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  • Obama's Climate Agreement With China Just Might Save the World
    President Obama's deal with China to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions may go down as one of his lasting legacies once everything is said and done with his Administration. The deal, which was announced at a joint press conference, set far reaching goals of reducing carbon emissions that surprised most everyone over how much the two countries agreed to cut.
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  • The Supreme Court dealt President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda a major setback on Monday, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency had erred in writing its 2012 limits on mercury pollution from power plants. The decision could also alter the administration’s strategy for rolling out an even grander environmental initiative — EPA’s first-ever regulations on power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, which had been expected later this summer. Monday’s ruling capped a session that delivered mixed signals regarding how the court will judge the inevitable challenge to that landmark climate rule.
  • The reaction from conservatives and Republicans to the Obama administration’s climate deal with China has been damn near unanimous: Barack Obama is escalating his job-killing “war on coal.” “That loud bang heard in the wee hours today was President Obama’s most recent broadside in the administration’s war on coal,” reported Fox News. “Our economy can’t take the president’s ideological War on Coal that will increase the squeeze on middle-class families and struggling miners,” said Mitch McConnell. “President Obama announced a new chapter in the war on coal in his so-called deal with China yesterday,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show.
  • A disaster at a West Virginia coal mine with a history of violations killed two men who were engaged in "retreat mining," a process that an expert Tuesday called "the most dangerous type of [coal] mining you can do."
  • Apr 29 2014
    EPA Hails Big Victory At Supreme Court
    It's not every day that environmentalists notch up a victory in the modern Supreme Court, but that's what happened Tuesday in a 6-2 decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to crack down on coal pollution that moves across state lines.
  • An investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity found federal regulators and the mining industry are failing to protect miners from the excessive toxic coal mine dust that causes black lung. The disease is now being diagnosed in younger miners and evolving more quickly to complicated stages.