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Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine 19.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Energy company Range Resources has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for problems at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. It's the largest penalty the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry.
Range Resources agrees to pay $4M fine for gas drilling waste violations 19.9.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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An Argument for 'Sane' Fracking 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I was cooking a meal recently at my home in Denver, Colorado on my natural gas stove when my mind drifted to the ongoing debate about fracking. You've got to love irony. Despite the comfort and warmth natural gas provides for many of us, here are the cold facts. Like my family, about 61% of homes in the United States utilize natural gas. Meanwhile, since the 1940's, 1.2 million wells have been fracked in at least 32 states . But many of us, including myself, are skeptical. We like the comfort and convenience of natural gas, but is fracking safe for our communities and our environment? Given the rapid growth of fracking, especially in recent years, the EPA will release a report later this year that will take a look at its impact on public health as well as recommend best practices for the industry. We all want to know: Can we develop this natural resource responsibly? Can we ensure regulations are on the books that protect everyone, and not just the bottom line of an industry with very deep ...
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New York: Where the Carbon Bubble Threat Goes Mainstream? 18.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Beyond Divestment: Climate-Concerned Philanthropists Pledge to Move Billions to Wind and Solar 18.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Five Reasons Now is the Time for Federal Standards to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions 18.9.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Mark Brownstein Source: Tim Evanson Flickr Today sixteen leaders of the nation’s largest environmental and conservation groups, including EDF’s president Fred Krupp, came together to call for urgent federal action to curb methane emissions from oil and gas development. This past march, President Obama laid out his Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions , where he announced that the Environmental Protection Agency will decide by this fall how best to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. The Strategy builds on the commitment from his 2012 State of the Union Address that the development of oil and gas resources must not put Americans' health and safety at risk. Here are five reasons why reducing methane is a national priority that requires the Obama administration to follow through on its commitment: 1.      Methane and associated air pollution from oil and gas operations is heating up the climate and hurting our health. Methane is a super pollutant, more than 80 times as powerful as ...
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Cyprus energy minister says Egypt Jordan interested in Mediterranean island's offshore gas 18.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Transport sector climate action key to close the world’s emissions gap 18.9.2014 THE CITY FIX
Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and its emissions ...
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A One-Two Punch to Curb Powerful Climate Pollutants -- Carbon Dioxide from the Power Sector and Methane from the Oil and Gas Industry 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: EPA’s groundbreaking carbon pollution standards for the nation’s existing power plants, proposed last June, represent the most significant action our country has ever taken to tackle the pollution that drives climate change. NRDC is preparing detailed comments to submit this...
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Transport sector climate action key to fill the world’s emissions gap 18.9.2014 THE CITY FIX
Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and its emissions ...
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 18.9.2014 Democracy Now!
As the United Nations prepares to hold one-day global summit on climate change, we speak to award-winning author Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate." In the book, Klein details how our neoliberal economic system and our planetary system are now at war. With global emissions at an all-time high, Klein says radical action is needed. "We have not done the things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of this crisis," Klein writes. "We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe -- and would benefit the vast majority -- are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets." "Watch Part 2":http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/naomi_klein_on_the_peoples_climate
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Chevron CEO Q&A: Oil prices, exports, pipelines, Russia, greenhouse gases and renewables 18.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
John Watson covered a lot of ground -- addressing political crises in Russia and the Middle East and the future of oil prices. He slammed California's cap and trade scheme, explained why Chevron does not have a commercial biofuels plant, and argued that the U.S. should allow crude oil exports.
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A Message to World Leaders at the UN Climate Summit: Green Growth Isn't Just Possible -- It's Profitable 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Obama prepares for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, he should deliver the message that investing in a strong economy and a healthy environment go hand-in hand by outlining how the United States can stabilize the climate and increase job opportunities as a model for other developed nations. And, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts -- Amherst, such green growth isn't just possible -- it has the potential to be a profitable job creator. The report, which I co-author with Dr. Robert Pollin, goes beyond calling for greater measures to mitigate climate change. Working from the administration-supported climate goal of 40 percent GHG emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2035, we determined the fuel mix and level of public and private investment needed to reach that goal. Transitioning to a cleaner energy future entails an annual investment, mostly in the private sector, of $110 ...
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Republican senator says 2015 could be time for U.S. oil export bill 18.9.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top supporter in the U.S. Congress for reversing the 40-year ban on crude oil exports, Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, said next year could be the time for a bill on lifting the restriction. "I think it may be timely then," Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, told reporters on Thursday when asked if next year would be a good time for legislation. Lawmakers have avoided introducing a measure to lift the ban ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections amid concern that exporting oil could lead to higher gasoline prices. ...
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'Sea Tree' Is The Floating Green Oasis That Could Bring Nature To The City 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
“The waterfront no longer places a limitation on city expansion, in fact it is the new frontier!” So begins the description for "Sea Tree," a futuristic nature reserve imagined by Netherlands-based architecture firm, Waterstudio . The wild design, still in the rendering phase, would bring floating steel structures to the shores of urban centers. And inside those steel towers, would be vegetated layers of habitable space, meant for both flora and fauna to flourish in spaces where land and wildlife is scarce. According to Waterstudio, Sea Tree would be built using the "latest offshore technology," similar to that used in building oil storage towers in the open ocean . But instead of housing oil, the towers would play home to plant and animal species, working to reduce CO2 emissions along the way. "Large oil companies will have the opportunity to give back by using their own intellectual property and resources to donate Sea Trees to a community in need," Waterstudio wrote in a statement to HuffPost, ...
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The Carbon Underground: Reversing Global Warming 18.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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APNewsBreak: Chevron is first to meet new drilling rules from industry-environmental pact 18.9.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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APNewsBreak: Chevron meets shale drilling rules 18.9.2014 AP Business
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday....
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The Great Frack Forward
China's Coal Addiction Threatens The Planet. But Can It Handle A Natural Gas Revolution?
18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. ON A HAZY MORNING LAST SEPTEMBER, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil executives filed into a vaulted meeting room in a cloistered campus in south Xi'an, a city famous for its terra-cotta warriors and lethal smog . The Communist Party built this compound, called the Shaanxi Guesthouse, in 1958. It was part of the lead-up to Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward, in which, to surpass the industrial achievements of the West, the government built steelworks, coal mines, power stations, and cement factories—displacing hundreds of thousands and clearcutting a tenth of China's forests in the process. Despite its quaint name, the guesthouse is a cluster of immense concrete structures jutting out of expansive, manicured lawns and man-made lakes dotted with stone bridges and pagodas. It also features a karaoke lounge, spa, tennis stadium, shopping center, and beauty ...
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Deep Inside the Wild World of China's Fracking Boom 18.9.2014 Mother Jones
IX. Unfit for Drinking The guests at the compound that week were gearing up for another great leap: a push to export the United States' fracking boom to China's vast shale fields—and beyond. Attendees slid into black leather chairs behind glossy rosewood tables, facing a stage flanked by large projector screens. Chinese businessmen wore high-waist slacks with belts clasped over their bellies. I watched as one thumbed through business cards bearing the logos of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Halliburton. Behind closed doors, a select group of Chinese and American officials and executives held a "senior VIP meeting." Outside, a troop of People's Liberation Army guards marched in tight formation. The US-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum , sponsored by the US departments of Commerce and Energy, as well as China's National Energy Administration, has convened for the last 13 years. But the focus turned to shale gas in 2009, when President Obama and then-President Hu Jintao announced an agreement to ...
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