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High-stakes Russia-Ukraine-EU gas talks begin in Brussels 21.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics

A pressure gauge at a compressor station of Ukraine's Naftogaz national oil and gas company near the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on August 5, 2014Brussels (AFP) - Russia, Ukraine and the EU began crunch gas talks on Tuesday to resolve a bitter price dispute and end fears that Moscow could halt crucial energy supplies to Europe this winter.

CEO Of French Oil Giant Total Dies In Plane Accident 21.10.2014 NPR News
Christopher de Margerie, 63, and three other people died when his private plane collided with a snowplow at an airport in Moscow.
Total CEO Christophe De Margerie Killed In Moscow Plane Collision 21.10.2014 Green on
MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after it hit the snowplow during takeoff from Vnukovo airport at 11:57 p.m. Monday local time. Tatyana Morozova, an official with the Investigative Committee, Russia's main investigative agency, said investigators are questioning the snowplow driver, who was not hurt, as well as air traffic controllers and witnesses. "At the current time, it has been established that the driver of the snowplow was in a state of alcoholic intoxication," Morozova said. NTV television showed the charred plane lying on a grassy field. Though it had snowed earlier Monday in Moscow, it was unclear how much snow remained at the airport at the time of the crash. Vnukovo is ...
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Kinder Morgan's Western Canada Pipeline Plans Hit A Mountain Of Opposition 21.10.2014 Green on
By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country's controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag: aboriginal communities intent on using the courts to block the proposed expansion. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' C$5.4 billion ($4.8 billion) Trans Mountain expansion would twin a 60-year-old line running from the oil-rich province of Alberta to the coastal city of Vancouver, tripling its capacity. The pipeline expansion had been seen as sure bet because it uses an existing route. But a surge in municipal opposition in recent months has fueled industry worries that it will enter legal and regulatory limbo along with the unbuilt TransCanada Corp Keystone XL and Enbridge Inc Northern Gateway pipelines. The odds against the expansion are growing. Aboriginal communities along the route, angered by a consultation process they call unfair, are strategizing as a group on legal tactics they hope ...
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Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow plane collision 21.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - The chief executive of French oil major Total , Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snow plow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. "Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine. Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total's head de Margerie," she said. ...
Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More! 21.10.2014 Green on
OO Hundreds Of Hunting And Fishing Groups Speak Out For Action On Climate Change OO Greenpeace Sinks Lego's Deal With Shell Oil Over Arctic Drilling - which included having toddlers get their plastic cars "filled" at Shell Gas stations... makes your heart curdle, just thinking about it... OO Glasgow Becomes First University In Europe To Divest From Fossil Fuels OO Nobel Laureates Call For A Revolutionary Shift In How Humans Use Resources OO Australian Anglicans Join Divestment Movement OO Orange Country, CA: Growing Numbers Call for End to Fracking in GOP Area Good Ideas: International Lawsuits Could Punish Carbon Emitters Even If Governments Don't reports Jeff Spross at Climate Progress. Improving climate science and the workings of international litigation could make courtrooms the next climate change battlefield, according to a new report. OO We Can Meet 2C Climate Target, But Success Depends On Immediate Action say energy experts. OO Americans Can Save More Money By Not Burning It on fossil fuels, ...
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Labor and Environmentalists Join Forces to Reduce Methane Emissions 21.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs Just over a week ago the BlueGreen Alliance—a coalition of 15 of America’s largest labor unions and national environmental groups representing more than 15 million members and supporters— sent a letter to President Obama supporting national standards to reduce methane emissions. EDF’s Natural Gas Director of Communications, Lauren Whittenberg, recently talked with Rob McCulloch, Director of Infrastructure Programs at BlueGreen Alliance to learn more about their interest in this issue. Lauren: Hi Rob. Can you tell us a little about BlueGreen Alliance, and the work you’re doing? Rob: BlueGreen alliance is a national partnership working to find common ground among labor unions and environmental groups and advance policies that help build a cleaner, fairer, and more competitive American economy. Our partners agree: Our nation’s response to today’s environmental challenges will determine our future economy. It is important that our response includes the creation of good, family-sustaining jobs ...
Bridging the Credibility Gap: The Oil Industry’s New Anti-Cap-and-Trade White Paper 21.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Erica Morehouse More Americans, these days, understand the threat climate change presents in the present and in the future, and support taking action. Over 64 percent of Americans and 67 percent of Californians support curbing carbon pollution from existing power plants which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to do through the Clean Power Plan . The EPA's proposal would set specific reduction targets for each state. In California and other states that are already acting to reduce climate pollution, the early assessments seem to be an upbeat "yes, we can meet those targets and probably exceed them." You wouldn't know that after reading a recent white paper released by Latham Watkins recently on behalf of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), though. The white paper purports to identify "design flaws" in California's cap-and-trade program. Some of the technical adjustments to the cap-and-trade program suggested in this paper are worthy of careful consideration. In fact, ...
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Tougher Greenhouse Goals Could Cut EU’s Gas Imports in Half 21.10.2014 WRI Stories
Later this week, the European Council will decide on a target to further reduce the European Union’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. At issue is whether the Council will decide to reduce emissions by “at least 40 percent” from 1990 levels—leaving the door open to increase ambition in negotiation with other countries—or cap reductions at just 40 percent, locking in a lower goal and possibly influencing other countries to do the same. As the Council weighs its options, new analysis demonstrates that a more aggressive GHG target—achieved through energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements—could also deliver critical energy security gains by reducing reliance on natural gas imports. The European Union currently derives about one-third of its power from natural gas, much of it imported from other countries. *A new study by Ecofys under the Open Climate Network finds that by 2030, the EU can cut its natural gas consumption by almost half by cost-effectively improving energy efficiency and ...
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Report oil found in Paraguay; gov't cautious 20.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A British company says its found oil in Paraguay's Chaco Basin, though the government says it's too soon to tell if the find is commercially viable.
Hope and obstacles as Russia and Ukraine seek gas deal 20.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Vladimir Soldatkin and Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - A tentative agreement between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents has raised hopes of ending a dispute in which Moscow has halted natural gas supplies to Kiev, but several obstacles still have be overcome. Movement on the gas row was the only sign of progress at talks between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko on Friday which failed to resolve differences over fighting in eastern Ukraine and a deep crisis in relations. ...
U.S. ban should maintain its ban on crude oil exports 20.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Emerson unveils expansions in Shakopee, Eden Prairie and Chanhassen 20.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Maker of wireless monitoring systems will hire over 500 in metro area.
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India fuel reform puts diesel under market control 19.10.2014 AP Business
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India has deregulated prices for diesel fuel while raising the cost of natural gas in the biggest-yet economic reform announced by new Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government....
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India fuel reform puts diesel under market control 19.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has deregulated prices for diesel fuel while raising the cost of natural gas in the biggest-yet economic reform announced by new Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
China Environmental News Alert (10/11 - 10/19/2014) 19.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Greenlaw from NRDC China, NRDC China Program, Beijing: October 11 - October 19, 2014 NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a...
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India overhauls fuel regime, drops controls on diesel prices and hikes natural gas tariffs 19.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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The New Face of Green Energy: Profiting From Pollution in the Alberta Oil Sands 18.10.2014 Views
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Slumping price of oil has Iran worried about paying it bills 18.10.2014 L.A. Times - World News
Iranian officials are expressing new worry over the global oil price slump, which is threatening the country’s budget and could undermine its strategy in international nuclear negotiations.
Container ship towed away from Canadian coast 18.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories

Container ship towed away from Canadian coastA Canadian Coast Guard vessel is continuing to slowly tow a disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel away from British Columbia's pristine northern coast. The move lessened the ...

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