The Largest Coal Mine in the Western U.S. is closing Decades Ahead of Schedule

The Navajo Generating Station is the seventh largest source of climate pollution in the country. When it closes in 2019, it will be because of economics—not regulation.

Despite Trump's promises to "bring back coal," it's unlikely that policy can make much of a difference. The market forces working against coal are huge primariy becasue of  the development of renewables. Wind and solar power are also so cheap now that it makes economic sense to continue to build new renewable power.

The Navajo Generating Station, 12 miles from the Grand Canyon near Page, Arizona, is the seventh largest individual source of climate pollution in the country, pumping out more than 14 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year. It's also a major source of air pollution for people living nearby; by some estimates, shutting it down will also save more than $127 million a year in health costs.

Coal also mines use a significant amount of clean water that would otherwise be used as drinking water. That 31,000 acre-feet of water is Navajo water, and for almost 50 years now, Navajos have not been able to use it.

The Navajo Nation and the Hopi tribe knew that the end was coming and are now forced to talk about a cleaner industry—for example, solar and wind . . . The transmission lines are already there.

Source: Co.Exist, by Adele Peters. Read complete article

Trump signs bill undoing Obama coal mining rule

This is not good for sportsman, fisherman, hunters and all other life forms

Blowing off a mountain top to extract coal is a common practice in the Eastern states coal mining areas

Outdoor recreational sports is huge part of our economy and plays a big part in our mental and physical well being.
They allow us to take roads less traveled and explore backcountry trails and waterways to places we've never heard of. They help us unwind, reconnect, refocus mentally and physically. Most people agree that our health is the most important thing we have, and without a healthy, clean environment there's no point worrying about whatever's next.
 

However, our new administration doesn't think so. They feel the environment is overrated and not as important as profits.

Poisoned stream near coal mine in West Virginia. Dead
Coal is the dirtiest, most toxic form of energy. Even a coal industry spokesman has come out and said, "coal is dead" and will not be coming back.

However, President Trump just signed legislation ending a key Obama administration coal mining rule. The bill quashes the Office of Surface Mining's Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste.
 

Last week, in our Alternatives Magazine Newsletter, we featured Woody Harrelson's' plan about how to get the attention of our politicians and mega corporations. He said in his video, "the minute we stop supportlng these companies and buying these products, all of the politicians and corporations will know that we have woken up to the truth and that we refuse to support their agenda." View >>

The massive outdoor recreation industry could play a big role in stopping this insanityWhat do you think? READ Trump Signing >>



 

Woody Harrelson Has A Message The Entire World Needs To Hear


I strongly believe that the majority of the human race would choose clean drinking water, natural farming practices, ethical treatment of animals, fair wages and labor practices, and green and sustainable products — any option which harms neither the planet nor the beings dwelling upon it — if they felt they had a choice in the matter.

The good news? You do have a choice. You have the ability to support and promote the type of world you want to live in, right now, at this moment. Every single time you spend money you are casting a vote for the type of world you want to live in.

A few weeks ago, Woody Harrelson released a video explaining just why we should support the products and companies which resonate with our values and the planet, using his significant celebrity to share this message with the general public — a message which many people might not have heard otherwise.

Here’s what Woody had to say…
A Message From Woody Harrelson

As he says in the video, there really is no good reason for why we keep choosing to buy many of the products we currently consume other than that they have been successfully marketed to us; advertising companies know how to create a demand for products that are harmful to ourselves and to the environment, how to convince us that we want and need them. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret… you don’t need those products! The more you opt out of purchasing harmful products, the more big corporations will be forced to either adapt to what the people want by providing safer products or go out of business, plain and simple.

It’s Time To Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Admittedly, the safer, greener, more sustainable products are generally more expensive, but that is simply because there is less demand for these products right now, and so they are still produced on a much smaller scale. The more people choose the safer alternatives, the cheaper these products will become. Even better, you can avoid buying many of these things altogether, making your own cleaning and personal care products, growing your own food (and cooking it, too) —  any way you opt out of the conventional system will make a difference and will, in turn, help yourself and the environment. This is a fine example of how you can do as the great Gandhi said:

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

It’s time to take responsibility for your life and take these matters into your own hands. Nobody willingly chooses to pollute themselves, their families, and the planet, so let’s stop doing it! As Woody says, the minute we stop supporting these companies and buying these products, all of the politicians and corporations will know that we have woken up to the truth and that we refuse to support their agenda. I really can’t stress this enough: this is the single most important thing that you can start doing RIGHT NOW to actually, physically change the world. You have the power, remember that!

If you Aren't Filtering Your Water, You're Committing Chemical Suicide

Chromium-6 Was Just Found in 75% of Drinking Water... The Mass Chemical Suicide of America is Under Way

A review of government water analysis by an Environmental Working Group study reveals that 75% of drinking water in America is contaminated with cancer-causing hexavalent chromium - also known as chromium-6)



 In a report that has been widely publicized , EWG warns that 200 million Americans are currently being exposed to this toxic chemical in their water.

 What is Chromium-6?


Chromium-6 or hexavalent chromium, is used in industrial operations such as chrome plating and the manufacturing of plastics and dyes.

It has been linked to liver and kidney damage in animals as well as to leukemia, stomach cancer, and other cancers. Hexavalent Chromium has been found in the tap water of thirty-one out of thirty-five cities sampled.

Of these cities, twenty-five had levels that exceeded safety standards. Sadly, even if your water is not contaminated with any of these substances, it may still be unsafe to drink.

America's Infrastructure Collapsing Into Third World Status

The deliberate poisoning of public water systems with fluoride, a neurotoxic chemical purchased in bulk from Chinese chemical plants (or sometimes acquired as a waste product from fertilizer manufacturing factories) is another systematic approach by the powers that be to cause havok upon the population.

