Colorado appeals court sides with teenagers fighting oil and gas industry

March 27, 2017 by  
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Teenagers fighting environmental destruction at the hands of the oil and gas industry in Colorado just celebrated a victory. Last week the Colorado Court of Appeals sided with teenage activist and Earth Guardians director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez , who filed suit, and reversed a lower court ruling so the state could have to prioritize environmental protection before the interests of the fossil fuel industry . Back in 2013 Martinez and other teenagers approached the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), a state organization that according to their website is charged with promoting responsible development of fossil fuel resources in Colorado “in a manner consistent with the protection of public health , safety, and welfare, including the environment and wildlife resources.” But apparently the kids didn’t think they were doing such a great job with that mission – and they weren’t alone. According to The Denver Post, COGCC officials for over 10 years have interpreted their mission to balance fossil fuel industry interests against public health. Since the commission’s formation, over 50,000 oil wells have been drilled. Related: 16-year-old activist demands US gov end fossil fuel use by 2026 The kids asked the organization to not issue any new drilling permits “unless the best available science demonstrates, and an independent third party organization confirms, that drilling can occur in a manner that does not cumulatively, with other actions, impair Colorado’s atmosphere, water, wildlife, and land resources, does not adversely impact human health, and does not contribute to climate change .” COGCC refused after holding a hearing. The teenagers appealed, with the support of over a dozen advocacy groups. But the Denver District Court backed the COGCC. So the teenagers appealed again, and last week a three-judge appeals court panel sided with the teenagers. The fight isn’t over. The COGCC doesn’t have to now implement the teenagers’ rule. Instead the ruling means the organization illegally rejected the rule, and the case returns to district court. Via Business Insider and The Denver Post Images via Xiuhtezcatl Martinez on Facebook and Teja Jonnalagadda on Facebook

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Circular home boasts 360-degree views so owners can watch their dogs

March 27, 2017 by  
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The biggest motivation behind this circular home’s 360-degree views isn’t the beautiful landscape—it’s the homeowners’ dogs. Dutch architecture firm 123DV designed 360 Villa, a contemporary dwelling in the Netherlands that shows how architecture can be inclusive of humans and animals. Commissioned by a couple who own a pair of beautiful Alaskan Malamutes, the custom home is wrapped in glazing to allow the couple to stay in constant contact with their dogs both in and outside the home. Surrounded by a sloped lawn, the 85-square-meter 360 Villa offers ample space for the homeowners’ two Alaskan Malamutes to play and release their high energy. To give the dogs space and the constant contact they need with their owners, 123DV designed the home with a circular plan and wrapped it in a “continuous window” to provide visual contact between the dogs and couple. The roof extends over the edge of the home to create a wraparound canopy that provides shelter from the rain and sun. Related: This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs To preserve privacy, the architects built up the land into a hill on the street-facing side of the villa so that the owners can see their dogs without needing a full-height window . Despite the small footprint, the 360 Villa feels spacious thanks to the large windows and the open floor plan. The open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living area take up around two-thirds of the interior and open to an outdoor deck. The bedroom and bathroom can be closed off from the living room by sliding doors. A large circular skylight in the middle of the home lets in additional natural light. + 123DV Via ArchDaily Images © Hannah Anthonysz

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Trump administration could open door to geoengineering

March 27, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump’s main stance on climate change is usually denial, but if he does take action it could be with the controversial approach of geoengineering . Large-scale climate engineering didn’t receive much support under President Barack Obama, but now environmental organizations are saying in the new administration interest may be building for solar geoengineering, or spraying sulphate particles in the air with the hope of reflecting the sun’s radiation back into outer space to lower Earth’s temperature. Harvard University scientists David Keith and Frank Keutsch, who started the largest solar geoengineering research program in the world, may find support in the new administration. The two engineers hope to test spraying in 2018 in Arizona via a high-altitude balloon to obtain information of the practice’s impacts at a large scale. At a geoengineering forum last week, Keith seemed to indicate now might be the time to carry the research forward, saying he is ready for field testing. A briefing paper for the form stated the context for talking about solar geoengineering research “has changed substantially since we planned and funded this forum nearly one year ago.” Related: US Congress could fund geoengineering research for the first time Rex Tillerson , current Secretary of State, might also support geoengineering. The Guardian reported ExxonMobil scientists worked on geoengineering techniques like carbon dioxide removal while Tillerson was CEO, and at a 2015 ExxonMobil shareholder meeting Tillerson said “plan B has always been grounded in our beliefs around the continued evolution of technology and engineered solutions.” And one of the Trump Environmental Protection Agency transition architects, David Schnare, has lobbied American lawmakers and testified to the Senate in support of the controversial approach to climate change. Silvia Riberio of watchdog organization ETC Group told The Guardian, “Clearly parts of the Trump administration are very willing to open the door to reckless schemes like David Keith’s, and may well have quietly given the nod to open-air experiments. Worryingly, geoengineering may emerge as this administration’s preferred approach to global warming . In their view, building a big beautiful wall of sulphate in the sky could be a perfect excuse to allow uncontrolled fossil fuel extraction. We need to be focusing on radical emissions cuts, not dangerous and unjust technofixes.” Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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Big Oil celebrates Trump’s goal to open up drilling in national parks

