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By Desi Doyen on 2/14/2012, 2:27pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican Insane Clown Posse rolls into CPAC with Rick Santorum, global conspiracy theorist and the job-killing Newt Gingrich on board; Obama calls again for ending taxpayer oil industry subsidies; PLUS: Okay, now it's personal: Global Warming impacts chocolate ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Insurance co's should be selling public on climate change; China's huge solar deal with Dow; Warming hits microbes' carbon storage capacity;
Beef prices to rise due to TX drought; Hurricanes could topple wind farms w/o modifications; Amazon's defenders face death, exile ... PLUS: Move over, Evolution: The secret, corporate-funded plot to teach kids climate change is a "hoax"... 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)...

  • VIDEO: Insurance Companies Should be Selling the Public on Climate Change (Climate Denial Crock of the Week)
  • China’s Yingli to Buy $100 Million in Solar Products From Dupont (Bloomberg News):
    DuPont expects its solar photovoltaic market sales to reach $2 billion by 2014 from about $1.4 billion in 2011. Dupont and China-based Suntech Power Holdings Co., the world’s largest solar panel maker, signed a similar agreement on Feb. 1.
  • Ocean warming might hit microbes' carbon storage capacity (Economic Times of India):
    Climate change is warming the oceans and preventing water layers from mixing, which could upset the carbon storage capacity of microbes and plankton.
  • Experts Say Beef Prices Will Likely Rise for 2 Years Due To Smallest Cattle Herd in 60 Years (AP)
  • Chicago Power Station's Closing Could Create Problems: (Chicago News Cooperative):
    The closing of an 83-year-old coal-fired power plant near Chicago, one of the area's top polluters, will have economic consequences.
  • Will Hurricanes Topple US Wind Turbines? (NYT Green):
    As plans for wind farms rising out of the ocean along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts inch closer to fruition, a new study from Carnegie Mellon University suggests that hurricanes could destroy a significant number of turbines in some of these areas, even coming close to wiping them out.
  • Inside the Secret, Corporate-Funded Plan To Teach Children That Climate Change Is A Hoax (Think Progress Green) [emphasis added]:
    Internal documents acquired by ThinkProgress Green reveal that the Heartland Institute, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch brothers, Microsoft, and other top corporations, is planning to develop a “global warming curriculum” for elementary schoolchildren that presents climate science as “a major scientific controversy.” This effort, at a cost of $100,000 a year, will be developed by Dr. David E. Wojick, a coal-industry consultant.
  • EPA Probing Washington Co., PA Shale Operations: (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether specific Marcellus Shale drilling and compressor station operations in Washington County have caused environmental damage that violates federal regulations.
  • With Tips from Whistle-Blowers, More Hands on Deck in Maritime Pollution Cases (NY Times):
    Seafaring whistle-blowers, frequently seeking a financial bounty, have become one of prosecutors' most potent weapons against maritime polluters, providing the backbone for a growing number of cases the federal government has pursued in Baltimore and other port cities across the country.
  • Amazon Defenders Face Death Or Exile: (Guardian UK):
    Brazilian activists who inform on illegal loggers laying waste to the rainforests can expect a visit from the gunmen.
  • MA: Deadly Virus Hits Turtles, Tadpoles in Montgomery Co.: (Washington Post):
    Maryland biologists study­ing box turtles rescued from the bulldozers on the Intercounty Connector construction site have made a grisly find: An alarming number of the tiny turtles later died, and biologists say their demise appears to be unrelated to the highway.
  • Unplanned 9/11 Analysis Links Noise, Whale Stress (AP):
    Unplanned experiment on oceans in post-9/11 silence links noise and whale stress

    An ocean experiment that was accidentally conducted amid the shipping silence after Sept. 11 has shown the first link between underwater noise and stress in whales, researchers reported Wednesday.

  • NYT: A Terrible Transportation Bill (Op-ed, New York Times):
    The list of outrages coming out of the House is long, but the way the Republicans are trying to hijack the $260 billion transportation bill defies belief. This bill is so uniquely terrible that it might not command a majority when it comes to a floor vote, possibly next week, despite Speaker John Boehner’s imprimatur. But betting on rationality with this crew is always a long shot. Here is a brief and by no means exhaustive list of the bill’s many defects....
  • Essential Climate Science Findings: