The U.N.’s fifth Global Environmental Outlook says air pollution is probably causing more than 6 million premature deaths each year, with greenhouse gas emissions set to warm the world by at least 3 degrees Celsius on average by 2100. [Grist]
Yesterday, House Republicans unveiled an energy package of seven bills mandating more drilling in public lands and steamrolling public health safeguards from smog and toxic air pollution. [ThinkProgress]
A perfect match: Climate denier Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
Dangerous chemicals in the air and our household products are making it harder to breathe. A report from federal health officials notes that the percentage of Americans suffering from asthma reached a record high of 8.4 percent in 2010, up 1.1 percent from 2001. An estimated 25.7 million people had asthma in 2010, including almost 19 million adults and seven million children below the age of 18.
These alarming statistics are yet another reminder of the
Pro-pollution voices have revived attacks on Obama’s 2011 Solyndra investment, and Mitt Romney dropped by the plant last week to deride it as a “gross waste.” Does anyone really care? [TreeHugger]
Former President Bill Clinton lashed out at Romney’s attacks on Solyndra, reminding people at a New York fundraiser of Obama’s strong record in wind and solar energy. “During the worst of the meltdown, clean-energy jobs grew twice as fast as the rest of the economy
A Bay State solar panel developer that landed a state loan from Mitt Romney when he was Massachusetts governor has gone belly up – a day after the GOP presidential hopeful ripped President Obama’s investments in solar manufacturer Solyndra. [Boston Herald]
In attacking President Obama on Solyndra, Romney also failed to get the story straight, making inaccurate claims about the President’s investments. [Associated Press]
Energy companies are losing faith in coal – the percentage of utility executives
A warming climate is starting to take its toll on the future of power generation. According to a new article in Nature Climate Change, rising water temperatures will soon make it harder for power plants to generate electricity.
Researchers predict that the number of days when river water is at “extremely high” temperatures will be three times the number today, on average. With less water available for cooling, power plants will be unable to operate
A recent LCV TV ad campaign thanking Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown for supporting clean energy jobs policies produced noteworthy changes in public attitudes about the senator on important metrics, according to survey research conducted by Hart Research Associates. According to the survey data, the ads produced a significant shift in the assessment of the job Senator Brown is doing, their feelings toward him and their opinions about his record on job creation. For example,
Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads released a video this week slamming Obama for investing in green energy companies that eventually fail, like Solyndra, a solar manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy last September. It turns out, however, that one of the companies in the ad also received millions in government money from then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. [Washington Post]
Sandwich safety alert: Peanut butter and deli meats have both been found to contain a toxic flame retardant commonly used
Thanks in large part to grassroots pressure, corporate behemoth Wal-Mart has become the twenty-second funder to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), joining a list of defectors that includes Amazon, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and Kraft.
The polarizing ALEC has a record of crafting anti-environment model legislation, like bills that strip renewable energy targets and block toxic coal ash regulation.
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, announced yesterday that it is severing ties with ALEC after a