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By Desi Doyen on 11/8/2011, 2:15pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Massive protest at the White House against massive pipeline across the country; Oklahoma quakes rattle the heart of fracking country; Record spike in global emissions; 2011 breaks all records for record-breaking weather disasters; PLUS: Massive crack discovered in Antarctic glacier... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Australian parliament passes landmark tax on carbon emissions; BP wants US investigations barred from civil oil spill lawsuits; Protests at Koch Industries in KS; Current global warming unprecedented over last 20,000 years; Debunking the deniers on 'global cooling' --- again; Energy corporations received $24 billion from taxpayers... PLUS: EPA's secret 'Watch List' reveals fed failure to curb toxic air pollution... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

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

  • Australian parliament passes landmark tax on carbon emissions (Yale 360)
  • Debunking the Deniers on 'global Cooling': Going Down the Up Escalator, Part 1 (Skeptical Science):
    In short, those arguing that global warming has stopped are missing the forest for the trees, focusing on short-term noise while ignoring the long-term global warming signal. Since the release of the BEST data which confirmed the global warming observed by all other global temperature measurements, climate "skeptics" have been scrambling for a way to continue denying that global warming is a problem, and focusing on the short-term noise has become their preferred go-to excuse.
  • BP wants US probes barred from oil spill lawsuits (Las Vegas Sun) [emphasis added]:
    The companies involved in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history are trying to prevent government investigations blaming them for the disaster from being used against them by the people and businesses who are suing them.

    Billions of dollars are potentially at stake in a trial scheduled for February to determine whether rig owner Transocean can limit what it pays those making claims under maritime law and to assign percentages of fault to Transocean and other companies involved.

    BP, Transocean and cement contractor Halliburton filed motions late Monday in federal court in New Orleans seeking to keep certain government oil spill reports out of the civil case....

  • Fox Scraping The Barrel For Attacks On UN Climate Panel (Media Matters):
    Here are the facts Fox characteristically avoided: There were over 450 lead authors for the 2007 assessment report, plus 800 contributing authors and more than 2,500 reviewers. Fox identified only one graduate student who worked on the 2007 report. 1 out of over 1250 authors.

    The IPCC does not conduct climate research, it reviews and summarizes scientists' studies of climate change. The assessment reports have three volumes consisting of 10-20 chapters. Each chapter has around 7-10 lead authors and 2 coordinating lead authors and goes through two rounds of scientific review. Four of the lead authors could have been chimpanzees and it wouldn't have made a dent in the scientific heft of these massive reports.

  • Koch Industries target of weekend protests (Wichita, KS News-Observer) [emphasis added]:
    About 100 protesters marched on Koch Industries' headquarters near 37th North and Oliver Saturday afternoon.

    They chanted "Main Street, not Wall Street" and "Pay your share" as they marched.

    They also carried signs that explained why they were marching:

    "I Can't Afford to Buy My Own Politician. I'm part of the 99 percent," one sign said.

  • Current Global Warming Is Unprecedented Compared to Climate of the Last 20,000 years, Study Finds (Climate Progress)
  • Corporate Welfare For Energy Companies Means We Paid $24 Billion In Taxes To Them (Think Progress)
  • Forests of the Future Reshaped by Climate, Diseases (Environment News Service)
  • Floods Show What Lies Ahead for Sinking Bangkok (Pattaya Daily News)
  • Independent Panel: EPA Underestimates Atrazine's Cancer Risk: (Mother Jones):
    An independent EPA science panel has taken issue with EPA's longstanding conclusion that Atrazine, the second most widely used pesticide on US farms, is not likely to cause cancer.
  • The Hidden Toll of Traffic Jams: Scientists Increasingly Link Vehicle Exhaust With Brain-Cell Damage, Higher Rates of Autism (Wall St. Journal)
  • Solyndra Subpoena Rejected by Obama Administration (Huffington Post Green):
    The White House Counsel's Office has formally rejected a congressional subpoena of documents relating to the $535 million loan guarantee that the administration shepherded for Solyndra, the now-defunct solar energy company.
  • EPA's Secret Watch List Reveals Failure to Curb Toxic Air: (iWatch/NPR):
    Pollution violations at more than 1,600 plants across the country were serious enough that the government believes they require urgent action, according to an analysis of EPA data by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. Yet nearly 300 of those facilities have been considered 'high priority violators' of the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency for at least a decade. About a quarter of those 1,600 violators are on an internal EPA 'watch list,' which the agency has kept secret until now.