a statement...

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ELON MUSK HITS BACK AT COAL BARON WHO CALLED HIM A ‘FRAUD’ OVER GREEN SUBSIDIES...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  THE GUARDIAN Elon Musk Trump backer Robert Murray claimed Tesla had received $2bn from taxpayer Musk tweets that the real fraud is ‘denial of climate science’ Elon Musk: ‘As for ‘subsidies’, Tesla gets pennies on dollar vs coal. How about we both go to zero?’ Photograph: Ulises Ruiz Basurto/EPA Nicky Woolf in San Francisco   Tesla founder Elon Musk has hit back against the CEO of a coal power company who accused him of fraud. Robert Murray, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter and the CEO of the Murray Energy Corporation – America’s largest coalmining company – went after Musk on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday and called Tesla “a fraud”. Tesla fights back as Michigan goes to new lengths to shut company out Read more “[Musk]’s gotten $2bn from the taxpayer, has not...

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Sanders is going all-out against the Dakota Access Pipeline, while Clinton is dodging the issue....

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] GRIST REUTERS/Eric Miller On Thursday, Bernie Sanders and four other senators sent a letter to President Obama asking him to require a full environmental and cultural assessment of the controversial pipeline project, which would carry fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The letter calls for a halt the pipeline’s construction while the review is carried out, arguing that the project is “a violation of tribal treaty rights” and would “have a significant impact on our climate.” It doesn’t call for an outright rejection of the pipeline, but it does call for a stringent review and approval standards that would make rejection pretty darn likely. Sanders himself has been calling for a complete rejection of the pipeline for months, starting as far back as January, when he was running for the Democratic nomination — long before pipeline protests...

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CONVICTED COAL BARON: ‘I AM AN AMERICAN POLITICAL PRISONER”...

Oct 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Kiley Kroh Senior Editor at ThinkProgress. Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship releases a 67-page booklet from federal prison. Don Blankenship. CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy who is currently serving a one-year sentence in federal prison for conspiring to violate safety standards, is defending himself in the form of a 67-page booklet, “American Political Prisoner,” the Wall Street Journal reported. The 2010 explosion at Blankenship’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia killed 29 people — the worst coal mining disaster in roughly 40 years — and Blankenship was found guilty of a misdemeanor for his “part in a dangerous conspiracy” to flout federal mine safety regulations, in the words of Judge Irene C. Berger. (Much to the dismay of prosecutors and some victims’ families, Blankenship was acquitted of three felony charges...

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Bill McKibben: Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Powerful Enough to Overwhelm Fossil Fuel Industry...

Oct 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   <iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”http://www.democracynow.org/embed/story/2016/9/30/bill_mckibben_dakota_access_pipeline_resistance” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”true”></iframe> Bill McKibbenco-founder of 350.org. He’s the author of several books, including Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. His recent articles in New Republic include “A World at War: We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII” and “Recalculating the Climate Math.” This is viewer supported news Donate We speak with 350.org’s Bill McKibben about how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of hundreds of other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America have resisted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, even as police carrying assault rifles responded to them with armored vehicles, tear gas and helicopters. “We cannot pump more oil,” McKibben says. “Frontline communities, and particularly indigenous people,...

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COAL WILL LAST ‘A THOUSAND YEARS,’ TRUMP SAYS “CLEAN COAL,” MMHM?...

Oct 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Samantha Page ThinkProgress. Climate change finally came up in a presidential debate. But, when it did, it was after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said we have to use our fossil fuel resources. “We need more than wind and solar,” Trump said during Sunday’s debate, in response to the lone energy question. “And look at the miners. Hillary Clinton wants to put the miners out of business,” he said, in his customary train-of-thought manner. “There is a thing call clean coal. Coal will last for a thousand years in this country.” In fact, attempts to achieve clean coal have mostly met with failure, including a billion-dollar boondoggle in Mississippi. It has also been widely criticized by climate and environmental activists, who say it will be catastrophic to embrace coal in any way....

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WORLD’S LARGEST CARBON CAPTURE PLANT SET TO FIGHT GREENHOUSE GASES...

Oct 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] FUTURISM In Brief The 240-megawatt facility is expected to capture 90% of the carbon dioxide from its exhaust gas. The gas isn’t just kept from harming the atmosphere, it will be used to tap into more energy sources. Clean Technology The Petra Nova system at the  W.A. Parish Generating Station in Texas will be the largest coal power plant in the world when it fires up next year, according to a report from Scientific American. It is expected to capture 90% of the carbon dioxide from its exhaust gases. This is a breath of fresh air for an industry so admonished and blamed for the rising global greenhouse gas emissions. Petra Nova isn’t the first company to work toward cleaner ways of utilizing coal. Notably, the Kemper County Energy Facility project in Mississippi, once destined...

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FRENCH PROTESTERS SHAKE FISTS AT NUCLEAR GOLIATHS...

