Coal-fired power plants to close after new wastewater rule
Climate change isn’t what’s driving some U.S. coal-fired power plants to shut down. Dozens of plants nationwide plan to stop burning coal this decade to comply with more stringent federal wastewater guidelines, according to state regulatory filings, as the industry continues moving away from the planet-warming fossil fuel to make electricity. The new wastewater rule requires power plants to clean coal ash and toxic heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic and selenium from plant wastewater before it is dumped into streams and rivers.news.yahoo.com
Supporters of union-backed energy bill that benefits ComEd question audit from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office that called for lower nuclear plant subsidies
Illinois lawmakers sponsoring a union-backed energy bill question an audit from Gov. J.B. Pritzker that advocated for lower subsidies for nuclear plants.chicagotribune.com
Justice Amy Coney Barrett pens first majority Supreme Court opinion in FOIA dispute
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of the U.S. The legal battle stems from a rule the EPA proposed in 2011 regarding "environmental water intake structures," which are used to cool industrial equipment. The opinion from Barrett is her first for a majority of the Supreme Court. Barrett was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Donald Trump in October following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But the GOP-led Senate charged ahead with Barrett's nomination, confirming her to the Supreme Court a week before Election Day.cbsnews.com
Sierra Club calls out founder John Muir for racist views
FILE - In this March 25, 2008, file photo, visitors walk along a pathway near the entrance to the Muir Woods National Monument, named after John Muir, in Marin County, Calif. The Sierra Club is reckoning with the racist views of founder John Muir, the naturalist who helped spawn environmentalism. The San Francisco-based environmental group said Wednesday, July 22, 2020, that Muir was part of the group's history perpetuating white supremacy. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES The Sierra Club is calling out its founder, naturalist John Muir, for racist remarks he made more then a century ago as the influential environmental group grapples with a harmful history that perpetuated white supremacy. As the most iconic figure in Sierra Club history, Muirs words and actions carry an especially heavy weight.
Activists respond to BlackRock's climate change investment strategy: 'There are questions left unanswered'
"The evidence on climate risk is compelling investors to reassess core assumptions about modern finance." The announcement, which comes as BlackRock grapples with growing global protests against its investing practices, received mixed reactions from climate activists. While the plan could transform how companies respond to the climate crisis, it's unclear the extent to which BlackRock will pursue the approach and pressure companies to become more sustainable. Many climate activists argue that BlackRock isn't doing enough to combat climate change since it continues to own oil and gas stocks, and warn that it won't be easy for the company to reform its investments. "But BlackRock will continue to be the world's largest investor in coal, oil and gas," he added.cnbc.com
Sierra Club says addressing climate change urgent
Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sierra Club Florida Chapter Director Frank Jackalone warned Friday that time is running short as the state faces the consequences of climate change. The Sierra Club has been a fierce critic of the toll-road projects, which were a priority of Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, during the 2019 session. Jackalone praised lawmakers for being more open to talk about climate change than in the past. Jackalone warned that by failing to adequately address climate change, money going into Everglades restoration will be wasted. "We're seeing waters rising to the point where the southern tip of the Everglades (is already) being threatened sea level rise," Jackalone said.
Trump's SEC 'determined to leave public in the dark' on climate change, Sierra Club alleges in lawsuit
Climate resolutions introduced by shareholders for annual meetings of companies have risen in recent years, but the SEC's rejection of these proposals using what is called no-action letter relief have also increased under Trump administration. The lawsuit states that was the first time the SEC issued a no-action letter on the issue of greenhouse gas emission targets. What made the EOG no-action letter notable was that it marked a clear shift in the SEC staff's interpretation of greenhouse gas goals proposals. Sierra Club Senior attorney Joshua Smith said in a statement, "Trump's SEC is determined to leave the public in the dark and has ignored repeated inquiries about the status of this information." The Sierra Club alleges that the SEC, "has demonstrated a pattern and practice of failing to comply with FOIA requests by improperly using 'complex track' determinations to shield itself from complying with lawful requests, and thereby to undermine the purpose of the Act."cnbc.com