News for 2010-09-15

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
World Bank Invests Record Sums in Coal
Record sums were invested last year in coal power - the most carbon intensive form of energy on the planet - by the World Bank, despite international commitments to slash the carbon emissions blamed for climate change. The World Bank said this week that a total of US$3.4bn (£2.2bn) - or a quarter...
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US Says Idle Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Must Be Plugged
The US is set to require oil companies to plug 3,500 non-producing Gulf of Mexico oil wells in an effort to prevent future leaks, officials say. The interior department will also require companies to dismantle 650 unused oil and gas platforms. Some installations have sat idle for decades without...
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Corporations Ain't People: A Musical Protest
When Target spent $150,000 to support a Minnesota politician who favors of anti-gay legislation, thousands of people decided to boycott the big-box chain. But instead of simply shopping elsewhere, these activists turned to the popular musical-style TV show, GLEE , for inspiration. With choreography...
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Doubling of SOF Night Raids Backfired in Kandahar
WASHINGTON - During a round of media interviews last month, Gen. David Petraeus released totals for the alleged results of nearly 3,000 "night raids" by Special Operations Forces (SOF) units over the 90 days from May through July: 365 "insurgent leaders" killed or captured, 1,355 Taliban "rank and...
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CODEPINK Citizen Arrest of Karl Rove in DC
On September 14, Karl Rove was speaking in Washington DC at a luncheon for the American College of Cardiology. When Rove started his speech, CODEPINK burst into the luncheon room. With handcuffs raised, they called for a citizen's arrest and read the charges against him.
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Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell 'Appalled' by State's Tracking of Activists
HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell said Tuesday that he was "appalled" and "embarrassed" that his administration's Office of Homeland Security has been tracking and circulating information about legitimate protests by activist groups that do not pose a threat to public safety. Rendell said he did not know...
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Tea Party Gains in US Primaries
A conservative "Tea Party" favourite has won the Republican senate primary in the US state of Delaware, in a major upset to the Republican party's chances to recapture the US Senate in the upcoming November elections. Christine O'Donnell defeated Mike Castle, a nine-term Republican representative,...
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Arctic Warms, Sea Ice Shrinks, Extinction Risk Grows
SAN FRANCISCO, California - From foxes to whales to walruses to plankton, Arctic species are being pushed toward extinction by rapid climate change, finds a new report by two conservation groups. In a report released Monday, the Center for Biological Diversity and Care for the Wild International...
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US May File Civil Complaint Against BP Over Gulf Spill
WASHINGTON - The US government has said in a Louisiana court it is considering filing a civil complaint against BP under the Clean Water Act to claim 1,100 dollars for each barrel of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. If the US administration can prove BP engaged in gross negligence or willful...
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Vegas Drone Trial Makes History
Fourteen anti-war activists may have made history today in a Las Vegas courtroom when they turned a misdemeanor trespassing trial into a possible referendum on America’s newfound taste for remote-controlled warfare. The so-called Creech 14, a group of peace activists from across the country, went...
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Bill Maher Returns and He's Not Impressed with the Summer of 2010
Bill Maher recaps the summer of 2010 in the first "Real Time" broadcast since the show's summer hiatus. In the clip sent exclusively to the Huffington Post in advance of Maher's Sept. 17 return, the comedian observes the "amazing advances in the field of racism" that dominated the season. From...
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Riots Over Food Price Hikes in Mozambique
Mozambique's reputation as an African success story was badly tarnished at the beginning of this month when riots left more than a dozen people dead, and several hundreds injured. They were triggered by the government raising the price of bread, water and electricity. Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips...
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Thousands Protest in Afghanistan
Police fired into the air in an attempt to disperse demonstrators on the biggest protests since unrest erupted last week over plans by a US pastor to burn the Koran. The pastor has since suspended the plan. "There are more than 10,000 of the demonstrators and some of them are waving the Taliban...
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