Five Stories: Minnesota On Track To Exceed Carbon-Reduction Goals

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/14/15)

  1. “A report released Thursday by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows Minnesota is already on pace to exceed carbon-reduction goals by 2022 and 2030 as part of the requirements in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Power Plan rules,” reports Midwest Energy News.
  2. “One of the more bizarre aspects of the debate over coal is that while Appalachia’s representatives in Washington use coal miners and their communities as a political bludgeon, it’s President Obama who’s actually trying to help them. One small Kentucky town seems to have noticed,” says Vox.
  3. “A federal judge rejected arguments by local Arkansas authorities that a $5 million settlement related to ExxonMobil’s 2013 pipeline rupture was too weak to protect residents and drinking water sources from another disastrous spill,” reports Inside Climate News.
  4. “In many low-income communities and communities of color, breathing is hazardous to your health because of high levels of air pollution — a legacy of the environmental racism that exists in our country. That simple idea expressed by the president has been the driving force behind the work of environmental justice (EJ) advocates for decades,” according to Grist.
  5. “On August 4, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit shot down the Sierra Club’s petition for rehearing motion for the southern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. The decision effectively writes the final chapter of a years-long legal battle in federal courts,” reports DeSmog Blog.