Obama Admin. Boosts Fuel Economy Standard

The average car fuel economy will nearly double by 2025 to almost 55 miles per gallon, President Obama announced July 29 in a White House gathering that included both auto company executives and UAW representatives.The President said that higher fuel efficiency standards is part of his energy policy which aims to decrease dependence on oil, to help Americans save money on gas, and to reduce pollution caused by auto emissions.The rise in fuel efficiency standards will mean big savings at the pump, the President said.

China Approves Plan for Energy "Golden Zone"

The central government has approved plans for an energy industry “golden zone” linking Shaanxi province and the autonomous regions of Ningxia Hui and Inner Mongolia in northwestern China, said an autonomous region official on Wednesday.

Stand Up for Clean Air, NAACP Report Urges

America is addicted to coal, and that addiction is killing poor people and people of color, according to a new report published by the NAACP and other environmental justice organizations.Sulfur dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions from 431 coal plants across the country, the report, titled "Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People," causes 30,000 premature deaths and tens of thousands incidents of chronic respiratory health problems like asthma, bronchitis and lung cancer each year.

Recycling Nuclear Waste?

EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine  Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t we reprocess and re-use our nuclear waste like France does? Would it be possible for us to start doing so?     -- Albert Jukowsky, Silver Spring, MD

Georgia PSC Can't Silence Nuclear Power Debate

Original source: The Atlanta Progressive News

The Meaning of Blair Mountain

The Battle of Blair Mountain, in Logan County, West Virginia was the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War. For five days in late August and early September 1921 15,000 miners confronted an army of police and strikebreakers backed by coal operators during a struggle by the miners for the right to collectively bargain and to end horrendous working conditions and poverty in the southwestern West Virginia coalfields.

Japan: Labor Movement Calls for Shift Away from Nukes

Japan's national labor federation, the National Confederation of Trade Unions, or Zenroren, recently released a draft proposal calling on the Japanese government to abandon nuclear energy and to shift to natural, renewable energy resources.