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San Bruno alleges misconduct by regulator in PG&E explosion case 29.7.2014 LA Times: Business
San Bruno city officials, furious over what they said were overly friendly communications between utility regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after a fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion, called for a state investigation.
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Using Google Street View in our Fight Against Climate Change 29.7.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Steven Hamburg Throughout history, maps have played a critical role in shaping our decisions—helping us determine where we are going and how we are going to get there. Now, we’re using them to define a way to address climate change. Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach have worked together to launch  a series of maps  that show methane leaks from natural gas pipelines under city streets in Boston, Indianapolis and Staten Island. This new tool has the power to greatly improve cities’ and utilities’ ability to minimize methane emissions that contribute to global warming. Why care about methane? A recent tide of  scientific studies  about losses from the natural gas supply chain has made it clear the critical importance of reducing methane emissions (methane is the primary ingredient of natural gas). One of natural gas's potential benefits over other fossil fuels is that when burned it produces less carbon dioxide emissions, half as much as coal. If used wisely to rapidly displace dirty ...
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As U.S. gets greener, it is sending dirty coal abroad 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Exports threaten to undermine global warming strategy
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Natural Gas Is Not Going to Save the World 29.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy. The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels. We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a "clean" fuel—even a " green " fuel . Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth. That truth is basic chemistry: when you burn natural gas, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced is, other things being equal, much less than when you burn an equivalent amount of coal or oil. It can be as much as 50% less compared with coal, and 20% to 30% less compared with diesel fuel, gasoline, or home heating oil. When it comes to a greenhouse gas (GHG) heading ...
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General Mills takes bold stand for climate action 28.7.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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General Mills takes bold stand for climate action 28.7.2014 Press releases
Oxfam welcomed today’s commitment from General Mills to implement industry-leading measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chains and press for political action to address climate change. Oxfam welcomes General Mills’ commitments to act following tremendous public pressure Oxfam welcomed today’s commitment from General Mills to implement industry-leading measures t The ball is now in Kellogg’s court to respond to the hundreds of thousands of people calling for climate action. Monique van Zijl Campaign manager for Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Notes to Editors 1. Read General Mills’ new policy at: http://www.generalmills.com/ChannelG/Issues/climate_policy.aspx/ Link to statement on new GHG Emissions Target: http://www.generalmills.com/Responsibility/Environment/climate/GHG_emissions.aspx General Mills Blog post: http://www.blog.generalmills.com/2014/07/how-the-weather-forecast-impacts-food-supply/ 2. Oxfam’s investigation into climate change and the food industry is available at: Standing on ...
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Britain reopens way for shale-gas fracking 28.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
London • Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said shale gas has the potential to increase the country’s energy supply but stressed national parks will be protected. “Done right, speeding up shale will mean more jobs and opportunities for people and help ensure long-term econom...
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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad 28.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
With the country moving to cleaner natural gas, the Obama administration wants to reduce power plant pollution to make good on its promise to the world to cut emissions.
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The Gas Trap 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Natural gas is all the rage. Power plants are rushing to convert from coal or oil to gas-fired production. Businesses are converting boilers. Homeowners are switching to gas furnaces. Drillers are sucking it out of shale and pipeline companies are plotting thousands of miles of new pipeline. Natural gas is hailed as a "bridge" from the dirty fossil fuels of coal and oil, embraced as much better for our environment and much cheaper for consumers. But this is a fool's gold rush. We are making a grave mistake in creating an infrastructure built on natural gas, which fails on both environmental and economic grounds. Increasingly, we are realizing the escaped methane from drilling and moving natural gas is as destructive--or more so--than our present carbon dioxide emissions. Although in the lab, burned methane releases half the greenhouse gases as coal, too much methane leaks--or is intentionally vented at oil drilling sites. And methane has 86 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide ...
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Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital 28.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
CAIRO (AP) — A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the ...
Britain Reopens Path For Shale Gas Development And Fracking 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LONDON (AP) — Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said shale gas has the potential to increase the country's energy supply but stressed national parks will be protected. "Done right, speeding up shale will mean more jobs and opportunities for people and help ensure long-term economic and energy security for our country," he said. The new licenses allow firms to start exploring for shale gas, with further permits required before drilling can begin. The government said national parks and other important sites will be protected unless there are "exceptional circumstances." Drilling for shale gas, a process known as fracking, has proved highly controversial in Britain with large protests disrupting some operations. The fracking process, which involves injecting water, chemicals and sand ...
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Europe weighs Russia sanctions against economic pain 28.7.2014 Washington Post: World

SCHWEDT, Germany — In the United States, Igor Ivanovich Sechin is persona non grata, banned from entry and his assets frozen due to Moscow’s meddling in Ukraine. But in this German industrial town, Sechin, the czar of Russia’s energy sector is a pillar of the local economy.

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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas: Why Fossil Fuels Can't Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels 28.7.2014 Truthout.com
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7 charts tell the story of a changing energy landscape 28.7.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

How have U.S. power sector emissions changed over the last 40 years? These charts will show you.

7 charts tell the story of a changing energy landscape
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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas 28.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Power to the Apes 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Like many Americans, the chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, Stephen Moore, recently made his way to the summer blockbuster film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. As he reflected on the film in the National Review Online , he was struck by the role energy played in the plot. "I wonder how many Americans got the subtle message here: Energy is the master resource," he asks. "Without it, we return to a Stone Age existence. Life in its absence is nasty, brutish and short." (In case you skipped the film, the storyline partly follows the human struggle to regain electric power in a post-apocalyptic world.) Moore may have missed an even subtler message in the film: The apes in the movie flourished and developed a very sophisticated society without any addiction to electricity whatsoever. But let's stick to Moore's takeaway, which is that "radical Greens," like Tom Steyer, the Sierra Club and President Barack Obama, want to take us all back to the Stone Age by transitioning the nation to more expensive, ...
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The Obama Administration's All-of-the-Above Energy Policy 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Call it the energy or global warming news of recent weeks. No, I'm not referring to the fact this was globally the hottest June on record ever (as May had been before it), or that NASA launched the first space vehicle "dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide." Nor do I mean the new report released by a "bipartisan group," including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three former secretaries of the treasury, suggesting that, by 2100, $238 billion to $507 billion worth of American property will be "below sea level"; nor that Virginia's coastline is already being eaten away by rising seas and storm-surge destruction in such a striking manner that state Democrats and Republicans are leaving global warming denialists in the lurch and forming a climate change task force to figure out what in the world to do. No, I was referring to the news that the Obama administration has just reopened the eastern seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration. To the extent ...
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Britain reopens way for fracking 28.7.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations.
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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas 28.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.  The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels.  We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a “clean” fuel -- even a “ green ” fuel . Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth. That truth is basic chemistry: when you burn natural gas, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced is, other things being equal, much less than when you burn an equivalent amount of coal or oil. It can be as much as 50% less compared with coal, and 20% to 30% less compared with diesel fuel, gasoline, or home heating oil. When it comes to a greenhouse gas (GHG) heading for the ...
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Fracking: British government opens the way for energy firms to explore for shale gas 28.7.2014 Star Tribune: World
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