Environmental Politics

"Rick Perry's Dirty Deals With Big Coal"

"Perry fast-tracked new plants and made Texas even more polluted than it already was."

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"In April 2006, a few days before Earth Day, Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined executives of TXU, the state's largest utility and biggest carbon dioxide emitter, in cheering plans to open a staggering 11 new coal-fired power plants throughout Texas. With rolling blackouts still fresh on many Texans' minds, Perry hailed TXU's rapid expansion as a path to energy security, not to mention a way to create jobs and potentially lower energy costs.

Source: Mother Jones, 09/22/2011
November 16, 2011

Tackling Tomorrow's Energy Challenges Today: A Southeastern Symposium at Duke University

The Southeastern United States is faced with several energy transitions in the coming years. This day-long symposium in Durham, NC will discuss these issues, identify crucial information gaps, and plot future directions for research and outreach.

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November 10, 2011 to November 12, 2011

International Conference on Payments for Ecosystem Services and Their Institutional Dimensions in Berlin, Germany

The international conference focuses on the institutional frameworks and governance structures of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes in both developing and industrialized countries.

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November 3, 2011 to November 4, 2011

Conference on the Assessment of Future Energy Systems (CAFES) in Calgary

Join global experts in energy systems thinking and top scientists, industry leaders and policy makers to identify the opportunities, challenges and integrated solutions for Canada and North America of the next energy system transformation. Special registration and accommodation rates available until October 7th.

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"Republicans Sought Clean-Energy Money for Home States"

"On the Senate floor and the television airwaves, Senator Mitch McConnell has lambasted the Obama administration over what he has described as its failed efforts to stimulate new jobs through clean-energy projects backed with billions of dollars in federal loans or other assistance." "But Mr. McConnell, of Kentucky, is one of several prominent Republicans who have worked to steer federal money to clean-energy projects in their homes states, Energy Department documents show."

Source: NY Times, 09/21/2011

Texas Latinos Face Greater Health Risks From Pollution: Study

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should move forward with tougher standards it has developed for ozone and toxic emissions because they will help protect Latinos’ health in Texas and other states, environmental and Latino groups said Tuesday."

Source: Houston Chronicle, 09/21/2011

DNC Members Latest To Pressure Obama on Canada-To-U.S. Pipeline

"President Obama yesterday got nudged from his left to nix the Keystone XL pipeline, as seven Democratic National Committee (DNC) members signed on to a resolution urging rejection of the controversial Canada-to-U.S. project on environmental, economic and national security grounds."

Source: NY Times, 09/21/2011

Obama’s Smog Decision Backed by Big Business Donors

"President Obama’s decision early this month to side with anti-regulation business interests against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop a plan to tighten smog regulations comes during an election cycle in which Obama has received campaign donations from top polluters, and only weeks after his chief of staff met with anti-regulation industry trade associations.

Source: Washington Independent, 09/21/2011

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