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Uncovering Koch Brothers Influence Over University Hires

Inside Climate News - May 1, 2018 - 9:51am
Inside Higher Ed

George Mason University, which has received millions of dollars from the Charles Koch Foundation, is reviewing how much influence the university gave the oil magnate over faculty hiring and evaluations. A former student's open-records request turned up agreements that the university president now says "raise questions concerning donor influence in academic matters."

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Closing FirstEnergy's Reactors Won't Destabilize Grid, PJM Says. It Plans 'Fuel Security' Study.

Inside Climate News - May 1, 2018 - 9:51am
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Power grid operator PJM says it doesn't see any fuel vulnerabilities in the system today, even if three FirstEnergy nuclear plants close. But it plans a "fuel security" study because of increasing use of natural gas.

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A Top Aide to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Scrutiny

Inside Climate News - May 1, 2018 - 9:49am
Washington Post

Albert "Kell" Kelly, a top aide to EPA chief Scott Pruitt, resigned today amid scrutiny of his financial dealings with Pruitt that also drew attention to his lifetime ban from banking. The Hill reports that Pruitt's controversial head of security, Nino Perrotta, also resigned, one day before he is to testify before a House committee.

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High Court Declines to Hear Pipeline Company Challenge of New York Rejection

Inside Climate News - May 1, 2018 - 9:46am
Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear a case in which developers of a natural gas pipeline were challenging New York's denial of a water permit for their project. Backers of the Constitution Pipeline had appealed after losing in federal court.

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Revolt in West Virginia Coal Country

Inside Climate News - May 1, 2018 - 9:40am
Rolling Stone

Meet the woman who is challenging Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia's Democratic primary. Paula Jean Swearengin's longshot campaign is based in large part on a rejection of coal. "They've fed us this propaganda that coal miners should be enemies with environmental organizers," she says. "I am a proud coal miner's daughter, but I'm not going to worship that black rock."

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Utilities, Oil Interests Clash Over EV Policy at Conservative Policy Summit

Inside Climate News - May 1, 2018 - 9:40am
Utility Dive

At a meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), oil-backed groups proposed a resolution opposing state efforts to subsidize electric vehicles. That sparked a battle with utilities, showing how utility interests are diverging from those of the oil and gas sector in an era of low-priced renewable energy and proliferating electric vehicles. 

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Australia to Spend $379 Million to Help Preserve Great Barrier Reef

Inside Climate News - May 1, 2018 - 9:02am
CNN

The Australian government has announced a spending plan to preserve the Great Barrier Reef following extensive damage from marine heat waves. The $379 million plan to improve water quality and expand reef restoration is the most the government has ever spent on the reef.

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Today we celebrate: solidarity to workers around the world on International Labour Day

350.org - May 1, 2018 - 7:22am

Today, 1st May, is International Workers’ Day – a celebration of labourers and the working classes. Thanks to trade union and working class resistance – and people putting their bodies on the line – rights such as the 8-hour working day (or less!) have been won in many countries across the world. As people from different corners of the globe take the day off and go to the streets to festively commemorate, today is also the perfect day to learn more about the history of working class movements; how workers have been fighting for a just transition in the face of the climate crisis and continue to do so; and how climate and labour rights are connected. Below we’ve begun collecting a few resources to kick start a learning list, and we’d love to hear your contributions and ideas too. Tweet .@350europe for other resource suggestions, examples from other places of what the just transition looks like, and ideas for how movements and issues can and do connect.

What is a ‘just transition’?

‘Core to a just transition is deep democracy in which workers and communities have control over the decisions that affect their daily lives.’ – Climate Justice Alliance

Check out this explainer from Carbon Brief for more information:

 

What does it mean for communities and workers?

Check out this story from the Black Mesa Water Coalition:

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy also just released their latest working paper discussing how worker focused concerns can be integrated into a broad programme for social change that addresses the need for socio-ecological transformation.

Who is working for a Just Transition?

If you’re interested in working more in partnership with trade unions in your campaign, check out this guide from UK-based Campaign Against Climate Change. Please share other links and information you might have yourselves by tweeting .@350europe. And if you’re not yet part of a campaign, join one or start your own! 

