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College initiative aims to keep oil workers in North Dakota 5.9.2015 Yahoo: US National
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Newly hired North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott was recently touring the state's booming oil patch when the Rhodes scholar met a rig worker with a high school diploma. Hagerott, a cybersecurity expert, said he soon found himself talking shop with an intellectual equal.
Southern California air board puts new restrictions on urban oil fields 5.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Urban oil fields in Southern California must improve the way they control odors and respond to complaints from nearby residents under new rules adopted Friday by air quality officials.
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Oil falls as mixed US jobs data clouds Fed rate hike 5.9.2015 Yahoo: Politics

A customer pumps gasoline into his car at an Arco gas station on March 3, 2015 in Mill Valley, CaliforniaNew York (AFP) - Oil prices fell Friday as investors weighed the outlook for the US economy after mixed jobs data gave no clue on the timing for a Federal Reserve interest rate increase.


Kerry On Arctic: 'We're Not Going To Suddenly Be Weaned From Oil' 4.9.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration's decision to allow Shell to begin exploratory oil drilling  in the Arctic, even as the United States took the helm of the Arctic Council and put climate change atop the council's agenda. Environmental groups have accused the administration of "hypocrisy"  when it comes to the Arctic. The Huffington Post's Sam Stein asked Kerry in an interview Thursday whether green-lighting Shell's plans as both Kerry and Obama  highlighted the urgency of action on climate change  sent a "mixed message."  "Not really," said Kerry, noting that Shell's leases were initially granted before Obama became president. "So the leases existed, and Shell and other companies are going to be drilling somewhere over the course of these next years, because we're not going to suddenly be weaned from oil." Kerry also said that the oil off the coast of Alaska is "a cleaner oil than others" -- which could be interpreted as a dig at Canada's oil sands, which have ...
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Soil as Our Salvation 4.9.2015 Commondreams.org Views
Hannah Apricot Eckberg

What if the answer to stopping climate change was lying right under our feet? What if one of the most revolutionary acts you could do was to plant a garden? Well, research is starting to show this might just be true.

