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Where Nothing is Sacred: House Votes to Transfer Native Sites to Foreign Mining Corporations

By Aaron Mintzes

December 8, 2014

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to transfer protected public lands, sacred to the Apache people, to foreign mining corporations digging for copper. Near the town of Superior, AZ, these areas include the Oak Flat Campground enjoyed by campers, hikers, climbers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts. It is also the site of Apache Leap- a cliff overlooking Superior where, according to legend, some eighty Apache warriors who found themselves surrounded by Gen. Custer’s cavalry leapt to their deaths rather than face capture.

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Tagged with: oak flat, apache leap, resolution copper, hr 687, s 339, ndaa


Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for the Fracking Boom

By Alan Septoff

December 4, 2014

You're invited to a briefing exposing the lie of a long-term fracking boom. 

The briefing will include a presentation by David Hughes, the analyst who accurately predicted the 90% downgrade of California’s Monterey Shale.

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Tagged with: fracking, economics, shale bubble


Criminal Charges for Mine Waste Dumping in Alaska

By Shreema Mehta

November 24, 2014

Mine wastewater is nasty stuff – so much so that this week, a mining company was criminally charged for dumping it into water. While XS Platinum is being indicted, other mining companies around the world routinely dump toxic mine wastewater into rivers, lakes and oceans.

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Tagged with: mining, alaska, tailings


The Climate Change Impacts of Fracking and the Call for EPA Action

By Aaron Mintzes

November 21, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued last week a new rule intended to clarify the oil and gas emissions data drilling companies submit to EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program (GHGRP). The new regulation takes effect at the beginning of next year and reflects a better picture of the methane pollution from oil and gas production. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is an enormously potent greenhouse gas polluter. Scientists now estimate that methane traps 86 times more heat over a twenty-year period than the same amount of carbon dioxide. These improved new reporting requirements place more emphasis on emissions beyond the wellhead. As a result, gas industry leaks from all aspects of the production, transmission, and distribution get reported to GHGRP.

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Tagged with: air pollution, climate change, clean air act, greenhouse gas emissions, methane


Fossil Fuel Divestment

By Jennifer Krill

November 20, 2014

One avenue to encourage a more rapid transition from dirty fossil fuels to a clean energy economy is through socially responsible investment, or in this case, disinvestment. If we want fossil fuels to stop dominating the global economy and our political decision makers, then we need to stop buying into them.

So it was great news back in September that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced they would divest from fossil fuels.

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Tagged with: fossil fuels, responsible investing, rockefeller brothers fund, divestment


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