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Jeff Flake on Solar Energy, Nuclear Power, and How GOP Needs to Wake up on Climate

Climate Crocks - April 30, 2018 - 11:45pm
Doing a brief speaking tour in Philadelphia area.  In the meantime, remember the Dark Snow fundraiser still ongoing. Meanwhile… Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, speaking in New Hampshire (stick a pin in that) March 2018. CNN: Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, delivered a series of verbal blows against […]
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Trump Admin. Drafts Plan to Freeze Auto Standards, Says California Can’t Have Its Own

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 10:50am
Washington Post

A draft plan suggests the Trump administration plans to freeze U.S. vehicle fuel efficiency rules in 2021 for five years, and it asserts that California does not have authority to set its own auto standards. Read more from ICN on how this could be Trump's most climate-damaging move yet.

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In Cities v. Fossil Fuels, Exxon’s Allies Want the Accusers Investigated

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 10:45am
InsideClimate News

The elbowing for advantage between ExxonMobil and the California cities and counties suing the oil giant for billions in climate change damages has spread to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Exxon supporters want the SEC to investigate the cities' bond disclosures. The cities are pushing back.

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Tax Law Threatens to Make Pipeline Owners Pay $18.5 Billion

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 10:40am
Bloomberg

Pipeline owners such as Enbridge could be forced to refund as much as $18.5 billion in up-front payments the companies had charged customers before the Trump tax changes cut corporate rates. Among the questions for the companies: How quickly must they repay, and under what conditions?

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Unprecedented U.S.-British Project Launches to Study World’s Most Dangerous Glacier

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 9:49am
Washington Post

The largest U.S.-British Antarctic mission in seven decades is headed to West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, a massive ice flow that currently drives about 4 percent of global sea level rise. Thwaites sits atop a seafloor "bump" that scientists fear is the last thing holding it in place.

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Trump Admin. Seeks to Roll Back Offshore Drilling Safety Rules

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 9:48am
The Hill

The Trump administration wants to eliminate some of the changes to drilling safety rules made in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil industry officials argue some of the rules are burdensome.

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Pipelines and Carbon Pricing Won't Get Any Easier for Canada's Prime Minister

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 9:45am
CBC

Big initiatives are rarely easy, as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seeing in the ongoing battles over a tar sands pipeline through British Columbia and a push for a carbon-pricing system. 

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Coal Ash Is Raising Health Concerns in Puerto Rico

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 9:20am
PBS

PBS talked with residents in Guayama, home to Puerto Rico's only coal-burning power plant and a giant coal ash dump. They worry about respiratory diseases and other illness from the ash. Read more from ICN about the EPA's proposal to weaken coal ash regulations.

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Wyoming Coal Producer Pins Hopes on Exports

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 9:15am
Casper Star Tribune

Following a disappointing quarter, coal producer Cloud Peak Energy said it has high hopes about the possibility of exports to Asia. The Wyoming company is one of several businesses that have a major interest in a proposed export terminal in Washington state, a project that faces many obstacles.

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A Hawaiian Island Got About 50 inches of Rain in 24 Hours. Scientists Warn It's a Sign of the Future

Inside Climate News - April 30, 2018 - 9:12am
Los Angeles Times

A deluge dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on Kauai in 24 hours, sending rivers through homes and cutting off access to some communities with rockslides that may take months to clear. "Just recognize that we're moving into a new climate, and our communities are scaled and built for a climate that no longer exists," University of Hawaii scientist Chip Fletcher said.

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Music Break: Marvin Gaye, “Heard it Thru the Grapevine” – Voice only

Climate Crocks - April 29, 2018 - 10:25am
Marvin Gaye’s isolated vocals for “I Heard It Through The Grapevine." Simply incredible. https://t.co/ztG6l3lM2U pic.twitter.com/9tdb9xHCX0 — Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) April 3, 2018 Wonder how he would do on “American Idol”? Advertisements
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Slowing Gulf Stream, Implications for Ireland

Climate Crocks - April 28, 2018 - 1:19pm
If you’ve been following these videos – you’d have seen a prescient discussion of the issue in 2015, 3 years ahead of the current media concerns about a slowdown in North Atlantic current. New papers confirming observations of slowdown in North Atlantic current triggering alarm bells on an issue that was thought to be one […]
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