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Bloated Oil Profits and Corporate Welfare: A Trick to Taxpayers, a Treat to Polluters 1.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits 1.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October 28th reflect EPA's interest in hearing from all parties and getting the rule right. EPA also released a supplemental proposal to address carbon pollution from affected power plants in Indian Country and U.S. territories. We'll continue pressing for the strongest carbon pollution standards to combat the threats posed by climate change. Supplemental Notice The supplemental notice asks for comment on a number of new ideas EPA has heard from stakeholders. As EPA acknowledges, some of those ideas could tighten the standard, while others could loosen it, and some combinations of these ideas could bring better balance among the states' targets. From NRDC's standpoint, some of ideas presented are very promising and others are potentially troubling. We will fully ...
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Russia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays 1.11.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories

Pressure gauge is seen at a gas compressor station in Velke KapusanyMOSCOW (AP) — Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.


NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits 1.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October...
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Mexico Supreme Court Rejects Energy Referendum 1.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76 years. In identical 9-1 rulings, the court found that referendum petitions filed by two leftist parties were unconstitutional because matters involving state revenue cannot be subjected to popular vote. Energy reform's passage in August has been President Enrique Pena Nieto's biggest political victory since taking office in 2012. It allows national and foreign private companies to invest in petroleum and electricity projects, something that was long considered taboo after oil was nationalized in 1938 by then-President Lazaro Cardenas. Mexico's political left strenuously opposed the overhaul and had sought a referendum asking citizens if they approve of the constitutional changes it entailed. By law, the Supreme Court must determine whether such a vote would be constitutional. Sen. Dolores Padierna of ...
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US welcomes Ukraine-Russia gas deal as 'positive step' 1.11.2014 Yahoo: Politics
The United States on Friday welcomed a breakthrough deal between Kiev and Moscow to resolve their long conflict over energy supplies. "The agreement is a positive step," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters after the deal was brokered by the European Union late Thursday. "We welcome news of an EU-brokered gas deal between Russia and Ukraine that will secure gas to Ukraine, and ultimately the rest of Europe, through the upcoming winter." Joining appeals from France, Germany and Ukraine, Psaki said that such elections would be "illegitimate and ...
Inslee looks to election for climate allies 31.10.2014 AP Washington
AUBURN, Wash. (AP) -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is likely in 2015 to roll out some of the most ambitious proposals in the nation to reduce carbon pollution such as a bill to cap greenhouse gases, but unless Democrats can make gains in the state Senate on Tuesday, he'll face a tougher challenge....
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On Denton's Upcoming Referendum for a Fracking Ban 31.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By: Najmedin Meshkati, Nima Jabbari, Jamie Heinecke, and Cyrus Ashayeri As we all know, on November 4 there will be a referendum on a fracking ban in Denton, TX. Regardless of the outcome, the impact of this unprecedented grassroots movement will transcend well beyond Denton's city limits and affect the future of the entire oil and gas fracking industry in the US. We believe that the society's decision of using more fossil fuel in the future and, consequently, to frack or not to frack, is a major public policy issue which is beyond the scope of our technical analysis. Nevertheless, as engineers and safety advocates, we strive to ensure that if there is fracking in the US, then it must be done in the safest and most environmentally conscious manner, using a proactive systems-oriented approach with strong safety culture. The main concern at Denton has been the safety and environmental impacts of fracking for its community. As one of "Dentonites," "fracktivist" Candice Bernd, has stated in her recent ...
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What Oil Is Telling You 31.10.2014 Yahoo: Business
Since its recent peak at the end of June, the price of oil has dropped more than 20 percent. As a consequence, the S&P 500 Energy index has suffered a decline of about 15 percent over the same time frame (compared to a small increase for the overall index). The drop in oil (and corresponding drop in energy stocks) is causing much...
38 federal agencies reveal their vulnerabilities to climate change — and what they’re doing about it 31.10.2014 Ezra Klein
The Obama administration on Friday plans to publish a small library's worth of climate change documents, outlining 38 federal agencies' vulnerabilities to global warming and how they will address them -- as well as a separate and even larger set of new government-wide plans to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and achieve new targets for sustainability. In ...
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Bowling for Nuclear Meltdowns (and Throwing Gas on the Fire) 31.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Pressures applied to reconsider sale of PGW 31.10.2014 Philly.com News
Mayor Nutter and his allies are holding out hope to salvage the $1.86 billion Philadelphia Gas Works sale, and are applying enormous pressure on City Council to reconsider its surprise announcement on Monday that it was scuttling the deal without taking a vote.
At fast-growing Brookings, donors help set agenda 31.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics

Of all the topics the venerable Brookings Institution has examined in recent years, legalizing marijuana was rarely high on anyone’s scholarly agenda.

That changed after a November 2012 visit from a lawyer working with Peter B. Lewis, the late billionaire insurance magnate who had made the legalization of marijuana his personal mission during the last years of his life.

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Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal 31.10.2014 World
By Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors. After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June. ...
Ukraine, Russia sign deal to end natural gas cut-off ahead of winter 31.10.2014 Washington Post
MOSCOW — Russia agreed Thursday to resume selling natural gas to Ukraine, ending a cut-off that had threatened to leave Ukrainian households shivering as winter approached. The stop-gap deal will secure critical energy supplies for Ukraine through March and will also help assure European countries that their own natural gas supply will not be disrupted during chilly winter months. Russia cut off gas to Ukraine in June , following a price dispute and months of geopolitical ...
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Gas deal may be first sign of Russia-Ukraine detente: EU 31.10.2014 World
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The gas deal struck on Thursday between Russia and Ukraine is perhaps the first sign of an easing of tension between the two countries, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday. "This is perhaps the first sign of a wise and well-functioning neighborhood policy and is perhaps the first glimmer of a relaxation in the relationship between the two neighboring countries," he told a news conference after Russia, Ukraine and the European Union signed the accord. (Reporting By Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)
Argentina OKs law aimed at luring oil investment 31.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Congress has passed an energy law aimed at luring foreign investment into its promising shale oil and gas.
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Argentina Congress passes law aimed at luring foreign investment for oil, gas development 31.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Russian energy minister 'hopes to sign Ukraine gas deal Thursday' 31.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics

Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak speaks during a press conference in Moscow on August 29, 2014Moscow (AFP) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said he hoped to sign a gas deal with Ukraine later on Thursday as he arrived in Brussels for EU-brokered talks.


The Climate Post: EPA Refines Pollution Rules 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was told by a federal appeals court that it could move forward with implementing a program to curb air pollution that crosses state lines. The Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CASPR) would require 28 states to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide by power plants. The rule establishes a two-step process : 1) The EPA determines if a state contributes more than 1 percent of the pollution causing a downwind state to exceed emissions standards to 2) The EPA using modeling analysis to determine state emissions targets (subscription). CASPR's first phase would be implemented next year, with the final phase beginning in 2017. Days later, the agency announced it's making additional data available to elicit further comments on another controversial rule. In its Notice of Data Availability (NODA), the EPA points to areas of "concern" raised by stakeholders during the public comment period for its proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to ...
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