Climate group alarmed by call for coal in Duterte SONA

Pres. DuterteThe Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), the largest climate justice group in the Philippines, welcomed the statement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that addressing global warming would be a top priority of his government.

However, the group expressed concern over the President’s caveat in his State of the Nation Address that a global warming solution must not stymie the country’s industrialization.

“The current global targets to address global warming and climate change are still very far from equitable, with the rich industrialized countries pledging actions that are very short of their fair share. A serious consequence of this inequity is that the aggregate impact of all country targets will still condemn us to nearly 3 degrees Celsius increase in the earth’s temperature. This is not consistent with the avowed goal in the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees,” PMCJ said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Gore gives in to pressure, says he’ll vote for Hillary

Michelle Obama speaking at the highly chaotic 2016 DNC.

Michelle Obama speaks on first night of the highly chaotic 2016 DNC.

Bowing to pressure to endorse Hillary Clinton, Al Gore finally sent out a series of tepid tweets yesterday officially saying he’ll vote for the Democratic presidential candidate.

After stories ran in Politico, Blasting News, The Tennessean, and elsewhere, the two-term vice president finally sent out a series of late-afternoon tweets letting his followers know he was voting for Hillary Clinton:

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EPA Gives Itself The Power To Regulate CO2 From Airplanes

airplaneThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report claiming greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from airliners contribute to “to the pollution that causes climate change,” thereby giving the agency more power over air travel.

EPA officials released an endangerment finding on airline emissions “in preparation for a future domestic rulemaking process to adopt future GHG standards,” according to the agency. EPA now has the self-proclaimed jurisdiction to regulate the greenhouse gases emitted every time Americans travel.

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Report: Green Billionaire Used His Money To Purchase Dem Party Energy Platform

tom_steyerBillionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is using his vast wealth to purchase the Democratic Party’s platform on climate change, as well as overturn constitutional checks on power, according to a report from an environmental legal group.

The Energy and Environment Legal Institute published a report Monday showing Steyer is using tens of millions of dollars in donations to environmental groups, candidates and political parties in an effort to make the U.S. coal-free.

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Anti-Fracking Protesters Swarm Hillary’s Convention

fracking protestThousands of activists took to the streets in Philadelphia the day before the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to protest the failure of the Democratic Party platform to call for banning hydraulic fracturing.

Protesters blocked traffic on Philadelphia’s famous Broad Street Sunday for a four-mile-long march from Philadelphia City Hall to the convention site. They held anti-fracking and anti-pipeline signs, some with pictures of trains exploding and others which read “Bernie or Bust.” The anti-fracking protesters chanted slogans like “Hell No, DNC, we won’t vote for Hillary,” and “This is what democracy looks like.”

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Challenging the climate change bullies

dem_agsA few months ago, news broke of an astounding assault on free speech. No, the media didn’t present it that way, but that’s how some conservatives, myself included, characterized it. And with good reason.

The assault in question came via a group of Democratic attorneys general. This group of 16 had banded together as “AGs United for Clean Power.”

Who could object to that, right? We all want a clean planet. But these lawyers weren’t encouraging better ecology. They were announcing plans to investigate, for evidence of criminal wrongdoing, groups who dared to question assertions of man-made global warming.

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If You Can Scrub Biomass and Garbage Emissions, Why Not Coal?

solid wasteOne of the ongoing criticisms of coal-fired power is that it’s “dirty.” And so, when environmentalists lament coal-fired power, they warn about mercury emissions, soot, smog, etc.

But this is no longer an accurate portrayal of coal power, even though it’s still used to play on public fears about “pollution.” Currently, America’s coal-fired power plants utilize 15 different state-of-the-art technologies to trap emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, mercury, acid gasses, and particulate matter. Thanks to these various technological advances, what goes up the smokestack in a modern, clean-coal plant is essentially just steam and carbon dioxide.

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Dem Staffer Suggested Tying Trump To Burning Of The Cuyahoga River In 1969

Burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969

Burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969

Democratic operatives discussed holding a press event during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland to tie Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969.

“More Ohio ideas: – Hold a presser on the climate change/the environment somewhere near the Cuyahoga River, calling attention to Trump’s vow to dismantle EPA,” Democratic National Committee staffer Shu-Yen Wei wrote to colleagues in a May 5, 2016 email.

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Gore refuses to endorse Hillary Clinton, won’t attend Democratic convention

Clinton inauguration

That was then, this is now: 1993 Clinton inauguration

Former Vice President Al Gore won’t be endorsing Hillary Clinton. Or speaking at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Could it be his long, complex history with the former first lady? Or that he secretly favored climate change champion Bernie Sanders? Maybe it’s the treasure trove of emails posted over the weekend on WikiLeaks showing how the DNC colluded with the Clinton campaign and Democratic-leaning news organizations to deprive Sanders the nomination.

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