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Leaving U.N. climate pact gets boost after 3 straight years of flat global CO2 emissions

For the third straight year, global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have stalled, fueling the Trump administration’s desire to exit the U.N.’s Paris accord, a scheme to retard global warming.

The CO2 estimates come from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which showed the energy and industrial sectors released 32.1 gigatonnes of emissions from 2014 to 2016, even as the global economy grew by 3.1 percent.

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Trump Is ‘Not Considering’ A Carbon Tax

The White House is not considering a tax on carbon dioxide to fight global warming, according to an administration official.

“The Trump Administration is not considering a carbon tax,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, according to Axios, shortly after Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave an ambiguous answer on the subject when asked by reporters at Tuesday’s press briefing.

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EXCLUSIVE: NY AG’s Private Email History Raises Questions About Anti-Exxon Campaign

Schneiderman

A senior staff member for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used a private email account five years ago to set up meetings on climate change with prominent environmental groups.

Legal discoveries show that Lem Srolovic, the assistant attorney general at the New York Attorney General’s Office, used his personal email account in 2012 to prepare for a meeting with various environmental organizations.

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Lawmakers Try To Save Critical Military Assets From Wind Turbines

North Carolina state lawmakers have filed a bill to protect critical military assets from wind turbine development.

The bill would halt permits for new wind farms until the Pentagon determines they do not interfere with military operations. Lawmakers worry new wind farms could endanger pilots and paratroopers at the state’s six military installations. Lawmakers also worry wind turbines could interfere with radar.

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The silver-tongued liars’ playbook for their war on coal

Activists opposed using coal fly ash in cement

Coal-fired power plant scrubbers now remove 80-90 % of airborne particulate, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants. But that means “fly ash” and noncombustible residues (what we used to call clinkers) must be sent to landfills. That’s opened a new front for anti-energy activists, who use accidents, “detectable” pollutants in water, and scary stories about health threats to advance their agenda.

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POLL: Half Of Americans Aren’t Worried Global Warming Will Harm Them

A new poll shows that while most American adults believe human activities are warming the world, about half do not think global warming will negatively impact their lives.

Fifty percent of American adults believe global warming will harm them “not at all” or “only a little,” according to new polling data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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Youngsters Suing US Over Climate Change Want Exxon’s Private Emails

Secretary of State Tillerson

A group of teenagers suing the government for not doing enough to prevent climate change want ExxonMobil to fork over communications from an alias email account used by the company’s former CEO.

“It’s possible that Rex Tillerson was communicating with people in government related to climate and energy policy using that email address,” Julia Olson, an attorney for the teenagers, said on Monday.

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Sustainability of the firm

In recent years, aggressive environmentalists in government and the non-profit sectors have successfully pressured many firms to endorse positions that make no sense for their shareholders, employees or the communities in which they operate.

Few businesses would publicly endorse central planning or back restrictions on economic growth. But the rational fear of demonization, boycotts or even legal action by government or advocacy groups has encouraged many businesses to seek compromise by endorsing “sustainability.”

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