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Energy boom blurs political battle lines 19.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge.
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Political Battle Lines Blurred By Fracking, Keystone Debates 19.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge. Some deeply conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the drilling technique that's largely responsible for the boom. The divide is most visible among Democrats in the nation's capital, where 11 Democratic senators wrote President Barack Obama this month urging him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which is opposed by many environmental groups and billionaire activist Tom Steyer. The State Department said Friday that it was extending indefinitely the amount of time that federal agencies have to review the project, likely delaying a pipeline decision until after the November elections. Several senators from energy-producing such as Louisiana and Alaska have distanced themselves from the Obama administration, while environmental ...
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Drill, Spill, Repeat? 19.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline decision 19.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Deliberations on the $5.3-billion project are almost certainly now postponed until after the November midterm election. A Nebraska state court decision invalidated part of the pipeline route. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday delayed a decision on the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, citing a Nebraska state court decision that invalidated part of the project's ...
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National energy boom blurs traditional Democratic-Republican battle lines across the country 19.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Latest delay to Keystone XL pipeline review won't quell political wrangling in 2014 races 19.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline decision 19.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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U.S. further delays final decision on Keystone XL pipeline 19.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after the U.S. mid-term elections in ...
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The Cost of Limiting Climate Change Could Double without Carbon Capture Technology 19.4.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

The economics of combating climate change may depend on an underfunded technology.

When it comes to technology for averting climate change, renewable energy often gets the limelight. But a relatively neglected technology—capturing carbon dioxide from power plants—could have a far bigger impact on the economics of dealing with climate change, according to a U.N. report released earlier this week.

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Four Years After the Blowout... Has Anything Changed? 19.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Four years ago this Sunday night, BP's Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well blew out, killing 11 workers, destroying the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible rig, and putting an estimated 5 million barrels of oil into the water. The Gulf continues to suffer the effects of oil that remains, and many shore-based businesses are still struggling to get back on their feet. At the same time, our rig count in the Gulf has returned to its pre-blowout level. Beyond the obvious effects of this massive oil spill, and the ongoing court battle between the government, plaintiffs, and BP, the question needs to be asked: After the worst offshore blowout in US history, did we learn anything? Have we changed the way we work in the offshore, and have we changed national policy to make it safer and to make ourselves less dependent on deepwater oil production? The answers to these questions, as you would expect, are not easy, and not necessarily very comforting. There is no short answer to safety improvements, even though the ...
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TransCanada CEO 'disappointed' with Keystone XL pipeline delay 19.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
(Reuters) - TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Friday he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" with yet another delay in making a decision on a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The statement followed the decision by the U.S. State Department to extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 mid-term elections. By linking Canadian fields to refiners on the Gulf Coast, the 1,200-mile (1,900-km) Keystone XL pipeline would be a boon to an energy patch where oil sands are abundant but that produce more carbon pollution than many other forms of crude. Keystone opponents say that burning fossil fuels to wrench oil sands crude from the ground will worsen climate change, and that the $5.4 billion pipeline, which could carry up to 830,000 barrels per day, would only spur more production.
Obama Administration Again Delays Keystone XL Decision 19.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration is delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline to gain clarity on the pipeline's proposed route through Nebraska and allow more time for comment from other government agencies. In February, a district court in Nebraska invalidated the route that had been proposed through the state . The State Department told representatives from congressional offices on Friday that they are extending the time period for agency comment until there is more certainty on the route. There were supposed to be 14 days left in the agency comment period -- a 90-day period that started with the release of the final environmental analysis at the end of January . Given the continued uncertainty about the route, State said it will give agencies those additional 14 days once there is a decision on the Nebraska route, according to sources who were on the call. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed most of that information in a tweet Friday afternoon. Psaki said the agency is ...
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League Of Conservation Voters Spends Big To Defeat Senate Candidate Cory Gardner 19.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters is going hard against Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). On Thursday, the LCV announced that it was adding Gardner, a second-term House member, to its list of lawmakers who have opposed environmental measures and would spend $1 million on anti-Gardner ads. The ads highlight the $450,000 in campaign contributions Gardner has received from the oil and gas industry, according to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics . Oil and gas interests have been his largest industry supporters. In March, Gardner announced that he is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, rather than running for reelection to the House. Gardner is the first Senate candidate added to the League of Conservation Voters' "Dirty Dozen" list, which the group creates every election cycle to highlight candidates that it would like to defeat. In its release announcing the ads , the LCV also dinged Gardner's position on climate change. Gardner said in 2010 , "I think the climate is changing, but ...
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U.S. extends Keystone XL comment period, delaying final decision 19.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department announced on Friday it is extending the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 mid-term elections. President Barack Obama has said he will make a final decision on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners and several government agencies had been given until the end of May to weigh in. This had raised expectations of a final decision by mid-year.
A Roadmap for Survival 18.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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A Roadmap for Survival 18.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Slightly Decreased in 2012 18.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Climate change is making the news for a number of reasons, including Showtime’s new series called "Years of Living Dangerously." The rise in greenhouse gas emissions is responsible for climate change, and the majority of scientists agree that most of the increase is caused by human activity. That said, there is a bit of good news when it comes to U.S. GHG emissions. The Los Angeles Times reports that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012. The report is based on the EPA's recently released inventory, which cites "multiple factors" for the decrease in emissions — including reduced emissions from electricity generation, fuel efficiency in vehicles, a decrease in the price of natural gas and reductions in miles traveled.
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Shell head tells Putin wants to expand Russia operations 18.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
The chief executive of Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch Shell Ben van Beurden met President Vladimir Putin at his private residence on Friday, telling the Russian strongman that the company wanted to expand its operations in Russia. The meeting between the Shell chief and Putin was the latest signal from the Kremlin that it is keen to keep ties with European big business despite the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine. Putin had held a similar meeting on March 26 with the chief executive of Siemens, Joe Kaeser, who reassured the Russian president that the German industrial giant planned a long-term investment in Russia. Van Buerden told Putin that Shell wanted to expand the Sakhalin-2 offshore oil and gas project in the Pacific which is already delivering Russian LNG to Asian ...
China Environmental News Alert 18.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Greenlaw from NRDC China, NRDC China Program, Beijing: NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a compilation of news from around...
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Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More! 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jetstream once again looks like it's bringing cold deep into the US, while the North Pole and surroundings (that big orange spot) are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. California continues to dry, and hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind patterns, click here , and here , for the planet. (Clicking on "earth" ...
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