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the biomass industry's hollow self-regulatory scheme has been exposed as a smoke


var icx_publication_id = 18566; var icx_content_id = '1079527'; click here for reuse options! if we want clean air and a livable planet, cutting down trees for fuel is one of the most counterproductive things we can do. standing forests are a critical tool in the fight against climate change. cutting trees down to use as fuel in energy production—known as biomass energy or bioenergy—is one of the most counterproductive things we can do if our goal is clean air and a livable planet.despite this reality, policymakers around the world have invested heavily in bioenergy. nowhere is this more true than in the european union, where bioenergy policies in the u.k. and other member states enable billions in subsidies each year to flow to the balance sheets of large utility companies,






discomforts in the air start with wall street’s push for profit


relentless pressure on corporate america is creating an increasingly dickensian experience for many consumers as companies focus on maximizing profit. and nowhere is the trend as stark as in the airline industry.






new law allows much of minnesota's biomass industry to be shut down


environmentalists, loggers upset over the law that helps xcel energy.






oregon company sweeps to win in vail valley biomass plant lawsuit


a federal court jury ruled monday that the owners of gypsum’s biomass plant failed to pay the company that built it.






new law allows much of minnesota's biomass industry to be shut down


a new state energy law changes commitments made as part of the deal to expand nuclear waste storage at prairie island






temperate rain forests / trees of life


rain forests aren't found only in the tropics. temperate rain forests, located as far north as alaska and norway, have less diversity than their tropical relatives, but far more living matter.






epa head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’


sycamore, pa. (ap) — environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt has told workers at the nation’s largest underground coal mining complex the “regulatory assault” on the coal industry is over. he was referring to tightened regulatory standards under former president barack obama that are being rolled back by president donald trump under an executive order […]






consultant charged in scheme to trade us secrets for profit


a washington consultant is among five people charged in a scheme to convert government secrets into hedge fund profits.






trump tax cuts could boost profit $12 billion at big u.s. banks


the six largest u.s. banks could see annual profit jump by an average of 14 percent if president donald trump delivers on his promise to cut corporate taxes.






study: bird population in vermont forests drop 14.2 percent


the bird population in vermont's forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, scientists with the vermont center for ecostudies say.






fox makes it official: ‘sleepy hollow’ canceled after season 4


there will not be another last-minute reprieve for sleepy hollow as fox has canceled the supernatural drama series after four seasons. sleepy hollow, inspired by washington irving’s story, had been heavily on the bubble for a second straight year. last year, it eventually was renewed for a fourth season, which marked a new chapter for the […]






gypsum’s condemnation of biomass plant acreage along eagle river overturned by d


an eagle county district court has rejected the town of gypsum’s condemnation of land next to the eagle river owned by a biomass plant operator, saying the town failed to follow its own rules for publicly announcing its eminent domain plans.






the average distance from any point in the nation to the nearest forest has incr


over several decades in the past century, city populations swelled as americans moved away from rural forests. now the forests are moving farther away from americans.






study: bird population in vermont forests drop 14.2 percent


montpelier, vt. (ap) — the bird population in vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, scientists with the vermont center for ecostudies say. the norwich-based environmental research group says other factors for the decline include acid […]






pizarro: animal sculptures migrate back to happy hollow


"another world," a collection of bronze sculptures, has returned to happy hollow park & zoo's plaza.






nj candidate for governor: for-profit prisons are how us gets away with keeping


a candidate for new jersey governor said this week that corporate for-profit prisons are how the united states maintains its legacy of slavery without consequence or censure from the rest of the world. according to salon.com, 2017 democratic gubernatorial candidate bill brennan — a retired fir...






widow of slayed racine man wants ban of hollow-point bullets


a southeast wisconsin woman whose husband was killed while delivering food wants to pursue a ban on the hollow-point bullets that police say contributed to his death.






for-profit colleges like devry find ally in trump administration


it may be too late for shuttered corinthian colleges, itt technical institute or even trump university, but wall street is betting the potential rollback of obama-era initiatives to hold for-profit colleges accountable may lead to a resurgence of the beleaguered industry. rebounding from what some...






to keep oil and gas sector strong, keep standards high


in fact, the oil and gas industry has undergone an unprecedented period of growth and prosperity despite supposedly ruinous regulatory policies.






topless bans aim to protect, but some question who needs protecting


to hear some lawmakers tell it, the female breast exposed in public has the power to destroy the moral fabric of the nation. that's a lot of destructive power for a body part.






targeted by obama, devry and other for-profit colleges rebounding under trump


it may be too late for shuttered corinthian colleges, itt technical institute or even trump university, but wall street is betting the potential rollback of obama-era initiatives to hold for-profit colleges accountable may lead to a resurgence of the beleaguered industry. rebounding from what some...






targeted by obama, devry and other for-profit colleges rebounding under trump


it may be too late for shuttered corinthian colleges, itt technical institute or even trump university, but wall street is betting the potential rollback of obama-era initiatives to hold for-profit colleges accountable may lead to a resurgence of the beleaguered industry.rebounding from what some...






gm is motoring, spikes 34 pct on us truck, suv sales


detroit (ap) — rising sales of high-profit trucks and suvs in the u.s. helped push general motors to a first-quarter profit record as the company put up a $2.6 billion in net income. the company’s sales in its most lucrative market were up even though the overall industry was down from january through march. that […]






los angeles may finally get cannabis right, and help minorities get a stake in t


after years of barely controlled chaos, los angeles voters will have the opportunity on march 7 to finally harness the city’s unruly cannabis industry. proposition m will give the city council authority to regulate, tax and create an enforcement scheme for medical and recreational marijuana. many...






thinning of forests aims to reduce fire risk in central cascades


the nature conservancy is selectively logging dry forests as part of a long-term plan to make privately owned forestland more resilient to fire, disease and climate change.






three tours coming to deer hollow farm


deer hollow farm’s annual farm tours begin march 11 at the historic farm located within rancho san antonio county park near cupertino and los altos hills.






gm keeps profit forecast as us sales slow, inventories rise


detroit (ap) — general motors is holding to its 2017 profit forecast despite some headwinds in the key u.s. market. used car prices are falling, u.s. sales are off to a slow start and car inventories are rising, all which can help cut into profits. chief financial officer chuck stevens tells industry analysts that gm […]






mountain valley review finds limited environmental impacts


richmond, va. (ap) — federal regulators say a proposed pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas for 300 miles across west virginia and virginia would have “significant” impacts on forests. but they say other adverse effects would be limited. the final environmental impact statement of the federal energy regulatory commission is largely favorable for developers […]






delta makes another big profit-sharing payout; msp workers average $11,500 bonus


the payout is smaller than last year’s record but still among the best in corporate america.






house gop's corporate tax scheme has its republican skeptics


house republicans face opposition to their plan to overhaul the way corporations pay federal taxes from a powerful group of lawmakers — other republicans.






it’s not your imagination. more trees than ever are standing dead in colorado fo


one in 14 trees are dead in colorado forests and over the past seven years, the number of gray-brown standing-dead trees increased 30 percent to about 834 million, according to the state's annual forest survey.






university of california officials will ask judge to halt alleged health fraud s


the university of california is alleging that it’s uncovered a scheme that targeted hundreds of students through its student healthcare plan and cost the uc almost $12 million. in a complaint filed thursday in los angeles county superior court, the uc said the scheme used information from more...






epa: research scientists, not corporate leaders


i am an intelligent person, and my president insults my intelligence every day. recently it was dismissing scientists from an environmental protection agency scientific review board while considering replacing them with industry leaders. the whole reason for an epa is that our environment had been sacrificed by industry, and we discovered that a dirty environment is bad […]






mountain valley review finds limited environmental impacts


richmond, va. (ap) — a 303-mile pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas across west virginia and virginia would have “significant” impacts on forests but other adverse effects would be limited, federal regulators said friday. the federal energy regulatory commission’s final environmental impact statement is largely favorable for developers of the $3.5 billion mountain valley […]






slow start won't hurt race for local buyout deals


the pace of corporate mergers and acquisitions is expected to be brisk this year, but some chicago-based marquee deals are slowing down the action. a couple of significant area transactions are stuck in the muck, snagged by regulatory or marketplace complications. among those in waiting: the walgreens...






report reveals details of $21 billion money laundering plan


a group of anti-corruption reporters who in 2014 exposed a criminal scheme to move large sums of money out of russia say they've uncovered details about how the system worked, including the transfer of $21 billion through major banks.






‘sleepy hollow’ season 4 ratings dip again, season 5 renewal is unlikely


fox revamped sleepy hollow for season 4, but has yielded horrible results, putting the show’s future at risk as ratings dropped to disturbing lows. tom mison’s ichabod crane has landed in washington d.c. with lyndie greenwood as the only regular character to remain from the first three seasons. a new cast of young characters has […]






pat tillman’s widow slams trump’s travel ban: ‘this is not what he died for’


marie tillman, the widow of the late army ranger and former nfl player pat tillman, has taken a stance against president donald trump’s travel ban for citizens of seven different muslim-majority countries. mediaite notes that marie tillman over the weekend wrote a facebook post expressing her ...