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By Desi Doyen on 4/5/2011, 1:27pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: 'Catastrophic' sewage spill in TN; Running out of ideas: Japan dumps tons of radioactive water into the ocean as their nuclear nightmare continues to continue; The one year anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in WV; Guess what's the fastest growing sector of the economy? (hint: that big glowing ball in the sky) ... PLUS: Transocean execs recieve safety bonuses --- less than a year after 11 men died on their rig in the Gulf ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Climate deniers' review supports scientific consensus; Sustainability is winning over CEOs; Coal power industry’s deceptive attack on EPA; Coal plants don’t create the jobs they promise: study; Saving bats could prevent huge U.S. farming losses; Future of Pennsylvania is a dystopian wasteland; Water utilities failed to alert public to likely carcinogen; Study: many Quebec worksites contains high levels of asbestos; Right-wing Group Writes Anti-EPA Bills For State Legislatures; Almost Two Dozen Members Of Congress Get Farm Subsidies; Rep. Praises Excessive CEO Compensation; Skeptic Fest Kind of a Let Down for Deniers; The Truth, Still Inconvenient; Confronting climate collapse ... PLUS: Science bites climate skeptics in the ass on the House floor ....

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

  • Deniers' Review Supports Scientific Consensus on Global Warming - Right Wing Sad (Little Green Footballs):
    A team of UC Berkeley physicists and statisticians led by global warming denier Richard Muller launched a project recently to analyze the scientific data on temperature trends. They were apparently fairly certain they’d find evidence to prove that climate change is not happening.

    Imagine my surprise to discover that the initial results of their project fully support the scientific consenus.

    Actually, I’m not the least bit surprised by the findings. But I am surprised that Muller and his team, financed by far right oil billionaires Charles and David Koch, are being honest about it.

  • Why Sustainability Is Winning Over CEOs: (BusinessWeek):
    Long a cause célèbre of the eco crowd, sustainable business practices are yielding big savings at companies like PepsiCo and Wal-Mart.
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    Recent volatile price swings in plastic packaging, fuel, cotton, food ingredients such as corn, and a host of other raw materials have added urgency to businesses' efforts to shave costs to keep prices competitive and protect margins.
  • With Charts!: The coal power industry’s willfully deceptive picture of EPA rules (David Roberts, Grist):
    OMG! It's a mad carnival funhouse of regulatory perplexment and befuddletation! Surely no industry of mere profit-seeking mortals could be expected to navigate it.

    Or not. John Larsen at the World Resources Institute picked through the image and took out a few things that might be misleading, like, say, rules already remanded or vacated by court decisions...
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    The benefits dwarf the costs to industry. Every time.

  • Coal plants don’t create the jobs they promise, study finds (David Roberts, Grist):
    Ochs researchers dove in and took a close look at economic conditions before, during, and after six coal plant construction projects, along with the promises that were made and deals struck in advance.

    Their results suggest that the promise of jobs was oversold. Overall, "for every one hundred new construction jobs promised, just over half --- 56 percent --- were actually realized."

  • Saving bats could prevent huge U.S. farming losses (Scientific American):
    America's bats are dying in their hundreds of thousands due to a mysterious illness called white-nose syndrome, and efforts to save them could prevent billions of dollars in agricultural losses, scientists say.
  • Fracking hell: Future of Pennsylvania is dystopian wasteland studded with natural gas wells (Grist)
  • Water Utilities Failed To Alert Public to Likely Carcinogen (Greenwire):
    U.S. water utilities have known about the prevalence of a likely carcinogen in water sources for seven years and have failed to share that information with the public, according to an advocacy group, which released today a 2004 industry study of hexavalent chromium.
  • Air At Many Quebec Worksites Contains High Levels of Asbestos: Study (Canadian Press):
    A new report is suggesting the air at many Quebec construction sites contains levels of asbestos at or above provincial norms, raising fresh questions about whether the substance can be handled safely in Canada.
  • Right-wing Group Writes Anti-EPA Bills For State Legislatures (ClimateWire):
    A Virginia state lawmaker caused a stir in February when he admitted that his resolution declaring U.S. EPA's effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions a 'regulatory train wreck' was written by the coal industry.
  • Almost Two Dozen Members Of Congress Get Farm Subsidies (Huffington Post Green)
  • As Taxpayers Pad Big Oil’s Soaring Profits, Landry Praises Excessive CEO Compensation As ‘The American Dream’ (Think Progress)
  • House Skeptic Fest Kind of a Let Down for Deniers (Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones) [emphasis added]:
    It's worth noting that the majority of the witnesses they called on yesterday weren't actually climate scientists.
    ...
    The most interesting thing to me, though, is that when asked directly, not one of the actual scientists disputed the fact that the planet is warming and that greenhouse gases are a notable factor. Even Christy said in the hearing that yes, greenhouse gas emissions "do exert a warming influence on the planet."
  • David Orr on confronting climate collapse (Climate Progress):
    Happy talk” was not the approach taken by Lincoln confronting slavery, or by Franklin Roosevelt facing the grim realities after Pearl Harbor. Nor was it Winston Churchill’s message to the British people at the height of the London blitz. Instead, in these and similar cases transformative leaders told the truth honestly, with conviction and eloquence.
  • Paul Krugman: The Truth, Still Inconvenient (NY Times - free via blogs):
    So the joke begins like this: An economist, a lawyer and a professor of marketing walk into a room. What’s the punch line? They were three of the five “expert witnesses” Republicans called for last week’s Congressional hearing on climate science.
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    But it’s terrifying to realize that this kind of cynical careerism — for that’s what it is — has probably ensured that we won’t do anything about climate change until catastrophe is already upon us.

    So on second thought, I was wrong when I said that the joke was on the G.O.P.; actually, the joke is on the human race.

  • Grist: 'Science Bites Climate Skeptics in the Ass on the House Floor' (The Brad Blog)