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EU energy chief expects gas talks with Russia, Ukraine by mid-September 29.8.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
MOSCOW (Reuters) - European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Reuters on Friday he expects the trilateral talks between Russia and Ukraine, brokered by the EU, to resume by mid-September. Oettinger has been in Moscow where he met Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak. Russia stopped supplying Ukraine with gas in June after the former Soviet republics failed to agree on gas price and debt. Around half of Russian gas exports to Europe flow via Ukraine. (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Polina Devitt)
Russia warns of high risk to gas deliveries to Europe this winter 29.8.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Energy minister Alexander Novak warned Friday of high risks of disruptions to supplies of Russian gas to Europe as international tensions over Ukraine mounted. "The situation is extremely critical as the heating season approaches," Novak said at a joint press conference with the EU's Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger. "There is a high risk that gas delivered by Gazprom for Europe will be illegally taken by Ukraine for its own use," he warned. Russia cut in mid-June its deliveries for Ukraine after a pro-Western government took power and disputes over prices led to what Novak said was the accumulation of a debt of $5.3 ...
Why Coal Is (Still) Worse Than Fracking and Cow Burps 29.8.2014 Mother Jones
Is fracking for natural gas good for the planet? To understand the pitched fight over this question, you first need to realize that for many years, we've been burning huge volumes of coal to get electricity—and coal produces a ton of carbon dioxide, the chief gas behind global warming. Natural gas, by contrast, produces half as much carbon dioxide when it burns, and thus, the fracking boom has been credited with a decline in US greenhouse gas emissions. So far so good, right? Umm, maybe. Recently on our Inquiring Minds podcast, we heard from Anthony Ingraffea , a professor of engineering at Cornell University, who contends that it just isn't that simple. Methane (the main component of natural gas) is also a hard-hitting greenhouse gas, if it somehow finds its way into the atmosphere. And Ingraffea argued that because of high leakage rates of methane from shale gas development, that's exactly what's happening. The trouble is that methane has a much greater " global warming potential " than carbon dioxide, ...
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Russia says open for gas talks with Ukraine, offers discount 29.8.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday that Russia is still open for gas talks with Ukraine, however the date for a meeting has not been decided yet. Novak, after meeting with European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in Moscow, also reiterated that Russia is ready to provide Kiev with a discount of $100 per 1,000 cubic meters for gas supplied to Ukraine. Russia stopped supplying gas to Ukraine in June after a protracted gas pricing stand off. (Reporting by katya Golubkova; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Christian Lowe)
Russia urges Ukraine to store more gas for winter 29.8.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's energy minister Alexander Novak said on Friday that Ukraine should pump as much as 10 billion cubic meters into its gas storage facilities or else it faces shortages. He said this should be done by Oct.15 when the winter season starts, and that Ukraine has stockpiled up to 16 bcm of gas already. Novak also said that Moscow is ready to apply retroactively a $100 discount per 1,000 cubic meters of Russian gas to Ukraine. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)
Exclusive: Morgan Stanley plans natural gas export plant in new commodities foray 29.8.2014 Yahoo: Business
By Anna Louie Sussman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley has quietly filed plans to build and run one of the first U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy submitted in May, the Wall Street bank outlined a proposal to build, own and operate a compression and container loading facility near Freeport, Texas, which will have capacity to ship 60 billion cubic feet a year of compressed natural gas (CNG). While the size of the project is small compared with bigger liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, the plan highlights the bank's ability to exploit its status as one of two Wall Street banks which are allowed to own and operate infrastructure for the manufacture, storage and operation of raw materials. The other one is Goldman ...
#DirtyDenier$ Day 20: Senator James Inhofe 29.8.2014 Politics on
Though the winds often come sweeping down the plains in Oklahoma, they have not blown hard enough to clear away the misguided, misleading views of Senator James Inhofe. Inhofe is a top ranking Dirty Denier because of his campaign funding from dirty sources and his terrible votes against the environment. In addition, Inhofe wrote the book, literally, on climate denialism (The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, published in 2012). His whacky views on climate change take a page from the playbook of the most conservative groups promoting dirty fossil fuels. And if Republicans take control of the Senate, Inhofe would be in line to be chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where he would have a stranglehold on environmental progress. He has received an astounding $1,671,521 in contributions to his campaign committee and Leadership PAC from the oil & gas industry over the course of his political career, including $489,250 in the 2014 election cycle ...
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Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume 29.8.2014 LA Times: Environment
The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous.
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Million Electric Vehicle Bill Sent to Governor Brown 29.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Max Baumhefner, Attorney, Clean Vehicles & Fuels, San Francisco: California is poised to open a portal to America’s future, shoving Big Oil off the highways to make room for cleaner transportation alternatives that will improve the nation’s health and provide drivers with much-needed relief from pain at the pump....
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Regulators approve $160 million pipeline upgrade 29.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Enbridge Energy plans to add pumping stations to boost the capacity of the line across northern Minnesota.
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Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California 29.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an oil extraction method known as fracking on public land in Monterey County. The study...
