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The Country’s Top Scientists Have Some Questions for Tonight’s Debate 11.2.2016 Mother Jones
The presidential debates so far have tended more toward theater of the absurd than substantive policy issues, especially on the crowded Republican stage . But whatever you make of the candidates' discussion of other issues, it's clear that climate change has barely surfaced. An analysis by Media Matters of the first eight primary debates found that as of mid-January, a grand total of 9(!) questions about climate had been asked. That's about one-tenth the number of questions posed on "non-substantive" issues, which the group defines as "the political horserace, campaign gaffes, and other topics that are not related to any policy issue": Media Matters During last weekend's Republican debate, ABC's moderators didn't ask any questions about global warming. But they still found time to ask the candidates for their Super Bowl predictions. The lack of climate questions has been disappointing for many environmentalists and scientists, who were hoping for a clearer view of how the different candidates would (or ...
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Amid federal gridlock, lobbying rises in the states 11.2.2016 Yahoo: Politics
Special interests outnumber state lawmakers 6-to-1 as lobbying shifts from Washington to statehouses.
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British Gas to cut household gas prices by 5 percent 11.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
Britain's largest household energy supplier, British Gas , said on Thursday it would lower its domestic gas prices by 5.1 percent next month, following similar price cuts from its rivals earlier this year. Rivals SSE and E.ON both announced price cuts for domestic gas prices of 5.3 and 5.1 percent respectively, piling on pressure on other suppliers to follow suit. EDF Energy also on Thursday moved to cut its standard gas prices by 5 percent, effective from March ...
Crowded insurance industry becomes latest casualty of oil slump 11.2.2016 Yahoo: Business
The insurance industry is becoming the latest casualty of the oil price slump, with postponements and cancellations of energy projects forcing down premium rates and income in a market that was already crowded. Insurers forecast income could dive by 20 percent or more, possibly forcing some players to quit the energy part of a business that has attracted new entrants hoping for better returns during the era of ultra-low interest rates. While most energy companies renew their policies in the first half of the year, the effects of the worst oil downturn in decades are already being felt by insurers and reinsurers, who take on a share of the risk in return for part of the ...
High court emissions ruling won't deter clean energy drive 11.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Valerie Volcovici and Scott DiSavino WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. power sector's shift toward burning less coal and using more natural gas and renewable energy will not be derailed by the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration's limits on carbon emissions, state regulators and utilities said on Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Tuesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon emissions crackdown on coal plants until a legal challenge is resolved.
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Will California gas leak mark a turning point in energy debate? 11.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A massive methane leak may soon end, but its environmental impact is still being weighed. A scientist says it won't have a big effect globally, but it's a setback in efforts to curb greenhouse gases.
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Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty 11.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation’s obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement. But environmentalists and academic experts are more nervous. They are concerned that any significant pause in implementing mandated reductions […]
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Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty 11.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate ...
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now) 11.2.2016 NPR News
Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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Heineken CEO Praises Obama's 'Very European' $10 Oil Tax Plan 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The chief executive of brewing giant Heineken International praised on Wednesday a White House proposal to tax oil companies $10 per barrel to fund green transportation. "That's very European," said Jean-François van Boxmeer in a phone interview with The Huffington Post. "You have very, very low taxes on energy in the United States of America."  He said he sees how levies on fuel discourage people from driving the sort of gas-guzzling vehicles popular in the U.S. because he lives in the Netherlands, which has the second-highest gas taxes in the world. "No one would dare to buy a Ford truck because we cannot afford the gas to put in it," van Boxmeer joked.  Indeed, truck sales soared at Ford Motor last year, but mostly in the U.S. The company's bottom line suffered in Europe, where the automaker's flagship F-150 pickup truck remain a tough sell .  "Taxation does something ultimately with your usage of resources," van Boxmeer said. "The fact that taxes on energy are so much at a higher level in Europe, we ...
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Supreme Court deals surprise setback to Obama greenhouse-gas plan 10.2.2016 Seattle Times: Local

WASHINGTON  — The administration of President Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the […]
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback 10.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are ...
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback 10.2.2016 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved....
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Where to put 3,000 new gas wells in Southwest Colorado? 10.2.2016 Durango Herald
For some, it’s obvious: Why wouldn’t you meticulously plan the location of a predicted 3,000 new oil and gas wells to protect natural lands like Mesa Verde National Park and Phil’s World mountain bike trails? For others, it’s merely a tactic to delay the inevitable.A Master Leasing Plan doesn’t sound...
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Oil prices rebound from sharp selloff; more volatility expected 10.2.2016 Yahoo: Business
By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Crude oil prices pushed higher on Wednesday after Iran said it was open to cooperation with Saudi Arabia, partly recovering from an 8 percent fall in the previous session led by concerns over demand and weak equities. Prices were supported by comments from Iran's oil minister that Tehran is ready to negotiate with Saudi Arabia over the current conditions in global oil markets. The International Energy Agency (IEA), meanwhile, said the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is unlikely to cut a deal with other producers to reduce ballooning ...
Business News Roundup, Feb. 10 10.2.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
A strong holiday shipping season and a couple of favorable economic situations temporarily turned around the financial fortunes of the Postal Service, officials said Tuesday. “Shipping and package revenue grew 13.5 percent over the same period last year, and was particularly strong during the holiday shipping season,” Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan Brennan said. The first-quarter operating revenue for the Postal Service was $19.3 billion, an increase of $613 million, or 3.3 percent, over the same period in the previous year. For the first time since 2004, drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 per gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday. The Energy Information Administration said in its monthly short-term energy outlook that regular gasoline will average $1.98 per gallon nationwide in 2016. The last time oil averaged less than $2 for a full year was 2004, which was also the last time gasoline at stations in some states fell below $1 a gallon. The pump ...
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How the drought boosts your utility bills, and global warming 10.2.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
By starving California’s hydroelectric dams of water, the state’s four-year drought has cost consumers an extra $2 billion in utility bills and pushed up greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 10 percent, a new study finds. Utilities had to buy more expensive replacement electricity from power plants burning natural gas. “When we generate less hydroelectricity, we have to do something else — and in California, that something else is burning more natural gas,” said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and author of the study. While California has been rapidly adding solar and wind facilities, the lack of steady and predictable hydropower forced utilities to buy more electricity from more traditional power plants, most fueled by natural gas. Plants produced not only more carbon dioxide, the main culprit behind global warming, but smog-causing pollutants as well. [...] they rose again in 2012, as the drought cut hydropower production and faulty equipment closed the San Onofre nuclear ...
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Energy agency says gasoline will average under $2 in 2016 10.2.2016 AP Business
For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday....
Energy agency says gasoline will average under $2 in 2016 10.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday. They can thank the huge glut of oil around the globe. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its monthly short-term energy outlook that regular gasoline will average $1.98 […]
Stocks struggle higher, shaking off a midday slump 10.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
The major U.S. stock indexes moved modestly higher in late-afternoon trading Monday after spending much of the day veering between gains and losses. Materials and health care stocks were among the biggest gainers, while energy stocks fell the most following another steep slump in crude oil ...
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