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[ Cleanup of Yellowstone’s Icy Oil Spill Offers Cautionary Tales ]

The Yellowstone River’s oil spill was the first in U.S. frozen water in two-plus decades.

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[ Climate Change Matters! ]

POLL: MOST AMERICANS WANT POLITICIANS WHO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE…

CLIMATE CHANGE MATTERS 591.218This is a headline that caught my attention and the rest of my attention was taken by the story and poll. Candidates who are planning on running in 2016 might want to have a look at this too. It might give them some insight on how Americans overall are feeling about the environment they are living in, and what type of candidates are being looked at by the public when it comes to environmental issues.

A majority of Americans say they are more likely to support political candidates who promise to take action against climate change, according to a new poll. Conducted by the The New York Times, Stanford University and non-profit environmental research group Resources for the Future,

THE POLL could prove important to candidates in the 2016 election.
Here’s a bit from the poll…

-Two-thirds of respondents said that they would support candidates who promise to do something about climate change…

-Two-thirds of respondents said that they were less likely to vote for candidates who said that climate change was a hoax.

– Candidates who take the “I am not a scientist” route and claim that they are not qualified to have an opinion on global warming also fared poorly, with only 27 percent of Americans more likely to vote for them.

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Check out the full poll! The first question of the poll is…

If nothing is done to reduce global warming in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for the United States?

 

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[ It’s Time for Bold and Comprehensive Energy Policy Decisions ]

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Last month I had the opportunity to discuss the dilemmas that India faces in tackling air pollution. A select audience of India’s most influential policy makers, scientists, academics and NGOs, hosted by National Geographic, convened to debate the challenge of meeting India’s rising demand for energy at the same time as addressing the growing threat of climate change.

At current rates, the global population is increasing by 200,000 people a day. By 2050, 75% of the world’s 9 billion people will be living in cities, up from 50% today. We will see some of the greatest growth in both population and urbanisation in India.

As these developments unfold throughout the world, millions of people will lift themselves out of poverty, and a growing middle-class will aspire to a better standard of living. These trends – population growth, more people moving to cities, and a greater desire for products and experiences – all have one thing in common: they require energy.

So how will this demand for energy be met? And how will environmental issues be factored into?

What’s clear is that the decisions made today around energy policies will impact generations to come. This isn’t simply about having electricity available at the flick of a switch, 24 hours a day. It’s about ensuring a sustainable, reliable and competitive supply of energy; one that facilitates growth while tackling the consequences of climate change, as well as rising local air pollution.

Considerations need to include all externalities, infrastructure, technology developments and how potential partnerships can help. India has some big choices to make, and it needs the right policy instruments to set the energy landscape on a sustainable path.

I believe an important part of the solution lies in increasing use of natural gas. It’s abundant, versatile and the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, producing less than half the carbon dioxide and one tenth of air pollutants that coal does when burnt to generate electricity.

It is well placed to become the backbone of the world’s energy system. In India, you can see its impact in the state of Gujarat, already making up 25% of the state’s energy mix.

Over ten years ago, Shell was given a warm welcome to deliver natural gas to Indian consumers through the Hazira liquefied natural gas terminal. This move by the state of Gujarat – helped by its first-rate governance processes – has resulted in savings of approximately US$7 billion, as expensive diesel and naphtha have been replaced by cheaper and cleaner burning LNG.

As well as in transportation, this gas is being used as a fuel for cooking. It’s also helping boost the manufacturing industries of petrochemicals, fertilizers, and glass in the state.

The world is experiencing an energy transition driven by rising demand for energy and an urgent need to address climate change. Efforts to address these challenges are embodied in many initiatives underway in India, including the ‘Clean India’ campaign.

But these challenges aren’t behind us yet. It’s going to take a lot more hard work, as India develops energy strategies on everything from use of natural gas, to increasing use of renewables. We strongly believe gas is a bridge towards an important part of a sustainable future.

There’s no simple answer, and government, industry and civil society all have their parts to play. Collective and individual responsibilities can’t be shirked. Close, cross-sector collaboration is essential.

While there are reams of urgent tasks to be getting on with, for me there’s nothing as important as making bold and comprehensive energy policy decisions. Why? Because they will act as a catalyst for many other actions needed for India to achieve a sustainable energy future.

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[ Forest Service rule on snow vehicles may help restore balance in the backcountry ]

For decades, the Forest Service has disregarded its legal responsibility to manage snowmobiles sustainably. In 2013, a federal court ruled that the Forest Service was violating an executive order on off-road vehicle management and ordered the agency to fix this violation.

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[ Oil Spills Into Yellowstone River, Possibly Polluting Drinking Water ]

The Yellowstone River oil spill raises drinking water alarms but is unlikely to affect Yellowstone National Park.

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[ Action needed: Tell Congress to vote NO on blocking new national parks ]

Three new measures (S. Amendment 132, S.228, and H.R.330) could gut the Antiquities Act, which has been used on a bipartisan basis by presidents to protect natural and historic landmarks for over a century.

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[ Could Drilling in the Atlantic Harm Fish, Whales, Turtles? ]

A proposal from President Barack Obama could open parts of the U.S. Atlantic coast to drilling for the first time. The area is home to hundreds of animal species.

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[ Amendments to Roll Back Land Protections Soundly Defeated ]

Emily Linroth

Today, several measures aimed to roll back protections on our nation’s public lands were defeated in the Senate as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

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