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Green Roundup: June 11, 2012

11 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

Global investment in renewable energy reached a new high of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting $147 billion, says a UN report released today. [Tri-City Herald]

Less positive record breakers: This spring shattered four major heat records – the warmest spring, largest seasonal departure from average, warmest year-to-date, and warmest 12-month period. [Climate Central]  

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly claimed that Obama’s administration hasn’t made progress in green energy “despite spending many, many billions of dollars.” In fact, federal policy has helped industries like solar, wind and biofuels to soar. [Media Matters]

Mitt Romney’s energy plan would permit drilling wherever “virtually every part of U.S. lands and waters,” including national parks, national monuments, and wilderness areas. [ThinkProgress]

The fossil fuels boom in North Dakota has brought crime, increased rent and more than a thousand drilling accidents to the state. The spills have released tens of thousands of gallons of oil and briny fracking wastewater into the state’s groundwater. [Grist]

Just a day after North Carolina voted to limit sea-level planning, NC State representative Glen Bradley proposed a bill against the word “sustainable” on the grounds that it has connotations with government control and one-world conspiracy. [TreeHugger]

In a continuation of legislative linguistic hurdles, Virginia lawmakers were forced to strike the phrases “sea level rise” and “climate change” when recommending a study on coastal Virginia and global warming, in part because conservative officials and activists believe such terms are “liberal code words.” [Virginian-Pilot]


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