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Study: Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

Posted April 15, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick...continued

Let's Avoid Living Dangerously

Posted April 14, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The Showtime documentary series that began airing last night, “Years of Living Dangerously,” is a powerful reminder of why we need to act now to address climate change. More hurricanes, floods, droughts, intense storms, food scarcity—it’s all there in detail. ...continued

Dept of Energy and Gov't Watchdog: Climate Change Serious Threat to America's Basic Infrastructure

Posted March 7, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Two new Government reports released this week present deeply troubling findings about how extreme weather and climate change threaten the core infrastructure that we rely on for basic services like our phones, water, health care, and electricity. The first report,...continued

More Sandy Money for New York: Will the State Use It Wisely?

Posted March 6, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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New York State has submitted its plan plan for the next $2.1 billion in federal disaster assistance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for continuing recovery efforts to rebuild from hurricanes/superstorms Sandy, Irene and Lee. The State’s plan...continued

$1 Billion for Climate Preparedness: The White House Gets It

Posted February 14, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Crushing drought in California and the West, paralyzing ice and snow storms  east of the Mississippi. We need to prepare for this changing world and President Obama gets it. The President announced yesterday on a trip to California he will...continued

GAO Report: Coal Companies Win and Taxpayers Lose, Got Any Questions?

Posted February 5, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Senator Ed Markey asked a lot of good questions yesterday, and the Department of Interior should answer them as requested by the end of the month. Please find the questions farther down in this post. Yesterday the Government Accountability Office...continued

Government's Chief Watchdog: Interior Department Shockingly Short-Changing Taxpayer

Posted February 4, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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It’s finally here and the news isn’t good. Today the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a long-awaited examination of the way the Department of Interior (DOI) sells taxpayer-owned coal on federal land. The bottom line: Interior’s Bureau of Land Management...continued

New Report: Government Short-Changing Taxpayers When Selling Public Coal

Posted September 20, 2013 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution

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A report issued this week by the budget watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) describes how, even after more than three decades of scandal, the federal program that sells taxpayer coal on public land to private companies is still short-changing...continued

Why Business Cares About Water and Climate Change in Colorado

Posted September 4, 2013 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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In Colorado, things have been different of late. Water, in the form of rain or snow, isn’t coming the same way it used to, and the bottom line is there has been less of it to go around and perhaps...continued

Department of Interior's own Watchdog in New Report Says Program to Sell Taxpayer-Owned Coal Deeply Flawed

Posted June 11, 2013 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The Department of Interior’s Inspector General released a scathing report today on the way Interior (DOI) sells taxpayer-owned coal to big coal companies at cut-rate prices. Most of the coal the report focuses on is from the Powder River Basin...continued

Lessons Learned in the Wake of Sandy: Saving Transit Means Taking the High Ground--Literally

Posted May 14, 2013 by Theo Spencer in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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As the six month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy rolls by, the passage of time is giving us a clearer picture of what preventive measures really worked. Thanks to an excellent series running this week on WNYC, we can see that...continued

No Longer Lost: A Roadmap for State Climate Change Preparedness

Posted April 22, 2013 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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If you’re lost in the wilderness, stumbling on a map that someone dropped could be a life-saver. Unfortunately, when it comes to preparing for the impacts of climate change, most states in the US are lost. So today we released a...continued

Watch out for the Watch Dog: Climate Threat to the Federal Government.

Posted February 15, 2013 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Earlier this week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) added Climate Change to its “High Risk” list. The agency biennially updates its list of programs and operations at “high” risk for waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement or needing broad-based transformations.   The...continued

Grim News For Western Water, But Proven Solutions Exist

Posted December 14, 2012 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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The Interior Department earlier this week released a long-awaited study on future water supplies from the Colorado River Basin. The news was not good. The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study found average water demand will outstrip supply...continued

Global Warming, Winter Sports and Jobs Headed Downhill: Report

Posted December 7, 2012 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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You like to do fun stuff outdoors in the Winter, right? So do I, and we’re not alone. More than 23 million people participated in winter sporting activities in 2009/2010.  Clearly there are a lot of people who love to...continued

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