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By Desi Doyen on 5/27/2010, 1:23pm PT  

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: So far, so good: the 'Top Kill' said to be working; Federal heads are rolling; the President is speaking (finally), and extending the moratorium on off-shore drilling... PLUS: It's official: the BP Oil Disaster is now the Worst in U.S. History ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Clean Air Act settlement will close Ohio power plant; Climate Scientists Claim 'McCarthy-Like Threats'; Another oil spill in Alaska; Last rites in salmon country?; Nissan's electric car sells out in U.S., and it isn't even available yet; An insider's view of climate change; Corporate $$$ & lies behind 'Citizens' initiatives In Calif. ...PLUS: Economists on 'discounting' the future cost of climate change ...


'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • COAL: Clean Air Act settlement will close Ohio power plant : American Municipal Power, a nonprofit Ohio utility, has agreed to retire a coal-fired power plant as part of a settlement resolving alleged violations of federal clean air laws, the Obama administration announced yesterday. (Greenwire)
  • Climate Scientists Claim 'McCarthy-Like Threats,' Say They Face Intimidation, Ominous E-Mails: Global Warming Denier Says His Side Gets Threats, Too (ABC)
  • ANOTHER SPILL: Oil spills into Alaska pump station containment area (Anchorage Daily News)
  • Last rites in salmon country?: As California's water war grinds on, salmon fishermen gear up for a risky season (High Country News)
  • Nissan Says Electric Car Is Sold Out for This Year (NY Times)
  • A Trench View of Climate Change: an unvarnished perspective of someone on the ground level of government, who is positioned at the intersection of science and policy. (Collide-A-Scape)
  • Corporate Bucks Behind 'Citizens' Initiatives In Calif.:
    Take Proposition 16, for example. The initiative, which proponents call the "Taxpayer's Right to Vote Act," would require a city or county that wants to start a municipal utility or expand an existing one to get approval from two-thirds of its voters. The backer of all this extra democracy is Pacific Gas and Electric, California's largest private, for-profit electric company.
    "If our opponents can provide cheaper, greener, better electric service, then they shouldn't be afraid to go to the people and sell it to them," [Robin Swanson, spokeswoman for the "Yes on 16" campaign] says.

    Except those municipal power providers are forbidden by law from spending a dime on electioneering. PG&E, on the other hand, has already put about $44 million into the campaign for Proposition 16.

  • 'Discounting' the future cost of climate change: Economists develop new methods to quantify the trade-off between spending now and spending later (Science News):
    To figure out how much we should spend fighting climate change, economists have some questions for you: How much would you be willing to spend now to make your child $100 richer in the future? What about your grandchild in the farther future, or your great-great-great-great-great-grandchild in the very distant future?