Why 10,000 Spills From Oil And Gas Development Can’t Be Ignored

Oil spill on water

According to an EnergyWire article by Pamela King and Mike Soraghan, in 2015 industry reported more than 10,000 cases of spills across the country. That amounts to 42 million gallons of harmful fluids – 12 million gallons more than previously reported.

Spills are not a new problem. They have been a constant issue for this industry for over a century. And while there has been growth in the development of spill-prevention technologies and practices, we should be capable of substantially reducing spills to much lower levels.

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California Breaks Solar Record, Generates Enough Electricity for 6 Million Homes

Solar cells are part of California's solar revolution

On July 12, several large solar plants in the Golden State briefly produced a record 8,030 megawatts of electricity, according to the California Independent System Operator (ISO), the organization that runs most of the state’s power grid.

That is nearly twice the amount of solar energy produced two years ago – and that is only counting the electricity produced at plants. Thousands of rooftop solar panels around the state have the capacity to produce an additional 50 percent of that record amount.

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Biodiversity is below safe levels across more than half of world’s land – study

biodiversity is dangerously low

Habitat destruction has reduced the variety of plants and animals to the point that ecological systems could become unable to function properly, with risks for agriculture and human health, say scientists

Six richest nations ‘host just 9 percent of refugees’

Refugees on boat

“Poorer countries are shouldering the duty of protecting refugees when it should be a shared responsibility, but many richer countries are doing next to nothing.” An unprecedented 65 million people from around the world have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, persecution and violence, the report said.

Mike Pence and Donald Trump Both Hate Global Warming

Mike Pence and Donald Trump's willful ignorance of climate change

Despite Pence’s objections to federal efforts to combat climate change, he apparently has no problem asking the federal government to fund green jobs in his state. As Think Progress reported, in 2009 Pence wrote a letter to then-US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu supporting a grant application submitted by an Indiana company that wanted to use algae to produce fuels. “Algae production directly addresses all of the significant challenges being faced by the US,” wrote Pence, “namely domestic energy security, greenhouse gas emissions, scientific leadership in a variety of industries, and broad-based green job creation.”

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Christmas in July: Sanders endorses Clinton, progressives exit to Jill Stein and Green Party

Christmas for Jill Stein and the Green Party

by Shawn Gay Earth Advocacy News July 12, 2012 Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party may be having a veritable Christmas in July. An analysis of two Twitter hashtags shows support moving from the Democratic Party to the Green Party, spurred by Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton. The great #DemExit Earlier today, Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed … Read moreChristmas in July: Sanders endorses Clinton, progressives exit to Jill Stein and Green Party

Meaningless, Mean-Spirited McCarthyism: Lamar Smith’s Ironic Investigations

Corrupt hashtag

As chair of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, [Rep. Lamar] Smith has taken it upon himself to return Congress to the glory days of Joseph McCarthy, only instead of smoking out communists, Smith is hunting for those who threaten his fossil fuel donor base.

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The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

Forced prison labor is a form of slavery

Corporations such as Microsoft, Target, Revlon, and Boeing have all made products with prison labor. With over a third of home appliances and 30 percent of speakers and headphones made using prison labor, it’s likely most American households own inmate-made products. Even Whole Foods, a famed destination for ethical consumers, was forced to stop selling … Read moreThe Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

Jill Stein and US Green Party Reach Out To Bernie Sanders and His Supporters

Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders: a dream ticket?

“If he continues to declare his full faith in the Democratic Party, it will leave many of his supporters very disappointed,” she said. “That political movement is going to go on – it isn’t going to bury itself in the graveyard alongside Hillary Clinton.”

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Sanders’s Environmentalists Are Losing Hope

Sanders' environmentalists hope to reduce fossil fuel extraction

“You have a sense that this is not a meaningful process—that it is simply a dog-and-pony show set up to create the impression of a meaningful debate,” said R.L. Miller, chair of the California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus and president of the Climate Hawks Vote PAC , which endorsed Sanders. “The Sanders people are really angry.”

Two days after the drafting meeting in St. Louis ended, McKibben’s frustration found outlet in an article for Politico Magazine. He claimed Clinton supporters were systematically “obstructing change.” Even though they recognized the severity of climate change, they were doing nothing proactive to halt it.

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