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By Desi Doyen on 9/27/2012, 3:09pm PT  

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hey, fracking industry: you didn't build that, either!; Chevron caught cheating in SF refinery fire; Texas police Taser pipeline protesters; PLUS: BACONPOCALYPSE --- this time, global warming has gone too far! ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Why is solar cheaper in Germany than the US?; Carbon tax could half deficit in 10 years; Obama must break 'climate silence'; EPA regs create $5 in benefits for every $1 in costs; Gov. Brown signs 'human right to water' bill; '100m to die' from global warming?; If US oil production is at all-time high, yet so are gas prices; Total Oil chief warns against drilling in Arctic ... PLUS: Obama vs. Romney: Stark contrast on the environment ... and much, MUCH more! ...


  • TX Police Taser Keystone Pipeline Protesters:
    • TransCanada Turns Sadistic in Texas: Keystone XL Protestors Tased and Pepper Sprayed (Bill McKibben, Huffington Post):
      A plain-clothes police officer was among the aggressive officers to implement torture tactics. He put [Benjamin] Franklin in a chokehold cutting off his breathing, and bent him over backwards in an attempt to make him pass out. Franklin reports difficulty swallowing because of bruises sustained to his esophagus.
      After the pepper spray didn't work the police again conferred with TransCanada employees before sending someone back to the police car to bring a taser. Franklin and Bebe were each tased for one second. Then Franklin was tased for 5 entire seconds. He described the pain as immense and almost physically unbearable.
    • Keystone XL: 8 Blockaders Start Indefinite Tree Sit to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline Construction (EcoWatch):
      This morning eight people climbed 80 feet into trees in the path of Keystone XL construction, and pledged not to come down until the pipeline is stopped for good. Construction cannot proceed until tree-sitters descend as TransCanada clear-cuts through hundreds of trees to make way for the toxic tar sands pipeline.
    • These Two Texans Were Tasered, Choked and Pepper Sprayed for Protesting the Keystone XL (Treehugger)
    • Judge Allows Trans-Canada to Take Crawford Land for Keystone Pipeline (Ft. Worth Weekly):
      What triggered the direct, nonviolent protest was a 15 word decision-following a six-month court proceeding-by Lamar County Court Judge Bill Harris sent by iPhone that will allow TransCanada to take 50-foot swath of an East Texas ranch by eminent domain. If it stands, the decision will also allow TransCanada to take any other private land they need for their pipeline by eminent domain.

  • Chevron Refinery Fire: EPA Finds Secret Bypass Equipment Gave False Readings:
    • Criminal investigation at Chevron refinery (SF Gate):
      Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Chevron after discovering that the company detoured pollutants around monitoring equipment at its Richmond refinery for four years and burned them off into the atmosphere, in possible violation of a federal court order, The Chronicle has learned.
      Air quality officials say Chevron fashioned a pipe inside its refinery that routed hydrocarbon gases around monitoring equipment and allowed them to be burned off without officials knowing about it. Some of the gases escaped into the air, but because the company didn't record them, investigators have no way of being certain of the level of pollution exposure to thousands of people who live downwind from the plant.

  • Confirmed: Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Water Supply:
  • Hey, Frackers: You Didn't Build That!:
    • Decades of Federal Dollars Helped Fuel Gas Boom (AP):
      It sounds like a free-market success story: a natural gas boom created by drilling company innovation, delivering a vast new source of cheap energy without the government subsidies that solar and wind power demand.
      But those who helped pioneer the technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, recall a different path. Over three decades, from the shale fields of Texas and Wyoming to the Marcellus in the Northeast, the federal government contributed more than $100 million in research to develop fracking, and billions more in tax breaks.
    • Safety Rules for Fracking Disposal Wells Often Ignored (Pro Publica):
      The growing number of wells used to dispose of wastewater from fracking are subject to lax oversight.
  • Bacon-Pocalypse Now [Not Really]:

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

  • Essential Climate Science Findings: