Sep 21 2012

Twitter Link Round-Up: Makers of Pink Slime Sue and Elephant Slaughter on the Rise

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

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Sep 16 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Solyndra Bankruptcy Causes Controversy and Carbon Sequestration at Ethanol Plant Starts Up

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

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Feb 25 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks than Cocaine and the UN is Lobbies Hollywood

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

– NYT: @nytimesgreen A study requested by Sen. Inhofe found that NOAA did not mishandle climate change data http://bit.ly/h4vdHA

– EPA: @EPAairmarkets Air Pollution Triggers More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine http://ow.ly/42KnM (RT)

– YE360: @YaleE360 The connection between climate change and cholera outbreaks http://bit.ly/dYk47G

– BBC: @BBCNews Three-quarters of all coral reefs are at risk from overfishing, pollution, and climate change http://bbc.in/i6Pprz

– HP: @HuffPostGreen Texas mayor flees town fearing ‘fracking’ effects on family’s health http://huff.to/gsnAOM (RT)

– LAT: @LATenvironment The UN is pushing for more storylines in movies and TV relating to the dangers of climate change http://lat.ms/gwfeMf Continue Reading »

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Feb 14 2011

Industry and Congress Respond to Obama’s Call for Clean Energy

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Moody sun burst hovering over a trough at Kramer Junction, via wikimedia

After the State of the Union address and President Obama’s call for America to step up to the challenge of a new “Sputnik moment” on clean energy, the administration began to push a very general plan to make clean fuels competitive in the market with coal. The plan is low on details and high on resistance in a time when the House is controlled by Republicans set on slashing the budget and the energy industry is determined to push back against clean energy efforts.  The House Appropriations Committee has proposed a budget that would strip funding from the climate change and energy divisions of the EPA, the Department of Energy, and other administrative agencies.  Industry officials, wary of a potential plan for giving state “clean energy credits”, have begun warning of “wealth transfer” in arguments similar to their objections to the cap and trade bill defeated last year. After the jump are articles giving more details on the plan and the various sources of resistance. Continue Reading »

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Feb 09 2011

Atlantic Wind Connection: Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure

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Off shore wind turbines bathed in mist and warm autumnal sunshine. The turbines are located on Burbo Bank about 4 miles offshore, via wikimedia

A friend of mine, an attorney who works in the field of law that governs energy infrastructure regulation and development, recently called the Mid-Atlantic coastline[1]the “Persian Gulf of Wind Energy”.  This might sound like a substantial overstatement, but after taking a closer look at the current state of offshore wind energy on the Atlantic coast it is clear that it truly can be viewed as such.  Off shore wind energy is in a nascent stage in the US, but the influx of various state and federal grants, newly proposed regulations and legislation, and the array of proposed wind farms suggest that the industry is quickly picking up speed.

One recent proposal is shifting the focus from wind farms to wind-energy transmission lines.  Realizing the immense possibilities of successfully tapping into the abundant source of wind on the continental shelf (estimated around 60,000 MW), Google along with several other partners- including TransElect, DC Connections, and Dewey LeBoeuf- have proposed a massive transmission line project.  Before reviewing the specific goals of the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC), it is beneficial to perform a cursory overview of several recent offshore wind projects.

New Jersey and Massachusetts have set themselves at the forefront of this ‘movement’.  The southern Massachusetts coast, specifically off of Cape Cod and Nantucket, offers consistent and strong winds.  Cape Wind is pushing to become America’s first offshore wind farm.  Several miles from the nearest shore, Cape Wind is proposing a 130 turbine farm in the Nantucket Sound, to “gracefully harness the wind to produce up to 420 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.” According to estimates, “in average winds, Cape Wind will provide three quarters of the Cape and Islands electricity needs.”[2] Continue Reading »

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Dec 03 2010

Twitter Link Round-Up for Dec. 3, 2010

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

– NYT: Deforestation in Brazil has dropped and so has greenhouse gas emissions due to greener government policies http://bit.ly/h4P04n
– NYT
: 16 Senators from corn-producing states are pushing to keep ethanol subsidies in place http://bit.ly/dRnxr1
– SA
: A new study shows that sea level rises threaten coastal wetlands more than previously thought http://bit.ly/hPSho5
– NYT: Tax breaks for energy companies may be slashed, but its unclear if alt energy subsidies might also be cut http://nyti.ms/gbUaCB

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