Archive: March, 2012

General Motors decides climate change is real, pulls support from Heartland Institute – Huffington Post, March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012 By Sharon Silke Carty After getting called out by an environmental group, General Motors has pulled support from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit well-known for attacking the science behind global warming and climate change. The automaker told the Heartland Institute last week that it won't be making further donations, spokesman Greg Martin said. At a speech earlier this month, GM CEO Dan Akerson said his company is running its business under the assumption that climate change is real. “We applaud GM's...
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Study: 20 jobs from Keystone XL – United Press International, March 20, 2012

March 22, 2012 ITHACA, N.Y -- Around 20 permanent jobs are expected to be tied to the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline, a study from Cornell University found. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada aims to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline to carry so-called tar sands oil from Alberta province to refineries along the southern U.S. coast. The pipeline has become politicized, with Republican backers touting its employment and energy security benefits. The White House denied a permit for TransCanada after lawmakers in Nebraska objected to...
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Groups call for comprehensive review of coal exports – March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012
By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- A permit application made today for a huge coal shipping facility near Bellingham, Wash., has repercussions that will be felt by communities across Montana. SSA Marine submitted an application to build a facility capable of exporting 48 million tons of Powder River Basin coal per year from Montana and Wyoming to Asia. Community and environmental leaders across the Northwest are calling on decision-makers and agencies leading the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to study...
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Who pays cost of coal trains? – Billings Outpost, March 15, 2012

March 19, 2012 By WILBUR WOOD Fifteen trains a day, on average, rolled through Billings last year. If a passing train has interrupted your journey as you drove, bicycled or walked toward the tracks on 27th, 28th or 29th Streets North, downtown, you realize that this annoyance could turn to disaster if you were doing something like driving an ambulance from the south side of the tracks to reach one of the hospitals on the north side. Now picture up to 40 more trains...
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Conference looks at impact of coal trains on downtown Billings – Billings Gazette, March 10, 2012

March 14, 2012 By ED KEMMICK Marion Dozier had a sobering message for people attending a conference Friday on the impact of coal-train traffic on downtown Billings. Dozier said the group she headed -- the Over, Under or Around the Railroad Tracks Committee -- disbanded in 2008 after 10 years of hard, mostly disappointing labor. "It's just a daunting process, so I wish you all the luck in the world," she said. The conference in the Montana State University Billings ballroom was organized by the Yellowstone Valley...
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