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3M encourages employees to make solar leap 23.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
3M is offering employees significant discounts on solar panels for their homes.
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Puerto Rico prosecutors files fraud charges against officials at troubled public power company 23.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Ed Davey attacks coalition partners over pledge to end wind subsidies 22.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Energy secretary says the party that takes wind off the table is reckless in an attack quickly dismissed by Tory minister

Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, has accused his coalition government partners of reckless behaviour for their manifesto commitment to end subsidies for onshore wind.

The Lib Dem MP said Britain needed as many renewable energy technologies as possible but his attack was immediately dismissed as his view by one of his own ministers, the Tory MP Amber Rudd.

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Weak EU 2030 climate deal risks nearly a million jobs, warn unions 22.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Leader of European Trade Union Confederation joins major brands, including Philips and Shell, calling for ambitious climate and energy package to create jobs and support businesses

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Kevin Copeland: Facts 1st on coal 22.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
A good historian first will research all available information, then cross reference the data in order to concur that factual events indeed took place. This information should not in any way be infused with personal views or beliefs in order to make a political statement that might be construed as actual recorded history. Mr. Bonnifield’s letter to the editor — “Coal mining dying off” in Saturday’s edition of the Steamboat Today — imbued fact, misinformation and his obvious personal political views, without showing an in-depth knowledge of modern mining or the business strategy behind its practice. True, Twentymile, started as a strip mine, owned by Bob Adams in the 1960s, and later by such corporations as Texaco, Amoco, Getty, Cyprus, R.A.G. and, presently, Peabody Energy. The Wadge Coal Seam, mined at Twentymile, naturally dipped deeper (a syncline) beneath the earth (overburden) than could be surfaced mined practically. They then adapted by following the seam underground as a room and pillar ...
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At 3M, solar power becomes an employee benefit 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The Maplewood company joined Cisco and Kimberly-Clark in a new, innovative program.
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Take it from us in India: the world needs renewables, not more Australian exported coal | Debi Goenka 22.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Carmichaels coal will be exported to India from Queensland. But Indias clean energy industry is already booming we dont need your coal Here are little known facts about coal: its use is responsible for 400,000 premature deaths per year globally, and many more illnesses. In India, coal contributes to between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths and 20m new asthma cases annually. It is also responsible for around 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are dramatically changing the worlds climate and impoverishing millions of people. This, however, did not stop Tony Abbott from glossing over these costs when he declared recently that coal is good for humanity , nor did it stop environment minister Greg Hunt from saying that coal will lift millions in the developing world out of energy ...
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Sparks fly as 3 Maine governor candidates clash over education, welfare in final debate 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Yik Yak: the anonymous app taking US college campuses by storm 21.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Its the latest anonymous app after Whisper and Secret but what is it, how does it work, and why are more than 1,000 US colleges active on it?

The new hotshot on the college campus social media scene is Yik Yak. Much like Facebook, which was established back in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg as a Harvard student, Yik Yak has rolled up in a frat house hoodie with a lever-arch file tucked under its arm, leaning casually against a locker.

So what exactly is the app, how does it work, and why is it so popular?

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Hurricane Gonzalo: UK storms cause rush-hour disruption 21.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Tail end of hurricane Gonzalo brings high winds and heavy rain with worst conditions being experienced in Scotland

The remnants of hurricane Gonzalo have blown into Britain, causing rush-hour travel disruption for road, rail and air travellers.

High winds and heavy rain led to 110 flights being cancelled at Heathrow.

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The good news about offshore oil rigs 21.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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When it comes to U.S. power grid reliability, small electricity grids have the bigger advantage 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
To make the U.S. power grid more reliable, utilities and their customers should develop smaller, self-contained microgrids.
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Federal Eye: Watchdog’s View: An interview with the Department of Energy inspector general 20.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Department of Energy watchdog Gregory Friedman is one of the longest-serving inspectors general in the federal government. He is a methodical watchdog who thinks of his work in terms of ven diagrams. In an interview with the Federal Eye last week, Friedman talked about monitoring the federal agency with responsibility for energy policy, the nation’s nuclear-weapons stockpile, radioactive-waste cleanup and the Navy’s nuclear propulsion ...
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American tug towing disabled Russian container ship to Canadian port 19.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
Low oil price means high anxiety for Opec as US flexes its muscles 19.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Motorists, airlines and industry are enjoying low energy costs, the US is relishing its reduced reliance on the Middle East and Opec is wondering how to reassert its authority

During a week of turmoil on the global stock markets, the energy sector played out a drama that could have even bigger consequences: a standoff between the US and the Opec oil-producing nations.

While pension holders and investors watched aghast as billions of pounds were lost to market gyrations, a fossil-fuel glut and a slowing global economy have driven the oil price down to a level that could save the world $1.8bn a day on fuel costs. If this is some consolation for households everywhere after last weeks hit on stock market wealth, it means pain for the Opec cartel, composed mainly of Middle East producers.

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Can you go solar? Leases, loans help 18.10.2014 Durango Herald
NEW YORK – A new financing offering could make home solar cheaper and more attractive to homeowners, and keep the adoption of home solar growing. The offer, announced by SolarCity, is a loan that allows homeowners to install their own solar system on their roof for little or no money down, and pay less for electricity. Previous...
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The incredible, shrinking minimum wage 18.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
To the editor: Neither Daniel Flaming nor Edward Leamer mention the obvious when it comes to increasing L.A.'s minimum wage: In 1968, California's minimum wage was $1.65 an hour, or about $286 monthly (if employment ran 12 months with no layoffs). My nice studio apartment in Corona del Mar...
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Bob Geldof: 'We are a normal family. And one of us didn't make it' 18.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Six months after the death of his daughter Peaches, Bob Geldof is still raw and angry. He talks about addiction, intrusion and why hes back in his snakeskin suit You can prepare for a Bob Geldof interview, but you cannot prepare for Bob Geldof himself. Not that he isnt how you imagine: he is, but more so. Taller, louder, funnier, better read, more sweary, more informed, more opinionated. More everything. He rarely draws breath. He fires off stats about the planets resources (Humans will need 1,700% of the planets resources in 80 years), and the energy drain that is Google (Every time you search for something on Google, you use as much energy as driving a car 65 metres). He berates the BBCs Africa coverage (They only want the noble primitive version), then switches to my career, though weve met only once before: Tellys where the moneys at, Sawyer, get with the programme! If you were to draw a cartoon of us during this interview, I would have my hair blown back, as though facing a hurricane. We are at his ...
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Fossil fuel divestment: climate change activists take aim at Australia's banks 18.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

A national day of divestment will see more than 1,000 bank customers switch their accounts away from the big four banks

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Ethanol's upside points to nonfuel side of the product stream 18.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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