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Mon, 2008-03-31 16:55Emily Murgatroyd
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Tracking "Americans for Balanced Energy Choices" and "Clean Coal" across the United States

Call it “Geo-blogging,” if you'd like.

Here's an interactive Google Map we've started to keep track of the PR, advertising and lobbying efforts being undertaken by “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices,” (ABEC) as they spend a reported $40 million on behalf of the coal industry to sell the virtues of “clean coal” in the run-up to the 2008 Presidential election.

If you would like to contribute to the map or have information on ABEC activities in your region, please drop us an email at: desmogblog [at] gmail.com and we'll add your entry.

Thu, 2008-03-27 15:37Emily Murgatroyd
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DSCOVR on the Celsias Show

Here's a radio interview DeSmog contributing writer and researcher Mitchell Anderson recently did on Celsias Radio.

The Celsias Show has been running for a few weeks and DeSmogBlog has been contributing to a 5-minute portion called “The Week in Denial.”

 

 

Wed, 2008-03-26 10:39Emily Murgatroyd
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Video of Wilkins Ice Shelf Breakup in Antartica

The impending collapse of the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica has been all over the media the last couple of days.

Here's a video of the ice shelf collapse that was sent to us:

 

Wed, 2008-03-19 11:07Emily Murgatroyd
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The Global Warming Costs of the Iraq War

Oil Change International has released an startling report today quantifying both the greenhouse gas emissions of the Iraq War and the opportunity costs involved in fighting war rather than climate change.

Here's a few the interesting (and disturbing) facts found in the report:

  • Total US spending on the Iraq war could cover all of the global investments in renewable power generation that are needed between now and 2030 in order to halt current warming trends.

     

Mon, 2008-02-25 16:31Emily Murgatroyd
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Check out the Arctic Front Facebook Group

If you haven't heard about our latest DeSmog project, the Arctic Front, you can read all about it in our special DeSmogBlog section.  

And if you're a big Facebook-er (who isn't these days), please join our Arctic Front Facebook group and add your name to the growing number of people (almost 200 already!) concerned about the environmental impacts of the Alberta oil sands. 

Wed, 2008-02-20 12:45Emily Murgatroyd
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Big Coal Bribes Kansas Legislature To Approve New Coal Plants

From ThinkProgress:

Sunflower Electric, a leading Kansas power company, has offered millions to Kansas State University for energy research — that is, if the legislature approves its bid for new coal plants first. Speaker Melvin Neufeld (R) emphasized the large cash gift yesterday as he urged his colleagues to approve the plants:

Neufeld, R-Ingalls, noted the plant’s developers, Sunflower Electric Power Corp., have entered into a memorandum of understanding to pay $2.5 million to Kansas State University over 10 years for energy research if the plants get built.

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