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Greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.7% in 2018, the largest increase since 2013. "Coal-fired power plants were the single largest contributor to the growth in emissions observed in 2018, with an increase of 2.9%."  Coal [power plants account for 30% of all energy related greenhouse gas emissions. Read the full International Energy Agency report here. [post_title] => Global Energy Demand Increased 2.3% In 2018, Largest Increase In 10 Years; Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increased 1.7%, Largest Increase Since 2013 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => global-energy-demand-increased-2-3-in-2018-largest-increase-in-10-years-greenhouse-gas-emissions-increased-1-7-largest-increase-since-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-31 13:04:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-31 13:04:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2780 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2774 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-30 16:38:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-30 16:38:06 [post_content] => U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras of Washington D.C. ruled on Tuesday March 19, 2019 that the "Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management 'did not sufficiently consider climate change' when making decisions to auction off federal land in Wyoming to oil and gas drilling under President Barack Obama in 2015 and 2016." "The order puts on hold any efforts to drill on 303,000 acres of land in Wyoming leased by the Bureau of Land Management between May 2015 and August 2016."   [caption id="attachment_2775" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] SOURCE: NBC News (See Below Citations)[/caption] [post_title] => Federal Judge: Interior Department Did Not Adequately Consider Climate Change When Deciding To Auction Federal Land For Oil And Gas Drilling [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2774 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-30 16:42:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-30 16:42:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2774 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2764 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_content] => "The U.S. Senate on Thursday [February 28, 2019] confirmed Andrew Wheeler, a former coal and oil lobbyist and President Donald Trump’s pick for the Environmental Protection Agency, to lead the nation’s top environmental regulator." Wheeler has "close ties to the coal industry and [has pushed] to deregulate a number of environmental rules and safeguards implemented by the Obama administration." Wheeler, who "began his career at EPA during the 1990s but spent years on Capitol Hill before heading to the private sector, has won praise from Republicans for his deregulatory agenda but criticism from Democrats for his refusal to take action on climate change and several public health priorities. He has been running the agency since Trump’s first administrator, Scott Pruitt, stepped down in July amid multiple scandals surrounding his management and spending practices." See what the EPA has been up to here. [post_title] => Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Appointed Head Of EPA [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => former-coal-lobbyist-andrew-wheeler-appointed-head-of-epa [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2764 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2743 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-03 00:19:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-03 00:19:31 [post_content] => Civil penalties issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for those breaking emissions and pollution rules have declined significantly under President Trump's first two years. "In the two decades before President Trump took office, EPA civil fines averaged more than $500 million a year, when adjusted for inflation. Last year’s total [2018] was 85 percent below that amount — $72 million." During the first 9 months of Trump's Presidency, the EPA "sought civil penalties of about $50.4 million from polluters for cases initiated under Mr. Trump. Adjusted for inflation, that is about 39 percent of what the Obama administration sought and about 70 percent of what the Bush administration sought over the same time period." [post_title] => Civil Penalties Issued By EPA For Breaking Pollution Rules Down Significantly Under President Trump [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => civil-penalties-issued-epa-breaking-pollution-rules-significantly-president-trump [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-03 00:19:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-03 00:19:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2743 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2731 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-01-12 15:28:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-12 15:28:49 [post_content] => CO2 emissions in the United States peaked at just over 6.1 billion tons in 2005, and total greenhouse gas emissions decreased 3.5% from 1990 to 2015.  However, early estimates for 2018 show CO2 emissions rising approximately 3.4%:

While a record number of coal-fired power plants were retired last year, natural gas not only beat out renewables to replace most of this lost generation but also fed most of the growth in electricity demand. As a result, power sector emissions overall rose by 1.9%. The transportation sector held its title as the largest source of US emissions for the third year running, as robust growth in demand for diesel and jet fuel offset a modest decline in gasoline consumption.

The decrease in carbon density of the energy supply (moving from coal to cleaner fuels such as natural gas) was not as significant as the increase in energy demand in 2018.  Looser federal regulations on emissions and pollution is also a possible contributor. Unfortunately EPA data on emissions has not been updated since 2016.   [post_title] => CO2 Emissions In The United States Estimated To Have Increased 3.4% In 2018 After Years Of Declining [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => co2-emissions-united-states-estimated-increased-3-4-2018-years-declining [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-12 15:30:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-12 15:30:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2731 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2702 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-12-08 18:09:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-08 18:09:52 [post_content] => While "the other members of the [G20] group reaffirmed their commitment to implement the Paris deal and tackle climate change" the United States and President Trump "remained the sole holdout" and reaffirmed the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords at a meeting of the G20 countries in Argentina in the fall of 2018. "The Group of Twenty (G20) is a leading forum of the world's major economies that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing challenges. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States." [post_title] => United States Remains Only Member Of G20 Countries To Not Reaffirm Commitment To Fighting Climate Change At 2018 Summit [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => united-states-remains-member-g20-countries-not-reaffirm-commitment-fighting-climate-change-2018-summit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-08 18:09:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-08 18:09:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2702 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2693 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-11-17 23:16:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-17 23:16:36 [post_content] => On Thursday November 8, 2018 U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris temporarily halted the Keystone Pipeline project after it was determined the Trump Administration failed to properly study the impact of the project:

Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis "fell short of a 'hard look"' at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.  He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline's viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures.  In Thursday's ruling, Morris ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis before the project can move forward.

