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FactCheck: Santorum, Huckabee distort climate change threats, solutions 29.1.2015 Philly.com News
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Shell to slash investment after oil price drop hurts profit 29.1.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
In a sign of the impact on the oil sector of the slump in energy prices, Royal Dutch Shell Plc said Thursday it plans to cut spending by $15 billion over the next three years amid a drop in earnings.
Republican-led Senate poised to approve Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying White House 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Oil Should Stay in the Ground: Robert Redford on Republican Climate Change Deniers and Keystone XL 29.1.2015 Democracy Now!
As we broadcast from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, we spend the hour with its founder Robert Redford, the Oscar-winning director, actor and longtime environmentalist. Our conversation begins with last week's vote by nearly half of the Senate to refuse to formally acknowledge the existence of man-made climate change. "I think the deniers of climate change are probably the people who are afraid of change. They don't want to see change," Redford says. "Too many in Congress are pushing us back into the 1950s." He also responds to the attempt by the new Republican majority in Congress to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. "I had a lot of experience with oil," he says, noting that he once worked in the oil fields. "I think it should stay in the ground. We're so close to polluting the planet beyond anything sustainable."
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Bans New Oil And Gas Leases On State Land 29.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Jan 29 (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and natural gas development in state parks and forests. The move restores the ban lifted by his predecessor, Tom Corbett, a Republican. Officials in Pennsylvania were not immediately available to say how much gas and oil energy companies produce from state forest and park land. Wolf, a Democrat, generally supports fracking, but called in his inaugural speech this month for it to be done safely with less impact on the environment. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the most common method of drilling to release gas from shale rock. It involves blasting large volumes of water, sand and chemicals to release the gas, and has been linked to water and soil contamination when untreated fracking waste is improperly released into the environment. Drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania has transformed the state into an energy powerhouse and produced ...
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From the Concorde to Sci-Fi Climate Solutions 29.1.2015 Truthout.com
The interior of the Concorde aircraft at the Scotland Museum of Flight. (Photo: Magnus Hagdorn ) Touting "sci-fi climate solutions" - untested technologies not really scalable to the dimensions of our climate change crisis - dangerously delays the day when we actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The interior of the Concorde aircraft at the Scotland Museum of Flight. (Photo: Magnus Hagdorn ) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can’t be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. Touting "sci-fi climate solutions" - untested technologies not really scalable to the dimensions of our climate change crisis - dangerously delays the day when we actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last week, I took my son to Scotland's Museum of Flight. Its proudest exhibit: a Concorde. To me, it looked stunningly futuristic. "How old," remarked my son, looking at the confusing array of pre-digital controls in the cockpit. Watching the accompanying video - "Past Dreams of the ...
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Who You Gonna Believe About Smog's Health Hazards, the Oil Lobby or Doctors & Scientists? 29.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
John Walke, Clean Air Director/ Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.: An oil industry lobbying group just released a paper that inadvertently reveals the bankruptcy of Big Oil's attacks on the health basis for more protective national standards for smog pollution. The 8-page paper contends that legions of doctors and scientists...
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As gasoline prices drop, Americans swing to favor oil exports: Poll 29.1.2015 Yahoo: Business

Man gets gasoline at a BP station in St. Louis, MissouriAmericans are more likely than ever to favor easing a ban on exporting crude oil, so long as it does not lead to higher gasoline prices that have recently sunk to near $2 a gallon, according to a new Reuters-IPSOS poll. Lifting the ban will not be welcome for refiners, such as PBF Energy Inc and Alon USA Energy Inc , who have benefited from cheaper domestic crude oil supplies.


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For long-haul drivers, cheap gas means a sweeter commute 29.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The plunge in gas prices is expected to save the average household about $750 this year. For rural families and others who drive a lot, the savings will likely be even greater.
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For Long-Haul Drivers, Cheap Gas Means A Sweeter Commute 29.1.2015 NPR News
The plunge in gas prices is expected to save the average household about $750 this year. For rural families and others who drive a lot, the savings will likely be even greater.
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Misrata feels economic pinch as Libyan infighting spreads 29.1.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Ulf Laessing MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - A power struggle between two rival governments that threatens to tear Libya apart has started to take its toll on Misrata, an important shipping and industrial hub that had shrugged off the turmoil until now. Production at the country's biggest steel works has been cut and the port of Misrata has been forced to restrict operations. Armed factions allied to the competing governments -- one has set up shop in Tripoli after forcing the internationally recognised administration to flee to the east -- are fighting for control of the oil producing nation four years after the civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Oil production has collapsed to a fifth of what Libya used to pump before the NATO-backed uprising, while wheat imports and other activity at seaports have been disrupted by clashes in the east of the ...
Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports 29.1.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil ...
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Forget the falling price, US oil industry renews push to lift ban on exporting US oil 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Region’s air may face new rules 29.1.2015 Durango Herald
Air pollution in the Four Corners could face a tougher standard under the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to strengthen national air quality.The EPA is proposing to reduce allowable ground-level ozone levels from 75 parts per billion per eight-hour period to 65 to 70 ppb.Since the current 75 ppb was set in 2008,...
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Refuge no refuge from controversy 29.1.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.Obama's plans will require...
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Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land 29.1.2015 WRI Stories
Installment 9 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that any dedicated use of land for growing bioenergy inherently comes at the cost of not using that land for growing food or animal feed, or for storing carbon. It recommends several policy changes to phase out forms of bioenergy that use crops or that otherwise make dedicated use of land. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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China Issues Crude Demand on Oil Refiners 29.1.2015 Wall St. Journal: Asia
China will demand domestic oil refiners stock up on crude oil and report their inventories to the government, in the latest move by Chinese leaders to bolster the nation’s energy stockpiles.
Oil markets open up weak following record U.S. stockpiles 29.1.2015 Yahoo: Business
By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices opened up weak on Thursday in Asia after record U.S. stockpiles sent it tumbling to near six year lows in the previous session, and analysts said that the outlook remained weak. U.S. crude prices tumbled on Wednesday after the U.S. reported record-high inventories that raised anxieties about the global oil glut that had pressured the market since last summer. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said domestic crude oil stocks rose by almost 9 million barrels last week to reach nearly 407 million, their highest since the government began keeping records in ...
Anti-Koch: The Fight for Green Energy Is a Fight for the 99 Percent 29.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The fact that this even needs to be said demonstrates that there's been a breakdown in the democratic process, but we'll say it anyway: Our number-one priority should be protecting the planet for future generations. That said, green energy makes sense even if we base our thinking on economic considerations alone. Energy policies can roughly be divided into two kinds: those which benefit society as a whole, and those which only benefit the very few -- the Koch brothers and their ilk. Guess which kind the GOP supports? Republicans are blocking pro-growth, job-creating green energy investments while pushing a pipeline that would enrich the few at the expense of the many -- with potentially disastrous environmental consequences. If you want to know why, follow the money. The '99-Percent Plan' A new report from the Political Economy Research Institute and the Center for American Progress (the "PERI-CAP" report) offers a plan to bring the United States in line with an international emissions-reduction goal: ...
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Fed stresses it will be 'patient' in raising rates but notes steadily improving economy 29.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full ...
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