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Opposing Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

By Roy L Hales

A week has passed since Donald John Trump announced “the official approval of the presidential permit for the Keystone X L pipeline.” Disregarding opposition from local communities, Native Americans and environmentalists, Trump said “TransCanada will finally be allowed to complete this long over-due project with efficiency and with speed.” today a coalition of environmental groups opposing Trump’s Keystone XL pipeline decision responded by filing a lawsuit against the United States department of State.
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What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

The ECOreport looks at new Canada, US & Mexico agreement and asks What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations may look back on the agreement that Canada, the United States and Mexico just signed as a significant milestone,  or maybe not. What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

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Did the Utilities “Win” in Oklahoma?

Prior to SB 1456, this was Illegal

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Governor of Oklahoma has just signed a bill making it possible for utilities to apply to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission so that rooftop solar owners can be billed at a higher base rate than regular customers. The justification is familiar, many utilities feel that solar customers should pay something extra for the privilege of using the grid. The difference, in Oklahoma, is that Oklahoma Gas & Electric does not know how much extra it wants. They do believe they should get something
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Oil Spills As Keystone XL’s Principal Threat to Environment

The ECOreport publishes news that US State Department Identified Oil Spills as Keystone XL’s Principal Threat to Environment

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe US State Department environmental assessment identified oil spills as the Keystone XL’s  principal threat to environment. The report relies upon a  Canadian Government study for its analysis of environmental impacts North of the border. The US segment of the pipeline is expected to have CO2 emissions – from “fuel use in construction vehicles and equipment, as well as, land clearing activities including open burning, and indirectly from electricity usage” – that will be the equivalent of 300,000 cars. “Climate changes are anticipated to occur regardless of any potential effects from the proposed Project,”  the report states, but it also showed there is a substantial risk of a major oil spill. There were 1,692 pipeline “incidents” in the US during the six month period they studied. (1,027 of these were from the equipment used on pipelines and 321 were directly connected to pipelines.) There have been mixed reactions to this report.
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Coal – America’s Unwanted Energy

The ECOreport looks into the West Coast’s resistance to one of the dirtiest fossil fuels,  Coal – America’s Unwanted Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe EPA’s finalization of its carbon regulations and Goldman Sach’s consequent decision to sell its investment in the Gateway Pacific Terminal underline a very important fact. Aside from rooftop solar, whose potential contribution to the world’s energy mix is limited, there are not many clean energy sources in the world.
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CPUC Says “No” To SDG&E’s Plans For Gas Powered Plants

The ECOreport looks at why CPUC says “No” to SDG&E’s Plans for gas powered plants at Pico Pio and Quail Brush

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The existing 35 megawatt plant at Escondido will come back online and be expanded to 45 megawatts, but the California Public Utilities Commission has turned down San Diego Gas & Electric’s plans for new gas powered plants at Pico Pio and Quail Brush.  The panel voted 5-0 to deny the power-purchase contract a North Carolina-based company had hoped to secure with San Diego Gas & Electric Co. Continue reading CPUC Says “No” To SDG&E’s Plans For Gas Powered Plants

The other side of Ivanpah

The other side of Ivanpah: Native American sacred sites violated; Desert habitat destroyed; Environmentalists divided

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The construction of large desert solar complexes like Ivanpah was a watershed event. There are questions about the US Government permitting violations of Native American sacred sites. Grassroots environmental groups separated themselves from mainstream organizations like the Sierra Club. An article in the LA Times asked, “At what temperature might a songbird vaporize?” or “What happens if one of the Air Force’s heat-seeking missiles confuses a solar power plant with a military training target?”  There have been many negative stories. Continue reading The other side of Ivanpah

Keystone Pipeline Would Have “No Significant Impacts …”

The ECOreport looks at the U.S. Department of State’s finding that Keystone Pipeline Would Have “No Significant Impacts …”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The U.S. Department of State’s lengthy Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement concluded that:

  • “… there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed (Keystone) Project route”
  • ” approval or denial of the proposed Project is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the rate of development in the oil sands, or on the amount of heavy crude oil refined in the Gulf Coast area …”
  • the proposed pipeline “would not likely result in significant adverse environmental effects” within Canada
  •  “The construction-related emissions associated with the proposed Project would be temporary and localized and would be unlikely to produce long-term effects on local or regional air quality”

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Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!

The ECOreport looks into the demonstration in Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1President Obama was reputedly playing golf, in Florida, when a crowd estimated to number somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000  gathered under the shadow of the Washington Monument on Sunday. Students, scientists, indigenous community members and many others from more than 30 states (including Hawaii and California) as well as a number of Canadians joined together in the largest climate rally in U.S. history. Continue reading Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!