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14 December 2012, 5:39 PM
Earthjustice set to make 2013 the year to powerfully engage climate change

Earthjustice has just won two major victories over fossil fuels that strengthen our resolve to make 2013 the year America turns from these dirtiest of energy sources and moves towards a clean energy future—the only real solution to climate change.

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency reacted to Earthjustice legal action by adopting drastic limits on the amount of soot poured out from coal-fired power plants and tailpipes. This powerful achievement will save thousands of lives a year and slow climate change by reducing pollution that accelerates sea ice melt.

And, a few weeks ago, we learned that the Danskammer coal-fired power plant, one of New York’s dirtiest polluters, will be retired and torn down. Recent Earthjustice legal action helped bring about this happy outcome, aided by flooding from superstorm Sandy, a storm made fiercer by the climate-changing emissions from coal power plants like this one.

But we aren’t basing our climate change plan on more poetic justice. Our plan for tackling climate change is based on the kind of justice we had great success in achieving this year through the courts and the political system.

In 2012, even as most of our leaders dodged or denied the climate change issue, we were busy tackling it from many angles—reducing carbon emissions by securing national air pollution regulations that clean up or phase out dirty plants and then defending these innovations in court when they are attacked by the polluters. And, as we were shutting down carbon pollution sources like Danskammer, we simultaneously opened new paths for a clean energy future by using the power of the law to advance clean energy programs in California, Hawaiʻi and across the country.

In 2013, we will continue to fight climate change by building upon these victories. Across the country and around the world, we are pushing state and regional clean energy strategies; reducing extra-potent climate causes like black carbon and methane; and pressing for carbon reduction requirements for power plants and other major sources. And, because climate change touches almost every aspect of Earthjustice’s work, we’ll continue to defend and protect our core issues like protecting and preserving wildlife and wild places.

Most critically, we’ll continue to defend the right of all people, including future generations, to a clean and healthy environment: a fundamental human right that climate change threatens. In doing so, we expect to be fighting the same forces—coal, oil and gas industries—that in 2012 made the House of Representatives the most anti-environmental in history.

Fortunately, we have America on our side. The same superstorm that helped bring a power plant to its knees also helped bring the nation to its senses. Two-thirds of the public are now demanding action on climate change—and, with your continuing support, we will make that happen.

If anyone wants to know the truth, why get your information from Earth Justice? There are official government agencies that keep great data on all aspects of oil and gas operations. For example the EPA has great studies on the Greenhouse gases showing that the U.S. met the Kyoto protocol standards for CO2 emissions and we are producing the lowest levels of CO2 since 1992. They credit the success to switching from coal to natural gas. For air quality go to the various state departments of Health and Safety. For example, The CDPH&E shows that air quality across the state of Colorado is at the cleanest its been since they started testing. For fracking information, go to the various regulatory agencies responsible for policing the oil and gas industry, they will tell you fracking is safe and proposes no significant health and safety issues, including ground water contamination and fracking chemicals used.

There's no reason to rely on organizations that promote their own best interests, when impartial scientific organizations are out there that allow you to come to your own conclusion.

Great affort...I hope you'lle be sccessfull! But what about the fracing offensive in the USA? In europe it looks like the USA are regarding gas as the new "green" fuel.

Maybe you're interested in our page www.green-and-energy.com

Thank you for all Earth Justice has done to create a safer, healthier environment by fighting dirty coal, dirty oil (fromTar Sands, etc.), and methane releases from fracking, leaking pipelines, accidents, etc. Please look at the impact of storms like Sandy, hurricanes and earthquakes when gas lines rupture, causing huge methane releases into the atmosphere. Due to Sandy, two towns in NJ reported more than 1,600 gas leaks, one (Manteloking) had a fire caused by the gas coming from ruptured lines and the fire in Brick, NJ may have been caused by the same problem.. Some of these lines can't be repaired and people are without heat until new lines can be installed. Please insist on automatic shut-off valves (when pressure suddenly drops) in large transit pipelines like the one that created a huge fire in West Virginia this December. We applaud and are glad to support your efforts!

I'd like to echo the sentiments of Chris, on 12/16, that Earth Justice (and everyone else needs to start thinking beyond the effects of pollution on humankind and include all living animal and plant life as well. Every living organism on this earth deserves to not need to gasp for life.

Jill

Jill:
First let's start with human beings. We have a huge problem with emissions on humans and lots of opposition from energy companies, redneck WASP Coal Miners and perhaps other energy workers too.
With the above and excess breeding by the human race, maybe in 20/30 years we can think of other species.

we need to influence CHINA.

Amen to that! Right now, in Washington State, we have been trying to stop the massive amounts of coal trains that are on the verge of coming through the area on a regular basis; destination China. All this, before anyone is actually certain that there will be no environmental or health impacts. More people need to stand up!

It's a sad reality that it takes devastating storms and catastrophes to bring people to their senses. And yes, it is a "fundamental human right" that every person be entitled "to a clean and healthy environment"!

I agree with most of what you said, including the stuff about our fiat currency. But the amount of energy a person could provide would be nowhere near what's required to heat and power a home. No doubt, we'd all benefit greatly from the exercise. But you would need about 10 of the world's most elite bicycle athletes to all be going full bore at the same time to heat a house and they'd only be able to keep up that maximum output for about an hour.

