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EPA Moves Forward As Harvard Recognizes Billions of “Hidden” Clean Power Plan Benefits

Clean Power Plan moves forwardDespite the setback delivered by the Supreme Court’s stay, action around the Clean Power Plan continues. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency’s historic regulation is on the verge of another public input period and is also the focus of a recent Harvard study.

What’s more, EPA has a new proposal out and an upcoming public comment period related to the voluntary early-action piece of the Clean Power Plan, known as the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). After hearing from stakeholders during a previous public comment period that ended in mid-December 2015, EPA has made some significant changes to the proposed CEIP. Most importantly, EPA has expanded the range of projects eligible for CEIP participation to include solar projects implemented to serve low-income communities

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The Death of Palmetto Pipeline Could Be A Trend-Setter

(LNG).  An export facility for LNG at Elba Island near Savannah is the only remaining fossil-fuel project still pending on Georgia’s coast. Another one bites the dust!

We suspect that Kinder Morgan's recently announced decision to set aside the Palmetto Pipeline project was driven as much by economics as by politics and environmental opposition - though all are interrelated, of course.

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Reforestation: The Attainable Sustainable

Don Sebastian was on a roll, trying to explain to the large group gathered at his tree nursery business the depth of his transformation: “We always thought trees were a problem, only to be cut for corn crops and firewood—but now look!” He waved his arms proudly at the large tree nursery behind him containing almost 35,000 fast-growing native alder seedlings, as well as pine seedlings, avocado and peach tree “whips,” and even a section for the delicate and endangered pinabete tree. 

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Why The Ocean Matters More Than We Realize

 

 

Ocean Advocate Says Those Watery Depths Hold Solutions To Earth’s Most Alarming Challenges

At a time when the world faces a multitude of potential calamities – ranging from climate change to a struggling oil industry to rapid population growth – the solution could be all around us.

Water, the world’s most valuable element, is the key ingredient to solving Earth’s most vexing problems, says Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory (www.worldoceanobservatory.org) and author of “The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society.”

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Government agencies and advisory groups need to “do” their diligence

Despite obvious reasons for shifting away from fossil fuels, Georgia’s coast is under assault from three major fossil-fuel related proposals, which if built would severely jeopardize private property, coastal quality of life, and environmental features that are vital to our economy.Despite obvious reasons for shifting away from fossil fuels, Georgia’s coast is under assault from three major fossil-fuel related proposals, which if built would severely jeopardize private property, coastal quality of life, and environmental features that are vital to our economy.

The Palmetto petroleum pipeline, offshore drilling, and the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are woefully unjustified and risky ventures, yet they remain on the table as if serving the public rather than threatening us. Moreover, these projects are increasingly obsolete, working against the nation’s urgently needed conversion to clean energy.

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What Does Scalia’s Passing Mean for the ‘Paused’ Clean Power Plan?

America’s first regulation aimed at reigning in carbon pollution from our nation’s power sector may avoid some of the increasing politicization of our legal system in part due to the sudden and unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.America’s first regulation aimed at reigning in carbon pollution from our nation’s power sector may avoid some of the increasing politicization of our legal system in part due to the sudden and unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A staunch conservative who sided more often with industry plaintiffs than with environmental advocates, Justice Scalia left a lasting legacy in environmental cases by offering strict interpretations for what constitutes “legal standing” and “harm.”

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What the Paris climate agreement means for Georgia

Regardless of the technical details and absence of sanctioned enforcement controls, the recently concluded Paris talks on global climate mark a noteworthy achievement — an historic milestone that deserves being understood, avidly supported, and celebrated.

First, according to all attending, the session gained unprecedented legitimacy among national representatives who agreed that the climate is a major problem and humanity must give high priority to getting it under control. The agreement for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) was signed by nations producing over 99 percent of those heat-trapping emissions.

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