With the claim that the nation is fluoride deficient, they blissfully pump our water supplies full of the chemical-- a completely false and highly irresponsible claim.

In reality, many children suffer from fluorosis, a dark mottling and discoloration of the teeth caused by too much exposure to toxic fluoride.

Avoid fluoride. A highly toxic metal, fluoride accumulates in certain areas of the brain (the pineal gland and hippocampus) and has been shown to significantly lower IQ and interfere with memory and complex brain functions. Studies have shown that even concentrations of 0.5 parts per million (ppm) can damage cells and microvessels in the brain. Yet, 60 percent of our public drinking water is fluorinated at higher levels of 1 to 1.3 ppm.

What's astonishing in all this is just how quickly America's infrastructure is collapsing into "Third World" status under the rule of a corrupt political establishment. The education system has become nothing more than a propaganda indoctrination system; the food supply is inundated with unlabeled GMOs and toxic herbicides like glyphosate; and now the water is too toxic to drink almost everywhere.

From the EWG report:


The California scientists based their public health goal of 0.02 parts per billion solely on protecting people from cancer and other diseases. Public health goals are not legally enforceable, but legal limits are supposed to be set as close as possible to health goals while considering cost and technical feasibility.But the California Department of Public Health relied on a flawed analysis that exaggerated the cost of treatment and undervalued the benefits of stricter regulation, and adopted a legally enforceable limit of 10 parts per billion.


But, wait... according to the lunatics selling contaminated "superfoods," chromium-6 is all just fine because it's "naturally occurring"...

There also exists some highly unethical superfood / raw foods companies that claim eating heavy metals is actually GOOD for you as "lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium are all naturally occurring."

Well then, according to the EPA, chromium-6 causes cancer and it's also "naturally occurring." I guess that means you're supposed to drink more, right? From the EPA website:

Chromium-6 is naturally occurring in the environment. It's a by-product from the erosion of natural chromium deposits.

It can also be produced by industrial processes. There are demonstrated instances of chromium being released to the environment by leakage, poor storage, or inadequate industrial waste disposal practices.

If you Aren't Filtering Your Water, You're Committing Chemical Suicide


After becoming aware of all the toxic metals and chemicals in the drinking water these days, if you aren't filtering your water with a reputable, lab-verified water filter, you're basically participating in the chemical suicide of humanity.



Reprinted with permission from Organic & Healthy. What do think? Post your comments below.

Brazil About to Refuse ALL Imports of U.S.- Grown Genetically-Modified Crops

You can add another to the list of countries refusing to accept genetically-modified crops: Brazil.

  In a recent move, Brazil has announced that it will no longer accept any American-grown GM crops. As more nations impose trade regulations on genetically modified foods, Monsanto and others will eventually have to feel the pain we as consumers feel at not being able to readily avoid GMOs.

As Bloomberg notes, “In recent years, some of the largest commodity trading companies have refused to take certain GMO crops from farmers because the seeds used hadn’t received a full array of global approvals, something that can lead to holdups at ports or even the rejection of entire cargoes.”

 In this instance, it is Brazil’s chicken farmers who won’t feed their birds American GM corn. Ironically enough, Brazil is the second-largest producer of GM crops in the world (following the United States), and, as a result, this is likely a matter of pulling rank, but that doesn't mean resistance to GM crops across the world isn't growing.

Female members of the Landless Worker’s Movement (MST) recently broke into a São Paulo State lab and destroyed millions of samples of GM prototypes not long ago that contained a carcinogenic pesticide, and as we all know, there are many good reasons for banning GM crops.

Fortunately, Brazil’s farmers join a growing, international resistance against cultivating GM seed. Russia recently banned all U.S. corn and soy imports due to possible GM contamination. Nineteen additional countries in the E.U. also banned all GM crops, and dozens more have banned GM crops for import or growth in their country.

 

Innovation, not scarcity, could bring us peak oil as soon as 2020.


According to a new report from Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative, cheaper solar and electric vehicles could make fossil fuel obsolete faster than we think.

The authors make the case that most projections suffer from “straight-line syndrome” where fossil fuel demand grows continuously — but that doesn’t account for the non-straight-line exponential growth of low-carbon technology.

In one scenario, new inventions could lead to electric cars so cheap that the world reaches peak internal-combustion engine by 2020:

Combine that projection with falling solar costs and international commitments to address climate change, and you inevitably get less and less demand for oil and coal. If inventors are able to keep coming up with good ideas, gas-powered cars may look as quaint as horse-drawn buggies by 2050.

Reprinted with permission from grist



Open the Spigots. Rex Tillerson Confirmed as the Next Secretary of State.

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the next secretary of state.
 

Tillerson needed a simple majority — 51 senators — for confirmation. The final vote was 56 in favor, 43 against.

Three Democrats voted in favor of Tillerson, including Senators Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, and Mark Warner. Angus King, an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted in for Tillerson.
It was Tillerson's contacts with Russia and strongman Vladimir Putin that raised alarms among some Republicans. Among other things, Tillerson was given the Order of Friendship award by Putin.

This is a real setback for the clean-energy movement and a boon for the fossil fuel and dirty energy industry. It sends a real wake-up call to the people who really matter. So wake up!!


Alberta's Tar Sands Revisited
Most people have heard about the Keystone XL pipeline and the millions of jobs it will create and the many other benefits it will provide humanity. However, most people have never heard of the Alberta Tar Sands. We know it's not the job of the media to report on real news, but it's been labeled the worst environmental disaster ever.

Back in 2014 we featured it extensively and now that we're on the path to making America Great Again, we thought we would revisit it as a reminder of just how great it was. Click HERE.