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New Hampshire Peace Action Executive Director Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert of New Hampshire’s American Friends Service Committee office had a terrific op-ed in the Manchester (NH) Union Leader on Monday.

By Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert
As U.S.-Soviet relations heated to the boiling point during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Capt. Vasili Arkhipov, second-in-command of a Soviet submarine, refused to authorize a nuclear missile launch when his ship was cut off from communications with Moscow and under fire from U.S. depth charges. We have him to thank for avoidance of nuclear war.

Nuclear war was narrowly avoided again in 1980, when faulty U.S. alarm systems signaled incoming Soviet missiles. The Pentagon later put the blame on a failed computer chip. In 1983, Soviet satellites mistook unusual sunlight glinting off clouds as incoming missile fire, and once more a cool-headed commander narrowly stopped a nuclear exchange. In 1995, a Norwegian…

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Largest Coal Producer in Bankruptcy

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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We did not leave the stone age because we ran out of stones.

There was never a war on coal anymore than there was a war on typewriters.

Guardian:

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest privately owned coal producer, has filed for US bankruptcy protection in the wake of a sharp fall in coal prices that left it unable to service a recent debt-fuelled expansion into Australia.

The company listed both assets and liabilities in the range of $10bn (£7bn) to $50bn, according to a court filing on Wednesday.

Peabody’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing ranks among the largest in the commodities sector since energy and metals prices began to fall in the middle of 2014 as once fast-growing markets such as China and Brazil began to slow.

Peabody’s debt troubles date back to its $5.1bn leveraged buyout of Australia’s Macarthur in 2011, a coveted asset at the time meant to position…

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When Satellites go Boink

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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A friend dropped me a note the other day, asking what was going on with Arctic ice, which just set a new record for the lowest maximum extent on the modern record.
Quick look at the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s graph showed a peculiar spike.

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..Which looked spurious, given what we know about current temperature conditions in the Arctic.  Several other indicators looked funky, as well.

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A few inquiries revealed that, yes, the satellite was bonkers. Today this from NSIDC:

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America’s biggest ever clean power wind and transmission development

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antnuke-relevantUS Wind Energy Juggernaut: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (CT Exclusive Interview), Clean Technica, April 4th, 2016 by Tina Casey  The American Wind Energy Association will release its much anticipated annual report on April 12, and the group’s CEO Tom Kiernan provided CleanTechnica with some advance insights during a one-on-one phone chat last week. Hint: it’s gonna be big.

Kiernan also discussed two recent major milestone developments in the US wind industry, one being the construction of the nation’s first ever offshore wind farm — which will finally open the floodgates to developing the immense Atlantic Coast wind resources — and the other involving the Energy Department in what will be the biggest ever renewable energy project in the US.

The 2015 American Wind Energy Association Report

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Wind power brings jobs boom, clean air, to American communities

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green-collarThe job growth in 2015 is primarily attributable to more wind project development and construction, requiring more than 38,000 employees.

Texas leads the nation with over 24,000 wind energy employees.

antnuke-relevantUS wind power jobs hit record, up 20 percent in 2016 ‘Wind rush’ fuels hiring boom, delivers more consumer savings AWEA,  DENVER, April 12, 2016— American wind power supported a record 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016—an increase of 20 percent in a year—according to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015, released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Strong job growth coincided with wind ranking number one as America’s leading source of new generating capacity last year, outpacing solar and natural gas.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joined in the release at a Vestas wind turbine component factory near Denver, saying “In 2015, Colorado ranked fifth in the nation for wind power capacity…

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Australian oil and gas lobbies spent up big, to discredit science of climate change

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corruption textAustralian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report Tom Arup  Environment editor, The Age April 12, 2016  Australia’s peak oil and gas industry lobby group spent almost $4 million last year trying to “obstruct” more ambitious climate change policy, according to British research group InfluenceMap.

It was part of an overall $150 million spent globally in 2015 by five major oil companies and lobby groups.

