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By Desi Doyen on 10/4/2012, 3:20pm PT  

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama vs. Romney vs. Facts: fact-checking & debunking the 1st Presidential debate; Total Oil slams Shell Oil's Arctic drilling; PLUS: A whole lotta shakin' going on: more fracking earthquakes in Texas ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): "Culture of fear" at San Onofre nuclear plant; 'Hundreds of problems' at EU nuclear plants; Gasoline shortage closes CA gas stations; Enbridge CEO floats new light oil pipeline plans; US Solar industry pushes for China trade sanctions; Alaska-to-Asia natural gas pipeline plan timeline set; Exxon plans to drill near atomic waste dump in Arctic; Ocean acidification emerges as new climate threat ... PLUS: Clean energy showdown in Arizona ... and much, MUCH more! ...


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

  • Clean energy showdown in Arizona (Grist):
    Arizona has unbounded potential for solar and a rapidly growing solar industry, but it’s also got a government recently overrun by corrupt right-wingers. This year, the unbounded potential clashes with the corrupt right-wingery in the form of elections to an extremely important state commission that you’ve never heard of. At stake: whether Arizona will continue its dramatic solar expansion.
  • Workers at San Onofre Nuclear Plant Report Culture of Fear, Deep Mistrust (Inside Climate News):
    Edison, the utility that runs San Onofre, is in upheaval as it digests new evidence that many of its employees are working in an environment of fear.
  • Enbridge CEO floats new light oil pipeline plans (Reuters):
    Al Monaco, who took over as CEO on Monday, said the boom in light oil production from sources like the North Dakota Bakken has drastically shifted North America's supply outlook, forcing deep price discounts for supplies not linked to international Brent crude pricing and prompting the need for new pipeline routes.

    "North America is in the process of being re-piped, both in terms of additional capacity required and the flow direction of crude and natural gas," Monaco told investors and analysts at a company-sponsored symposium. "Enbridge is right in the middle of that transformation."

  • SolarWorld Says Unfair China Policies Rate Import Penalties (Bloomberg):
    U.S. solar-energy manufacturers led by SolarWorld AG (SWV) said they were forced to close plants and lay off workers because of unfair Chinese government policies, as they tried to persuade regulators that the U.S. should continue to impose penalties on imports from the Asian nation.

    Chinese exports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules have flooded the global market, leading to a price collapse, Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld’s U.S. unit, said today at an International Trade Commission hearing in Washington.... “China’s massive government-funded solar capacity has caused this material injury,” Brinser said. “The import surge has been devastating to the U.S. industry.”

  • Alaska-to-Asia natural gas pipeline plan timeline set (The Hill's E2 Wire):
    The project would send Alaskan natural gas originally intended for the Lower 48 states to Japan and South Korea.
  • California Gas Stations Begin to Shut on Record-High Prices (Bloomberg):
    Gasoline station owners in the Los Angeles area including Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) are beginning to shut pumps because of supply shortages that have driven wholesale fuel prices to record highs.
  • Exxon makes plans to drill near atomic waste dump in Arctic (Bloomberg):
    Exxon Mobil and its Russian partner Rosneft are taking steps to drill near the ocean-floor wasteland, eager to plumb an Arctic region estimated to hold enough crude to supply the world for five years. They've sidestepped environmental groups' calls for a clean-up prior to exploration of the area off Russia's northern coast, where Soviet ships dumped worn-out reactors and 17,000 containers of radioactive waste.
  • 'Hundreds of problems' at EU nuclear plants (BBC):
    Hundreds of problems have been found at European nuclear plants that would cost 25bn euros (£20bn) to fix, says a leaked draft report.
  • Ocean acidification emerges as new climate threat (Washington Post):
    Kris Holderied, who directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, says the ocean’s increasing acidity is “the reason fishermen stop me in the grocery store.”

    “They say, ‘You’re with the NOAA lab, what are you doing on ocean acidification?’ ” Holderied said. “This is a coastal town that depends on this ocean, and this bay.”

  • Freaked-out climate scientists urge other freaked-out climate scientists to speak up, fight Man (Grist) [emphasis added]:
    In other words: We either give up economic growth voluntarily for a little while or suffer a climate that will reverse economic growth long-term.
  • Republican Meteorologist to Mitt Romney: My Top Ten Reasons for Republicans to Accept Reality on the Climate (Huffington Post Green)
  • Essential Climate Science Findings: