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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: More on Lindsey Graham's climate legislation hissy fit; A rapper's astute analysis of the climate bill ... PLUS: As the Gulf's oil rig spill spreads, setting the ocean on fire --- not kidding! ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Protected Reef Offers Model for Conservation; Food manufacturers fight ban on BPA in food safety bill; EPA issues new climate report on U.S. impacts; EPA: Atlantic seaboard will be swallowed by rising seas; Offshore power plant harvests both Wind and Waves; Energy crisis in Pakistan hurts everyday citizens; Locust plague prompts fears for crops ... PLUS: Your Killer Blue Jeans: Denim manufacturing is poisoning China's famed Pearl River ...
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Becoming Slow-Moving Environmental Disaster:
- New oil leak in well of sunken drilling rig (AP)
- Five times as much oil spewing in Gulf of Mexico oil spill as first thought (Times-Picayune)
- Factbox: Possible environmental impact of Gulf oil spill: A giant oil slick from last week's deadly offshore drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico threatens wide-scale coastal damage for four states. Possible impacts from the spill on the Gulf environment, commercial fisheries, wildlife and tourism. (Reuters)
- Coast Guard sets oil slick ablaze (Reuters)
- Democrats step up probe of Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion (The Hill)
- Engineers plan underwater dome to contain Gulf oil spill (Grist)
- Gulf Disaster Casts Shadow On BP’s Strong Performance (Wall St. Journal)
- Too Busy for Oil Awards (NY Times)
- The Latest on Stalled Climate & Clean Energy Legislation in the Senate:
- Sen. Lindsey Graham: 'I care equally about immigration and climate change' (Washington Post)
- On the Graham-Reid flustercluck (Dave Roberts, Grist)
- Quiet Progress on Senate Climate Bill (NYT Green)
- Mysterious Climate Bill Is "Like Sasquatch" (Mother Jones)
- Senate climate bill sent to EPA as White House aide calls Obama ‘confident’ of progress (The Hill)
- Reid set to move on climate change bill ahead of immigration (The Hill)
- Oil Rig Blast Complicates Push for Energy and Climate Bill (NY Times)
- EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on The Daily Show: Lisa P. Jackson hopes Lindsey Graham will rejoin the bipartisan effort to introduce climate change legislation. (Comedy Central):
- Graham: I'll Filibuster My Own Climate Bill Unless Reid Drops Immigration Altogether (Talking Points Memo)
- The politics of the Gulf oil spill (Grist)
- Astute, Concise Climate Bill Analysis From an Unexpected Source:
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'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report...
- Protected Reef Offers Model for Conservation: “I think Glover’s Reef is a model of hope,” says Ellen K. Pikitch, a marine biologist at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. (NY Times)
- Food safety bill's ban on BPA resisted:The food industry and major business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are threatening to withdraw support for a long-pending bill to improve food safety, saying they are upset by a proposed amendment that would ban bisphenol-A, a controversial chemical, from food and beverage containers. (Washington Post)
- EPA issues new climate report: "These indicators show us that climate change is a very real problem with impacts that are already being seen," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. (Washington Post)
- EPA scientist warns Atlantic seaboard will be swallowed by rising seas: "The children of 21st Century Chesapeake Beach, what do they do?" he asks. "They play on revetments." A generation ago, these kids might have been skipping through the waves. A generation from now, many of the rocks they're playing on will almost certainly be underwater. (Grist)
- Instead of oil, too bad THIS hadn't been in the Gulf of Mexico: A Power Plant for Wind and Waves: Think of the Poseidon as an oil rig with turbines and wave generators. Since offshore wind turbines generally work best in the world's worst seas, you might as well try to generate wave power at the same time. (GreenTech Media)
- Pakistanis Living on Brink, and Often in the Dark: Pakistan is in the throes of an energy crisis, with Pakistanis now enduring about 12 hours of power cuts a day, a grueling schedule that is melting ice, stopping fans and enraging an already exhausted populace just as the blast furnace of summer gets started. (NY Times)
- Salazar approves nation's first offshore wind farm (Washington Post)
- Locust plague prompts fears for crops (Australian Broadcasting Co.)
- Your Killer Blue Jeans: China's famed Pearl River under denim threat