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) represents the domestic oil and gas industry and counts among its 70 members giant companies such as Woodside, Shell Australia and Chevron Australia.

According to the analysis, InfluenceMap estimated that APPEA spent about $5.5 million on climate-related advocacy in 2015 though expenditure on staff, public campaigns, advertising and other external public relations.

InfluenceMap then made an assessment of the position, tone and transparency of this work. They determined about $3.9 million of it went towards what they described as “obstructive spending”.

InfluenceMap took its definition of advocacy from…

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A solar world first for Perth: solar panels and battery storage on apartment buildings

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Apartments set for solar world first https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/31335712/apartments-set-for-solar-world-first/  Daniel Mercer – The West Australian on April 13, 2016 Dozens of apartments will be able to use, store and trade power under a world-first trial of micro-grid technology to be unveiled in Perth’s south.

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Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will today announce the Commonwealth’s green energy fund ARENA has tipped $1 million into a micro-grid project in White Gum Valley.

The $3 million project will have solar panels and batteries installed across four separate apartment developments. It would be up to the strata companies managing the apartment buildings to on-sell the electricity to tenants, rather than State-owned power provider Synergy. The strata companies could sell the electricity cheaper than Synergy or at the same price, currently set at 25.7¢ for every unit of electricity sold. Homes owners and tenants would also be able to trade power to other apartments within the complex during the day and night.

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Japan’s Trans Pacific Partnership negotiator resigns amid bribery allegations

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Japanese economy minister Akira Amari quits over bribery claims, BBC News, 28 January 2016  Japan’s Economy Minister Akira Amari has said he is resigning amid corruption allegations.

Mr Amari unexpectedly made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday.But he again denied personally receiving bribes from a construction company, as had been alleged by a Japanese magazine.

The development will be seen as a significant blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Mr Amari, who has been minister of state for economic and fiscal policy since late 2012, has been widely described as one of Mr Abe’s most trusted members of parliament. As Japan’s lead negotiator for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Mr Amari was expected to travel to New Zealand next week to sign the agreement.

He was also regarded as the architect of Abenomics – Mr Abe’s plan to pull the world’s third largest economy out of…

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Australian nuclear shill Ben Heard under fire from Canadian nuclear shill Patrick Moore

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Climate Science Denier Patrick Moore Under Attack From Fellow Nuclear Energy Advocates, DESMOG,  By Graham Readfearn • Thursday, April 7, 2016 Climate science Moore,Patrick-11denialist Patrick Moore is all about “consensus building.” We know this because it says so on his biography at the think tank Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

And so, fresh from delivering a coal-funded talk in Brussels where he told the audience to “celebrate CO2”, the Canadian has been out doing a bit of that “consensus building” in his own unique way.
In recent days, Moore has accused respected climate scientist Ken Caldeira of “fakery”, called him a “jerk” and then told a fellow nuclear power advocate to “GFY”.

The nuclear advocate in question was Australian energy and climate consultant Ben Heard, who had Heard, Benengaged Moore on social media. He’s written a blog about the exchange.

British environmentalist and author Mark Lynas, who is also pro-nuclear energy…

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Paris climate deal to take effect earlier than expected

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Paris Climate Deal Seen Taking Effect Two Years Ahead of Plan http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-11/paris-climate-deal-seen-taking-effect-two-years-ahead-of-plan     AlexJFMorales April 12, 2016

  • Figueres, ChristianaAgreement will take effect when ratified by 55 nations
  • `We will have a Paris agreement in effect by 2018′: Figueres
 The global climate change agreement brokered in Paris in December by 195 nations will come into effect two years earlier than originally planned, the top United Nations climate diplomat predicted.

“You heard it here first: I think that we will have a Paris Agreement in effect by 2018,” Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said during a question-and-answer session after delivering a lecture Monday at Imperial College London.

The prediction suggests that countries may initiate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions earlier than expected, and increases the chances of meeting the pact’s ultimate goal of limiting the increase in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees…

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