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Keystone's Next Steps: Today's Top Reads

Here are today's top reads:

  • The big business of global warming (Time)
  • Keystone foe Steyer says flaws in pipeline report require review (Bloomberg)
  • Legal hemp cultivation gets boost from pending farm bill (Wall Street Journal)
  • Train full of hazardous materials derails near Mississippi mobile home park (Climate Progress)
  • This is not the Keystone decision that you think it is (Bloomberg)
  • Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst (New York Times)
  • Air pollution in Asia intensifies cyclones (Japan Times)
  • Keystone has Obama trapped in his own 5 percent (Bloomberg)
  • Method of study is criticized in group's health policy tests (New York Times)
  • Earth vs. the Super Bowl: America's high holiday of waste, by the numbers (Salon)

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Property Owners Threaten Second Suit Over Delay on Fracking Study

Property Owners Threaten Second Suit Over New York's Delay

Bloomberg BNA – A coalition of property owners announced Jan. 31 that it will sue New York state over its delay in issuing a long-awaited environmental impact statement on hydraulic fracturing unless the state provides a reasonable timeline by Feb. 13 for finalizing the process.

The lawsuit would be the second of its kind to compel the Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on fracking.

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Keystone Has Obama Trapped in His Own 5 Percent

Obama and Judge Roberts

President Obama has talked himself into a bind on the Keystone pipeline, which environmentalists turned into a litmus test for his commitment to fighting climate change. He might look for counsel to his own words, in 2005, arguing against the confirmation of John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Obama took the Senate floor on Sept. 22 to discuss President George W. Bush's nomination of Roberts. A senator for less than a year -- and looking more than eight years younger than he looks today -- Obama opened with his credentials: a decade as constitutional law professor at University of Chicago Law School and an active lawyer on the federal appeals circuit.

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This Is Not the Keystone Decision That You Think It Is

This Is Not the Keystone Decision That You Think It Is

The U.S. State Department released its long-awaited report on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would connect the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico. If you think it’s time to break out the shovels, this is not the Keystone decision that you think it is.

The environmental impact study says the pipeline won’t greatly boost oil-sands production or have a significant climate impact. The report calls for additional safety measures to prevent and deal with spills, but it’s generally being received as a thumbs up for the project. Whether you find yourself disappointed or delighted, the Keystone fight is far from over. Here are three of the biggest hurdles that remain:

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Foundations Launch Campaign to Divest From Fossil Fuels

17 Foundations Launch Campaign to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Bloomberg BNA – A coalition of 17 foundations, representing almost $1.8 billion in investment, plans to divest from fossil fuel companies in its portfolios and invest more in clean energy, leaders of the effort said Jan. 30.

The Wallace Global Fund, the Ben & Jerry's Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America and others hope their “historic step,” the first divestment campaign led by a group of foundations, will encourage other philanthropies to follow suit.

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Wishful Climate Thinking: Today’s Top Reads

Here are today's top reads:

  • Enlightened power: New eco warriors are really well armed (The Grid)
  • With energy, little is black or white. Here come the grey hats (The Grid)
  • Foundations band together to get rid of fossil-fuel investments (DealBook)
  • Snowden docs: U.S. spied on negotiators at 2009 climate summit (Huffington Post)
  • Migration of monarch butterflies shrinks again under inhospitable conditions (NY Times)
  • Asian cities most at risk of extreme weather (CNBC)
  • Teachers oppose bill challenging mainstream science (Washington Post)
  • Keystone foes say two pipelines are worse than one (Bloomberg)
  • Global warming continues and won't be stopped by wishful thinking (Guardian)
  • Renewables finance for 2014: Where will the cash flow? (Renewable Energy World)

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BHP Billiton Ltd.

Everyone seems to play together so nicely these days.

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton teamed up with two major environmental groups to preserve a 125,000-acre biodiversity "hotspot" in Chile, where the world's biggest woodpeckers live among the world's smallest deer.

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Enlightened Power: New Eco Warriors Are Really Well Armed

The U.S. Military Wants to Be Greener Than Europe

Windmill-hugging Europeans announced a plan last week to get 27 percent of their energy from renewables by 2030. If they don’t watch out, they may soon be upstaged by an unlikely eco warrior: the U.S. military.

U.S. armed forces have a target that’s similar to Europe’s -- 25 percent renewables -- but is on track to meet it five years sooner. Europe’s plan took a lot of heat last week for being unenforceable. By contrast, U.S. military goals aren’t just aspirational; they’re law. This comparison isn’t to poke another finger at the EU proposal. Instead, it shows just how ambitious the U.S. military’s quest for renewables has become.

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'Climate Change Is a Fact': Today's Top Reads

  • Popular flood insurance law is target of both political parties (NY Times)
  • California farms going thirsty as drought burns $5 billion hole (Bloomberg)
  • Obama Vows More Executive Action on High-Tech Manufacturing, Climate (Scientific American)
  • Obama doubles down on climate (Climate Desk)
  • Branson's butanol heading to U.S. as ethanol substituted (Bloomberg)
  • The 1969 oil spill that launched the modern environmental movement (Atlantic Cities)
  • State of green business: Chemical transparency creates a window of opportunity (GreenBiz)
  • Public support for fracking in Britain fall for a second time (Guardian)
  • 2014: The year for a smart carbon tax (Just Means)

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State of the Climate Union: Today’s Top Reads

Here are today's top reads:

  • Obama urged to act alone on climate if Congress unwilling to pass legislation (Bloomberg)
  • Genetic weapon against insects raises hope and fear in farming (NY Times)
  • Keystone opponents use rail constraints to urge rejection (Bloomberg)
  • DDT pesticide linked to Alzheimer's (BBC)
  • Norway's sovereign fund halves coal exposure (Reuters)
  • Kenyan energy bonanza fans violence in arid northern region (Bloomberg)
  • This enormous Moscow park used to be a four-lane highway (Fast Company)
  • The year in weather like never seen before (Climate Central)
  • FEMA: Caught between climate change and Congress (InsideClimate News)
  • The wrongful death suit that could finally define Uber (Atlantic)

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Nations and companies face rising competition for strategic resources — energy, food, water, materials — and the technologies that make best use of them. That's sustainability. It's about the 21st-century race for wealth, health and long-term security, across the global grid.

Analyses or commentary in this blog are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloomberg News.

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Tom Randall, Deputy Editor
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