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Alberta Imposes New Fracking Restrictions Near Dam after Quakes

Inside Climate News - June 5, 2019 - 9:30am
The Tyee

The Alberta Energy Regulator issued an order restricting hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, near Alberta's Brazeau Dam after an earthquake in the region. The order acknowledges that fracking and other forms of industry fluid injection pose risks to infrastructure.

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Donald Trump Tells Prince Charles U.S. Has 'Clean Climate'

Inside Climate News - June 5, 2019 - 9:00am
The Guardian

Prince Charles spent 75 minutes longer than scheduled trying to convince Donald Trump of the dangers of global heating, but the president still insisted the U.S. was "clean" and blamed other nations for the crisis. 

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Biden Weighs in with Ambitious Climate Plan

Climate Crocks - June 5, 2019 - 8:36am
Leading Democratic candidate answers critics with ambitious climate proposal. New York Times: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has faced criticism from Democratic presidential rivals about his commitment to combating climate change, on Tuesday unveiled a plan centered on reinstating the climate policies of the Obama administration — but he included some unexpected proposals that […]
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Anheuser-Busch Will be 100% Renewable 4 Years Early

Climate Crocks - June 5, 2019 - 8:36am
One more demonstration that companies, states, or countries, that take steps down the path to renewable energy, meet with greater success, faster, and more cheaply, than they ever imagined. Fast Company: When a new solar farm is completed on a sprawling, 2,000-acre site in Pecos County, Texas, by early 2021, every beer that Anheuser-Busch makes […]
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Biden Launches Climate Plan Embracing Green New Deal, Goes Beyond Obama-Era Ambition

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 10:59am
InsideClimate News

Former Vice President Joe Biden released his campaign's first official platform on climate change today and moved well beyond the outdated ambitions of his days in the Obama administration. Marianne Lavelle explains what's inside and how it compares to other plans.

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Children's Climate Lawsuit Is Back in Court, and Doctors Are Backing Kids' Health Risk Concerns

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

A federal appeals court will hear arguments today in the Juliana vs. United States case, brought by 21 children and young adults who are suing the government for failure to act on climate change. Some of the heaviest hitters in the public health arena—including 15 major health organization and two former U.S. surgeons general—are publicly backing up the young litigants.

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Lobbying Against Key U.S. Climate Regulation ‘Cost Society $60 Billion', Study Finds

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 10:42am
Carbon Brief

Two environmental economists reported that when big companies lobbied the government to block action on climate change, it costs society $60 billion. In blocking the Waxman-Markey bill, fossil fuel and transportation companies who expected to lose money were more effective lobbyists than those who expected gains, the economists found.

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Companies See Climate Change Hitting Their Bottom Lines in the Next 5 Years

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 10:40am
The New York Times

Facing pressure from shareholders and regulators, more companies are disclosing the financial hits they could take as the planet warms, according to a new analysis. Still, companies aren't adequately accounting for all the possible financial risks they face, analysts say.

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Trump Administration Seeks Criminal Crackdown on Pipeline Protests

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 10:30am
Politico

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling for Congress to expand a law that penalizes "damaging or destroying" functioning pipelines. Read more from ICN about how several states have recently cracked down on pipeline protesters, including South Dakota, where a new law allows prosecutors to target protest "conspirators."

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U.S. EPA Sued Over Ousting of Scientists from Advisory Committees

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 10:30am
Reuters

The Natural Resources Defense Council is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a recent order banning many scientists from panels that advise the EPA on scientific matters. The NRDC said that the directive, issued by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, upended decades of EPA practices without cause or comment from the public.

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Researcher: Sutton Lake Site Of Numerous Coal Ash Spills

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 10:00am
WUNC

A lake near Wilmington, North Carolina, has endured numerous coal ash spills, both before and after Hurricane Florence, according to a researcher from Duke University. Recent state efforts to address coal ash, a byproduct of coal burning, have been met with pushback from utility Duke Energy

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Minnesota Court: Regulators Didn't Weigh Oil Spill Impact in Line 3 Pipeline Decision

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 9:55am
Minnesota Public Radio

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the state Public Utilities Commission's approval of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project's environmental review, saying it didn't adequately address the potential impact of a spill in the Lake Superior watershed.

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Michigan Farmers Can Build Commercial Solar Panels On Land Preserved for Agriculture

Inside Climate News - June 4, 2019 - 9:50am
MLive

Michigan farmers can keep tax incentives that block non-agricultural development if they build commercial solar panels on their land, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced. Whitmer, who created a new office of climate and energy in the state, said she is committed to meet the growing demand for renewable energy.

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Floods and Trump’s Trade War Create an Uncertain Year for Farmers

Inside Climate News - June 3, 2019 - 10:46am
The New York Times

Corn prices are rising as surging floodwaters and soaking rains, combined with President Trump's trade war with China, are making for a difficult year for farmers facing risky choices about what crops to plant, or whether to plant at all. 

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New York Braces for Solar Fight as Regulators Mull Monthly Fees

Inside Climate News - June 3, 2019 - 10:40am
Bloomberg

As regulators revamp the way utilities pay homeowners for the solar power they feed into the grid, they're mulling a monthly charge of about $6 to support clean-energy and efficiency programs. Clean-energy advocates warn it could "fundamentally change the economics." 

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EPA Rushes Overhaul of Cancer Testing

Inside Climate News - June 3, 2019 - 10:38am
E&E News

EPA plans to quickly revamp its guidelines for evaluating whether environmental contaminants can cause cancer or other ailments, a move Trump administration critics fear is part of a broader effort to weaken the basis for regulating a wide range of pollutants. 

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Pipeline Company Justified in Using Eminent Domain, Iowa Supreme Court Rules

Inside Climate News - June 3, 2019 - 10:20am
Des Moines Register

Iowa had the right to use eminent domain to seize private land for the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in challenge from landowners and environmental groups who sought to stop the flow of oil. However, the court also recognized that "a serious and warranted concern about climate change" underlies the opposition to the pipeline.

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Army Corps Under Fire: In a Flood, It Released More Water

Inside Climate News - June 3, 2019 - 10:15am
The New York Times

The Army Corps of Engineers has been struggling on two fronts — taming America's rain-swollen rivers, and taming the fallout from mass water releases and breached levees. In Oklahoma, opening a dam released a large amount of water into the Arkansas River, flooding parts of Sand Springs and other towns.

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Massachusetts Looks to Beef Up Commitment to Offshore Wind

Inside Climate News - June 3, 2019 - 10:10am
Associated Press

Massachusetts officials are recommending the state double its commitment to offshore wind as part of an ongoing effort to transition the state toward more renewable energy. The report argues for an additional procurement of up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind capacity, enough to power up to 1 million homes, on top of the 1,600 megawatts already authorized.

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