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By Desi Doyen on 9/28/2010, 1:11pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: SoCal is sooo hot - all-time record heat in L.A. this week, leads us to a Fox "News" February flashback; "Hockey Stick" graph vindicated - again; Half a billion corporate dollars to kill clean energy legislation ... PLUS: DOJ gives a pass to BP ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Halliburton Makes the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (and pigs fly); More than 100 Arrested at White House Demanding End to Mountaintop Removal; Australian climate activists close down world's largest coal port; 100% green electricity in Scotland 'achievable' by 2025; For U.S. Wildlife, a Climate Change Blueprint; Reported leak rate for PG&E's 'high-consequence' gas lines far exceeds national average; California raises Renewable Portfolio Standard to 33%; The Perils of Hydro-Fracking; Water Use in Southwest Heads for a Day of Reckoning ...PLUS: Energy Production Pushing Water Supply to Choke Point ...

STORIES DISCUSSED IN TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

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

  • When Pigs Fly: Halliburton Makes the Dow Jones Sustainability Index: "the company we love to hate" was just named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) as both a North American and a World leader. This means that they were considered to be in the top 10% among companies in the oil field services sector. (Environmental News Network)
  • More than 100 Arrested at White House Demanding End to Mountaintop Removal: Dr. James Hansen, Appalachian residents and retired coal miners arrested calling for abolition of mountaintop mining and immediate veto of Spruce mine project (Appalachia Rising)
  • Australia: Climate activists close down world's largest coal port (Reuters):
    The action by climate change group Rising Tide in Newcastle stopped operations at all three terminals operated by Port Waratah Coal Services, which normally run continuously, a company spokesman said.
    ...
    Rising Tide said about 50 people in total were involved in the protest, some entering before dawn Sunday morning, abseiling down machinery and attaching themselves to loaders. Others demonstrated with banners.

    Spokeswoman Annika Dean said nine protesters attached themselves to infrastructure, calling it an "emergency" action to highlight climate change, which she blamed for recent fires in Russia and floods in Pakistan.

    "We have stopped all operations in the coal port," Dean said.

  • Scotland Goes Greener: 100% green electricity in Scotland 'achievable' by 2025: First minister Alex Salmond at the Scottish Low Carbon Investment conference says that Scotland could theoretically generate all its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 (Guardian UK):
    Over the past five days, Salmond has doubled his government's target for generating "green" electricity. Last Thursday he tore up the Scottish government's goal of making half of Scotland's electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and replaced it with a new target of 80%.

    Today at an international low carbon investment conference in Edinburgh, he set a higher goal, claiming Scotland could actually generate all of its electricity - currently about 6.8GW - from green sources by 2025.

  • For U.S. Wildlife, a Climate Change Blueprint: New efforts to measure what warming temperatures are doing to forests, streams and animals at a regional level are at the core of a strategic plan by the Fish and Wildlife Service to respond to the effects of climate change. (NYT Green),/li>
  • Reported leak rate for PG&E's 'high-consequence' gas lines far exceeds national average: The company whose pipeline exploded into a fireball in San Bruno this month has reported leaks at a rate six times the annual average for other large pipeline operators (LA Times)
  • California raises Renewable Portfolio Standard to 33%: California regulators raised the state's renewable portfolio standard to 33 percent by 2020 in a unanimous vote yesterday that extends the mandate to public power and opens the door to more clean power imported from other states. (Energy & Environment News)
  • Water Use in Southwest Heads for a Day of Reckoning (NY Times):
    Barring a sudden end to the Southwest's 11-year drought, the distribution of the river's dwindling bounty is likely to be reordered as early as next year because the flow of water cannot keep pace with the region's demands.

    For the first time, federal estimates issued in August indicate that Lake Mead, the heart of the lower Colorado basin's water system - irrigating lettuce, onions and wheat in reclaimed corners of the Sonoran Desert, and lawns and golf courses from Las Vegas to Los Angeles - could drop below a crucial demarcation line of 1,075 feet.

    If it does, that will set in motion a temporary distribution plan approved in 2007 by the seven states with claims to the river and by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, and water deliveries to Arizona and Nevada would be reduced.

  • The Perils of Hydro-Fracking (The Nation) [emphasis added]:
    By design, hydrofracking causes miniature underground explosions - fracturing rocks and consequently releasing gas, along with radioactive and other carcinogenic and highly toxic substances from deep within the earth. These carcinogens, along with radioactive materials and the toxic sludge known as frack fluid, can contaminate aquifers and spoil water supplies.

    Gasland tells the gripping and awful story of how fracking became the dominant technology in US gas production. As Eisenberg explained, Halliburton and Dick Cheney are prime actors in the fracking drama.

  • Energy Production Pushing Water Supply to Choke Point: Report warns that without water, there can be no energy security (Solve Climate)