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Super PAC fills void as Iowa GOP's Ernst on duty

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservative fundraising group American Crossroads is filling in for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst while she participates in Iowa National Guard training for two weeks.

Group spokesman Paul Lindsay told The Associated Press on Monday that the group backed by GOP strategist Karl Rove is spending $415,000 on a 30-second television ad that begins airing statewide Tuesday. That's in addition to the $3.1 million in advertising time the group has reserved in Iowa as part of the $20-million blitz the group plans in Senate battleground states.

Sierra Club files suit to stop Kansas coal-fired plant

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The Associated Press

The Sierra Club is challenging the latest permit issued to the Sunflower Electric Power Corp. for a new coal-fired plant, claiming the state won’t regulate its carbon and toxic emissions and the permit is too similar to one rejected by the Kansas Supreme Court, The Associated Press reports.

McCarthy change on wind PTC upsets Sierra Club

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The Hill

The Sierra Club is slamming Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. and the favorite to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader, for what it calls his “flip” to oppose production tax credits for the wind industry, The Hill reports.

Sierra Club ads to slam House Republicans over wind PTC

Source: 
The Hill

Twenty one House Republicans who’ve failed to back a restoration of the wind Production Tax Credit will be the target of ads by the Sierra Club accusing them of letting jobs in the sector “blow away,” The Hill reports.

Environmental activists more organized, active and united than ever

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The New York Times

Environmental groups -- including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters -- are flexing their political and activist muscle more than ever, The New York Times reports, noting that their support of the Obama administration rule limiting carbon emissions from existing coal-fired plants will be a big test of their effectiveness.

LG&E targeted by Sierra Club suit over coal ash overflows

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The Courier-Journal

The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week, charging that Louisville Gas & Electric has been polluting the Ohio River with water overflowing a coal ash containment pond, The Courier-Journal reports.

Sierra Club: Ky. coal ash pond at risk for disaster

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A coal ash storage site in central Kentucky near Herrington Lake is at risk for a potential disaster, according to a Sierra Club report.

State environmental officials responded Thursday that ground water near the E.W. Brown Generating Station is being evaluated and the ash site is in the process of being cleaned up.

The LG&E-owned power plant near Harrodsburg stores about 26 million tons of coal ash in a 126-acre pond. Ash is no longer dumped at the site.

US should drop solar case against India at WTO, say environmentalists

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Reuters

The Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are among groups urging the U.S. to drop its case at the World Trade Organization against India and its solar power industry, Reuters reports.

Court backs EPA decision against carbon monoxide standards

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The Hill

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has backed the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to adopt secondary carbon monoxide standards, dismissing a suit by environmental groups including the Sierra Club, The Hill reports.

Illinois DNR aims to alter coal defender image

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public.

The changes — from closer inspection of coal-ash ponds to better communication with the public to strengthening ethics rules — underscore the daunting task of balancing environmentalists' concerns about an energy source they view with disfavor and fairly treating coal producers in a state that's among the nation's richest in energy reserves.

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