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By Desi Doyen on 8/19/2010, 1:30pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: BP's relief well delayed --- again; Authorities scramble to recall tainted eggs; Interior Dept. enforces the law --- for a change ... PLUS: Predicting today's extreme weather --- back in 2007 ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): American Petroleum Institute's chief economist admits taxes on oil industry can create millions of jobs; Why OPEC doesn't mind low oil prices; Why Antarctic sea ice is growing in a warmer world; Old-style coal plants expanding across U.S.; MSHA: Massey didn't report accidents at WV mine; Oil group, climate bill supporters clash in summer campaigns; Soaring temps cause mass coral killing in Indonesia: study; MI oil spill and the tar sands name game; Lake Mead at lowest level since 1956 ...PLUS: Columnist: "Thank God global warming is a hoax!!" ...

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

  • Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing in a Warmer World: Models solve mystery, but suggest South Pole sea ice melt (National Geographic):
    Experts have cracked the mystery of why some ice has grown despite warming-but find the trend may rapidly reverse, a new study says.

    The new analyses are based on climate models and sea-surface temperature and precipitation observations from 1950 to 2009. They show that, in the 20th century, ocean warming boosted precipitation in the upper atmosphere over the Antarctic region, which fell as snow.

    More snow made the top layers of the ocean less salty and thus less dense. These layers became more stable, preventing warm, density-driven currents in the deep ocean from rising and melting sea ice.

  • Old-Style Coal Plants Expanding Across U.S.: Utilities across the country are building dozens of old-style coal plants that will cement the industry's standing as the largest industrial source of climate-changing gases for years to come. (AP)
  • MSHA: Massey didn't report accidents at W.Va. mine: Government investigators have cited Massey Energy for failing to report more than 20 accidents at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in the two years before an April explosion killed 29 miners there, according to documents released by the Mine Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday. (Seattle Times)
  • Oil Group, Climate Bill Supporters Clash in Summer Campaigns (Greenwire):
    The [American Petroleum Institute] oil and natural gas industry's biggest influence group will launch a major lobbying campaign next month, staging rallies and running advertisements tying the sector to job creation and opposing tax changes and tougher drilling regulations.
  • American Petroleum Institute's Chief Economist Admits Taxes On Oil Industry Can Create Millions Of Jobs (Wonk Room):
    Felmy recognized that the report concluded that you would get four times as many clean energy jobs as oil jobs from the same investment, because "green technology is more labor-intensive and less capital-intensive." He admitted that if you invest money in clean energy instead of oil and gas:

    "I have no doubts you can get a lot more jobs."

  • Soaring Temps Cause Mass Coral Killing in Indonesia: Study: A dramatic spike in ocean temperatures off Indonesia's Aceh province has killed large areas of coral and scientists fear the event could be much larger than first thought and one of the worst in the region's history. (Reuters)
  • Why OPEC Doesn't Mind Low Oil Prices (The Atlantic):
    OPEC is more concerned about long-term market share than they are about short-term price gains. Therefore with lower oil prices, what you're actually doing is raising the entry barrier for alternative fuels. I speak with OPEC regularly, and this is consistently their main concern is about the political shift of the sentiment in the U.S. especially towards alternative fuels. The cheaper you make OPEC oil, the harder you make it to bring alternative fuels to bring on.
  • Michigan Oil Spill: The Tar Sands Name Game (and Why It Matters) (On Earth Magazine):
    [L]inguistic gymnastics around the definition of tar sands have a long history. Industry officials have sought to avoid the increasingly negative connotations of tar sands extraction, which has a devastating effect on boreal forests and produces huge carbon emissions. Mogerman notes the irony of a company trying to deny the existence of the product that is its "bread and butter"...
  • Lake Mead At Lowest Level Since 1956: Water Users Conserving, Hoping For Rain Next Year: With the reservoir having dropped 10 feet since last summer, water managers and consumers are scrambling to conserve, hoping to avoid severe cutbacks. Arizona farmers especially are at risk. Eventually, all water consuming industries and even residential property values could be. (Treehugger)
  • Columnist: Thank God global warming is a hoax (SF Gate):
    I am delighted to remember that hardcore science has lied, misguided, misnomered and whatever else weird science does to confuse the world about the real impact humanity has had on global ecosystems. All those thousands of highly trained scientists educated at the finest universities, learning the most difficult and fraught information of our age, all in universal agreement that humankind's actions directly affect climate change, and they are all totally full of it because they are clearly in cahoots with Nazi Liberal Jesus, the solar panel manufacturers and the hippies who want me to compost my KFC Double Down wrapper.

    I am delighted to be reassured by the fringe right wing that the piles of dead bodies, millions of lost homes, and even the very sun itself are part of a vast conspiracy, a plot to form an evil one-world government, a lefty liberal charade even in places that don't understand or care what the hell a liberal is. See? Do you understand how powerful the lie? Amazing.