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New Report Finds 49 Coal-Fired Power Plants with Groundwater Contamination Exceeding Federal, State Standards

Yesterday, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) put out a press release regarding a new report on groundwater contamination at coal-fired power plants. According to EIP:

“If I wanted America to fail”: Funded by the Usual Suspects - for the Usual Reasons

Earlier this week, The Hill reported on a “free-market group” that “has scored a hit with an ominous, gloomy video warning that environmental regulations and restrictions on fossil fuels are putting America on a path to ruin.”  According to this video, entitled “If I wanted America to fail”:

New Polling Confirms Broad, Bipartisan Support for Clean Energy and for Dirty Energy to Pay Their Tab

Recently polling released by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication reinforces what we’ve been saying for a long time now: there is broad support for clean energy, as well as for making dirty energy actually pay their tab, instead of having us pick up the check for their polluted air and water, oil spills, and other damages to public health, national security, and the environment.

Exxon’s Big Bet on Shale Gas Won’t Pay Off if Clean Energy Scales

For several years now, we’ve been making the case that the clean energy industry has to dramatically scale its advocacy investment to meet an aggressive disinformation campaign trained against it by the fossil lobby. We’ve found increasing receptiveness to that message, but we still run into people who think we’ve got tin foil on our heads. The refrain goes something like this: “Who’d want to do such a thing to wind, solar and geothermal power?”

Bloomberg Statistics: Despite Huge Subsidies for Fossil Fuels, Clean Energy Growing Fast

This list of sustainability indicators by Bloomberg illustrates several important points related to energy, including how much the most highly profitable and polluting industries on the planet live off our tax money.  Take these two numbers, for instance:

New Study: Clean Energy Creates Far More Jobs, Economic Growth than Fossil Fuels

A new study by George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis compares the potential economic impacts of developing renewable energy versus fossil energy - coal and natural gas - in Virginia through 2035. The results are striking, although not surprising to those of us who believe in, and advocate for, clean energy:

"Renewable energy becomes fodder for the culture war at just the wrong moment"

The following article is cross-posted from the Las Vegas Sun with permission of the author, J. Patrick Coolican.

New Study Makes Good Points, but Why Focus Only on Clean Energy Subsidies?

Recently, a new report - "Beyond Boom and Bust: Putting Clean Tech on a Path to Subsidy Independence" by the Breakthrough Institute, the World Resources Institute, and the Brookings Institute - was brought to our attention.  The main conclusions were:

EIA: U.S. Coal-Fired Generation to Continue Declining for Forseeable Future; Clean Energy to Grow

According to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), coal demand in this country is falling sharply, as clean energy and natural gas take its place.

Media Matters Analysis: Networks Spent Twice as Much Time on Donald Trump than on Climate Change

This is truly astounding.

NRDC: Oil Industry Makes $14 in Profit Every Time You Fill Up Your Gas Tank

Simon Mui of NRDC breaks down how much profit the oil industry makes every time you fill up your gas tank.

Congressman Laughably Claims: "There are no government subsidies for oil"


As you can see in this video from ThinkProgress, Rep. Dan Benishek somehow manages to keep a straight face while lying through his teeth to his constituents. What Benishek claims, that "There are no government subsidies of oil" and that "The government does not give oil companies money," is categorically, unequivocally, and laughably false.