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Canada announced last week that it will be issuing new standards that will require both new and aging energy plants to meet the same stringent greenhouse-gas emissions standard.
“Our regulation will be very clear,” Environment Minister Jim Prentice said at a press conference. “When each coal-burning unit reaches the end of its economic life, it will have to meet the new standards or close down. No trading, no offsets, no credits.”
Canada has 55 coal-burning energy plants. By 2025, 33 of these facilities will have reached the end of their economic lives. They will need to make costly upgrades to meet the anticipated new standards or be forced to shut down.
The new regulations are expected to become effective on July 1, 2015, according to an Environment Canada press release. Draft regulations should be issued early next year.
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Development of the Marcellus Shale gas formation has followed similar lines to all resource extraction stories throughout the nation’s history.
There are substantial economic benefits, but also substantial environmental costs. Companies engaged in the extraction work bolster the local economy but not always in accordance with local cultural and behavioral standards. Some people profit and some people suffer losses through affected property values.
This is also the case with the Marcellus Shale development. Yet there is also a consensus that the gas can be extracted in a way that boosts the economy without devastating the environment. The problem is that the political debate has been driven from the ends to the spectrum rather than the middle.
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The President’s Cancer Panel has concluded that the role played by synthetic chemicals in the human environment in causing cancer has been “grossly underestimated.” The Panel urged President Barak Obama to use the power of his office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air.
Margret Kripke, an immunologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center who was a member on the panel, said past research showed environmental sources were responsible for only 6 percent of cancers. Kripke explained, however, that the finding was made in 1981 and the panel is “convinced that is very out of date.” She adds that there are many more chemicals in the environment today than there were 30 years ago.
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Local environment officials throughout the Gulf are collecting samples of water, sediment and marine animal tissue. The data is being collected for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, which is the federal process for determining the extent of the damage of the spill, the amount of money owed, and how it should be spent to restore the environment. The data will also likely be used in civil suits.
Since hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, some are questioning the potential conflicts of interest arising from BP’s role in every aspect of the aftermath of the spill.
One source of doubt is the independence of the Texas lab, which officials have chosen to process virtually all of the samples, is part of an oil and gas services company that counts oil firms, including BP, among its biggest clients.
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