However, solar power is coming down in cost so quickly and if fed and state governments will make the proper laws to promote it enough, maybe we can bring America out of the Dark Ages and begin to catch up to what Germany has already done, for example.

Dan

This is terrific news! I am delighted that our voices are being heard. Now we must look to those states that are failing to keep our trust.

We've supported Earthjustice since it was the Sierral Club .....etc.
Decomissioning coal fired boilers is fine if something else replaces our elictric power needs at a reasonable price.
So we have reduce the attacks on naturel gas, finish the pipeline from Canada and use it instead of gasoline.
No one talks abut nuclear power, the polis fears it and says NIMBY. It's the only soource that makes sence to me. It's emission free.l Legalize reprossing and store waste above ground like they do in other countries
After all,France gets 80 % of it 's electric power from nuclear reactors.

For all of you who think nuclear power or natural gas is the answer, please try and read up on the devastating affects they both cause on the planet and on humans! Japan's food and water is radioactive and will be for years after the Tsunami. All the refuse that is showing up in the West Coast waters is radioactive, and our sea life is also, proof in the testing they are doing on the plankton and squid and kelp here. Did you know that natural gas drilling's process of fracking requires MILLIONS of gallons of water that is filled with toxic chemicals and forced down into earth's core, and that is known that that water will eventually leach into our drinking water in the cities around those areas? Most importantly, did you know that right at this moment, there is enough solar energy available to tap into just in the U.S.(in 2 States alone)to provide enough power for our entire country? Did you know that the money is there for the technology that has already been designed, but that the oil and coal and gas industry lobbyists every year pay millions to our bureaucrats to prevent this development? IT IS AVAILABLE AND financially possible right now. It's just that they are pouring that same available money into the dirty energy. Please keep reading to educate yourself! The real truth is out there.

was Earthjustice the original Sierra Club?
The Sierra has changed for the worst the past few years.

Earthjustice evolved out of the Sierra Club during the battle over Mineral King in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It was established as an independent organization, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, in 1971. In 1997, Earthjustice was renamed to clear up confusion and restate its role as a law firm for the larger community.

Lear more here: http://earthjustice.org/about/our_history

We've supported Earthjustice since it was the Sierral Club .....etc.
Decomissioning coal fired boilers is fine if something else replaces our elictric power needs at a reasonable price.
So we have reduce the attacks on naturel gas, finish the pipeline from Canada and use it instead of gasoline.
No one talks abut nuclear power, the polis fears it and says NIMBY. It's the only soource that makes sence to me. It's emission free.l Legalize reprossing and store waste above ground like they do in other countries
After all,France gets 80 % of it 's electric power from nuclear reactors.

Congratulations to Earth Justice on promoting measures to eliminate coal-fired power plants!
I urge Earth Justice to add to its program promotion of building electrical generating plants deriving energy from liquid fluoride thorium reactors (LFTR--aka molten salt reactors). LFTR are safe, economical, and non-polluting. They can be built in modular units located near points of use of electricity, eliminating need for long transmission lines from wind and solar farms. With mass production, they will produce electricity cheaper than coal plants do. For more information go to www.thoriumenergyalliance.com

Thank you to EarthJustice for all of your hard work, and congratulations on these victories! Keep fighting the good fight! We, and the Planet, need you!

Terriffic news! God does work in mysterious and wonderful ways and prayer does work.
He has given us all minds to use and crusade to be good stewards of His creation. Thank you to everyone who "crusades" in whatever means they are able to. Peoples lives, childrens' futures and the Earth thanks you all.

Terriffic news! God does work in mysterious and wonderful ways and prayer does work.
He has given us all minds to use and crusade to be good stewards of His creation. Thank you to everyone who "crusades" in whatever means they are able to. Peoples lives, childrens' futures and the Earth thanks you all.

I noticed that in all of your grand plans mentioned in the above article, you never once mentioned the impact of America's flesh fixated diet on the environment. The use of animals for food is the largest threat to the earth's environment at this time. You also call a healthy environment a "fundamental human right". I find that statement is laking. A healthy environment is more that just a right for humans. It is a right for ALL who share this planet. I hope that in the future Earthjustice will wake up and become less speciesist and realize that humans are not the most important species on earth. I hope that in future articles you can include our nonhuman brothers and sisters as a reason to get it right. For if we don't get it right, we all die. We humans have made this mess and now we owe a debt to our nonhuman nieghbors to clean it up, to stop enslaving them and to stop eating them. We owe it to our nonhuman nieghbors to stop thinking of them as things and to start seeing them as individuals with feelings, families, desires of thier own, lives that should be theirs to live and rights that need to be respected just as much as any human's.

Without disaster,without threat,there are moments of quiet reflection when business and environment are not realized as enemies.We all need clean air and water to survive and there will always be a profit in production of a product yet filtering and cleaning up waste production of that production. Maximum profit has taken importance over environment ,yet kill the earth,kill your customer makes no logical sense but we continue .

When are were going to enforce epa rules on automobiles. People all over are removing there emissions equipment. And modifying there cars and trucks in several states. The states that do not have emissions inspections. Here in Missouri it is a huge problem. Were have state safty indpecyions only and too many times they mechanics look they other way. Next to us is kansas they do not have any kind of inspection.

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