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Google predicts U.S. will miss up to $3.2 trillion in GDP growth if green tech isn’t encouraged

Web giant Google said Tuesday that the United States stands to lose up to $3.2 trillion in potential gross domestic product (GDP) growth if it further delays policies that encourage renewable energy technology. In an economic study published on the company’s official blog, Google researchers assumed several key breakthroughs would…

Greenpeace urges Facebook to ‘like’ green energy

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A handful of Greenpeace activists was outside Facebook headquarters on Wednesday, calling on the social network to “unfriend” coal energy for powering data centers and other operations. Members of the international environmental group set up a large computer screen to display comments streaming in from around…

Gas from ‘fracking’ could be twice as bad as coal for climate: study

Shale gas, produced by “hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking,” could create as much as twice the greenhouse gasses as coal, according to a study soon to be published by Cornell University professors. Over the past few years, the Washington D.C. consensus has been that shale gas is better for the environment…

Judge: Feds ignored environmental laws in pushing Kansas coal power plant

Progress on a planned coal-fired power plant in Kansas was put on hold yesterday after a judge sided with environmental groups, ruling that a federal agency ignored requirements set forth by environmental laws in approving the project and providing tax incentives. In a ruling that agreed with arguments by activist…

Obama gives ‘coal’ to polar bears for Christmas, activists say

WASHINGTON – Environmental groups on Thursday accused US President Barack Obama’s administration of failing to ensure the survival of polar bears after it stopped short of listing the animals as endangered. Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, who has led legal efforts to protect the polar bear, said…

W.Va. mine owner accused of putting safety second

The coal mine rocked by an explosion that killed at least 25 workers in the nation’s deadliest mining disaster since 1984 had been cited for 600 violations in less than a year and a half, some of them for not properly ventilating methane — the highly combustible gas suspected in…

Mine disaster site had 57 safety violations in March

An explosion ripped through a coal mine in West Virginia, killing 25 workers and leaving four unaccounted for in one of the worst US mining disasters in recent years, officials said. And the disaster site was cited for “57 infractions just last month for violations that included repeatedly failing to…

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