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Forward-Looking Analyses are Key to Comparing Clean Energy Benefits 29.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Peter Sopher Source: Kuebi, Armin Kübelbeck Good science should spark debate. It’s the nature of the field, after all. You ask questions, search for data and then debate what it means or what actions the data should spur. Such a debate is underway now, and it is adding fuel to an old fire. In May 2014, Dr. Charles R. Frank of the Brookings Institution published a working paper comparing the net benefits of replacing coal and gas plants with five no- and low-carbon fuels – solar, wind, hydropower, nuclear, and combined cycle natural gas. Avoided carbon emissions and low energy and capacity costs are deemed benefits, whereas higher emissions, energy and capacity costs, and unique fuel-specific deficiencies (i.e. toxic waste from nuclear power, intermittency of wind, solar, and hydro, etc.) comprise costs. In late July, The Economist promoted several of this working paper’s primary findings, namely that wind and solar are expensive fuel sources with relatively sparse net benefits – compared to nuclear, ...
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As Louisiana Sinks And Sea Levels Rise, The State Is Drowning. Fast. 29.8.2014 Green on
From Bob Marshall, The Lens, Brian Jacobs and Al Shaw, ProPublica: In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy. And it’s going to get worse, even quicker. Scientists now say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion over the next 50 years, so far unabated and largely unnoticed. At the current rates that the sea is rising and land is sinking, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists say by 2100 the Gulf of Mexico could rise as much as 4.3 feet across this landscape , which has an average elevation of about 3 feet. If that happens, everything outside the protective levees — most of Southeast Louisiana — would be underwater. The effects would be felt far beyond bayou country. The region ...
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Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease 29.8.2014 Green on
Just over a week before the lease, the  Mexican government passed energy reform legislation  that will  prop open the barn door for international oil and gas companies  to  sign joint ventures with state-owned oil company Pemex , including in Mexico's portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Baker Hughes Fracks the Tertiary The May edition of World Oil explains that Baker Hughes has lead the way in technology innovation to tap into Lower Tertiary oil and gas, described as existing within "harsh HPHT conditions," or high pressure, high temperature conditions. Using offshore fracking techniques, Baker Hughes has aided Petrobas in developing a test well in the Cascade offshore field . The company believes the recent Gulf acreage sale by the Obama Administration will serve as a boon for further offshore fracking in the months and years to come. "We expect that there will be more offshore stimulation in coming years," Douglas Stephens , president of pressure pumping at Baker Hughes, told the AP in the lease's aftermath ...
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100% of new US electricity capacity came from renewables in 3 of the last 10 months 28.8.2014 TreeHugger
The tides are a shifting. Renewables may not dominate the electric grid yet (far from it), but they are growing fast.
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Protect California's Energy Security 28.8.2014 Green on
This post was co-authored with with Andrea Marr. Before the end of the legislative session this Friday, California legislators are pondering action worse than just kicking the can down the road -- they're actively considering taking a dive on our energy security. California's climate law, AB32, has been hailed as an innovation-driver, and a model for other states looking to jump-start their clean energy economies. California will begin regulating the carbon emissions associated with transportation fuels next year, providing pathways to market for more electric vehicles, better batteries, and cleaner fuels, and the jobs that will accompany this industry innovation. But as current and former members of the military, and California natives, we want to highlight how AB32 has also put our state on the path towards a more secure energy future. Our dependence on oil is a key national security threat, creating opportunities for our adversaries around the world. The terrorist group ISIL, currently spreading ...
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Utility-Sponsored Teacher Training At Mizzou Brings Climate Skepticism And Anti-EPA Message 28.8.2014 Politics on
Public high school teachers in Missouri were recently treated to a utility-sponsored seminar on energy, where they learned that fossil fuels are king and man-made climate change may not be real. Twenty-three educators gathered at the University of Missouri on Aug. 5 and 6 for the “Energy in Today’s Classroom" workshop, where they received lessons on the basic science of electricity, the sources and economics of power generation and transmission, and primers on energy efficiency and conservation. These presentations were interspersed with one presenter's message that most scientists are wrong about humanity's contribution to climate change. The workshop came at a "key time," according to a press release from a sponsoring utility , "as electricity producers battle the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to maintain an all-of-the-above energy policy" that includes fossil fuels. Now in its second year, the teachers' workshop is funded in part by the Central Electric Power Cooperative , a group of ...
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Energy Industry 'Will Flourish in Independent Scotland' 28.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The Scottish Energy Minister is trying to reassure oil companies that Scotland's large energy industry will flourish if the country becomes independent.
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As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, "Only a Big Movement" Can Take on Global Warming 28.8.2014 Democracy Now!
As international climate scientists warn runaway greenhouse gas emissions could cause "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts," the Obama administration is abandoning attempts to have Congress agree to a legally binding international climate deal. The New York Times reports U.S. negotiators are crafting a proposal that would not require congressional approval and instead would seek pledges from countries to cut emissions on a voluntary basis. This comes as a new U.N. report warns climate change could become "irreversible" if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked. If global warming is to be adequately contained, it says, at least three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. We speak to founder Bill McKibben about why his hopes for taking on global warming lie not in President Obama's approach, but rather in events like the upcoming People's Climate March in New York City, which could mark the largest rally for climate action ever. "The Obama administration, which ...
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A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria 28.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
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