Greenpeace wants a criminal investigation in to coal ash spill
Yesterday, the people of Tennessee got a real-life reminder that coal is a dirty fuel. More than 500 million gallons of coal ash sludge spilled into the Emory River yesterday. The spill followed the breach of a dike at a coal-fired power plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, and covered as many as 400 acres of land with potentially toxic ash as high as six feet deep.
According to today's Washington Post, 75 percent of Americans said that President-elect Obama should implement policies to reduce global warming -- including half of Republicans.
It's not just that the public wants to see serious changes, they actually are optimistic about those changes occurring: More than two-thirds of Americans polled by the Washington Post and ABC News think that President-elect Obama, once in office, will be able to implement policies to reduce global warming.
President-elect Barack Obama made the long-awaited announcements about his picks to head up his new administration’s energy, environment and climate change programs. His choices indicate that he is poised to take bold strides in addressing climate change in a way that acknowledges the interdependency of the economy and energy choices.
It’s going to take a lot more than the bureaucratic and chaotic process I watched in Poznan over the past two weeks for us to cut global warming emissions as deeply and quickly as scientists say is necessary.
We were tipped off by blogger Adam Siegel that Sen. James Inhofe, (R-OK) the ranking Minority member on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, released a deceptive report purporting that doubts exist among scientists about global warming.
Clean, cuddly coal? I don't think so, but the coal industry
continues to try and create the allusion. Although the 'Clean Coal
Carolers' are no longer on the American Coalition for Clean Coal
Electricity's (ACCCE) website, ThinkProgress picked up on the story
It is not clear if ACCCE will expand
its new holiday campaign beyond their website, but in the past ACCCE
has spread its falsehoods on TV, radio, and in print, often spending
millions. In early 2008, ACCCE’s clean coal campaign reportedly had
$50 million to spend on pro-coal, anti-climate initiatives.
The Wall Street Journal recently credited ACCCE’s misleading
campaign with convincing politicians, the media and the public that
“clean coal” is a cure-all for global warming pollution from
coal-fired power plants. Even President-elect Obama has taken the bait.