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Can rising seas yield common ground with Trump? 23.2.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Exploring opportunities for climate collaboration with the Trump administration
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Repsol closes 2016 with best net profit in 4 years 23.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

MADRID (AP) — Spanish energy company Repsol has reported its best annual earnings in four years as it booked fewer impairment charges related to low oil and gas prices. Its net profit of 1.73 billion euros ($1.82 billion) compared with a loss of 1.4 billion euros in 2015. In the final quarter of 2016, it […]
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Emails show new EPA chief’s cozy ties with fuel industry 23.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitt’s home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power. Pruitt’s executive assistant emailed Howard “Bud” Ground, saying “General Pruitt” wanted to know when his lights would be back on. The utility lobbyist asked […]
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Emails show new EPA boss close with oil, gas execs 23.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • While serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, new EPA chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special-interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show. More than 7,500 pages were released under court order Tuesday evening after an Oklahoma judge ruled that Pruitt had been illegally withholding his correspondence, which is public record under state law, for the last two years. Pruitt...
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Pinelands panel set to vote again on controversial pipeline project 23.2.2017 Philly.com News
Three years after it rejected South Jersey Gas’ controversial application to build part of a 22-mile-long gas pipeline through protected Pinelands Forest, the Pinelands Commission is to vote Friday on whether to permit a nearly identical project.
Stocks mostly slip, but Dow hits a new record high 23.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

U.S. stocks mostly slipped Wednesday after their recent record-setting run. Energy companies stumbled, but basic materials makers rose as investors hoped two large deals would win approval from regulators.

While energy stocks fell with the price of oil, most other sectors didn't make big moves....

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Business Highlights 23.2.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

____ Fed officials discussed possible rate hike ‘fairly soon’ WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month discussed the need to raise a key interest rate again “fairly soon” if the economy remains strong. Minutes of the discussions showed that while Fed officials decided to keep a key rate unchanged at their Jan. 31-Feb. […]
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Emails Reveal Chummy Relations Between EPA Chief And Industries He Now Regulates 23.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
During his time as Oklahoma attorney general, Scott Pruitt, the newly sworn-in Environmental Protection Agency chief, forged an alliance with industry players to fortify oil, gas and utility companies’ legal challenges against Obama-era regulations that they said amounted to a “war on carbon,” according to more than 7,500 pages of emails published Wednesday. The public release of the emails was ordered last week by a judge in Oklahoma and comes just five days after the Senate narrowly voted to confirm Pruitt as EPA administrator. Pruitt’s nomination faced fierce protests from environmentalists and some Democrats, who argued that his confirmation vote should be delayed until after the release of the emails. The emails reveal a chummy relationship between Pruitt and the companies whose pollution he’s now tasked with reining in. The document dump sheds new light on Pruitt’s frequent collusion with Devon Energy Corporation, the Oklahoma City-based oil and gas giant. Pruitt’s ties to the company, uncovered in ...
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Thousands of Scott Pruitt's Emails Just Hit the Internet. Here Are the Wildest, Scariest Bits. 23.2.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by t he Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The close relationship between Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and fossil fuel interests including the billionaire Koch brothers has been highlighted in more than 7,500 emails and other records released by the Oklahoma attorney general's office on Wednesday. The documents show that Pruitt, while Oklahoma attorney general, acted in close concert with oil and gas companies to challenge environmental regulations, even putting his letterhead to a complaint filed by one firm, Devon Energy. This practice was first revealed in 2014, but it now appears that it occurred more than once. The emails also show that American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, an oil and gas lobby group, provided Pruitt's office with template language to oppose ozone limits and the renewable fuel standard program in 2013. AFPM encouraged Oklahoma to challenge the rules, ...
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Congress and Trump Gut Disclosure Rules for Fossil Fuel Foreign Payments 22.2.2017 WRI Stories
Congress and Trump Gut Disclosure Rules for Fossil Fuel Foreign PaymentsAdd Comment|PrintIn Nigeria, the percentage of people in poverty has doubled since the 1980s despite the fact that the country received hundreds of billions of dollars in oil-related revenue. Photo by Melvin “Buddy” Baker/Flickr This post is part of WRI’s blog series, The Trump Administration. The series analyzes policies and actions by the administration and their implications for climate change, energy, economics and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
Stocks slip from record highs as energy companies fall 22.2.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower Wednesday after their recent record-setting run. Energy and industrial companies are slipping and technology stocks, which have risen every day in February, are also down. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average was little changed at 20,743 as of 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & […]
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7,500 pages of emails reveal Scott Pruitt’s close ties with oil, gas industry 22.2.2017 Washington Post
The release comes days after the former Oklahoma attorney general was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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How off-grid renewables could power Tanzania's growth 22.2.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Remote rural locations can and should be considered as potential early mover locations for clean energy.
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Fossil fuel extraction fights persist around Colorado, challenging state push for harmony 22.2.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado’s oil and gas conflict flared as hundreds of people packed FirstBank Center Tuesday night hoping to kill -- or at least tame -- a plan to drill 139 wells from four 8-acre pads near homes in Broomfield. The forum reflected discord over intensifying fossil fuel production -- despite new state rules intended to bring harmony.
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Scott Pruitt Goes After Critics, EPA In His First Speech To The Agency 22.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mentioned a “toxic environment” just once during his first address Tuesday to the embattled agency staff. But he wasn’t talking about industry pollution or conserving nature. He was referring to his critics’ political rhetoric. “Forgive the reference, but it’s a very toxic environment,” the controversial new administrator said in the speech, which lasted under 20 minutes.   “Civility is something I believe in very much,” he added. “We ought to be able to get together and wrestle through some issues in a civil manner.” Then, at last, he began to outline his vision for the EPA. He described an agency that prioritized making it easier for polluters to comply with regulations. He promised to listen intently to companies before saddling them with new regulations. He admonished his new employees, some fearing layoffs amid looming budget cuts, for acting outside the agency’s legal mandate and running roughshod over states’ rights. “Regulations ought to make ...
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Texas Should Get Its Head in the New Solar Market Game 22.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner What would a world powered by clean, low-water energy look like? If you visit Israel’s southern region, you don’t have to imagine. In 2011, Arava Power in the southern Israeli desert launched a 4.9 MW solar field (enough to power more than 3,000 U.S. homes). Since then nearly 200 times as much capacity – both fields and rooftops – has been installed in the region. By 2025, it’s likely solar will provide 100 percent of daytime electricity, plus excess, along the border with Jordan. With solar technology more advanced and cheaper than ever, solar power can take off quickly in Texas, as it has in Israel. The Arava Desert, where many of Israel’s solar fields are located, averages about 360 days of sunshine per year. Austin, where I live, averages about 300 days per year, and it’s not even as sunny as West Texas. But in January 2016, solar provided just 0.4 percent of power across the vast majority of the state. There is huge opportunity for solar growth in Texas. Rapid solar growth A ...
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Scott Pruitt Goes After Critics, His Own Staff In First Speech To EPA 22.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mentioned a “toxic environment” just once during his first address Tuesday to the embattled agency staff. But he wasn’t talking about industry pollution or conserving nature. He was referring to his critics’ political rhetoric. “Forgive the reference, but it’s a very toxic environment,” the controversial new administrator said in the speech, which lasted under 20 minutes.   “Civility is something I believe in very much,” he added. “We ought to be able to get together and wrestle through some issues in a civil manner.” Then, at last, he began to outline his vision for the EPA. He described an agency that prioritized making it easier for polluters to comply with regulations. He promised to listen intently to companies before saddling them with new regulations. He admonished his new employees, some fearing layoffs amid looming budget cuts, for acting outside the agency’s legal mandate and running roughshod over states’ rights. “Regulations ought to make ...
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New Study Highlights Need for California Market Refinements to Better Harness Clean Energy 21.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Simi George A new study , jointly conducted by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) – the entity responsible for overseeing much of California’s electric grid – First Solar, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), demonstrates the untapped potential of utility-scale solar. The study shows that utility-scale solar can provide key services needed to ensure electric grid stability and reliability – better known as ancillary services – at levels comparable to conventional, fossil fuel driven resources. California needs to reduce reliance on natural gas for ancillary services In CAISO’s market, ancillary services are overwhelmingly provided by natural gas-fired resources, and their share of the pie has been increasing in recent years. This growing reliance on natural gas for ancillary services merits attention for many reasons.   The repercussions of the Aliso Canyon disaster underscore the need to mitigate the risk of overreliance on any one resource for electric reliability ...
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PHOTOS: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Protest 21.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Hundreds gathered and marched to rally support for the upcoming court hearing on fracking and climate change during a protest at the Colorado Capitol Building on Feb. 20, 2017 in Denver.
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Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids 20.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Patrick Lee, ProPublica

Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration had an idea: Make an educational website for children about energy sources and the science behind them.

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