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Keystone XL: Low Oil Prices, Tar Sands Pullout Could Kill Pipeline Plan

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[Nebraska regulators also have yet to approve the pipeline. Opponents plan to testify at a hearing Aug. 7, but they won't be allowed to discuss safety concerns. Brian Jorde, attorney: "I find it unlikely that this pipeline will ever be built, regardless of what happens at the PSC." *RON*]
Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, 4 August 2017

This story has been updated with a judge's order curtailing pipeline opponents' testimony at the Public Service Commission hearing.

It will be close to three years, at least, before oil could possibly be moving through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline—if the pipeline is completed at all. Company officials now concede that after battling protests and regulatory hurdles for nearly a decade, market forces could scuttle the project.

Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada first proposed the 1,700-mile project in 2008 to ship tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. The half-built project was…

Flooding in Miami is no longer news — but it’s certainly newsworthy

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[Florida will be under water before long. *RON*]

Philip Bump, Washington Post, 4 August 2017 

This was the scene in Miami Beach earlier this week.

Josh Baumgard
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Miami Beach is one enormous lake right now
1:13 PM - Aug 1, 2017

The problem was twofold: A heavy downpour, thanks to a dissipating tropical storm, combined with the onset of high tide just after 4 p.m. But, really, the problem was threefold. Those high tides are higher than they used to be because the ocean itself is higher than it used to be.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gauge at Virginia Key, just off the Miami shoreline, had an average sea-level height from 2012 to 2016 that was about 4 inches higher than the average from two decades earlier. At Lake Worth, a bit further north on the coast, there has been a similar increase since the mid-1980s. A gauge near Naples, Fla., saw a jump of about six inches from the early 1980s to the most recent five-year peri…

Obama Emissions Rules Could Yield $300 Billion Annually by 2030

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[Benefits come from less environmental damage and fewer health issues. The truth of the healthcare costs can be seen right now in BC: Hospital visits jump in B.C. as smoky air from wildfires persists. *RON*]

Niina Heikkinen, ClimateWire / Scientific American, 4 August 2017

The benefits of Obama-era rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions would greatly exceed the costs in the coming years, according to a new analysis.

Regulations designed to control emissions from power plants, oil production and motor vehicles could together lead to close to $300 billion in net benefits per year by 2030, according to the report by Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

The paper comes as President Trump has sought to roll back any regulations his team says could hinder domestic energy development and is part of a broader shift in focus away from action on climate change throughout the administration.

While the Trump administration has taken other …

Double standard decried as Minnesota mosque bombed

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[Domestic terrorism and Islamophobia. Social media users slam purported double standard of media and government as Muslim worshippers targeted in US state. *RON*]

Source: Al Jazeera News, 6 August 2017
Social media users have voiced frustration at what they described as a double standard after a mosque was bombed in the United States.

The explosion at around 5am local time (09:00 GMT) at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, caused damage but did not cause any casualties.

Worshippers had been preparing for the dawn prayer when the attack happened.

There were between 15 and 20 people inside the building at the time, according to Star Tribune, a local newspaper.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent agents to track down who was behind the attack, which it says was caused by an "improvised explosive device".

The mosque, like many others in the US, received threats of attack prior to the bombing.

For many, the re…

Andrew Weaver applauds NDP government's referral of Site C dam to B.C. Utilities Commission

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[See the terms of reference for the review here. See also: B.C. NDP asks independent panel to decide fate of Site C dam project. *RON*]

Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight, 2 August 2017

The leader of the B.C. Green caucus says it was "simply reckless" for the former B.C. Liberal government to spend $9 billion on a new hydroelectric dam without subjecting it to a provincial review.

Now, Andrew Weaver says he's "glad" that the new NDP government decided today to refer the B.C. Hydro project to an independent review by the B.C. Utilities Commission.

“Our goal all along has been to ensure that a decision such as this, where the impacts are felt by so many, is made with the best information available," Weaver said in a statement issued this afternoon. "This is a step in that direction.”

The province has asked the provincial energy regulator to address the following issues:
confirm if B.C. Hydro is on track to complete the pr…