"June 12 News: TransCanada Gets Aggressive On Keystone, Targets Critics"
TransCanada is going on the offensive now by attacking those pointing out the consequences of burning tons of fossil fuels transported by an unsafe pipeline that will only create 35 permanent jobs. [National Journal]
Faced with formidable opposition from environmentalists, TransCanada is redoubling its efforts to rebut claims made against its flagship project, the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline that the Canadian company is seeking President Obama’s permission to build from Alberta’s oil sands to the Gulf Coast.
This month, the company hired Matthew John as an “external communications specialist” to help feed its blog. On Monday, John wrote a particularly critical 1,400-word post responding to claims made by Tom Steyer, a billionaire venture capitalist who has become especially active opposing the pipeline in the past several months.
“Mr. Steyer continues to peddle the false dichotomy between fossil fuels and renewable energy in an attempt to stifle a pragmatic, fact-based debate,” John wrote in one of his first posts on the company’s website.
Since the company’s blog was launched last fall, about 60 entries have been posted, and almost all of them — save for a very small handful, including Monday’s entry — are positive in nature. Monday’s comments are a sign that TransCanada is ready to do some criticizing of its own.
A new study says Europe’s coal pollution costs businesses and governments billions, along with 22,300 premature deaths a year. [Guardian]
President Obama’s top climate adviser Heather Zichal said that following the agreement with China about HFCs, “we’re ripe for a few more deliverables” on the international climate agenda. [The Hill]
Chevron’s CEO said that fracking raises “legitimate concerns” over safety and environmental impacts. [LA Times]
Robert Redford urges President Obama to have the “courage of his convictions” on climate change in a new ad from the NRDC. [Washington Post]
A new bill by the House GOP would take money out of climate research funding in order to shore up spending on weather forecasting. [The Hill]
The coal lobby admitted that the “War on Coal” strategy for the 2012 election did not resonate with voters. [Huffington Post]
Interior’s Inspector General thinks the department may have underpriced priced leases for coal mining on federal lands. [Reuters]
Flooding in Germany will cost the insurance industry 3 billion Euros, and could go up to 12 billion, according to Fitch Ratings. [The Guardian]
Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that Michigan can’t discriminate against renewable power that comes from outside Michigan, a decision that could change “the entire renewables game.” [Greenwire]
Meanwhile, new legislation would ban offshore wind in Michigan and stop any proposed research in the Great Lakes that border the state. [Michigan Public Radio]
Is Art Pope the third Koch brother from North Carolina, using millions to swing state legislature races and taking over the governor’s mansion. [Washington Post]
Wildfires in Colorado have destroyed 40 to 60 homes, and forced the evacuation of about 2,300 homes and 900 prisoners. [Star Tribune]
High concentrations of carbon in Arctic permafrost are in danger of melting and seriously upsetting the carbon balance, which has NASA scientists worried. [The Verge]
Last week, Senator Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman met with Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff to coordinate strategy on climate mitigation. [The Hill]
In May, nearly a quarter of Virginia-based utility Dominion shareholders voted to make the company report the financial risks of climate change to investors. [Inside Climate News]
China’s coal producers and power producers are battling over a proposed ban on imports of coal with low heat value into the country. [Financial Times]
U.S. solar power grew by 723 megawatts between January and March, a 33 percent increase over the growth in the same period in 2012. [Politico]