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Persecuted gold mining hobbyist may be headed for U.S. Supreme Court

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Federal government, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Rinehart’s pastime came to a screeching halt on June 16, 2012 — on Father’s Day. That’s when state authorities literally stopped Rinehart in midstream and charged him with a crime under a 2009 state law that bans suction dredge mining.

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Vermont’s 90 percent renewable energy goal to cost $33 billion by 2050

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Commentary, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Vermont’s goal of attaining 90 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050 would require capital investments of at least $33.3 billion during the 2017-2050 period — far more than what the near-zero-growth state economy can afford.

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Vermont cap-and-trade bill looks a lot like a carbon tax, observers say

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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An energy cap-and-trade bill introduced in the Vermont Senate could potentially add costs to all forms of non-renewable, carbon-based energy in the state. Industry watchers say the bill looks a lot like a carbon tax.

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Divestment report: Climate politics hurts pension fund returns

By   /  February 10, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

A study conducted for the Vermont Pension Investment Committee gives fresh ammunition to opponents of divestment from oil and gas in state pension funds.

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Why the Kemper Project clean coal power plant can’t get started

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Kemper Project clean coal power plant is beset with issues that have caused its operational date to be pushed back again and again.

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Senate bill aims to turn Shumlin’s green-energy goal into mandate

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Former Gov. Peter Shumlin envisioned that one day Vermont would get 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources while cutting consumption by a third. Now lawmakers in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee want to make that vision the law.

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