With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 4/18/2013, 4:02pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: As we slam into Earth Day weekend... Deadly fertilizer explosion slams Central Texas town; Flooding, sinkholes, extreme weather slam Chicago; PLUS: Nebraskans unite to slam the Keystone 'Export' pipeline ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Report: alarming levels of of resistant bacteria on grocery meat & poultry; Chevron defies CA on emissions, undercuts biofuels; Chevron ignored regulators warnings in refinery explosion; Scientists question NOAA report on climate, drought; New study shows once again how "Climategate" emails were distorted; Utility industry can survive - and lead - clean energy transition; Obama inks Arctic international fishing accord, GOP complains; Innovating 'dumb' LEDs; Why can't we quit fossil fuels? ... PLUS: Think those chemicals have been tested? Think again ... 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)...

  • Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested? (NY Times) [emphasis added]:
    Many Americans assume that the chemicals in their shampoos, detergents and other consumer products have been thoroughly tested and proved to be safe. This assumption is wrong. Unlike pharmaceuticals or pesticides, industrial chemicals do not have to be tested before they are put on the market. Under the law regulating chemicals, producers are only rarely required to provide the federal government with the information necessary to assess safety.
  • Report on U.S. Meat Sounds Alarm on Resistant Bacteria (NY Times):
    More than half of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef collected from supermarkets for testing by the federal government contained a bacteria resistant to antibiotics, according to a new report highlighting the findings.
  • Chevron Defies California On Carbon Emissions (Bloomberg):
    Chevron Corp. helped write the first-in-the-nation rule ordering reduced carbon emissions from cars and trucks...Now Chevron is leading a lobbying and public relations campaign to undercut the California mandate aimed at curbing global warming...
  • Chevron ignored a decade of warnings before Richmond refinery explosion (Grist)
  • ALASKA: Dems say they'll support push for oil tax cut vote (Anchorage Daily News):
    Minority Democrats, outraged by the passage of a multibillion-dollar oil tax cut, said Monday they plan to support an effort to try to overturn the measure.
  • Energy Regulatory Chief Says New Coal, Nuclear Plants May Be Unnecessary (NY Times):
    "We may not need any, ever," Jon Wellinghoff told reporters at a U.S. Energy Association forum.
  • Scientists Raise Questions on Drought and Climate (Climate Central):
    Judging by the reactions of other respected scientists, though, the idea that global warming is off the hook is probably too hasty. While the report did fail to find a climate-change connection, it also failed to identify any other “proximate” — i.e., direct — cause, either, leaving more questions unanswered than answered.
  • New Study Shows Once Again How "Climategate" Emails Were Distorted (Media Matters):
    [A] recent study re-confirms what that scientist was actually saying --- that much of recent heat has been trapped deep in the ocean.
  • The Farming Technique That Could Revolutionize the Way We Eat (The Atlantic):
    Large PVC pipes led from the fish basins to a "water garden," an area the size of a small bedroom, canopied by huge banana leaves. Growing beneath them were about 10 different plants, including coffee and lemongrass. I would later describe this sight to friends and family as my come-to-Jesus moment.
  • The Utility Industry Can Survive the Energy Transition—It’s Leading It: A response to a recent GTM article on disruption in the utility industry—by the author of the cited report. (GreenTech Media):
    [T]he electric power sector is facing “disruptive challenges,” a mix of transformative technological and economic changes, as well as regulatory constructs, that could challenge and transform the electric utility industry. The financial risks created by these challenges include declining utility revenues and increasing costs. This is not new. However, what could be new, for some at least, is that these challenges not only affect the utilities and their shareholders, as suggested by Mr. Nelder, but, first and foremost, they also affect their customers.
  • Accord Would Regulate Fishing in Arctic Waters (NY Times):
    It was once protected by ice. Now regulation will have to do the work.
  • Making Dumb LEDs Smarter for Just Pennies (GreenTech Media): New LED integration partnerships are blossoming this spring.
  • AIR POLLUTION: Supreme Court seems open to nixing L.A. 'clean truck' program (E & E News):
    Supreme Court justices today appeared receptive to the trucking industry's call to strike down a Port of Los Angeles program designed to clean up some of the country's most diesel-polluted air.
  • Why can't we quit fossil fuels? (Guardian UK):
    Despite all the mounting scientific concern, the political rhetoric and the clean technology of the past decade, the growth rate in global carbon emissions has not reduced at all. Why? Because we continue to extract and burn fossil fuels more than ever before...
  • It’s official: EPA delays climate rule for new power plants (Wahsington Post): EPA is likely to alter the rule in some way in an effort to make sure it can withstand a legal challenge.
  • How Far Can Climate Change Go?: (Scientific American) [emphasis added]:
    How far can we push the planet?


  • New Research: World on Track for Climate Disaster:
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