Morris also wrote in his ruling that the Trump Administration “simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change to support its course reversal.” [post_title] => Keystone Pipeline Project Temporarily Halted After Federal Judge Rules Trump Administration Did Not Properly Study Impact [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => keystone-pipeline-project-temporarily-halted-federal-judge-rules-trump-administration-not-properly-study-impact [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-17 23:16:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-17 23:16:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2693 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2680 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-27 12:14:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-27 12:14:13 [post_content] => "Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan. Many of the wells have not been capped, and federal officials estimate that the spill could continue through this century." Taylor Energy has at times denied the leak and made efforts to keep it secret.  "The spill was hidden for six years before environmental watchdog groups stumbled on oil slicks while monitoring the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster a few miles north of the Taylor site in 2010." Oil pipelines leak on average more than one time per day in the United States. The Trump Administration has proposed expanding offshore drilling areas to nearly all U.S. waters.     [post_title] => 300-700 Barrels Of Oil Per Day Leaking Off Coast Of Louisiana Since 2004 From A Single Site Owned By Taylor Energy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 300-700-barrels-oil-per-day-leaking-off-coast-louisiana-since-2004-single-site-owned-taylor-energy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-27 12:14:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-27 12:14:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2680 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2678 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-21 13:10:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-21 13:10:00 [post_content] => The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations issued a report on October 8, 2018 outlining the effects on global environments and ecosystems as global temperatures increase above pre-industrial levels.  The IPCC was established in response to the Paris Climate Agreement, which seeks to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” According to the report, "emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air."

The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2°C. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all (> 99 percent) would be lost with 2ºC.

Read the report here. [post_title] => United Nations Climate Change Panel Releases Report Stating Global Temperature Rise Of 1.5 Degrees Celsius Is Maximum Before "Irreversible Changes" To Global Ecosystems; Would Require 45% Reduction In Emissions By 2030 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => united-nations-climate-change-panel-releases-report-stating-global-temperature-rise-1-5-degrees-celsius-maximum-irreversible-changes-global-ecosystems-require-45-reduction [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-10 13:43:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-10 13:43:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2678 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2670 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-06 14:11:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-06 14:11:20 [post_content] => The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a letter to the White House on Friday September 28, 2018 arguing that rules limiting mercury emissions from coal fueled power plants should be loosened because much of the benefit is not directly from reducing mercury emissions but rather other harmful pollutants that are also reduced because of this rule ("co-benefits").

Under President Barack Obama, the EPA estimated that it would cost utilities $9.6 billion a year to comply with the new standards, while limiting mercury would translate into merely $6 million in public health benefits. But the EPA estimated at the time that the soot and nitrogen oxide reductions that would accompany cuts to mercury pollution would save between $37 billion to $90 billion in annual health costs and lost workdays by preventing as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks.

But under President Trump, the EPA has published proposals to loosen carbon dioxide limits on power plants, arguing that it was inappropriate to count “co-benefits” such as having less soot in the air. And in a proposed rollback last month of a rule aimed at curbing leaks of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas, the administration eliminated language in its analysis saying that children, elderly and the poor “are most vulnerable to climate-related health effects.”

In other words, "the current reconsideration may eliminate health benefits from reducing pollutants not directly covered by the rule, making it much more difficult for the EPA to justify the costs of requiring further emissions reductions." [post_title] => EPA Argues Loosening Rules Limiting Mercury Emissions From Coal Fueled Power Plants [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => epa-argues-loosening-rules-limiting-mercury-emissions-coal-fueled-power-plants [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-06 14:14:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-06 14:14:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2670 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2780 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-31 13:04:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-31 13:04:22 [post_content] => Global energy demand increased 2.3% in 2018, the largest increase in 10 years.  Nearly 70% of that increase in demand was filled with fossel fuels. Greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.7% in 2018, the largest increase since 2013. "Coal-fired power plants were the single largest contributor to the growth in emissions observed in 2018, with an increase of 2.9%."  Coal [power plants account for 30% of all energy related greenhouse gas emissions. Read the full International Energy Agency report here. [post_title] => Global Energy Demand Increased 2.3% In 2018, Largest Increase In 10 Years; Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increased 1.7%, Largest Increase Since 2013 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => global-energy-demand-increased-2-3-in-2018-largest-increase-in-10-years-greenhouse-gas-emissions-increased-1-7-largest-increase-since-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-31 13:04:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-31 13:04:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2780 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 40 [max_num_pages] => 4 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 6534bf3f915acf18b10be51b4cc7f9b8 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) [paged] => 1 )
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