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John Kerry Defends Administration's Decision To Allow Arctic Drilling 4.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration's decision to allow Shell to begin exploratory oil drilling  in the Arctic, even as the United States took the helm of the Arctic Council and put climate change atop the council's agenda. Environmental groups have accused the administration of "hypocrisy"  when it comes to the Arctic. The Huffington Post's Sam Stein asked Kerry in an interview Thursday whether green-lighting Shell's plans as both Kerry and Obama  highlighted the urgency of action on climate change  sent a "mixed message."  "Not really," said Kerry, noting that Shell's leases were initially granted before Obama became president. "So the leases existed, and Shell and other companies are going to be drilling somewhere over the course of these next years, because we're not going to suddenly be weaned from oil." Kerry also said that the oil off the coast of Alaska is "a cleaner oil than others" -- which could be interpreted as a dig at Canada's oil sands, which have ...
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Algeria power struggle intensifies with arrest, sackings 4.9.2015 Yahoo: Politics
Algeria's security services have been rocked by the arrest of the anti-terrorism chief and sackings of top officials in recent weeks, as a behind-the-scenes power struggle intensifies. The oil-rich North African state has been ruled since 1999 by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but concerns have been growing over how much longer he can stay in power. Experts say Bouteflika and his allies -- especially powerful army chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah -- are consolidating power ahead of a potential succession ...
BASF, Gazprom go ahead with asset swap after all 4.9.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
German chemicals giant BASF said Friday it has agreed with Russian gas behemoth Gazprom to go ahead with an asset swap which the two had abandoned due to tensions between Russia and the West. "Due to the difficult political environment, BASF and Gazprom had decided not to complete the asset swap planned for the end of the 2014," the German group explained in a statement. "We continued our joint ventures in Europe and ...
Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards. 4.9.2015 Yahoo: US National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting the state's groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has ...
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Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards. 4.9.2015 AP National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting the state's groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has testified....
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Oil industry, environmentalists in ad war over bill to cut gasoline use 4.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
When Californians check their mailboxes or flip on their radios these days, they might be forgiven for thinking an election is around the corner.
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With climate change and road repairs, Brown jumps into last-minute legislative fray 4.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown raised eyebrows by dodging questions about debates over legislation and joking that he stands "above the fray."
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Whatcom County couple died after inhaling generator fumes 4.9.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Two people died in their Whatcom County home after inhaling gas fumes from a generator during last weekend's power outage.
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California Considers Sweeping Proposals To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 4.9.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
The state is often a step ahead of the status quo when it comes to environmental policy, and climate change is no exception. New legislation includes a plan to cut gasoline use in vehicles by half.
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4 Reasons Why Low Oil Prices Mean It's Time To Shift To Renewable Energy 4.9.2015 WRI Stories
This blog post was originally published by Forbes on September 2, 2015. With oil prices at six-year lows, now is a tempting time for consumers to buy a bigger car, fill it up with cheaper gas and hit the road. The smarter move is to use this moment to accelerate the shift to renewable energy. While increased U.S. oil production has delivered short-term economic benefits, our ongoing dependence on oil is still creating serious risks to business investment, national security and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The Climate Post: Obama Talks Climate, Oil Drilling 4.9.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska this week, sharing blunt language about climate change after laying out initiatives aimed at tackling that issue in the Arctic. "On this issue--of all issues--there is such a thing as being too late," said Obama . "And that moment is almost upon us ... This year in Paris has to be the year that the world finally acts to protect the one planet that we have while we still can." On the three-day Alaska trip , Obama is experiencing firsthand the impacts of rapidly melting Arctic ice, which is warming waters that affect local fishing economies and raising sea levels, threatening the state's coastal villages. To help address some of these local issues, Obama announced new initiatives . One is fish and wildlife cooperation management to help rebuild Chinook salmon stocks. Another is an exchange program that brings urban and rural youth together to understand the challenges of a changing Arctic and the potential for local solutions against the impacts of climate ...
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Broad Set of Voices Agree: EPA’s Proposed Methane Pollution Standard is Common Sense 3.9.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Felice Stadler Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever nationwide standards to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. It’s a common sense move: With its potent global warming power and low-cost solutions, cutting methane is the biggest bargain for greenhouse gas reductions in the energy business. The array of supporters speaking out in favor of the proposal underscores just how smart, practical and doable EPA’s move is. Applause has come from voices as diverse as citizens impacted by oil and gas development and investors to government leaders in the heart of oil and gas country. Here’s just a sample of the voices we’ve heard over the past two weeks: Communities in the Crosshairs Methane is a potent climate forcer, but it also carries with it serious health impacts because it’s emitted alongside toxic and smog-forming pollutants. Low income and communities of color often are closest to industrial sources of air pollution, putting them at ...
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Paris Carbonomics 3.9.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In December of this year 196 nations will meet in Paris to close a global deal to address climate change. With less than three months, and 5 official negotiating days left before the Paris UN conference, diplomats are working out the key remaining disagreements. The major concerns revolve around money: how much responsibility rich nations will take for climate change compared to the developing countries that need to power their growing economies and populations; and how will developed nations fulfill their agreement of $100 billion per year of climate finance to begin in 2020. It's no surprise that cold hard cash is at the center of these disputes. At its core, climate change is an economic problem. Cheap and subsidized coal, oil, and gas fueled the industrial revolution and high quality of life in the West. We didn't realize until the 1960's and 1970's that there was also a huge expense we failed to foresee - pollution and climate change. Here's an analogy to consider: The 2008 financial crisis was ...
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California Is About to Do Something Great That No State Has Ever Done Before 3.9.2015 Mother Jones
Back in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made a promise. His state , he said, would pursue a new package of climate goals that are the most ambitious in the nation (and among the most ambitious in the world). California was already a leader in efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean energy. Brown pledged to go further. By 2030, he declared, California would double the energy efficiency of state buildings; get half its electricity from renewables; and halve consumption of gasoline by cars and trucks. At the time, all those nice-sounding goals were just words in a speech. But they could very soon become the law of the land. The state legislature is currently considering several bills (SB 350 is the most important) that would codify Brown's climate agenda. The legislation is widely expected to pass before the end of the legislative session next Friday, but not without a fight from the state's powerful oil lobby. Before we get into the bills themselves, let's talk about ...
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Inslee, ‘just say no’ to Vancouver Energy Terminal 3.9.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Tesoro wants us to accept significant safety, environmental and economic risks to fatten its own corporate bottom line.
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