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Michigan: New Report Shows Big Increase in Extreme Storms

Posted December 4, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The kind of deluges that flooded Detroit this year and Grand Rapids last year are part of 50-year trend of increasingly frequent extreme storms in Michigan. That’s according to a new report we released today along with the Rocky Mountain Climate...continued

White House Climate Preparedness Task Force Releases Recommendations and Tools

Posted November 18, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Solving Global Warming

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Hopefully, the momentum is growing. The Obama Administration has made clear we’ve got to prepare for the impacts created by the carbon pollution we’ve already dumped into the atmosphere, not just slash the amount of that pollution. The President’s State,...continued

White House Takes Needed Steps on Climate

Posted November 4, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Late last week the Obama Administration released Federal agency climate plans that focus on the carbon pollution reductions that agencies are achieving, and the moves they’re making to fortify their facilities and protect their personnel from the impacts of climate...continued

Cold Days For Coal Could Mean Better Forecast for Our Climate

Posted September 25, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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The future is looking darker for the coal industry. Publicly-traded giants such as Alpha Natural Resources, Arch and Peabody have seen their stock prices hit historic or near-historic lows. Peabody was recently dropped from the S&P 500 index. On Tuesday, Arch...continued

Obama: People Get Ready

Posted July 18, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Much ink has been devoted to President Obama’s laudable plan to cut carbon pollution from our biggest source: power plants. The US, and the world, have a seriously limited window to cut that pollution if we’re going to stave off...continued

A Tale of Two Climate Reports, and a Call to Action

Posted May 9, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Much has been made of the very sobering National Climate Assessment report that came out earlier this week, and for good reason. As USA Today put it: Devastating droughts in the Southwest, ruinous floods in New York City, killer wildfires...continued

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

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