IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Obama moves mountains --- unfortunately; Coal state Democrats heart coal; Chemical industry hearts BPA; PLUS: Big Bellies now in Philly! .... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (links below): Grist test drives green toilet cleaners; Judge orders Duke Energy to shut down Indiana coal plant; Landowners: get paid for doing nothing!; "Green bank" could provide green lending if Congress approves; PLUS: Endangered Right whales get right-of-way protection in Boston Harbor... See below for more Green News!
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- Obama walks a fine line over mining
- The Coal Tattoo Analysis: Mountaintop removal: Obama ‘walks a fine line’
- EPA Mining Decisions Favor Coal Industry: Hundreds of Miles of Streams at Risk of Ruin
- Tennessee: Bill to "Poison" State Streams Falls One Vote Short
- Climate Bill Earmarks $500M for Clean Coal 'Admin Expenses'
"This is every industry's dream – to have the proceeds of a monopoly tax dedicated entirely to your interests," said Dan Greenwood, a professor of corporate finance and law at Hofstra University's School of Law. "The money doesn't need to be re-appropriated every year, all of it is dedicated to your industry, and your industry gets to decide on how the money is allocated."
- Learn more about mountaintop removal coal mining
- Coal Company Focus: "Massey's Dark Side"
- Strategy Being Devised To Protect Use of BPA;
Groups Hope to Block Ban of ChemicalIndustry representatives weighed a range of ideas, including "using fear tactics [e.g. "Do you want to have access to baby food anymore?" as well as giving control back to consumers (e.g. you have a choice between the more expensive product that is frozen or fresh or foods packaged in cans) as ways to dissuade people from choosing BPA-free packaging," the notes said.
The attendees estimated it would cost $500,000 to craft a message for a public relations campaign, according to the notes. "Their 'holy grail' spokesperson would be a 'pregnant young mother who would be willing to speak around the country about the benefits of BPA,' " the notes said.
- FDA Reviewing Decision on Safety of BPA
- California Senate approves ban on BPA in plastics: The bill now moves to the Assembly, where heavy opposition from manufacturers is expected. The chemical, bisphenol A, is common in baby bottles and is linked to developmental problems
- New city trash bins are smart, green-friendly
- Big Belly Solar.com
- Philadelphia Greenworks Plan
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report... See below!
- Which natural toilet-bowl cleaner wins with a flush?
- Duke ordered to close coal-fired units at Ind. plant
- California forests hold one answer to climate change: The state is a leader in setting up a program to offset heat-trapping emissions by investing in woodlands
How lush. How lovely. How lucrative.
This 2,200-acre spread in Humboldt County does well by doing good. For the last four years, Van Eck's foresters restricted logging, allowing trees to do what trees do: absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The conservation foundation that oversees the forest then calculated that carbon bonus and sold it for $2 million to individuals and companies trying to offset some 185,000 metric tons of their greenhouse gas emissions.
- Congress Should Charter the Green Bank
- NOAA shifts Mass. shipping lanes to aid right whales