With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 2/2/2012, 2:37pm PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 6 more weeks of winter? The Winter That Wasn't across the US; Extreme weather disasters leading to higher insurance rates; Wall St. Journal climate denier smackdown; Even Saudi Arabia believes in global warming(!); PLUS: House arrest for fracking filmmaker - House of Representatives, that is ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): House GOP throws kids under the bus; What liberal bias?: Heavy pro-Keystone XL pipeline coverage in corporate media; Glut of nat gas roils energy markets; Great Lakes Asian carp invasion: new canal for Chicago?; U.S. not prepared for oil spill off Cuba; TX: Fracking disclosure rule takes effect; Green Building sector to deliver trillions in savings by 2030 ... PLUS: Barrage of death threats intended to 'intimidate', says Texas climatologist ... 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)...

  • Republicans Want to Throw Kids Under the Bus. Literally. (Mother Jones)
  • STUDY: The Press And The Pipeline: Heavily Pro-Keystone XL Pipeline Coverage in the Media: (Media Matters)
  • A Media Matters analysis shows that as a whole, news coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline between August 1 and December 31 favored pipeline proponents. Although the project would create few long-term employment opportunities, the pipeline was primarily portrayed as a jobs issue. Pro-pipeline voices were quoted more frequently than those opposed, and dubious industry estimates of job creation were uncritically repeated 5 times more often than they were questioned.
  • Asian Carp Invasion: Report Says Great Lakes Divide Can Be Rebuilt (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
  • Experts: U.S. Ill-Prepared for Oil Spill Off Cuba (AP):
    The U.S. is not ready to handle an oil spill if drilling off the Cuban coast goes awry but can be better prepared with monitoring systems and other basic steps, experts told government officials Monday. The comments at a congressional subcommittee hearing in the Miami Beach suburb of Sunny Isles come more than a week after a huge oil rig arrived in Cuban waters to begin drilling a deepwater exploratory well.
  • EPA Beach Pollution Rules Allow 1 in 28 to Get Sick (LA Times):
    Proposed new beach pollution regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, meant to protect public health, instead would continue to allow lots of people to get sick, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC.
  • Landowners Fight Emininent Domain in PA Gas Field (AP):
    The Central New York Oil & Gas Co. assured residents and regulators it would avoid using eminent domain to lay its pipeline in Pennsylvania's pristine Endless Mountains. But 2 days after FERC granted approval, the company went to court to condemn nearly half the properties along the route.
  • Food Crisis As Drought & Cold Hit Mexico: (NY Times) [emphasis added]:
    A drought that a government official called the most severe Mexico had ever faced has left two million people without access to water and, coupled with a cold snap, has devastated cropland in nearly half of the country. The government in the past week has authorized $2.63 billion in aid, including potable water, food and temporary jobs for the most affected areas, rural communities in 19 of Mexico's 31 states. But officials warned that no serious relief was expected for at least another five months, when the rainy season typically begins in earnest.
  • TX Fracking Disclosure Rule Takes Effect Today: (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) [emphasis added]:
    A new Texas Railroad Commission rule requiring oil and natural gas operators to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells takes effect Wednesday. The rule also requires that operators disclose how much water is used in fracking, a process that may require 1 million to 5 million gallons for a well drilled in North Texas' Barnett Shale.
  • BP Must Pay Some Gulf Claims Filed Against Halliburton (NY Times)
  • Cheap natural gas jumbles energy markets, stirs fears it could inhibit renewables (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
    [T]he economic issue is disruptive, too. The rush to produce shale gas “is forcing all of us to seriously address what it means for us,” said Ralph Izzo, chief executive of Public Service Enterprise Group, a New Jersey-based utility that relies on nuclear for half of its power supply. Izzo said it would mean “the delay of the nuclear renaissance for years to come.”
  • Texas Heat and Drought Caused by Global Warming, NASA's Hansen Says (Inside Climate News):
    Temperature data shows the Texas heat wave wouldn't have occurred without warming, Hansen claims. Others aren't ready to draw such a definitive conclusion.
  • Why inspectors might hesitate to shut down a [coal] mine (Coal Tattoo, Charleston Gazette)
  • Texas Tech Scientist See Intimidation Effort Behind Hate Mail Barrage: (TX Climate News):
    Hate mail in the inbox has been an occupational hazard for climate scientists in the public eye for some time now. Something about their endorsement and explanation of the mainstream scientific view that humans are heating up the earth's atmosphere elicits that sort of response from certain people who disagree very strongly. Lately, it has been Texas Tech University professor Katharine Hayhoe's turn to be on the receiving end of an avalanche of venomous emails.
  • Greening of Building Sector on Track to Deliver Trillions in Savings by 2030 (InsideClimate News):
    Report based on DOE's revised long-term projections of energy consumption in the building sector points to dramatic impact of energy efficiency.
    ...
    The new projections mean Americans will save an additional $3.7 trillion on energy bills through 2030.
  • Essential Climate Science Findings: