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Dakota Pipeline Presents Environmental and Cultural Hazards

STANDING ROCK, ND – The Dakota Access Pipeline has been the focus of controversy since it was first proposed. US District Judge James E. Boasberg recently ruled to halt the pipeline pending further environmental review. His ruling was based upon the fact that ““it (the review of the pipeline) did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or … Continue reading Dakota Pipeline Presents Environmental and Cultural Hazards

The Humanitarian Consequences of Chinese Steel and Rare Earth Elements

It shouldn’t just be American steel workers and steel companies outraged by the dumping of Chinese steel into America. All Americans should be outraged. The humanitarian and environmental consequences of Chinese steel are very profound within its own country. China’s largest steel producing region is in Inner Mongolia where Baogang Group is an iron and steel state-owned enterprise in Baotou. As a consequence of producing Iron and steel, the mining operation also produces copious … Continue reading The Humanitarian Consequences of Chinese Steel and Rare Earth Elements

Ohio’s Bio-Fuels, Not What the Planet Ordered

  In early August of 2014, following a historic winter polar vortex, Lake Erie faced a record breaking algae bloom of such epic proportions that it caused 500,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio area to go without drinking water. Toledo gained national attention as truckloads of bottled water were shipped into the city for residents. Three years later, little has been done to prevent such … Continue reading Ohio’s Bio-Fuels, Not What the Planet Ordered

U.S. Judge Approves $20B Settlement over BP Oil Spill

A New Orleans federal judge granted a $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ending years of litigation over the worst offshore oil spill in history. The settlement was first announced in July, includes $5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions to cover environmental damage. The money is to be paid out over roughly 16 … Continue reading U.S. Judge Approves $20B Settlement over BP Oil Spill

TransCanada sues U.S. for $15B for stopping Keystone XL

TransCanada filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline exceeded his power under the U.S. Constitution. The company is seeking $15 billion in damages stemming from the president’s decision. Obama blocked the cross-border pipeline in November after it was first proposed seven years ago. The company also filed a legal action under the North American Free Trade Agreement, claiming … Continue reading TransCanada sues U.S. for $15B for stopping Keystone XL

Global leaders reach historic climate change deal

President Obama: ‘Paris Accord best chance to save planet’ President Obama and over 200 world leaders reached a historic climate change deal on Saturday, pledging to fight climbing temperatures and rising seas and delivering a major victory to President Obama, who has made climate change a key part of his presidency. The pact is the most aggressive international plan ever put in place to combat … Continue reading Global leaders reach historic climate change deal