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By Desi Doyen on 1/10/2012, 1:57pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Rick Santorum knows science better than "some people" ("some people" who are actually scientists); Grand Canyon is safe --- at least for awhile; Obama Administration's historic move to protect the nation's fisheries; No snow in Colorado; Too much snow in Alaska; PLUS: Republican presidential climate deniers visit a very warm New Hampshire ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): BP Oil Spill: Oil is more toxic than previously thought; Oil prices rise on Iran tensions, supply crunch; Nigerians protest rise in oil prices; Your car helps cause tornadoes; US coal plant wants new pollution rules; OH decides to stop fracking; Canada minister calls opponents of tar sands "foes of Canada"; Ducks doomed by global warming ... PLUS: Big Ag freaks out over tighter limits on toxic dioxin in food ... 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)...

  • BP Oil Spill: Oil is more toxic than previously thought, study finds (LA Times):
    Bad news for the Gulf of Mexico: a study released this week sheds new light on the toxicity of oil in aquatic environments, and shows that environmental impact studies currently in use may be inadequate. The report is to be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Your car commute helps cause tornadoes (Grist):
    According to a new study, tornadoes and hailstorms are less likely to occur on a Saturday or Sunday. That’s because hail and tornadoes thrive on pollution, which is higher towards the middle of the week.

    The study looked at summertime storm activity and found above-average rates of storms midweek and below-average rates on weekends. It turns out that this is because moisture likes pollutants: Water particles cling to those dirty little suckers, float up higher in the atmosphere, and create hail.

  • A Coal-Fired Plant That Is Eager for U.S. Pollution Rules (NY Times) [emphasis added]:
    The company, Constellation Energy, says it is an issue of fairness.
    ...
    Having invested the $885 million
    — nearly as much as it cost to build the two generating units in 1984 and 1991 — Constellation argues that laggard plants should also have to comply with the emission limits or shut down. Otherwise, it argues, the utility will be operating at a big disadvantage: simply running the retrofitted plant requires 40 megawatts of electricity, enough to keep a small town humming.
  • Benchmark oil price rises above $102 per barrel (AP)
  • EU ministers plan Iran oil embargo, IAEA team to visit (Reuters):
    Japan took precautions in case it joins an international embargo on buying Iranian crude by asking Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help it make up any shortfall. Anxiety about the Iranian nuclear program helped push up oil prices, and Brent February crude rose 92 cents to $113.37 a barrel by 12:48 p.m. EST.
  • Nigerians Protest Rise in Oil Prices (NY Times):
    Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets in cities across the country on Monday to protest a sudden sharp rise in oil prices after the government abruptly ended fuel subsidies. At the same time, a national strike over the oil price increase shut down much of the country.
  • After Earthquakes, Ohio Decides To Stop Fracking Process To ‘Help Stop The Ground From Shaking’ (Think Progress Green)
  • Canada Minister: Opponents To Tar Sands Are Foes Of Canada (Think Progress Green)
  • Fox News Raises Solyndra Red Herring To Deflect Attention From Romney's Record (Media Matters)
  • Canada: Ducks doomed by earlier snow melts brought on by global warming, study finds (CBC):
    Scientists long puzzled by the rapid decline in millions of Canadian boreal ducks since the 1970s think they may finally have the cause: global warming. "Because of climate change, the ducks don't have the food that they need when they need it," Stuart Slattery, a research scientist with Ducks Unlimited Canada, told CBC News on Friday.
  • Live and let dioxin: Big Ag is worried about scaring us off meat and milk (Grist) [emphasis added]:
    It doesn't take much for the food industry to freak out over potential government action, but this latest corporate outcry is especially galling and self-serving. This month, after more than 20 years of "assessment," the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to finally release limits for safe exposure to dioxins, nasty industrial pollutants that cause cancer, among other health harms [PDF]. You may have heard of dioxin as the military herbicide Agent Orange used in Vietnam, where it earned its distinction as "the most toxic compound synthesized by man."
  • Fracking: Is there really 100 years' worth of natural gas beneath the United States? [NO.] (Slate)
  • The End of Real Maple Syrup?: Acid rain's blind spot (Toledo Blade):
    University of Michigan researchers say future generations of sugar maple trees are at risk unless soft spots in the federal Clean Air Act are strengthened to address an old nemesis: acid rain.

    Precipitation that is highly acidic from burned fossil fuels has been largely under control since the early 1990s. In 1989, the federal government adopted a system to control acid rain through large reductions of sulfur dioxide. Electricity-producing coal-fired power plants were allowed to meet tougher limits through swaps of so-called emission credits.

  • Keystone Inspector Alleges Shoddy Work on Original Pipeline (Canadian Press)
  • HSBC Report: Future Of Global Climate Deal Dependent On 2012 Election (Think Progress
    Green) [emphasis in original]:

    "[The] prospects for a new global climate deal in 2015 depend considerably on the election of a pro-climate action president. The election of a President opposed to climate action will not only damage growth prospects for low-carbon solutions in the USA itself, but will make the hard task of negotiating a new global agreement by 2015 almost impossible. If Obama is re-elected with support in both houses, we expect modest measures to introduce a federal clean energy standard for electricity; a stripped down cap and trade programme could re-emerge building on the regional scheme on the West and East coasts."
  • Essential Climate Science Findings: