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Southern Illinois residents rally, wait for fracking 26.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
Wayne Woolsey, an oilman since 1958, says he has core samples pulled from deep below the shale rock here that "look awful promising," comparable to what has been found elsewhere in the country where fracking has brought plentiful jobs and enriched land owners and energy ...
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Despite California climate law, carbon emissions may be a shell game 25.10.2014 LA Times: Environment
California's pioneering climate-change law has a long reach, but that doesn't mean all its mandates will help stave off global warming.
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Building Trades Chief Lauds Fracking Boom, Shrugs Off Environmental Concerns 25.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
A Halliburton worker poses at a fracking operation. (Photo: Joshua Doubek ) In its quest for jobs, the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO hasn't shied away from taking on environmentalists and progressives. The latest flashpoint is fracking, the controversial drilling practice propelling the nation's fossil fuel energy boom. On this issue, public tolerance is waning , but the trades unions aren't backing down. On Tuesday, October 14, the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee released a report by Dr. Robert Bruno and Michael Cornfield of the University of Illinois which found that from 2008 to 2014, oil and gas development created 45,000 new jobs in the Marcellus Shale region—an area that includes parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The data came from the BCTD; the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee , a joint labor-management committee that oversees collective bargaining agreements in the construction industry; and Industrial Info ...
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Greek Mainstream Media: Economic Interests Come Before the Law 25.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
One factor connecting censorship, political favoritism, violence toward journalists, and selective enforcement of the law is economic influence, and in Greece, media is dominated by a few business tycoons, with significant commercial, industrial and financial interests.   Do you want media that’s accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This is the sixth in a series of articles that chronicle the long history of corruption, lawlessness and censorship in Greece's media and journalism landscapes. This is a situation that has worsened in recent years in the midst of the country's severe economic crisis, but which has a deeply-rooted history. Censorship, political favoritism, violence towards journalists, and selective enforcement of the law collectively pose a tremendous threat to press freedom. One factor which connects all of the above, however, is economic influence, and in Greece, media has traditionally been dominated by a ...
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Somalia says reviewing oil deals U.N. says lack transparency 25.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Drazen Jorgic and Louis Charbonneau NAIROBI/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Somalia said it was reviewing several oil and gas deals that U.N. investigators say lack transparency and risk hindering development of the country's energy industry. Energy firms are cautiously eyeing Somalia's long coastline, an untapped frontier on the east African seaboard that has become an exploration hot spot after big gas finds in Mozambique and Tanzania. Somalia's southern neighbour Kenya has found oil. ...
Debate topic turns to Lachelt 25.10.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – Republican gubernatorial challenger Bob Beauprez on Thursday accused La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt of a radical environmental agenda in co-chairing an oil and gas task force.Beauprez’s comments came during a debate with Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who remains in a tight race against the former...
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Climate Needs 'Radical Shock Treatment'; EU Pledges Only 'Smelling Salts' 24.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Activists Form Human Blockade to Stop Community from Becoming 'Gas Station for Fracking' 24.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Spain challenges Canary Island poll on oil plans 24.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government says it will ask the Constitutional Court to block proposals by the Canary Islands regional government to stage a referendum on oil exploration in waters off the popular tourist archipelago.
Spain to challenge to Canary Island plan to hold referendum on oil exploration plans 24.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Why There's a Real Chance My Texas Town Might Ban Fracking 24.10.2014 Truthout.com
Local organizers hold electric lights in support of the fracking ban at the courthouse square in Denton, October, 2014. (Photo: Candice Bernd) The history of the quirky Texas town of Denton's struggle with fracking reveals why the gas industry's propaganda about "responsible drilling" is deceitful and why a total ban on fracking is necessary. Denton residents understand this from years of personal experience. Local organizers hold electric lights in support of the fracking ban at the courthouse square in Denton, October, 2014. (Photo: Candice Bernd) The support of readers like you got this story published - and helps Truthout stay free from corporate advertising. Can you sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation today? I live on Denton Street, in Denton, Texas, in Denton County, so I know a thing or two about the city of Denton - and its ongoing struggle with the gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within city limits. I live a little more than a mile from McKenna Park, where, ...
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Mozambique offers more gas and oil blocks week after election 24.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Manuel Mucari MAPUTO (Reuters) - Mozambique on Thursday opened up 15 new offshore and onshore areas for gas and oil exploration and production in its north, centre and south, a week after national elections which are expected to return the ruling Frelimo party to power. The blocks on offer in the latest licensing round launched in Maputo and London included three new areas of the northern Rovuma Basin, where U.S. oil major Anadarko Petroleum Corp and Italy's Eni are already developing multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects. ...
EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 24.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
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Oil rich Angola seeks to pack a global punch 24.10.2014 World
Angola's recent election to the UN Security Council is part of a wider bid to polish its veteran president's image and transform the fast emerging oil-rich country into a regional powerhouse. Angola has worked hard to heal the scars of battle since the end of a bitter 27-year civil war in 2002. Once a byword for brutal internecine conflict, Angola is now slated to overtake Nigeria as Africa's largest oil producer and is ranked among the fastest growing economies on this rapidly expanding continent. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has "invested a lot in sanitising the government's image," said Paula Roque, a senior researcher with the International Crisis ...
EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 24.10.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
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7 Facts That Prove Your Day-To-Day Choices Can Actually Have An Environmental Impact 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Everyone thinks their contribution to being sustainable won’t make a difference. That is simply untrue. The power of one person “going green” can have a much bigger impact on the world around us than we realize. According to the NRDC, a pound of carbon dioxide could fill a ballon the size of an exercise ball -- and the average American releases the equivalent of 57 pounds of carbon dioxide, or 57 of these balloons, into the atmosphere every day. Below are some examples that illustrate how even our seemingly small environmental efforts are changing the world around us, brought to you in our partnership with NRG. Participating in Meatless Monday: Can save the equivalent of 1,089 balloons of carbon... if not more. In 2012, a discussion on NPR's Morning Edition show confirmed what many of us already knew to be true: Americans eat a lot of meat. In fact, the average American consumes nearly a quarter-pound of meat per day, making the U.S. one of the highest meat consumptions per capita in the world. Putting ...
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EU Agrees To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked the guideline text on global warming to protect varied economic interests, from nuclear plants and cross-border power lines to farmers whose livestock belch out polluting methane. In the end, an overall target was agreed for the 28-nation bloc to cut its emissions of carbon in 2030 by at least 40 percent from levels in the benchmark year of 1990. An existing goal of a 20-percent cut by 2020 has already been nearly met, in part due to the collapse of communist-era industry in the east. EU leaders called the 40-percent target an ambitious signal to the likes of the United States and ...
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Illinois Wasting Millions on Another Coal-to-Gas Pork Project 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The state of Illinois is throwing millions of taxpayer dollars at another coal-to-gas plant just two years after a similar project ended in failure. The Coal Development Fund has so far given Homeland Fuels two grants totaling $4.25 million  in taxpayer dollars. The first grant  was awarded in 2013 to fund a study for the proposed "Coal to Diesel Pilot Project" next to their coal supplier, which will apparently be a nearby Chris Cline -owned mine in central Illinois. The company moved addresses from Hillsboro to Litchfield before receiving a second grant for $3,500,000. There's no indication of how the plant would limit their global warming emissions or other environmental impacts. Coal is king of corporate welfare in Illinois with a portion of the state energy tax dedicated to subsidizing the industry . The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity grant tracker shows the agency gave nearly $23 million to support coal during the 2014 fiscal year. That doesn't include additional state and local tax ...
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Many Roads, One Destination: Action on Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas 24.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Sean Wright , Senior Analyst, Corporate Partnerships Earlier this week the Center for American Progress held an event to raise awareness about the impacts of methane. “ Opportunities for Curbing Methane Pollution ” brought together representatives from a wide spectrum of backgrounds: state and federal policy experts, environmental advocates, and labor. While each had their own reasons, be them safety, jobs, health, climate, all agreed that reducing methane emissions from the US oil and gas sector was both critical and possible. That sentiment was captured nicely by Judi Greenwald from the Department of Energy: “For most people it’s primarily about methane and… these greenhouse gas reductions, but I think there are a lot of other [policy] drivers. In some instances it’s really the safety benefit that’s most important…. [And] there are a lot of other reasons to do this. So you get agreement on actions, but you might actually not get agreement on each [policy] driver.” Reducing methane ...
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The lowdown on those low prices at the pump 23.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
While consumers enjoy gasoline prices around $3 a gallon, some economists see trouble ahead.
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