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(T)he NRC Chairman demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of the plenary (legal word meaning “unqualified; absolute”) nature of Congress’s investigatory power in the circumstances prevalent in the SONGS matter; misstates the authority of three cited cases dealing with the law on congressional intercession in agency decisionmaking; ignores the overwhelming contrary case law ….; and shows a lack of awareness of over 90 years of congressional investigations in which agencies have been consistently obliged to provide documents and testimony ….

“In the present circumstance, there is no question of constitutional power allocation,” Rosenberg wrote. “The NRC is a creation of the Congress which alone is responsible for its mission, authority and funding and is … subject to Congress’s plenary oversight power to determine how well it is performing.

Stop the Utility Power Grab

Community Choice energy programs empower local communities to take control of decision-making about the sources and cost of their electrical power. Not-for-profit, democratically controlled Community Choice energy programs enable local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating green jobs and stimulating the local economy. These programs are dedicated to reducing consumer electricity demand, providing competitive electricity rates and maximizing the amount of renewable energy in their mix.

In California, Community Choice was made possible by state legislation enacted in 2002. Marin and Sonoma Counties were the first to establish Community Choice programs in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Other counties are currently considering establishing Community Choice programs, including Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey, among others.

In 2008, PG&E spent millions trying (unsuccessfully) to discourage Marin residents from choosing Marin Clean Energy. In 2010, PG&E spent $46 million on an unsuccessful ballot initiative (Prop 16) to change the California Constitution to require a two-thirds majority of voters to establish a Community Choice program. The voters spoke, but PG&E is still trying to kill off Community Choice and preserve its monopoly.

AB 2145 would effectively prevent Community Choice programs from operating anywhere in California. If this bill passes, Californians will be stuck with their dirty energy monopoly utility.

AB 2145 represents a backwards step for California. Don’t let utilities derail our clean energy future!

Today’s decision makes Indiana the first state in the nation to roll back its energy savings goals. While we are very disappointed with the governor’s decision to allow SEA340 to become law, it is critical that Governor Pence and the Indiana General Assembly now follow through on their promise of creating an improved energy efficiency program for Indiana. Energizing Indiana has saved millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs, reduced energy costs and made Indiana homes and businesses warmer and more energy efficient. There’s no denying that hundreds of energy efficiency workers will be out of a job next January when utilities cancel or scale back home energy audits, appliance rebates and low-income home weatherization programs. We will now work with our coalition partners to make sure Indiana electric utilities will be required to replace what they’ve destroyed, despite their historic failure to reduce energy demand for the benefit of their customers.

Sierra Club Statement on Pence Decision To Allow Senate Bill 340 To Become Law | Sierra Club National

I remember when Mike Pence was in congress and what a smug bastard he seemed like then. This action is petty and reactionary; it serves no real purpose other than to run up the meters of Indiana utility consumers thus giving another coat of lining to the pockets of energy utilities.

On April 4, 2012 the FBI held a daylong “strategy meeting” with TransCanada Corporation, the company building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal through a Freedom of Information Act request. The meeting, which took place in the agency’s Oklahoma City Field Office, came just three weeks after President Barack Obama visited the state vowing to cut through bureaucratic red tape and approve the southern portion of the pipeline. In a speech at a TransCanada pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma on March 22 Obama said: “Today, we’re making this new pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf a priority. So the southern leg of it we’re making a priority, and we’re going to go ahead and get that done.”
Keystone XL is not just about the toxic mining of Alberta bitumen tar and its pipeline across America. It is emblematic of the loathsome avarice within the fossil fuels industry that is enriching a handful of billionaires at the expense of the rest of us. If we are going to lead the world in addressing climate change we cannot allow this pipeline on American soil. Instead of being an advocate for oil billionaires, our government needs to make a stand for the rest of us and deny Keystone its pipeline.
With enough sunlight falling on home roofs to supply at least half of America’s electricity, scientists today described advances toward the less-expensive solar energy technology needed to roof many of those homes with shingles that generate electricity.

Shingles that generate electricity from the sun, and can be installed like traditional roofing, already are a commercial reality. But the advance ― a new world performance record for solar cells made with “earth-abundant” materials ― could make them more affordable and ease the integration of photovoltaics into other parts of buildings, the scientists said.
The logic of saying, ‘We don’t have to take this into account, because it will happen anyway,’ is sort of self-defeating,” he said. “That kind of thinking just keeps us trapped in the dilemma that we’re in.

A Vermont Law School faculty member said on Sunday that the report on the potential environmental effects of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which said the pipeline wouldn’t worsen carbon pollution to a large degree, doesn’t change the notion that burning carbon-intensive fuel will continue to damage the climate.

Patrick Parenteau, the senior counsel for the law school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, said he was also baffled by what he called the “pretzel logic” of the U.S. Department of State, which released the report on Friday.

Oilsands air pollutants underestimated, researchers find

“When dealing with chemicals that have such great potential to harm people and animals, it is absolutely vital that we truly understand how, and how much they are being released into the environment,” Abha Parajulee, lead author of a paper on oilsands pollution, said in a news release. 

The U of T study used a model to predict emission levels of a group of atmospheric pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which can be highly carcinogenic. 

While previous models assessed the PAHs released directly into the atmosphere during extraction of bitumen from oilsands – numbers that tend to fall within acceptable regulatory levels – this study included indirect pathways for the pollutants to enter the air, such as evaporation from tailing ponds.

“Tailing ponds are not the end of the journey for the pollutants they contain. PAHs are highly volatile, meaning they escape into the air much more than many people think,” Parajulee said.

The model also factored in additional 

The researches said the higher levels of PAHs predicted by the model are consistent with levels measured in samples taken from areas near and in the Athabasca oilsands region.