Oct 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment An unprecedented country-wide protest infuses new energy into the antinuclear movement. By Clare Kittredge / AlterNet Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com More than 40 years after first warning that “le nucleaire” is too risky for France and the planet, battle-scarred veterans of France’s David & Goliath antinuclear movement have been organizing younger “ecolos” to infuse new energy into the antinuclear movement. Amid fears of nuclear terrorism, accidents and the erosion of free speech in France’s state of emergency, a coalition of 20 groups from across the top half of France held a rare mass antinuclear protest (Oct 1-2) in the most nuclearized part of the country on Normandy’s English Channel coast. Arriving by busload, shared car and bicycles, thousands converged on a tiny conservative seaside village to vent their opposition to France’s pro-nuclear “orthodoxy” and shake a fist at...

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WHERE THE VEEP CANDIDATES STAND ON CLIMATE AND ENERGY...

Oct 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Grist / Shutterstock Not that veep, unfortunately By Katie Herzog The Tuesday vice presidential debate may not get as much attention as the main show, but the rivals are nearly as polarized on the issues — especially when it comes to climate and energy. On the left, we’ve got former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine — whose pitch to voters on the campaign trail includes, “Do you believe in climate science or don’t you?” On Team Trump, it’s more complicated. Veep candidate Mike Pence is an Indiana governor and former member of Congress who has previously said that creationism should be taught in schools, smoking won’t kill you, and global warming is a myth. Pence has also, however, recently reversed himself on global warming, splitting from Trump’s position: “Well, look,” he told CNN after...

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DOE CHARTS SHOW WHY CLIMATE DOOM AND GLOOM ISN’T NEEDED...

Oct 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Clean tech costs have fallen 41–94% over the past 7 years. Wind and solar accounted for two-thirds of new energy installations in the US in 2015. An electric car charged at a solar power carport in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock Dana Nuccitelli   THE GUARDIAN A new report from the US Department of Energy paints a bright picture for our prospects to cut carbon pollution and prevent the most dangerous levels of climate change. The report looked at recent changes in costs and deployment of five key clean energy technologies: wind, residential solar, utility-scale solar, batteries, and LED bulbs. For each technology, costs fell between 41% and 94% from 2008 to 2015. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Cost reductions in five key clean technologies since 2008. Illustration: US Department of Energy Good news for doom and...

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Here’s How You Can Find Out if There’s a Natural Gas or Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Near You...

Sep 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The National Pipeline Mapping System shows you the unseen dangers that may be right below your feet. By Lisa Sorg / NC Policy Watch  VIA ALTERNET Industry gas (oil) pipeline construction site Photo Credit: Sergey_R/Shutterstock The interstate Colonial Pipeline, which shut down for 12 days after leaking at least 336,000 gallons of gasoline in Alabama, has sparked interest not only in gas prices but also public transit timetables. The pipeline leak also made us curious about the invisible network of tubes and chutes that criss-cross the United States. The National Pipeline Mapping System shows you the route of pipelines carrying natural gas and even hazardous liquids. Another link allows you to out who operates the pipelines in your area. The interface is a bit clumsy; you can see the general areas only one county at a time. But the resolution...

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STANDING FIRM AT STANDING ROCK: WHY THE STRUGGLE IS BIGGER THAN ONE PIPELINE...

Sep 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Sarah Jaffe / Moyers & Company   A “speak-out” on the road to the Dakota Access pipeline construction site earlier in September. (Sarah Jaffe for BillMoyers.com) The first sign that not everything is normal as you drive down Highway 1806 toward the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota is a checkpoint manned by camouflage-clad National Guard troops. The inspection on Sept. 13 was perfunctory; they simply asked if we knew “what was going on down the road” and then waved us through, even though the car we rode in had “#NoDAPL” chalked on its rear windshield. “What is going on down the road” is a massive camp-in led by the Standing Rock nation, aimed at blocking the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (the DAPL in question), which would carry oil...

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IT’S TIME FOR EVERY ALLY TO SHOW UP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   The temporary halt to the pipeline’s construction must be made permanent. By Tom Goldtooth and Annie Leonard   THE NATION.COM People against the Dakota Access Pipeline chant in opposition on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at a site where a roadway was being constructed to begin the process of building the pipeline. (AP Photo / Tom Stromme) Over the last month, thousands of Native Americans from across the country have converged to camp in and around the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to oppose the construction of the multibillion-dollar Dakota Access oil pipeline. The pipeline, which would transfer crude oil to existing pipelines in Illinois, would come within a half-mile of the reservation and cross culturally significant ancestral sites. It would also run under the Missouri River, an important water source for...

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What’s the True Cost of Fracking? This Eye-Opening Infographic May Surprise You...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment There are significant pros and cons, making fracking a highly controversial issue. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 26, 2013: Pumpjacks extract oil from an oilfield in Kern County, CA. About 15 billion barrels of oil could be extracted using hydraulic fracturing in California. Photo Credit: Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com Arsenic. Cadmium. Chromium. Radon. Lead. These are just a few of the toxins used in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, a controversial drilling process to retrieve oil and natural gas from shale deposits under the surface of the Earth. Concerns about the process have been mounting, as studies have linked it to a host of environmental and public health problems, from increased infant mortality and low birth weight babies to the release of cancer-causing radioactive gas, contamination of drinking...

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