January 13, 2017 by  
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How should the government best manage America’s national parks ? It’s a question that has provoked debate for years, and President-elect Donald Trump ‘s pro- fossil fuel campaign pledges have ignited even more controversy. As he will be inaugurated later this month, oil industry members expressed delight at the potential of more leases to drill or mine the vast amounts of oil , coal, natural gas, and uranium hiding on those contentious federal lands. During President Obama ‘s time in office, the number of leases for mining and drilling stagnated, but Trump promised to “unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves” and might be able accomplish that through new leases to drill for fossil fuel companies. Big Oil is thrilled with that goal; American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard told Reuters, “This opportunity is unique, maybe once in a lifetime.” Related: Obama creates two new western national monuments in last minute effort During his campaign, Trump said Obama denied “millions of Americans access to the energy wealth sitting under our feet,” in part by restricting leases. Some people agree with him, such as former U.S. Bureau of Land Management officer Bob Turri who lives amidst a federal forest in Utah and told Reuters, “We can’t maintain our families here because there are no jobs. That’s the only hope we have left, is what Trump may be able to do for us.” Federal land oil output accounted for around one fifth of the country’s total oil output in 2015, according to Reuters, after comprising over one third of oil output in 2010. In a late November blog post , the Trump-Pence Transition Team said, “Rather than continuing the current path to undermine and block America’s fossil fuel reserves, the Trump Administration will encourage the production of these resources by opening onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands and waters.” In the very same post they said they plan to conserve “our wonderful natural resources and beautiful natural habitats.” If they’re actually committed to the latter promise as they claim, perhaps they should take a closer look at the havoc drilling has wreaked on the environment in the past . Via Reuters and EcoWatch Images via brewbooks on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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The oil industry knew about dangerous climate change in the 1960s

April 14, 2016 by  
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It turns out the oil industry has known about climate change for decades. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) republished a 1968 document written by two scientists at the Stanford Research Institute. The study presented to the American Petroleum Institute detailed the environmental dangers associated with burning fossil fuels , but, as we all know by now, the industry chose to keep those dangers to themselves. Read the rest of The oil industry knew about dangerous climate change in the 1960s

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Climate denier David Koch steps down from New York science museum board

January 25, 2016 by  
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David Koch has left his seat on the board of directors of the American Museum of Natural History . Climate scientists have been calling for the conservative oil billionaire to get his fingers out of science museums, and people are celebrating Koch’s resignation as a victory. In 23 years on the board, Koch has made over $20 million in donations, and has dinosaur halls named after him, but he and his brother have also reportedly given over $70 million to organizations that attempt to refute climate studies. Read the rest of Climate denier David Koch steps down from New York science museum board

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Jeb Bush meets with coal industry barons in private, press-free forum

June 1, 2015 by  
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Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is meeting with coal bigwigs this week in a closed forum where he will deliver the keynote speech and meet with potential donors. The Coal & Investment Leadership Forum in Bristol, Virginia is off-limits to the press, but the invite-only, $7,500-per-ticket event gathers key figures in the fossil-fuel industry and grants them intimate access to the presidential hopeful. Started on Sunday and continuing through Tuesday, the Forum comes at a key moment for both Bush, who hopes to break through in a historically crowded Republican primary , and the coal industry, which is facing its biggest challenge yet from the Obama Administration. Read the rest of Jeb Bush meets with coal industry barons in private, press-free forum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2016 election , big coal , Climate Change , coal , coal industry , fossil fuel industry , fossil fuels , gop , jeb bush , politics , Republican Party , republican primary

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UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

April 4, 2014 by  
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On the heels of the IPCC ‘s landmark global warming report , UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres stated that in order to prevent global temperatures from rising a catastrophic 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, three quarters of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground. Read the rest of UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bill McKibben , Christiana Figueres , Climate Change , exxon mobil , fossil fuel divestment , fossil fuel industry , global warming , International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association , IPCC , oil and gas industry , UN        

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San Francisco Board Passes Resolution to Divest $583 Million from the Fossil Fuel Industry

April 24, 2013 by  
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San Francisco’s board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to divest $583 million from the fossil fuel industry. The resolution will move funds from the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS) , which currently invests in 91 out of 200 fossil fuel corporations, and will deliver a huge blow to companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell Oil. After an extensive campaign led by 350.org that has spread to over 100 cities and 300 college campuses across the United States, San Francisco’s board of supervisors has voted to make their city the third, after Ithaca and Seattle, to stop funding the fossil fuel industry once and for all. Read the rest of San Francisco Board Passes Resolution to Divest $583 Million from the Fossil Fuel Industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3rd city to divest from fossil fuels , activism , Bill McKibben , California , Climate Change , divestment , Environment , fossil fuel industry , global warming , go fossil free campaign , investment , money , News , San Francisco , San Francisco Board of Supervisors , SFERS        

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